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Rod Review


Interestingly Versatile: MajorCraft America's NANOACE NAC-WJ731M (continued)

 

Power: As our chart (below) indicates, there is not a ton of muscle on tap. When setting the hook or under the load of a fish, the blank bends generously into the midsection. Because of this softness, I often prefer using braid to maximize the rod's hook-setting ability, especially when bottom-contact fishing. Once a bass is on the line, however, control is not a big problem provided you aren't fishing in an area more suited to heavier tackle. Backbone down low is fine, and I have never had any problems landing fish to four pounds on this stick. This is a really fun rod to fish in waters with little to no cover. 


Our chart shows that the test rod is noticeably lighter in power than our two G. Loomis baseline rods, especially when the load increases.

Nanoace NAC-WJ731M Specifications

Model Taper Measured Weight (oz) Balance Point (inches) Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
MajorCraft NANOACE NAC-WJ731M Fast 4.1oz. 7.5" 0.16
G. Loomis MBR 842C GLX Fast 4oz. 8.5" --


A healthy Lake Lanier spot falls victim to the NANOACE at sunset

Performance Ratings for Nanoace NAC-WJ731M

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


Six of the nine guides are single foot.

Features: There's a total of nine Fuji stainless-framed guides with aluminum oxide inserts that are secured with black wraps and a smidge of silver trim. All guides except the first two and the tip are single foot. Below the almost-too-big yellow NANOACE logo is a Fuji ECS reel seat and pretty standard split-foam grips with no butt cap. There is no hook keeper or rod bag.

Features Ratings for Nanoace NAC-WJ731M

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
3
3
1
1
11
25
4.4


You'll find a slogan located between the split grips.

Design/Ergonomics: The design of the NANOACE exhibits some pretty mellow cosmetics that probably won't excite the devoted tackle enthusiast very much. The rod blank is a simple gloss black from tip to butt that lacks any really intriguing design characteristics. On the other hand, the one real standout in this category is how the rod feels. It has great balance in hand and the reel seat and grips are extremely comfortable to hold and work with.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Nanoace NAC-WJ731MM

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
2
4
4
15
20
7.5


There's no protective butt cap to be found.

Application: This casting rod is a competent performer in situations where brute force isn't necessary. The nice thing is that its forgiving power makes it a good choice if you prefer a longer rod for reaction baits. It feels good with offerings like 1/4 or 1/2-ounce lip-less cranks, smaller jerkbaits, topwaters up to 1/2-ounce, and the like. Due to the action of the rod, you'll want to downsize your bait when it comes to hopping or dragging on the bottom. It's a good tool for working plastics coupled with a 1/16 or 1/8-ounce weight or a 1/4-ounce jig and trailer. I went as high as a 3/8-ounce jig and trailer, and while it fished well enough, a stouter blank for this weight (and above) works more efficiently when dragging through all the “stuff” on the bottom of a lake.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Nanoace NAC-WJ731M

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady
(1-5)
Lift/Drop
(1-5)

Drag (1-5)

Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
3

3

5
21
25
8.4

Ratings:

Majorcraft America Nanoace NAC-WJ731M Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality My tester was put together well. 9.47
Performance Feels more moderate-fast than fast, but it is an effective tool for lighter duties and is fun to fish. The 2-piece design was never an issue. 7.2
Price The price point is agreeable. 8
Features Good average features but the lack of a hook keeper and rod sleeve hurt our scoring bigtime. 4.4
Design (Ergonomics) It's lightweight, balanced, and very comfortable. 7.5
Application Reaction baits and small bottom-contact baits are the rod's main strengths. 8.4

Total Score

7.49
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
+ Nice balance and sensitivity - Bland styling
+ Good long rod for reaction baits

- Softer power than expected for a worm and jig rod

+ Affordable - No hook keeper
+ Clean build quality  
+ Unique 2-piece design  


A healthy fish hooked while tossing a lightly-weighted Z-Man Finesse TRD.

Conclusion: MajorCraft America's first attempt to break into the U.S. rod market is an admirable one. This is an ultra-simple, clean rod that fishes both small plastics and reaction baits nicely at a price tag that allows many anglers to easily purchase one or several. We were able to handle a few other models at last year's ICAST show and were impressed by the solid craftsmanship and light, balanced feel they all possessed. As MajorCraft America settles in, be on the lookout for their intriguing ZONER lures and, at a later date, possibly some higher-end rods. In the meantime, this stick will be an interesting choice if you're looking for a crossover rod to fish much more than just worms and jigs! 

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