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


Sensitivity: The Powell 754 is certainly not the most sensitive rod, nor is it designed to be. The rod is not the best choice for fishing contact baits and it doesnít even make use of a blank through reel seat. Glass in itself is not as sensitive as graphite and while this rod canít do it all we found it surprisingly good at fishing a wide range of baits.

With a fish on the line the rod feels both powerful and "buttery smooth" fish don't shake lures nearly as easy with glass

Detecting strikes is not a problem when fishing the types of baits that the rod was intended for, and thanks to the forgiving action of the rod it is possible to set the hook hard without worrying about ripping the lure right out of the fishís mouth.

A close up of that great hook hanger

Ergonomics: Like most glass sticks the Powell 754 CB weighs more than your average graphite rod, though not by as much as you would think by looking at the rod. Making use of the popular split grip design this rod is able to shave off just enough weight to be comfortable to cast all day.

The winding checks look great

Price & Applications: The Powell 754 CB is a multi-purpose rod that blends some of the best attributes of glass with the action that is more akin a graphite rod.

The 754CB is feels more balanced paired with slightly heavier reels

This isnít a sloppy glass rod, it is easy to cast baits accurately, and with a big fish on the line the glass construction of this rod really does a good job absorbing the shock of an enraged fish. While the rod is good for smaller swimbaits it is also a great crankbait rod, a good jerkbait rod, and a surprisingly respectable topwater stick.

Though a bit heavy for jerkbaits the rod continues to prove its versatility

The 754 is basically the big brother of the Powell 703 CB, which is a 7 foot glass rod which has similar action and power but in a smaller size. The 703 retails for $169.00 while the 754 retails for 30 dollars more. For $199.00 the 754 CB is a good deal and is a great choice for a rod that fills the gap between a 6í6Ē or 7 foot crank rod and a heavy swimbait stick.

the rear handle tipped with EVA foam feels comfortable against your forearm

While the 754CB cannot replace a mag swimbait rod it can replace a cranking stick and expand your range when it comes to throwing smaller swimbaits. In terms of species this rod is born for bass but can easily handle larger fish like stripers and even Muskie and Pike. The rodís line specifications call for 10-17lb and we found the rod really felt best with 12-14lb line, which seemed like a nice balance between casting distance and line strength.   

A El Salto bass taken on the 754 CB

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Powell 754CB Glass Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Powell 754CB is built with quality components and features the clean and attractive design and build quality that we have come to expect from Powell 7
Performance The rod performed well in all of our tests. It is ideal fro deep cranking and tossing smaller swimbaits, but also proved good at topwater lures and larger wire baits like large buzzbaits 7.5
Price The Powell 754CB would have been a best value if it retailed for 169 dollars like the 703, but as it is now it is still a good value 8
Features The rod features a quality glass construction and we still love the Powell hook hanger and split grip design 7
Design (Ergonomics) The rod is slightly heavier than the competition, and while it is still comfortable to cast all day it would be ideal if it was 2oz. lighter. 7
Application This stick can be used  for so much more than just deep cranking and smaller swimbaits. It is a good rod to bridge the gap between 6'6" rods and massive swimbait sticks 8

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:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Bringing back the love for glass L Glass blank is not as sensitive
J Clean layout and design L Not the lightest of glass rods
J Quality hook hanger  
J Surprisingly versatile  
J Great price for what you get  


The Powell 754CB is able to fish a wide range of baits and applications and I find myself using it more and more all day long for everything from deep cranks to topwater

Conclusion: There are a wide range of swimbaits and there isnít one rod that can fish them all. For smaller swimbaits like Basstirix Paddle Tails and Money Minnows the Powell 754CB is good choice. While swimbait capable the 754 CB is first and foremost a heavy cranking rod, with the added ability to handle large topwater lures. The 754 CB makes it easy to sling the largest and deepest diving crankbaits and was my rod of choice for fishing big Bomber Fat Free Shad for El Salto largemouth. The rod is undoubtedly a Powell making use of all the elements that make the brand popular among bass anglers including a clean layout, split grip design, and quality components. If you are looking for a good rod to fill the gap between the those 6í6Ē plastics rods and your big swimbait stick the Powell 754CB is a great choice, and has me falling in love with glass all over again.


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