Edwin Evers wins the Bassmaster Classic!

Ever wonder what it takes to win the biggest bass fishing tournament on the planet? Edwin Evers breaks down his preparation, practice, and some tips and techniques to help you be a more successful angler!


Edwin Evers goes beyond the basics to share his 2016 Bassmaster Classic victory!

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Megabass to support Edwin Evers "Healing Heroes in Action Tour"

March 4, 2015 (MILWAUKEE) — Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers and performance automotive and marine battery manufacturer OPTIMA® Batteries are launching a new effort to raise awareness and funds for America’s combat-wounded Purple Heart veterans and their needs, as well as heal their physical and emotional wounds. 

Together with the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA), Evers and OPTIMA Batteries will kick off the “Healing Heroes in Action Tour” on March 14, 2015, before the official practice period for the Sabine River Bassmaster Elite Series event in Orange, Texas. The tour will continue with four more events coinciding with Evers’s travels on the tournament trail. At each event, Evers will partner with a combat-wounded Purple Heart veteran identified by WWIA to compete in a head-to-head fishing contest. The two-man challenger team will be selected by an online auction held on Evers’s Facebook page

Tour stops include the following dates (exact bodies of water are to be announced, but will be within driving distance of Bassmaster Elite Series tournament sites): 

 March 14 – Orange, TX 

 April 4 – Guntersville, AL 

 May 30 – Paris, TN 

 July 25 – Waddington, NY 

 Aug. 8 – Cecil County, MD 

All money raised through this effort will go to WWIA, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving our nation's combat-wounded Purple Heart veterans by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities. The foundation will identify those who will fish with Evers and will provide transportation, lodging and assistance for them at the chosen body of water. 

OPTIMA Batteries and Evers’s other sponsors including Bass Pro Shops, Lowrance, Megabass, Mustad, War Eagle, Wild River, Wiley X and Zoom Bait Company will be providing additional resources for the events and prize packages for both the veteran and the highest-bidding team, who will compete against Evers and his partner. Megabass will be providing a prize pack of lures for each participant, selected by Edwin Evers to match the specific characteristics of each unique body of water. 

For those interested in the chance to compete head-to-head against Evers and his partner, supporting this worthwhile cause and receiving a gear package from Evers’s sponsors, visit Facebook.com/EdwinEversFishing and watch for posts indicating auction times and dates. 

“I hear from people all the time who say they would love to fish with or even against me,” said Evers. “Now is their chance to do just that, and to sweeten the deal, each team will get some incredible gifts from my very generous sponsors and the opportunity to help our nation’s combat-wounded veterans in a really special way.” 

For more information on the Healing Heroes in Action Tour, to find out how to donate or bid on the chance to fish against Evers and his veteran partner at one of the events, please visit OPTIMABatteries.com

About the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation 

Established in 2007, the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit Purple Heart organization, serving a very unique and sacred segment of the veteran population – the combat-wounded: the men and women wounded in combat who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. We serve these Heroes by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors. WWIA supports these heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities, chiefly hunting and fishing. WWIA’s mission and our only goal is to get our Wounded Warriors back in Action. For more information and to support WWIA, please visit wwiaf.org


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  • I've got a beautiful wife and healthy kids -- and they lend me their unparalleled support. God's given me the opportunity to pursue my lifelong dream. A dream that started as a boy growing up in Texas, and grew stronger as I attended college near Lake Texoma, Oklahoma. I take my profession very seriously, and as my old college football coaches would attest, I'm a very competitive person. But along with the competition comes heaps of humility, occasional victories and my unending desire to never stop learning.

Megabass and Aaron Martens Part Ways After 17 Years


Megabass gives thanks to a pillar of their US efforts


January 28, 2015


Megabass of America, the US arm of Japan’s foremost innovator of premium fishing tackle, confirmed today that after 17 years, Megabass’ title sponsorship of Aaron Martens is ending.


“While we are of course disappointed that our professional relationship will not continue in 2015, we certainly understand Aaron’s decision to pursue a new business opportunity,” said Yuskei Murayama, Vice President of Megabass of America. “Aaron is one of the most gifted anglers of his time, and it is no surprise to us that a fledgling brand would invest heavily in his services.”


Partnered with Megabass since his early days on the West Coast circuits, Martens has quickly risen to the top of the national stage. With two Bassmaster AOY titles, three U.S. Open Championships, and multiple victories to his name, Aaron has solidified himself as one of the most consistent, talented, and feared anglers on Tour.


“In many ways, we would not be where we are today without Aaron,” said Murayama, “so we wish to take this opportunity to give thanks for the whole-hearted dedication, passion, and expertise Aaron has shared with us these past 17 years. Megabass is certainly better for it, and will continue to strive to make the kind of equipment that elevates our anglers to ever-greater success. We wish Aaron the best in this next chapter of his career.”

