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Rod Review


CB Rod Wars Part 11: Experience Half Graphite and Half Glass Crankbaitin' with the Fenwick Elite Tech Crankshaft
 

Date: 9/8/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Fenwick
Reviewer: JIP






Total Score: 7.00 - GOOD

Introduction:
When Fenwick set out to develop a line of rods for specific bass techniques, they looked at all aspects of what would make a rod the best it can be. With that in mind they put together the Fenwick Elite Tech series of bass rods. Since itís the Year of the Crank we take a look at the Elite Tech Crankshaft crankbait rod that makes use of the best of the two materials - graphite and glass - to give the Crankshaft rod the benefits of both worlds.

 


Cranking with the Fenwick Elite Tech

 

Fenwick Elite Tech Crankshaft (ECC70M-MF) Specifications

Length 7 ft
Line Weight 8 - 14 lb
Lure Weight 1/4 - 5/8 oz
Power Medium
Action Fast
Weight (measured) 5.4 oz
MSRP $199.99

 

Dual colored because the lower half is Graphite and top is Glass

 

Impressions: We first saw the Elite Tech Crankshaft rods at ICAST and at that time we thought it was a great idea to mix the combination of materials for a cranking stick. If designed correctly it should produce an ideal action for fishing crankbaits as you should get the benefits of both a graphite-like rod and a glass rod.

 

Designed for cranking only with a 50/50 action

 

The Crankshaft is designed with a 50/50 super-delay action.  The lower half of the rod is graphite while the top, mustard-colored half, is glass. The test subject, the ECC70M-MF Crankshaft casting rod is 7 feet in length with a medium power and fast action. The reel seat is Fenwickís and the butt cap has a hooked EVA foam that is made for two handed powerful casts. The rod is built using Pac Bay DPL frames with SiC inserts, and we like how the guide frames are all double footed which are better in terms of durability when they are being stressed.

 

The rod uses Pac Bay DPL frames with SiC guide inserts

 

 
Lab Results:
Before taking the rod out on the water letís see what it tells us when we RoD WRACK the ECC70M-MF and its longer and more powerful sibling, the ECC73MH-MF. The ECC70M-MF displayed an average RoD value of 2.28 with a moderate-fast taper. If youíre familiar with the G.Loomis CBR855C GLX, these two rods show almost the same RoD value, both which we categorized as ideal as a medium cranking stick. The more powerful model, ECC73MH-MF, is great for deep cranking having a RoD value of 1.97 and also a moderate-fast taper.

 

Lab Results for Medium Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 703CB
2.04
Mod Fast
6.6
9.5
.34
G.Loomis CBR845
2.30
Mod Fast
4.4
9.5
.19
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
2.26
Mod Fast
4.4
8.5
.20
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
2.28
Mod Fast
5.4
11.5
.30
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
2.25
Mod Fast
4.7
5.5
.12
Airrus WL701M
2.14
Mod
3.9
11.5
.23

 

Lab Results for Deep Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 754CBH
1.88
Mod Fast
7.1
9
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G.Loomis CBR847
1.89
Mod Fast
4.9
9.5
.23
Fenwick ECC73MH-MF
1.97
Mod Fast
6.2
12.5
.43
Jackall VCM-CAST 68/HC-68MRG
1.87
Fast
5.6
7.5
.22

 

 

  


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