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Bearing Down on Megabass : The F5st-611X7 (continued)

Features: Megabass's stinger tipped rods are reportedly made possible by a section of solid graphite tubing infused with the rest of the blank. I still have a hard time getting my head around the fact this section of the rod is solid graphite. In my mind, this means the tip would be more stiff, not more flexible. Given how the tip behaves and how the former F4st-69RSDti appears, it's a natural assumption to think that section is fiberglass. Perhaps this is why Megabass changed the tips color for this rod because now, you can't even tell the tip is different until it is flexed.

A split reel seat design but actually closed with an aluminum tube is one of this rod's many features.

Moving past the tip section, Megabass adorns this stick with a split rear trip made of cork, Fuji titanium framed SiC guides that are larger than micros, but obviously smaller than standard guides in what the industry is now referring to as "minima" guides. The reel seat is also split, there is no hook keeper, and the rod sleeve is serviceable for use in the rod locker with your other sticks but still just a tad bulky.

Features Ratings for Megabass F5st-611X7 Bearing Down Type X

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Minima Fuji Ti/SiC guides is another.

Design/Ergonomics: It's difficult to not spend a lot of time talking about the design of most all Megabass sticks. The F5st-611X7 is undeniably a very comfortable rod to fish. Its standard destroyer counterpart, the F5-611X even more so. Both rods feature a split rear trip design made of cork, colors and graphics that are typical Megabass - a highly decorative without being garish and in your face. Balance of both sticks could be better, but their weights are both very good.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Megabass F5st-611X7 Bearing Down Type X

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

The decorative dragon on the split grip is a very elegant design.

Application: This is the fun part. The F5st-611X7 Bearing Down is a heavy powered stick designed for fishing jigs and soft plastics and with its unique stinger tip, it supports this technique in its own way very well. But because of that stinger tip, it affords you the flexibility to toss baits you never imagined you could with a heavy powered rod. Small cranks and top water baits in and around heavy cover and docks are a load of fun with this stick and once you get a hit, you have plenty of power to pull the fish away from cover.

Thanks to that stinger tip, this heavy powered rod actually makes a great topwater stick!

Fish your jerkbaits with long pauses between rips? Not only will your line jump when a fish hits on the pause, the Bearing Down's stinger tip flinches too. I really like this stick with the undersized Megabass X-80 Trick Darter.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Megabass F5st-611X7 Bearing Down Type X

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)



Megabass F5st-611X7 Bearing Down Type X Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This stick was near perfect 9.5
Performance Once you get accustomed to the quirky nature of that tip, it all comes together quite well 9.6
Price Yup, we're talking almost $700 for a bass fishing rod here 5
Features Guess I'm one of the few that likes hook keepers on my rods 6.8
Design (Ergonomics) A very comfortable rod to fish 8.25
Application That tip opens up this rod to a wide variety of applications and baits 9.2

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ The stinger tip really extends the utility of this rod - The price to acquire some of the best Megabass has to offer will always be a stumbling block
+ Of course, really good as a standard jig and worm rod  


Conclusion: This article is primarily about the F5st-611X7, but I cannot discuss that rod without first mentioning how much I really like the F5-611X - the standard Destroyer version of this same stick minus the stinger tip. If all you are looking for is a high end stick with which to fish jigs and soft plastics, the F5-611X is just as capable as the original F5-66X Bearing Down we reviewed back in 2007 only in a lighter overall package that's so very fun to fish when paired with a Daiwa Steez.


Looking for a high end stick to just fish jigs and soft plastics? The F5-611X might be a more cost effective choice.


But then Megabass had to muddy the waters with this new X7 version of the same rod and up the ante a bit by giving it a stinger tip. While this rod works well with jigs and soft plastics too, what I cannot get over is how much fun it is to use with small cranks and topwater baits - especially Megabass's new X-Plose. This rod is perfect for that bait because the tip has just enough give to actuate the props without pulling it too far forward in the strike zone. That bait with this rod is reminiscent of fishing big wood choppers for peacock bass in the Amazon!


But if you're looking for that X Factor.. well...


Naturally everything, including the fish, are downsized but the F5st-611X7 has plenty of power regardless. You can toss downsized baits into heavy cover and still have the leverage to pull an unsuspecting fish out into open water so you can land them. Can you tell how enthusiastic I am about this stick beyond its intended use as a vertical fishing tool? That can only mean one thing. Megabass's F5st-611X7 wins this editor's Ultimate Enthusiast Award!


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