Shin Fukae Tournament Blog: PAA Table Rock Lake, 2013

PAA Series

Table Rock Lake

Branson, Missouri

7th place

15 fish, 38.54 lbs.



Heading into the third PAA series of the 2013 season I was leading provisionally with a slim margin on the Angler of the Year race. To gain an advantage over the competitors with the point race as well as to secure the qualification of the TTBC championship, I wanted a strong finish badly and I did pre-fish to figure something out before the cut-off.


Even though I have fished the lake before, the most of time was spring season. Plus, the lake had some record high rainfall in early summer this year so it was a whole lot different conditions compare to its usual. Those made me disturb enough when pre-fishing and I did run around all over the lake which had above summer full pool of water level to find whatever I can rely on from before sunrise to after sunset every day.


Despite fishing at deep water usually is dominant in the summer time on this lake, it looked like the unusual rainfall changed it completely and the thermocline was messed up. In fact, the lake produced to many anglers plenty of shallow bites on the tournament days. I caught some fish on the surface too during the official practice but I stayed and focused on fishing deep brush at 20 to 30 feet of water for all three competition days since I thought that was the strategy I could believe more than anything else and I worked hard to get some key bites from it.


I did not get many bites on the competition overall and catching a 5-bass limit every day was not easy to me especially on the final day, but I fortunately could make it with consistency for all three days by using two different presentations. Those were Texas-rigged plastics teamed up with either Megabass Orochi XX (F7-72XX) rod or Orochi X4 (F6-71X4) rod as well as Dropshot with using the Yamamoto baits and Gamakatsu G-Finesse Swivel Shot combo on the Megabass Orochi XX spinning rod (F3-611XXS). The rods for the Texas-rigged baits I choose basically depend on the weight sizes and at this time I picked the F7-72XX for the heavier weights while using the F6-71X4 for the lighter sizes. I have been using the Megabass Orochi Series rods for four years now and those helps to bring my performance out for sure, I think.


With the 7th finish on this event, I made another Top-10 finish following the last two events. Thankfully, the high finishes three times in a row on the PAA not only kept me as a provisional point leader with final event left on the tourney but also got me into the Toyota Texas Bass Classic which is called bass fishing world championship.


Next up for me is the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe in Texas (Oct.4-6). I have fished the lake before so hopefully my prior experience works out at the event next month but I will give it my best shot whatever happens. The 2013 season to me is entering the final lap and it would be time to make a last spurt. Last but not least, thank you for all your support and the wishes.

Chris Zaldain Joins National Pro Staff


Talented second-year Elite Series pro joins veterans Martens and Clausen


Megabass of America, the US arm of Japan’s most revered builder of high-end fishing tackle, announced today that second-year Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain will fish the company’s Orochi XX series of rods in forthcoming tournament competition. He’ll join seasoned veterans Aaron Martens and Luke Clausen as the tour-level pros using this world-class series of rods aimed at comprehensively covering all major US-tournament applications.


“What amazed me most about the Orochi XX rods is the tremendous attention to detail,” said Zaldain, who won the Bassmaster Central Opens points title in 2011 and already had seven top-ten finishes in a short B.A.S.S. career. “They use the finest high-modulus graphite, which makes them super-light and sensitive. I’ve had light rods in the past, but many of them are not balanced. These just feel perfect in your hand. It’s obvious that everything from how they’re molded, to the way the cork is sanded, to the guides and the epoxy has been thought through in tremendous detail.”


Zaldain will have all 11 rods in the series – nine baitcasting and two spinning – at his disposal, and he expects to use them all daily, but it’s the spinning rods designed by Martens that have him most excited.


“Being from California, I love light line fishing in deep, clear water,” he said. “I’m sure that these ultra-sensitive rods will improve my chances and allow me to feel and land fish that I otherwise would have missed.”


With proven champions like Martens and Clausen already onboard and contributing to the design process, Zaldain brings a dose of youthful energy and a fresh voice to the team.


"Chris is, without a doubt, one of the brightest young stars in our sport today," said Yuskei Murayama, Vice President of Megabass of America. "Not only has he proven himself a force on the water, but as we've gotten to know Chris these past two years, he's continued to impress with a level of poise, integrity and intellect that far surpass his years. We are honored that Chris has chosen our rods to support his passion for fishing, and look forward to growing with him in the many years to come."


Zaldain is also sponsored by Hi’s Tackle Box, a California retailer dedicated to keeping customers on the front lines of emerging tackle trends and a leading Megabass dealer. Zaldain will be at Hi’s on June 29th, representing Megabass and his other sponsors. If you’re in the area, stop by for the Megabass rod raffle, and talk fishing.


