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In more domestically available comparisons, the F6-72X4 reminds me a bit of the G.Loomis MBR844C GLX. Now, it’s been sometime since I fished an MBR844C GLX, but as I recall, that was another heavy powered stick that had a really nice tip to it. The Phenix ULTRA MBX707H, also charted above, is provided as another basis for comparison but while the X4 Destruction starts out the same as these two sticks, after about twelve ounces of load, it begins to separate demonstrating more power than either.


Lab Results for F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction
MBR783C GLX2000
G.Loomis MBR844C GLX (Avg RoD 2-32oz)
Phenix MBX707H

Overall, the F6-72X4 Destruction demonstrates to us in the lab that it strikes an interesting balance between having a nice tip, and just enough power when it counts, but does that translate out on the water? Let’s find out.

I knew just where I wanted to test this stick... the Amazon!

Field Tests: For the Amazon, I paired the X4 Destruction with a Daiwa Zillion Type R fishing reel spooled with 55lb test Sufix Performance Braid. But before packing the rod away for our trip to Brazil, I did manage to get out on the water with it so I could get a better understanding for how it handled. For this purpose, I paired it with a Scorpion 1001 XT spooled with 50lb Sufix 832. At the end of the line, I tied a half ounce, Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Frog.

It's all about the tip in this rod.

Casting: Even though the X4 Destruction is rated from three eighths of an ounce up to three and a quarter ounces in lure weight, I wanted to be sure it could handle a “light,” half ounce frog, so on my first cast I took it easy just to see how the rod would load up. Despite our findings in the lab, the stick surprised me. It felt a lot like the previously reviewed  Chimera Evoluzion but longer and that rod is rated as an F5 from Megabass – one power lighter.

The F6-72X4 casts like no other "heavy" or "xtra-heavy" stick I've fished.

So, on my next cast, I let go a little more. I just about spooled my Scorpion 1001 XT. With just medium effort, I cast all the way through to the backing on that reel using only a half ounce bait. The words that came out of my mouth to Zander who was with me? “This stick is sick!”

Matched with a Daiwa Zillion Type R, this combo is sick.

I didn’t really fish the rod much on that first trip as it wasn’t really froggy weather nor is the X4 Destruction the length I prefer in a frogging stick – it’s a little long for me. So back in the rod locker it went until it came time to pack for the Amazon.

The Caribe Lure jig doesn't look like it, but this lure is not that easy to cast for distance without a rod that loads easily for the cast.

Fast forward a few weeks, and the first and primary bait I threw on this combo during our entire trip was a half ounce Caribe Lure hair jig. You wouldn’t think there are any tricks to casting such a basic, no frills lure, but this is actually not a very easy jig to cast. Even when wet, the hair of this bait’s skirt seems to catch wind and choke off casts made on rods that don’t load well enough to overcome this natural drag.

Zander has finished up the official review of the Daiwa Zillion Type R and as you have read this real was awesome in the Amazon

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