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What the F-Power? Megabass's Drop Shot is Going to Double XX The Competition! (continued)

Design/Ergonomics: As Aaron Martens explained in the video at the beginning of this article, the foregrip of the F3-611XXS is shaped into a cone providing a smooth, comfortable transition from the reel down to the blank. It's wide enough to provide a very nice gripping surface and transitions naturally when you want to put your index finger on the blank for extra feel.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot

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

Cal attempts to land a CA Delta bass.

The color scheme of this and all the other Orochi DoubleX rods is very simple and no nonsense though Megabass does add their typical green and purple color scheme in the rod's thread wraps. For a spinning rod, the F3-611XXS balances out well and is also a very respectable weight.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot

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

Application: The F3-611XXS is a specialty rod designed for finesse applications. It supports those applications for which it is designed very well hence scoring high in the drag (drop shotting and split shotting) and twitch (shakey head and drop shotting) categories, but less than average in something like ripping and jerking a fluke - something a lot of people do with a spinning rod. You're going to want something a little more powerful than this rod for that type of application, but I wouldn't hesitate to use the F3-611XXS for finesse cranks or small and even micro jigs.

What the F-Power?!? A CA Delta Drop Shot fish.

Warranty: Megabass of America has re-worked the company's warranty plan to accommodate a broader audience. All Orochi XX rods are covered by a 3 year warranty to the original owner that includes one, no questions asked replacement. After that first replacement, future claims on the same rod will be subject to a replacement cost equaling forty percent (40%) off of the current retail price. As always, we recommend discussing your warranty questions and claims directly with the manufacturer for a clearer picture as it applies to your situation.



Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Aside from the amount of filler in the handle's cork material, this rod is assembled very nicely 8.95
Performance Akin to what you'd expect from a top end model - NOT an entry level rod 8.4
Price Megabass for under $300? Really? 8.0
Features Not spec'd out like a typical Megabass rod, but of course, this was done to keep the price down 6.0
Design (Ergonomics) Shape of the handle, thread colors, yes, the JDM hints are definitely there 8.0
Application Not built to be an all purpose type stick, this is a wonderful rod for finesse applications 7.6

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Megabass quality and performance for under $300 - Given the amount of filler in the cork we don't expect the handles to look pristine for very long
+ Very surprising sensitivity - "Entry Level" sticks are not supposed to be this sensitive - The casting rods in this lineup have a hook keeper, but not the spinning rods
+ Those new to the brand will be very pleased as to the immediate availability of these rods - Loyalists will complain the rods are too easy to acquire


Conclusion: After viewing and handling the prototypes of these sticks Megabass had on display at ICAST 2012, I was skeptical of the company's ability to deliver on their promise of a sub $300 series of rods with that mystical Megabass appeal. I understood the company's desire to go mainstream and appeal to a larger audience, but knowing the competition and price point of other rods out on the market, I didn't have the confidence Megabass could offer anything worthy of their name at that price point - especially after handling what they had on display. There's nothing wrong with a company wanting to expand their customer base, but those ICAST prototypes felt dead, unbalanced, and not very light.


This rod is also a blast with fluorocarbon as your main line.


Then we were privileged to handle the final prototypes in late 2012, early 2013 and my skepticism turned to optimism. They just might have figured it out because what we felt at that time was a complete turn around from the ICAST prototypes. These new, final protos were immediately fishable, better balanced, with tapers and powers that felt very North American. The only thing left was to fish them so we could validate our new, optimistic impressions.


Who else can catch a fish on camera with TackleTour other than Aaron Martens?


Now that we have? To be frank, the new Megabass Orochi XX F3-611XXS Drop Shot rod reminds me of how a former high end line from a different rod company used to feel. The scary thing is, this rod is priced far more aggressively than one might expect after handling it. At $275, it's still what most would consider expensive, but when compared to the top end models of most other manufacturers whose rods are now running $400 and above, this stick can pose quite the dilemma. It's spec'd and outfitted with components similar to other mid to low end rods, its performance is high end, and its price sits right in the middle.


Skeptical and hesitant about the new, entry level sticks from Megabass? Well, I was too but I fished one anyway and you know what? I'm glad I did. Next on my list?... well, you'll have to wait and find out.


So if the Orochi XX F3-611XXS Drop Shot stick is a portent of things to come with the other models in this lineup, this new line by Megabass are sticks even tried, true, and fearlessly loyal customers of the brand can be proud. Go ahead and keep your Orochi X4, Destroyer, Evoluzion, Kirisame, rods in your locker for those special days on the water - you know you do it. But now you can have a series of rods to tote around when you just want to beat the bank and junk fish, or to throw around and disrespect during tournament day. Just one thing, you better get in line, because all those consumers who've been wondering about that Megabass mystique now have a product they can feel comfortable owning without necessarily breaking the bank, and if our suspicions are correct, the F3-611XXS Drop Shot won't be the only stick for which consumers will be clamoring.


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