The Orochi XX rods are already available at Hi’s, as well as leading online and physical tackle shops nationwide.


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New subsidiary of Megabass Japan will enhance US distribution



Megabass, Japan’s foremost innovator of premium fishing tackle, hereby announces the company’s substantial efforts to increase the visibility and availability of its unparalleled products in the U.S. market. The independent distributor previously known as Megabass USA will merge with its Japanese partner and a new subsidiary known as Megabass of America, Inc., will emerge. Megabass founder and CEO Yuki Ito will be the subsidiary’s CEO and current Megabass USA leader Yuskei Murayama will be his Vice President.


“Megabass is driven by a passion to create products that excel not only as tools, but as works of art that have the capacity to inspire anglers both on and off the water,” said Ito. “Extending our presence to the U.S. will allow us to share this passion with the U.S. angling community, and engage in a direct design dialogue that will fuel product development for the United States.”


Megabass of America will put in motion a well-honed game plan to make its product lineup more readily available to U.S. anglers, while also tailoring the lures and rods to the specific demands of American waters. This strategy will include increased marketing efforts and product development focused on the U.S. market. The reordering of the company will also effectively create a direct distribution point from California, resulting in cost savings which will be shared with retail stores and anglers alike in the form of new MSRP’s and sales policies. This will allow all serious tackle stores and anglers to effectively incorporate Megabass gear into their fishing arsenals.


“I am incredibly excited to join forces with Megabass and have the opportunity to work directly with a company I truly believe in,” said Murayama. “As a part of Megabass, we have an unrivaled platform from which to better serve the needs of the U.S. market, and I am confident that anglers and retail stores alike will see an immediate, and long-lasting benefit.”


Megabass lures, rods, reels, line and other gear have always been the industry gold standard. While the new corporate structure will increase operational efficiencies, Megabass’s production process is unfaltering in its dedication to innovation, quality, and attention to detail embodied by the company’s rich tradition of handicraft.


Please stay tuned for upcoming releases from Megabass of America

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Megabass F6-72X4 Wins Editor's Choice!

Introduction: Megabass was officially established in 1985. It wasn’t until 2003 that I fished my first rod from this company, and already at that time, there were discussions of “the good ole days” with many feeling Megabass had passed its prime. Any time a small builder grows and begins to offer their product on a larger scale, people will gripe. Despite the criticism, Megabass has continued to grow and while there are many other manufacturers in Japan, they, along with Evergreen International, are the top two rod companies that come to mind when anyone on our side of the pond begins a discussion concerning Japanese domestic market (JDM) fishing rods. Of course, with official US distribution channels and a new US consumer friendly warranty, Megabass is not purely “JDM” any longer.


F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction Specifications

Material Megabass X4 Graphite (Based off of Hi8X)
Length 7'-2"
Line Wt. 12-30lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 3 1/4 oz
Pieces One
Guides 8 + Tip Top (all double footed, stainless steel framed with SiC inserts by Fuji)
Power Rating F6 = Extra Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5 ounces
Origin Blank rolled in China with carbon material from Japan, everything else is done in Japan (see Design/Ergonomics section)
MSRP $409


Up until recently, even with official US distribution, Megabass was still largely considered a rod made for the Japanese market because all their lengths, tapers, designs, and frankly, prices, catered to their home country. Late in 2010, Megabass set out to change this when they debuted a new line of rods within their Orochi series named, Orochi X4. We offered a preview of this series back in September of 2010, but even at that time, we didn’t really know what to expect.


Introducing Megabass's Orochi X4 series of rods.

Judging by the specifications and names for the individual models within the X4 line, it seems Megabass decided to take some of their most popular rods across all lines and offer them in this new X4 series. For example, there is an X4 interpretation of the Evoluzion series Elseil, one for the base, Destroyer series Seven Eleven, and one for the Orochi Huge Contact Destruction.

In October of 2010 Megabass USA reached out to us for an independent assessment of these sticks.

In October of 2010, Megabass USA received their first shipment of these X4 sticks and reached out to us not only to gauge our interest in reviewing a model or two, but really, to get our private assessment as to whether or not these sticks had something to offer against their original counterparts. It seems even Megabass USA was receiving what they felt might be marketing rhetoric from Megabass Japan and they just wanted some reassurance that this new series was worthwhile.

Among the sticks they sent? X4 versions of the Aaron Martens Limited (top) and Seven Eleven (bottom).

The Lab: Megabass USA sent over the only three models they had in stock for an appointment with our RoD WRACK. These sticks were the F3-610X4S Aaron Martens Limited, the FX-711X4 Seven Eleven, and the F6-72X4 Destruction. Here’s what we found out.

