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The Search for One... When "Good Enough" Isn't - Paraizo by Megabass (continued)

Sensitivity: We expect a stick from Megabass to perform well in casting situations. They always do. The big question I'm sure most have for a one thousand dollar plus stick is, how's the sensitivity? I doubt there is a stick on the planet that can live up to the expectation one would have in terms of sensitivity for something at this price point and the Paraizo does nothing to prove me wrong on this point.

A better look at the Paraizo's handle assembly.

As one might expect, with all the hardware in the handle portion of this rod, the angler is somewhat insulated from feeling every bump and drag their vertical presentation bait might be going through in the water. However, using a superline on your reel pretty much eliminates this concern, so if you fish a lot of braid, sensitivity of any stick is not a deciding factor.

We didn't think it possible, but Megabass takes the detailing of their ARMS rods up another level.

Interestingly enough though, when fishing moving baits and anything with even a slight bit of vibration, the Paraizo comes alive. Where the intermittent bump and drag information is not transmitted through the rod's length very well, the constant modulation of a vibrating bait is. In fact, in some instances it felt as though this sensation was amplified, so it's a bit of a mixed bag on evaluating the Paraizo's sensitivity.

The Paraizo shuts off quickly making it a very powerful stick for its rating.

Power: At only six feet five inches, the Paraizo is not a stick that will give you a lot of leverage, but like a stick made for Tuna, what this rod does give you is strength to spare when battling a largemouth bass. It delivers precise power when setting the hook and shuts off quickly on the ensuing battle. I really wanted to test this stick against some striper to get a better feel for this characteristic, but it just wasn't meant to be. I just couldn't find a cooperative fish to help me with that test.

A Falcon Lake jig fish courtesy of the Paraizo.

Design/Ergonomics: So, how does that handle assembly all come together on this rather exotic looking stick? If you happen to grip the rod handle in the spot where it is contoured for your hand, the wood grip is extremely comfortable to hold. I don't. I tend to palm my reels or hold my combos on the back part of the reel kind of straddling the trigger between my middle and ring finger. The contoured handle, in effect, does nothing for me eighty to ninety percent of the time.

One last look at the exquisite handle assembly of the Paraizo.

The butt end of this rod, unlike most, is ovalized. For those who make two handed casts this little change in shape is nice little tweak for when your off hand is searching for the back end of the rod to grasp and cast. I actually enjoyed this little enhancement more than the contoured wood handle.

My favorite use for this rod? Spinnerbaits!

Availability: Megabass is making these rods in very limited quantities. Production runs are made once, MAYBE twice a year and it's unknown how many are made in each run or how long they will continue to make them. Our point? If you've been thinking about one and find one that's available, don't wait, just get it because that opportunity may not present itself ever again. Megabass thrives on this type of exclusivity.

Ratings:

Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality We're skeptical whether or not these sticks are made in Japan, but wherever they are made, craftsmanship does not suffer 9
Performance Precision caster and good sensitivity for moving baits, but not vertical presentations 7
Price Just close your eyes 1
Features Top end components and then some 9
Design (Ergonomics) Unique, maddening, and all together obscure 9
Application Great stick for spinnerbaits 8

Total Score

7.17
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
J Things that make you go WOW L Crazy expensive
J Precision caster even for a heavy powered stick L Not the sensitivity you'd hope for in a plus $1,000 rod
J Unique, maddening and all together obscure L Difficult, at best, to procure

  

Conclusion: : Just when you think the Enthusiast space couldn’t get any more out of hand, the ARMS A6505X Paraizo from Megabass is a bass rod that runs in the neighborhood of four figures. This is not simply a bass rod but rather a collector’s piece with which you can actually fish. If the word “practical” is in your vocabulary, the Paraizo is not for you. If the subject of “worth” enters your mind, you are not prepared to handle a Megabass ARMS. If there is no substitute for performance in your objectives, get a Porsche.

 

If you, in your Search For One, seek that which is unique, maddening, and all together obscure, welcome to paradise as defined by Megabass.

 

“Paraiso” is the Spanish and Portuguese word for Paradise. If what you seek in a fishing rod is something that will make your palms sweat, your heart race, and your eyes water as if you were in a place of ultimate bliss, the Paraizo may very well be your inspiration. It is ideally suited for spinnerbaits and doubles as a wonderful stick for topwater, but it is not without short comings. What stick is? It is just as at home in your rod locker or on the mantle above your fireplace among your collection of antique swords. If you, in your Search For One, seek that which is unique, maddening, and all together obscure, welcome to paradise as defined by Megabass.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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