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Complete ICAST 2017 Coverage
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First Look

 

Megabass's Destroyer Series Goes USDM - Finally (continued)

 

F4.5-611X OneTen Special: Those familiar with Megabass's Elseil spec will find familiarity in what has evolved into the OneTen Special. This six foot eleven (6'11") stick, instead of six foot ten (6'-10") like the former Elseil, is built to work jerkbaits like its namesake, the Vision OneTen. The rod has a really nice casting tip and an ideal taper to work the its namesake.

 


Introducing the F4.5-611X OneTen Special.

 

F4.5-611X OneTen Special Quick Spec

Length 6'-11"
Line Wt. 8-20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8-3/4oz
Rear Handle Length 9
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.1oz
Balance Point to midline of reel seat 7"
MSRP $399.99

 


The OneTen Special is essentially the modern day Elseil sharing a very similar power curve to the last Elseil Evoluzion we reviewed.

 


The Destroyer OneTen Special features a split rear grip made of cork and EVA foam.

 

I spent some time with this rod paired with a Shimano Chronarch MGL spooled with 10lb Sunline Supernatural monofilament and tied a Vision OneTen FX to the end of the line for some test casts. Everything from a sidearm roll to overhead casts felt spot on. Zander is not fond of the rod's short handle because he wants more leverage for two handed casting, but the short handle does make it easier to work the rod tip twitches and jerks instead of the long sweeping rips.


Checking out the tip on the OneTen Special.


The OneTen Special and Chronarch MGL are ideally suited.

Under the load of a fish, the OneTen Special is very reminiscent of the Elseil which I feel is more of a medium powered rod than medium heavy. Of course, we all know those power designations are somewhat arbitrary anyway. If you're looking for a Destroyer with which to fish jerkbaits, the OneTen Special is it.


The OneTen Special is very reminiscent of the Elseil.

F5-72X Daemos: The Daemos is a seven foot, two inch (7'-2") stick named after a supernatural character from the Marvel Universe whose primary power is to absorb the life force of other living creatures. This grants him superhuman powers. The Daemos's first victim was Megabass's former Diablo.

 


Introducing the F5-72X Daemos.

 

F5-72X Daemos Quick Spec

Length 7'-2"
Line Wt. 8-20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8-1oz
Rear Handle Length 10.5"
Power Rating Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.3oz
Balance Point to midline of reel seat 7"
MSRP $399.99

 


For Megabass enthusiasts, just think of the Daemos as a more evil Diablo with superpowers.

 

I paired the Daemos with my other Chronarch MGL but this time spooled with 12lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon. Like the Diablo before it, the Daemos is a good, Search for One candidate, but primarily designed for tight quarter pitching presentations with jigs and soft plastic baits. Having said that, don't discount it for larger jerkbaits and even heavier topwater baits.


The Daemos shares the same mixed material split rear grip as most of the other casting rods in this series.


Matched with another Chronarch MGL but this time spooled with Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon.

Like the Diablo before it, the Daemos actually excels at pitching presentations and is actually more fun to use in this manner than overhead casting for some reason. This stick is one to keep an eye on.


The Daemos has a nice tip especially suited for pitching presentations.

F5-75X Javelin: The Javelin shares a similar length and spec to the Orochi XX Extreme Mission Type F only with a softer taper. That refined taper is what makes the difference with this stick and it is what makes the Javelin an early candidate for one with that "it" factor in the new Destroyer lineup.

 


Introducing the F5-75X Javelin.

 

F5-75X Javelin Quick Spec

Length 7'-5"
Line Wt. 8-20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8-1oz
Rear Handle Length 10.75"
Power Rating Heavy
Taper Medium-Fast
Rod Weight 5.1oz
Balance Point to midline of reel seat 8.5"
MSRP $399.99

 


The Javelin had it's own, unique RoD curve that just so happened to line up well with our 2010 Search For One baseline rod - a stick that's almost a foot shorter than the Javelin.

 

I paired the Javelin with my Chronarch Ci4+ spooled with 12lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon for our first look and tied on a Megabass i-Jack topwater bait. On the very first cast with the Javelin, I could tell there was something special about this rod and asked Zander to put down that Addermine and give this stick a whirl so I could get a second opinion.


The Javelin's handle is similar in make up to that of the OneTen Special and Daemos only longer.


That nice, lithe tip of the Javelin equates to excellent casting performance.

The smile that came over his face on his first cast with the Javelin left me with the feeling I may not get that rod back the rest of the day either. I turned my back to him on his second cast to decide which stick to try next when I heard "Fish On!!". I looked up and saw a huge splash in the water as what we estimated to be a six pound bass exploded out of the water and spit the i-Jack out just as Zander was swinging to set the hook! Dejected, he reluctantly handed the rod back to me and went right back to the Addermine.


The Javelin is an early candidate for a stick with that "it" factor.

That's the first half of Megabass's new USDM Destroyer lineup for 2017. In our next installment, we take a look at the more serious, made for prime time, heavy hitting models in this lineup. In the meantime, if you cannot wait and want to tempt fate, you can find the complete lineup right now at TackleWarehouse.

 

Stay tuned for part 2 where we explore the rest of the Megabass Destroyer Lineup

 

 

 

 

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