Fig 1: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the new Orochi X4 F3-610X4 (yellow curve) versus the original F3-610DGS. Note that while the shape of both curves are almost identical, the X4 version is just a hair more powerful than the original.

F3-610X4S vs F3-610DGS: The original F3-610DGS was a classic the second it debuted back in 2004 within the newly created Orochi Big Contact series of rods. It was BASS Elite Series Pro, Aaron Marten’s weapon of choice and an easy winner of our Editor’s Choice Award back in 2005. The new, Orochi X4 interpretation of this same rod is a hair lighter, and a fraction better balanced, but with a slightly higher balancing torque even with a longer rear handle. The X4 interpretation has the same, soft tip as the F3-610DGS, yet it has a bit more backbone. It is also about $70 less than the original.

Fig 2: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the new Orochi X4 FX-711X4 (yellow curve) versus the original F7-711X. Note how both curves start out the same suggesting the X4 version has the same tip as the original, but the yellow curve flattens out a little suggesting the X4 version also has a better backbone.

FX-711X4 vs F7-711X: The original Seven Eleven was my introduction into the Megabass rod line and our original Enthusiast Rod review back in 2003/4. What I still find unique about this rod is its uncanny accuracy when making overhand and sidearm casts. The X4 version has the same spiral guide configuration, is a full gram lighter, balances out two inches worse than the original, yet has a balancing torque of 0.26 ftlbs vs the original’s 0.31 ftlbs. As you can see in the deflection chart above, while the X4 version of this stick seems to share the same tip as the original, as more load is applied, the FX-711X4 deflects less than the original suggesting it has even more backbone.

Lab Results for Orochi X4 Comparison to Original Models

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
F3-610X4S AM Limited
F3-610DGS AM Limited
FX711X4 Seven Eleven
F7-711X Seven Eleven

So on those two rods alone, what we discovered overall is with the new Orochi X4 blanks, Megabass is able to produce a rod that is not only more powerful than its original counterpart, but lighter as well! The rods’ balance point and balancing torque numbers are mixed depending on the models involved, but we found an interesting phenomenon in both these analysis. In both comparisons, the rod that balanced out better, had a higher balancing torque! That's completely counter intuitive, but goes to show you that you cannot go by balance point alone.

The F3-610XS features the same, eccentric first guide as the original.


So, that’s the story on two of the three rods that Megabass USA sent over, but what about the third? I had fished the previous version Orochi Destruction, but before I had a chance to fish that stick extensively and write a review it found a new owner. To be honest, things were not going well in my relationship with the original Destruction. I just didn’t care for that stick very much. At  6.6 ounces, even though it was well balanced (8.5” balance point for a 7’4” stick), I found it a bit heavy, too moderate, and overall it felt kind of clumsy to fish when compared to other rods in that series like the F8-78DG Super Destruction, a rod that won Editor’s Choice honors during our Swimbait Rod Wars of 2008.

Of the three rods Megabass USA sent in, this is the one Cal had to have.


So one day, while fishing with a friend, he eyed the beautifully crafted Orochi Huge Contact Destruction stick and asked to try the rod. Long story short? He fell in love casting it, and wouldn’t put it down until I agreed to sell it to him. What’s one to do?

Introducing the F6-72X4 Destruction.

When Megabass USA mentioned they wanted to send the X4 Destruction together with the other two sticks, I agreed, but really, did not expect much based on my past experience with the original. I figured I'd WRACK it up, and send it back. Well, I soon found out the F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction is a different animal than its predecessor. The second I picked it up, I could not believe it was based on the original Orochi Huge Contact Destruction. Gone was the heavy, clumsy feel I recalled of the previous version, and in was a new, lighter rod with a very responsive tip. As tested, the F6-72X4 came in at only five ounces, 1.6 ounces less than the original.  But, and there’s always  “but”, the rod has a balance point of nine inches above the centerline of the reel seat. Not great but it shares a similar balancing torque to the Daiwa Steez STZ741XHFBA-XBD with 0.23 ftlbs - decent.

Lab Results for F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction

Avg RoD (2-48 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction
F7-74DG Orochi Huge Contact Destruction (Avg RoD 2-32 oz only)
Swimbait Stick All Purpose Average
Evergreen TKLC-71MHX Super Stallion
Daiwa Steez STZ741XHFBA-XBD

Now in all fairness, the original Orochi Huge Contact Destruction’s model number was F7-74DG, so it was rated a full step heavier in power and had two extra inches in length than the X4 Destruction. In reality, while they may share the same “Destruction” name, these are not the same sticks. Regardless, and needless to say, Megabass USA did not get the X4 Destruction rod back. No, I had the perfect testing ground for this rod in mind, so instead of finding this stick in the return tube with the F3-610X4S and FX-711X4, they received a call with my credit card number and an authorization to charge!

