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Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #7 : The Megabass White Python (continued)

Features: The list of top end components featured on the Megabass White Python is not unlike that of other JDM sticks we've reviewed: Fuji Ti Sic guides; custom exposed blank reel seat; integrated foregrip and reel seat locking mechanism; etc.. One item on this stick I actually did not care for however, was the rear grip. The White Python comes with a cork rear grip.


Familiar detailing from Megabass...

Perhaps this is how they kept the weight of the rod down as compared to the Dobyns 795ML, but after a couple of trips, I went out and purchased some tennis racket grip tape and wrapped it over the cork grip of my White Python and couldn't be happier.

 
and that funky, slant-bridge handle

Application: As you've probably already surmised, the White Python makes a really good stick for big topwater baits like the Lunker Punker and Wake Jr.. It's also a sweet stick to throw the new 3:16 Baby Wake. But the rod's comfort zone extends below the one ounce threshold too and the slant-bridge handle helps get that long, rear grip out of the way when you want to throw more conventional black bass baits.


Megabass's custom reelseat built by Fuji

It's mod-fast taper is soft enough for cranks, yet quick enough for spinnerbaits. It makes a really nice big stick for throwing lipless cranks and if the bite switches to a jerkbait bite, you can fish these baits with the White Python too. It is the epitome of versatility in a big bait rod package.

 
A close-up of the Ti/SiC guides and detailed thread wrap

Warranty: Once again we make our way to the happy discussion of warranties. As our standard recommendation with all products JDM here at TackleTour, purchase with extreme caution. Always check with your vendor of choice regarding coverage options but be aware that even if covered, replacement claims are handled in a completely different manner overseas than we are accustomed to here in North America. Quite often, rods are replaced, but only at a discounted price compared to retail. This is the downfall of having to possess something unique and exotic from overseas.  

 


The sun is almost down, but the job of a tackle reviewer is never done, especially when the swimbait rod wars goes on

 

For some, like yours truly, it is a risk worth taking for the rewards are indescribable. For others, the thought of a $600 rod with zero warranty is ludicrous. Be mindful of which category you fall under before deciding to take the plunge on a piece of tackle as utterly wicked as the White Python.

 

Ratings:

Megabass F7-76RDti White Python Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Megabass continues to impress 9
Performance Truly excellent 9
Price You have to REALLY want this stick 4
Features Spiral wrapped guides and full hypalon/eva might make this rod perfect 9
Design (Ergonomics) It's all about that slant bridge handle 9
Application Fantastic with topwater baits 8

Total Score

8.0
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J A good compromise between balance and weight L cork rear grip
J Unique slant-bridge handle L questionable warranty coverage
J Typical top end componentry L über-expensive
J Available without overseas shipping charges (through MegabassUSA) L For the truly afflicted, easy to get means not worth acquiring
J Enjoy big topwater baits? This rod does too!

 

Conclusion: Many an afflicted tackle enthusiast consider Megabass passé. The company has grown too large for its own good and their products are no longer cutting edge. Thanks to MegabassUSA, the products are also far too easy to acquire. After all, half the fun in owning the exotic is the pain and suffering one must endure to locate that for which you truly long. Once it is in hand, it's off to the next item. The tackle enthusiast crowd is fickle.

 


The Rod Wars have been a daunting task thus far, but someone had to do it!

 

Then there are those, that no matter how easy an exotic piece of tackle is to acquire, there's no way they're going to shell out half a grand for a rod with likely zero warranty coverage. That's just insane! The typical response to that of course is, "sooo what's your point?"

 


One last look at our Wake Jr. + White Python combo!

 

The world of big baits is very similar to all of this. Anglers are constantly on the lookout for secret, hard to get, custom built baits designed and produced in someone's garage out in the middle of a small, country town. When that one, can't miss bait is found, bait-explorers are just as quick to hide all traces and mentions of their discovery for fear of word getting out and the baits becoming impossible to acquire or even worse, too common place. Then along comes TackleTour.

 


Yes, the White Python even makes a good jerkbait rod - unbelievable!

 

The Megabass White Python may not be a true, boutique produced, hidden treasure, but it is a serious contender for enthusiasts seeking a stick to handle medium sized swimbaits AND standard sized bass baits. The concern over whether or not the company producing this product is passé is immaterial, though certainly, the cost to acquire this not so hidden gem is not. So in essence, what we have here is a relatively easy to acquire, high performing piece of expensive and exotic tackle that we here at TackleTour have just taken mainstream. Our point? Why of course, our very first Ultimate Enthusiast Award of our Swimbait Rod Wars!

 

 

 

   

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