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Rod Review


The Okuma EVX-C-751Ha Delivers No-Frills Utility (continued)

Features: Okuma chose ALPS stainless frames with zirconium inserts for increased longevity when fishing with harsh braid. Though not upper-echelon guides, they sport a refined appearance and have held up well to the punishment of heavy cover and heavy braided line. The rod also comes equipped with a basic closed-wire hook keeper.


The Fuji ACS reel seat features a modest blank cutout for improved feel.

Features Ratings for Okuma EVX-C-751Ha

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
3
4
3
1
14
25
5.6

Design & Ergonomics: One thing that really struck me right away is how basic this stick appears. Anglers that want a workhorse rod without additional “spice” will surely appreciate the mild cosmetics that will easily match up to any reel. The reel seat is very comfortable ergonomics-wise and conforms nicely to the hand.


There's no fancy butt cap in place here, but the cork looks just fine

With a measured heft of 4.7 ounces, the rod is not a heavyweight by any means. One negative point worth mentioning is that it is a bit on the tip-heavy side, however it's not a big enough issue in this case to be a huge deterrent. To sum up its weight and balance, the EVX is pleasing enough to fish all day without a clumsy or overly-heavy feeling.


Notice the exposed reel seat threads ahead of the locking ring.

Okay, now it's time to mention one of my constant ergonomic woes—exposed reel seat threads! Although not nearly as bad as some other rods on the market, this Okuma still has them. These in particular don't prove to be a HUGE nuisance, however they still cause some pain/discomfort since the threads sit right where I like to rest a finger at times.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Okuma EVX-C-751Ha

Grip
(1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
2
3
4
13
20
6.5

Applications: I casted, pitched, and flipped with the EVX-C-751Ha. Since the rod is not overly stiff I preferred it most for casting and fishing from open water in to moderate cover. Its forgiveness in the tip gives the blank a decent range of versatility from casting a swimbait offshore to flipping a Brush Hog around vegetation.


The hook keeper is simplistic yet big enough to accommodate any hook size.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Okuma EVX-C-751Ha

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady
(1-5)
Lift/Drop
(1-5)

Drag (1-5)

Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
4
5

5

2
17
25
6.8

 

Ratings:

Okuma EVX-C-751Ha Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality For an affordable rod the quality of the workmanship is good. 7.36
Performance This rod offers decent sensitivity. It will handle both casting and light to moderate flipping duties. 7.6
Price The price matches the offering and is affordable. 8.0
Features Nothing too interesting here, but it all works. 5.6
Design (Ergonomics) Basic in appearance and some exposed reel seat threads. 6.0
Application This blank is good if you are looking for a heavy-power rod to cover a few different techniques. 6.8

Total Score

6.89
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
+ Affordable - A bit tip-heavy
+ Decent sensitivity - Exposed reel seat threads
+ Good for more than just fishing around cover  


Our test rod received a thorough workout on Lake Okeechobee.

Conclusion: Okuma's colossal lineup of rods and reels offers anglers a broad range of choices. If you are the type that won't lose sleep over not having top-shelf performance or looks, then the EVX-C-751Ha just might pique your interest. This stick delivers the basics at an affordable price point to help you put fish in the boat.

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