Fig 3: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the new Orochi X4 F6-72X4 (yellow curve) versus the original "Destruction" rod (orange curve). Note how both curves start and end very similarly, but how the yellow curve has higher values in the middle suggesting the X4 Destruction has a much softer tip.

Where was this testing ground you ask? Of course, it was the Amazon. With a rod this powerful, there’s little question it can hold up to catching a few largemouth, but after the positive lab results of the X4 Aaron Martens Limited and X4 Seven Eleven, I had to see for myself, what these new X4 blanks were all about. Yes, I took it upon myself to reshuffle my planned arsenal for the Amazon and made room for this new stick from Megabass. Quite the sacrifice, but someone had to do it.

Fig 4: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the new Orochi X4 F6-72X4 (yellow curve) versus our Search For One baseline rod (orange curve) and our All Purpose Big Stick Average (red curve). Note how the yellow curve pretty much splits the difference suggesting the F6-72X4 might be more at home used as a heavy or extra heavy rod rather than an all purpose bass stick or a big bait stick.

F6-72X4 Orochi Destruction: Before packing the rod up for the Amazon, I did run it through our standard barrage of lab tests including an appointment with the RoD WRACK. Naturally it was quite a bit more powerful than our Search For One candidates, yet still because of its tip, this stick felt more versatile than its power would suggest.

Fig 5: Add to Fig 4, the curves of Evergreen's Super Stallion (light blue curve) and Daiwa's XBD Steez Frog Rod (purple curve) and the proper technique fit for the F6-72X4 begins to take shape. But it's still a bit lighter in power than either of these two sticks.


The way it tested out? Almost right in between the curve of our Search For One baseline stick, the MBR783C GLX2000 and our Big Bait Stick All Purpose Average. Comparisons will be made to Evergreen International’s TKLC-71MHX, but the X4 Destruction is a hair softer than that rod as well as Daiwa’s STZ741XHFBA-XBD frogging stick (a rod that aligns perfectly with the Super Stallion by the way).


Fig 6: This chart offers up our last comparison and illustrates the deflection characteristics of the new Orochi X4 F6-72X4 (yellow curve) versus two heavy powered bass rods, an MBR844C GLX (orange curve) and a Phenix MBX707H (red curve). The F6-72X4 shares a similar tip to these two sticks, but even more backbone.

In more domestically available comparisons, the F6-72X4 reminds me a bit of the G.Loomis MBR844C GLX. Now, it’s been sometime since I fished an MBR844C GLX, but as I recall, that was another heavy powered stick that had a really nice tip to it. The Phenix ULTRA MBX707H, also charted above, is provided as another basis for comparison but while the X4 Destruction starts out the same as these two sticks, after about twelve ounces of load, it begins to separate demonstrating more power than either.


Lab Results for F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction
MBR783C GLX2000
G.Loomis MBR844C GLX (Avg RoD 2-32oz)
Phenix MBX707H

Overall, the F6-72X4 Destruction demonstrates to us in the lab that it strikes an interesting balance between having a nice tip, and just enough power when it counts, but does that translate out on the water? Let’s find out.

I knew just where I wanted to test this stick... the Amazon!

Field Tests: For the Amazon, I paired the X4 Destruction with a Daiwa Zillion Type R fishing reel spooled with 55lb test Sufix Performance Braid. But before packing the rod away for our trip to Brazil, I did manage to get out on the water with it so I could get a better understanding for how it handled. For this purpose, I paired it with a Scorpion 1001 XT spooled with 50lb Sufix 832. At the end of the line, I tied a half ounce, Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Frog.

It's all about the tip in this rod.

Casting: Even though the X4 Destruction is rated from three eighths of an ounce up to three and a quarter ounces in lure weight, I wanted to be sure it could handle a “light,” half ounce frog, so on my first cast I took it easy just to see how the rod would load up. Despite our findings in the lab, the stick surprised me. It felt a lot like the previously reviewed  Chimera Evoluzion but longer and that rod is rated as an F5 from Megabass – one power lighter.

The F6-72X4 casts like no other "heavy" or "xtra-heavy" stick I've fished.

So, on my next cast, I let go a little more. I just about spooled my Scorpion 1001 XT. With just medium effort, I cast all the way through to the backing on that reel using only a half ounce bait. The words that came out of my mouth to Zander who was with me? “This stick is sick!”

Matched with a Daiwa Zillion Type R, this combo is sick.

I didn’t really fish the rod much on that first trip as it wasn’t really froggy weather nor is the X4 Destruction the length I prefer in a frogging stick – it’s a little long for me. So back in the rod locker it went until it came time to pack for the Amazon.

