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Rod Review


Aaron's New Edge with Enigma Fishing (continued)

 

Power: Another area where the EAM610-DS-ML-S shines is in its power. As the RoD Deflection chart above shows, this stick has a really nice, soft tip that transitions to a good backbone once a good amount of pressure is applied. While I didn't hook into any really big fish while dropshotting with this stick I felt confident with each hookset and ensuing battle.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S against
our 2011 WTF baseline rods.

Performance Ratings for Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
5
2
4
4
18
25
7.2


This stick features an open ended hook keeper at the back end of the rod.

Features: The EAM610-DS-ML-S comes with a pretty standard grip and reel seat with the locking mechanism for the reel located on the butt end of the reel seat instead of towards the tip of the rod. It comes with an open ended hook keeper located just below the reel and as mentioned earlier, the guides are American Tackle Microwave guides. There are no rod sleeves with this series of rods.

Features Ratings for Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S

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


Enigma is not shy about branding on this stick.

Design/Ergonomics: The EAM610-DS-ML-S's grip is very comfortable to hold and features that tapered foregrip that Aaron Martens likes so much because it serves as a smooth transition for your fingers from the grip to the blank. The built rod tipped our scales at 3.9 ounces with a balance point roughly 9 1/2 inches up from the midline of the reel seat. Its balancing torque was 0.19ft lbs - slightly more than our baseline WTF sticks.


A nice, large reminder of the guide system.

Lab Results for Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S
3.10
Fast
3.9
9.5
0.19
DSR820S GLX
3.02
Fast
3.9
8
0.15
SMR822-SP GLX
2.75
Fast
3.7
7.5
0.15


And of course the rod series as well.

The colors and graphics of this stick are well, a matter of personal taste. The light grey paint certainly stands out and the graphics on the rod even more so. Enigma is not shy about labeling the rod with their brand name, the rod series, and graphics to highlight the guide system.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
3
4
14
20
##


We're believers in American Tackle's Microwave guides for spinning rods.

Application: The EAM610-DS-ML-S is built as a finesse fishing stick and in this application it serves its purpose very well. If you're limited to one stick, it can certainly be used in other applications as long as you stay within the manufacturer's recommended range for lure and line weight, but of course, it will shine the best in drop shot or other, similar finesse applications.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
3
4
5
3
17
25
##


Showing that smooth transition from foregrip to rod blank.

Ratings:

Enigma Fishing Aaron's Edge EAM610-DS-ML-S Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Our test model was good, clean build 8.42
Performance Performed well in all categories except sensitivity 7.2
Price Priced very competitively 8
Features Pretty basic stick 5.6
Design (Ergonomics) Comfortable to fish all day 7.0
Application Best in finesse applications 6.8

Total Score

7.17
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
+ Microwave Guides are fun to cast and deliver a consistent smooth feel - Sensitivity
+ Good power  
+ Relatively light  
+ Priced very competitively  

  

Conclusion: There are some real positives about this stick. American Tackle's Microwave guides are the real deal on a spinning rod. While I remain skeptical of their claims for longer and more accurate casts, there's no denying the line flows through the spinning guides much more smoothly than with standard guides. It makes sense that your casts, as a result should be longer and more accurate, but it didn't feel that way out on the water. The other big positive is in the rod's taper - it fishes right and as you'd expect a drop shot rod to fish. The downside, as previously mentioned, is in the rod's sensitivity. If you fish braid, fluorocarbon, or a combination thereof, you can mitigate this issue quite a bit, but fished with mono, there was simply not enough feel to this rod when contacting structure. While you cannot expect an ultra sensitive rod at this price point, at the same time, I have fished better, so I expect more.

 


This rod is built as a finesse stick and it serves that purpose well.

 

Overall this stick does deliver plenty of performance and does seem to be built very durable for a rod at such an aggressive price point. Case in point, though this particular rod was built as a finesse stick it has the power and durability to handle applications beyond the intended ratings. While Aaron's previous rod company, Megabass, is primarily focused on the high end market the offerings from Enigma cater much more to the mainstream market. While it may not be the most sensitive rod, it is priced within reach of value and mainstream anglers and offers styling and features, like the Microwave guides, that help set itself apart from the masses.

 

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