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A TackleWarehouse Exclusive! Daiwa's DX Bass Cranking Stick (continued)

Features: Daiwa's DX-Bass line of rods targets the entry to mid-entry level market so to expect very much in terms of features would be a lot to ask. Having said that, the rod does come with a good grade of cork in the handle, name brand guides (Fuji with aluminum oxide inserts), and a comfortable reel seat (Fuji ECS).


Hook keeper is open ended just in case you want to fish soft plastics with this graphite cranking rod too.

It also comes with an open ended hook keeper located just above the reel seat on the top side of the rod. This style hook keeper is better suited for general purpose rods allowing you to stow Texas rigged plastics. There is no rod sleeve with the DX-Bass line of rods.

Features Ratings for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
3
3
1
14
25
5.6


A nice CA Delta bass on an old school spinnerbait.

Design/Ergonomics: As mentioned earlier, the DXB-761MHRB is a seven foot, inch (7'-6") stick that tests out as more of a "heavy" powered stick than its manufacturer rated "medium-heavy". Fishing rods of this length and power are not very ergonomic by nature. Weighing in at five point three ounces (5.3oz) and with a balancing torque of 0.24 ftlbs, this stick pretty much fits the stereo type of a big, heavy powered fishing rod.

Lab Results for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB
1.82
Moderate
5.3
8
0.24
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23

The rod's grip design is a refreshing departure from the glut of split rear grip rods and the little band of EVA foam right towards the end of the full rear grip is a nice little enhancement to cap off the rod's butt end without getting too crazy with strange materials. The rod's graphics and colors follow suit with simple, silver highlights on a mostly black color scheme.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
2
13
20
6.5


The DXB761MHRB is more than just a cranking stick.

Application: We've mentioned it before, but the great thing about cranking sticks that are made from an all graphite and not composite or full glass blank is their versatility. Even with the DXB-761MHRB's moderate taper, thanks to the its better than average sensitivity, you can use it for more than just cranking.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
3
3
17
25
6.8

Ratings:

Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A clean, simple build 7.89
Performance Really nice casting performance 8.4
Price A very good price for a versatile stick 8
Features Pretty basic, no frills fishing rod 5.6
Design (Ergonomics) A bit heavy and unbalanced 6.5
Application Good with moving baits but also useful for other applications in a pinch 6.8

Total Score

7.20
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Affordable cranking stick - A bit heavy and unbalanced
+ Nice casting performance - Handle is a little short
+ Full rear grip is a welcome design  

  


If graphite rods are your thing for moving baits, the DXB-761MHRB should be on your list of rods to consider.

 

Conclusion: Sticks built for moving bait applications are fun to fish, but when they're made of full graphite and not a glass/graphite composite or full glass, they're capable of so much more than just their intended application. The DXB-761MHRB is one such stick - made for moving bait applications but perfectly suitable because of its length and full graphite construction for other techniques as well.

 

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