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Rod Review


Rising from the Depths, Megabass's Leviathan (continued)

Features: The Leviathan has a pretty standard set of features. The supplied rod sleeve is useful for stowing the stick away in your house or tackle den and it's not too bulky when you have the rod stacked in with a bunch of other sticks in your rod locker. The rod's foregrip is integrated with the reel seat locking mechanism (referred to as the Ito Headlock system), and the guides are stainless steel framed Fuji Alconites in the semi-micro profile.


This rod is equipped with Fuji K-Series guides built from stainless steel frames and Alconite inserts.

If you're not lucky enough to have a 20' boat and are limited in terms of storage for long rods, you'll find the two piece design of the Leviathan very useful. The only thing really missing on this stick is a hook keeper.


The cork is very uniform in color, but if you look closely, you can see the considerable amount of fill.

Features Ratings for Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan

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
5
1
4
16
25
6.4


Here's how the two pieces fit together.


Once assembled, you forget this rod is two pieces.

Design/Ergonomics: The saving grace for the Leviathan, ergonomically speaking, is the stick's overall weight. At 5.7 ounces, it is well below the average for sticks in all three categories of our Swimbait Rod Wars. The compromise, of course, is in the rod's overall balance at 12.5 inches from the centerline of the reel seat, but given the majority of retrieves with the baits you'll throw on this stick are tip down retrieves, balance might not be as important.

Lab Results for Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan

Model
Avg RoD (2-48 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan
1.37
Mod-Fast
5.7
12.5
0.39
Swimbait Rod Wards Finesse Average
1.46
--
6.45
7.8
--
Swimbait Rod Wars All Purpose Average
1.18
--
6.7
8.5
0.26
Swimbait Rod Wars Heavy Hitter Average
0.90
--
8
11.6
0.53


This rod is stout, yes, but it still has an open reel seat.

The rear handle length of this rod could be a bit longer for really launching big baits, but not once did I feel it was too short. I'd say the Leviathan's rear handle length is the minimum you'd want on a big bait stick of this size.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
3
14
20
7.0


The F10-80XX Leviathan is a very capable big bait stick.

Application: Megabass's Orochi XX F10-80XX Leviathan is designed with big baits in mind but it will serve well with large cranks and spinnerbaits as well thanks to a moderate-fast taper. If you want a big, beefy stick to double as a punch stick, the Leviathan can handle those duties as well though I wouldn't recommend pairing it with the Ryoga Shrapnel for that application unless you have wrists comparable in size and strength to The Hulk.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
4
4
4
2
16
25
6.4


As is our tradition, Zander handed me this bait to try on the Leviathan and somehow never got it back.

Ratings:

Megabass F10-80XX Leviathan Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Double X series of rods have all been consistently well built thus far 8.95
Performance A very capable launching stick and very powerful 8.8
Price One of the pricier, if not the priciest stick amongst the Double X line but still a good value overall 7.5
Features The two-piece design is a savior for anglers with small boats or cars 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) Surprisingly light for an eight foot stick made to cast BIG baits 7.0
Application A good moving bait stick for baits of unusual size 6.4

Total Score

7.51
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
+ Relatively light 8' big bait stick - Cork in handle could be of higher grade
+ Finally a fishable, serious big bait stick from a JDM manufacturer - More USDM than JDM
+ Two piece design makes it easy to stow in small boats  

  


Big baits + big fish = big smiles.

 

Conclusion: Though Megabass is obviously a JDM manufacturer, the Orochi Double X series is technically a USDM product. Just the same, the F10-80XX Leviathan is a definite big bait stick contender and a welcome addition to the Orochi XX lineup. It has a wide, and fairly accurate lure rating and launches baits within that rating very well. I was a little surprised, really, at how well this stick loads on a cast and its powercurve is smooth and reliable. Looking for a big bait stick with JDM blood lines? Megabass's Leviathan is worthy of your consideration.

 

Looking for Megabass F10-80XX Leviathans? Try one of these reputable sources!

 

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