The Caribe Lure jig doesn't look like it, but this lure is not that easy to cast for distance without a rod that loads easily for the cast.

Fast forward a few weeks, and the first and primary bait I threw on this combo during our entire trip was a half ounce Caribe Lure hair jig. You wouldn’t think there are any tricks to casting such a basic, no frills lure, but this is actually not a very easy jig to cast. Even when wet, the hair of this bait’s skirt seems to catch wind and choke off casts made on rods that don’t load well enough to overcome this natural drag.

Zander has finished up the official review of the Daiwa Zillion Type R and as you have read this real was awesome in the Amazon

I ran into this exact issue with the vaunted Evergreen International TKLC71MHX Super Stallion. While this stick can cast a three eighths ounce spinnerbait no problem, the Caribe Lures hair jig wasn’t as easy to cast. The rod can handle it okay, but there were times where I wanted just a little more tip so I could really lay into a cast and the Super Stallion did not deliver on these occasions. Such was not the case with the F6-72X4. This stick made it a breeze to cast these jigs both for distance and with accuracy. That nice, soft tip that surprised me casting the frog, really came through with the hair jigs we threw for peacock bass.

This little Paca nearly knocked the rod out of my hand when it hit!

On the upper end of the spectrum, I did tie on a seven inch, Triton Mike Bull Shad (version 1), a bait that weighs approximately 2.75 ounces and the X4 Destruction handled that bait fine as well. Based on that experience, this stick’s lure rating is probably fairly accurate, but for some reason, this stick didn’t quite feel right as a big bait stick to me. It will handle them, but I feel this stick can do so much more.

The F6-72X4 has good sensitivity.

Sensitivity: There were two ways to work that hair jig fishing for peacocks. One was to work it like a rip bait, and the other was to fish it like a standard bass jig either crawling it along the bottom or fishing it with slow, deliberate hops. It was when fishing the baits slow, that the F6-72X4 Destruction showed me its sensitive side.

As the fish got bigger, the F6-72X4 did not yield.

Many of the takes on our November 2010 trip to the Amazon were very soft, subtle inhales. A lot of the fish just weren’t quite ready to commit in full Amazonian fashion and it took a pretty sensitive rod to feel these subtle takes. The F6-72X4 left little to be desired in this department doing a great job of communicating that “something’s not right” sensation to me on countless inhales.

Some prefer stainless steel frames on their guides to titanium for better durability. We're pretty sure the X4 series features stainless framed guides with SiC inserts (by Fuji) as a way to keep their cost down.

Conversely, on those hits that were “no doubters”, the F6-72X4 did such a great job amplifying those strikes, I almost dropped the rod on a couple of occasions on fish that were the size of four our five pound black bass. The thinner, lighter blank on the Orochi X4 Destruction really does a great job of transmitting information back to your hands.

Megabass's Orochi X4 blanks feature two layers of braided graphite and are visibly thinner than their Orochi Huge Contact counterparts.

Power: With that new, thinner, lighter blank, one would expect the blank to suffer in the power department, yet as our lab tests demonstrated, the X4 interpretation of both the F3-610DGS and F7-711X hold their own against the originals and even deliver a tad more power.

Another look at the Daiwa Zillion Type R mounted on the Destruction.

As noted, the original Orochi Huge Contact F7-74DG Destruction was actually a full power heavier than its X4 counterpart, but the F6-72X4 proved itself more than worthy in among the toughest testing grounds one can encounter while battling freshwater prey, peacock bass.

This combo was, by far, my favorite on the trip.

I landed several fish over 10lbs on that trip including two 18 pounders and not once was I left with the impression that the fish were overpowering me. Quite the contrary, even with its super limber, easy loading tip, the Orochi X4 Destruction has power to spare and held its own against those amazing fish.

This 18lber hit very softly, but when I set the hook? Well, you kinda had to be there.

Application: So for what techniques is this rod really suited? I think its sweet spot is with any bait between one half to two and a half ounces that is best presented with a long cast. A few baits that come to mind include: buzzbaits, jerkbaits, paddletail swimbaits, hard bodied swimbaits, jigs, six and seven inch Senkos, spinnerbaits, frogs, toads, deep diving cranks, poppers, walkers, gliders. You get the idea.

I about spooled the Zillion Type R casting Ima's Big Stick with this combo.

Design/Ergonomics: Several years ago, there was a time just about each and every Megabass stick had its own unique look. While other manufacturers homogenized their lineups, Megabass bucked that trend and made each stick a journey in and of itself with masterful detailing and cosmetics. That's what attracted me to Megabass. Sadly, those days are pretty much gone. While Megabass has, in a sense, joined the masses and homogenized the look of each rod within the same lineup, attention to detailing has not been overlooked.

