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Rod Review


More then just deep cranking with Powell's 754 CB Glass Rod

 

Date: 3/23/08
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Powell
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 7.41 - GOOD

Introduction: In an endeavor to fish a wider range of glass rods we came across the Powell 754 CB which makes us of Powell’s clean design to create a surprisingly adaptable performer. Designed for cranking we put the rod to the test with everything from wire baits to oversized swimbaits, and discover that sometimes glass really does make a whole lot of sense.

 

Powell 754 CB Glass Specifications

Material Glass
Length 7'5"
Length Rear grip section 10"
Line Wt. 10 - 17 lb
Lure Rating 1/4 - 1 ounce
Pieces one
Guides 9 guides + tip (Fuji)
Power Rating Heavy
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 7.1 ounces
Manufacturing Country China
MSRP $199

Impressions: It wasn’t all that long ago that I had all but abandoned glass rods in favor of graphite. It was only last August that my opinion of glass changed thanks to the Lamiglas Skeet Reese SR705R. Prior to this the weight penalties and lack of sensitivity in traditional glass had me running for graphite. But well implemented glass sticks exhibit an action that is ideal for certain applications, and there is no graphite based rod that exhibits the exact same buttery feel of glass.


Meet the Powell 754 CB Glass rod

Prior to the introduction of our “Swimbait Rod Wars” we had already reviewed Powell’s SB711H swimbait rod which was a well crafted rod, one that came with a reasonable price tag, yet managed to maintain a custom rod look and feel. The SB711H was a serious swimbait rod, capable of tossing the biggest swimbaits. Since then we wanted to look at a lighter stick from the company, possibly one that could toss smaller swimbaits as well as other mid sizes lures. That’s when we came across Powell’s newest glass rod, the 754 CB. This rod is not exactly a true swimbait stick but rather more of a multipurpose rod.


The rod is designed for deep cranking and smaller swimbaits

The 754 CB Glass rod is 7’5” inches in length and is rated to handle lures from 1/4oz to 1oz. The rod exhibits a Mod-Fast action and is rated “Heavy” in action. Like other Powell rods the 754 is matte in appearance with only a thick layer of gloss right above the reel seat. The 754 has the same easily identifiable Powell design with a clean split grip implementation, complete with attractive metal winding checks and silver and blue threading. The real difference between this rod and other Powell graphite rods is the much thicker diameter of the blank, especially near the base of the rod.


The 754 CB has all the attributes you expect from glass, including a nice moderate tip

Overall the rods look very straightforward, and to this day I still consider the Powell rods among the cleanest in design. There isn’t a whole lot of “bling” on these rods, just a clean functional implementation, something that appeals to many bass anglers. The rod is black matte in appearance and aside from the thicker diameter blank it is hard to tell that the 754 is even made of glass at all.  


 

Lab Tests: Before hitting the water the Powell 754CB was subjected to our usual RoD WRACK tests.  
 

Lab Results for Powell 754CB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Rated Action
Spine
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Powell 754CB
1.8
H
Bottom
7.1 oz
9"
Powell 703CB
2.04
H
Top
6.1 oz
13"
Lamiglas SR705R
2.19
H
Bottom
5.8 oz
9.5"
Custom Seeker BS706S
2.3
H
Left
5.1 oz
11"
F4-610GT3 Shiryu
2.22
MH
R&L
5.3 oz
8.5"

Rate of Deflection (RoD): The Powell 754 has a spine on the bottom like the Lamiglas SR705R glass rod and exhibited a balance point at only 9" measured from the center of the reel seat towards the tip of the rod and the line came in contact with the blank at a load of 8 ounces during our test.


The reel seat

Real World Test: On the blank itself the 754 label states that the rod is designed for “Crankbaits, Topwater & Swimbaits.” We logged many hours on the water fishing all three types of these bait types on the California Delta, Clear Lake, and Lake El Salto.


Comparing the Powell grip (right) to a Kistler Magnesium (left). The Powell implementation is longer and straight while the Kistler is rounded

Casting: The 754 actually looks heavier than it really is due to the large diameter blank, something common among many glass rods. I paired the rod up with a number of reels during our tests ranging from the Daiwa Zillion to the Shimano Calais. The rod does balance out a little better with slightly heavier reels, and feels better with a Calais or Quantum Burner strapped on than when paired with a lightweight magnesium based reel.


Though the rod features a split grip design the base of this rod has a large diameter due to the glass blank

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