The F6-72X4 features very thin grips that in turn are very comfortable to hold while casting and working your bait.

The Orochi X4 Series is perhaps Megabass’s most conservative line of rods to date. The X4 Destruction features full foam grips though the rear grip is an extra-small diameter accentuating the rod’s light and crisp feel. You will find no power hump here. It has double footed guides all the way up the blank, so you know it’s built for serious duty, and the guides are stainless steel framed, Fujis with SiC inserts. There, of course, is no hook keeper on the rod.

Detailing is more subtle in this series, but wonderful nonetheless.

One little tidbit of information provided on the rod’s manufacturer’s tag attached to the rod sleeve? “Carbon Blank material in Japan. Reel seat made in Japan. Blank assembly in China Megabass Production. Grip made in Japan. Final assembly and inspection in Japan" - finally some insight into a Megabass rod’s origin. All we had to do was take a closer look at the manufacturer’s tags, something we tend to take for granted and often overlook. With an MSRP of $409? I can accept the mixed origins of this rod.

The Orochi X4 series features Fuji's ECS reel seat rather than the more aggressive ACS.

Warranty: After several years of negotiation with Megabass Japan, Megabass USA is finally able to offer a new, more North American consumer friendly warranty on their rods. This warranty applies only to purchases made through Megabass USA and their authorized dealers within the United States of America and applies only to the original owner of the rod. It is a standard, three (3) year warranty covering manufacturer defects in materials or workmanship. There is no replacement program for accidental breakage and the owner covers shipping charges to and from Megabass USA. For more details, as always, contact Megabass USA directly.


F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Reserved for Megabass, but beautifully crafted nonetheless. 9.5
Performance This rod really surprised me 9.5
Price For JDM? a 9, but in the grander scheme of things, very good. 8
Features The new X4 blanks are good. Components are solid. 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) I thought that rear grip was going to be too thin, but as it turned out, it's really comfortable. 9
Application Suitable for just about any bait between half and ounce up to two and a half ounces - a really versatile stick for its power. 9

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:


+ JDM pedigree without the JDM price - Stainless framed guides instead of titanium
+ Fantastic casting stick - X4 Series is available at my local tackle shop... this could get ugly
+ A lot more power than you expect after picking the rod up  
+ MegabassUSA intends to distribute through select, local tackle shops so you can hold the rod in your hand before buying it  
+ New, 3yr warranty  


Conclusion: Thanks to an exchange rate that has dropped 40 points over the last couple of years, it’s been growing increasingly difficult to remain enthused about purchasing high dollar gear from across the pond. It’s tough to conduct a search for that “one” when you have to shell out eight, nine hundred to over a thousand dollars for each stick knowing that if that stick breaks, you’re pretty much out of luck. Though the Orochi X4 series is priced at the high end of domestic offerings, this entry-level Megabass rod has just enough JDM character to ignite a new flame of enthusiasm. This is close what JDM sticks used to cost when the exchange rate was more favorable.

Almost forgot... this stick catches bass too.

Throw into this equation, a rod that performs like the F6-72X4 Destruction, make it available at local tackle shops so you can actually hold the rod in your hand before making the purchase, lengthen the warranty period from one to three years, and you have a recipe that is likely to redefine how many perceive the “JDM” category.

You may have already noticed but ...

Elitists will scoff at accessibility, and certainly, on paper, we’re talking about a rod that spec’s out comparable to a Daiwa Zillion or Shimano Cumara, and both those rod lines have a much more extensive warranty at about half the retail price. But are those rods a “Megabass”?

Not only does this stick win Editor's Choice, it is officially Amazon Certified!

Evergreen International’s TKLC-71MHX Super Stallion is more rod than the F6-72X4 Destruction. The Super Stallion is roughly the same weight, but more powerful, has better sensitivity and is better balanced. It also does not cast as well as the Destruction and it is over twice the price before shipping. Similar assessments can be made against Evergreen's Heracles series. But import an Evergreen stick to the US, and you do so at your own risk with no warranty support from the manufacturer. Factor in shipping and you can almost buy three F6-72X4 Destructions for the price of one Super Stallion purchased new from Japan. Of course, we are talking about one company’s top end offering versus another’s entry-level series.

e F6-72X4 Destruction was so much fun, I already have my eye on two more sticks from this series, and you know what? I can drive over to my local tackle shop right now and purchase them. When is the last time you could say that about a Megabass stick?

How does the X4 series stack up against its Destroyer, Racing Condition, Evoluzion, and Orochi Huge Contact siblings?  Different components, different graphite, better pricing, more availability, and for the F6-72X4 (since it’s the only rod from the series I’ve actually fished thus far), as much fun to fish as anything I’ve handled in the Megabass lineup. I was a little disappointed to find out this stick only had stainless steel framed guides instead of titanium, but I kind of expected it from the rod’s price point. The enhanced, lower modulus Hi8X graphite blank felt great while fishing, so I’m glad to know it’s not hiding behind any mysterious metal compositions like with the Evoluzion series. Mixed origins between China and Japan? I’m ok with that because the rod performs and isn’t priced like a standard JDM stick. Bottom line? This rod is so much fun, I already have my eye on two more sticks from this series, and you know what? I can drive over to my local tackle shop right now and purchase them. When is the last time you could say that about a Megabass stick? From that very first peacock bass moving forward, the F6-72X4 is easily this Editor’s Choice and gets honorable mention for Ultimate Enthusiast as well as Best Value.

Reproduced courtesy of TackleTour.com. For the direct link to Tackle Tour's review, please click below: http://tackletour.com/reviewmbx4destruction.html

Megabass Vision 110 Dominates Beaver Lake FLW Tour

It's rare that a tour-level event is completely dominated by a single bait, but that was the case last week at the FLW Tour Walmart Open at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. As Megabass pro-staffer and 4th-place finisher Randy Blaukat told BassFan after day 2, "If you're not throwing a Vision 110, you're probably not catching a lot of fish here."

There was very little hyperbole in that statement. A couple of guys who made the Top 10 (Stetson Blaylock and David Dudley) relied primarily on soft plastics, but the Japanese-made Ozarks fish-killer was a big part of the arsenal of the other eight under the late-winter/early pre-spawn conditions.

"It's a bait that the pros have been throwing for a couple of years, but they just haven't been saying a lot about it," Blaukat said. "This was a tournament where nobody could really hide it."

There were lots of anglers in the original field of 158 who threw it, too, and walked away without earning a cent. Those who fared the best were also keyed in on the "where" and the "how."

2nd: Stacey King

> Day 1: 5, 12-04
> Day 2: 5, 11-01
> Day 3: 4, 12-05
> Day 4: 5, 16-12
> Total = 19, 52-06

Stacey King topped the trio of "old-timers" who finished directly behind winner Bryan Thrift – he, Ron Shuffield and Blaukat were all regulars on the Bassmaster circuit before the FLW Tour came into existence in the mid-1990s. A four-fish bag on day 3 greatly hindered his victory hopes, and Thrift dashed them completely by catching a 4-pounder in the last 5 minutes of the final day.

In addition to the Vision 110, he also caught weigh-in finish on a Storm Wiggle Wart and a Cotton Cordell Super Shad. The latter is a vintage tail-spinner that's long out of production.

He switched back and forth between the three baits throughout the tournament. The jerkbait was most effective in the mornings, the Wiggle Wart produced well in the afternoons and the tail-spinner was the ticket when the sun was out and the wind was light.

  • Jerkbait gear: 6'6" medium-light Bass Pro Shops CarbonLite rod, BPS CarbonLite casting reel, 10-pound BPS XPS fluorocarbon line, Megabass Vision 110 (various colors).
  • Cranking gear: 7' medium-action BPS Cranking Stick, BPS casting reel (a vintage David Fritts signature model), 8-pound XPS fluorocarbon, Strom Wiggle Wart (phantom green).
  • Tail-spinner gear: 7' heavy-action BPS Johnny Morris Signature Series rod, BPS Johnny Morris Signature Series casting reel, 17-pound XPS fluorocarbon, Cotton Cordell Super Shad.

    Main factor in his success – "Probably persistence and having found three different workable patterns. When one died, I had other ones to fall back on."

    Performance edge – "My biggest stringer came on the tail-spinner so I might say that, but if I hadn't caught the others on the Wiggle Wart and the jerkbait, it wouldn't have mattered."

    Photo: FLW Outdoors
    Isolated rock formations were the key to Ron Shuffield's pattern.

    3rd: Ron Shuffield

    > Day 1: 3, 6-08
    > Day 2: 5, 16-04
    > Day 3: 5, 18-10
    > Day 4: 3, 7-14
    > Total = 16, 49-04

    Shuffield achieved a high finish despite a total catch that was four fish shy of the tournament limit. He led going into the final day, but his worst fears were realized when the much calmer conditions on the final day shut down his clear-water bite.

    "Because of my poor first day, I didn't really get locked into any type of area," he said. "I really just kept practicing.

    "Most of my fish ended up coming from isolated rock formations, whether they were in a pocket off the main lake or a creek. Some were boulders on flat points and some were veins of big rock like you see in a channel swing."

    He had two baits in common with King – the Vision 110 and the Wiggle Wart.

  • Jerkbait gear: 6'6" medium-action Fenwick Techna AV rod, Abu Garcia Revo STX casting reel (6.4:1 ratio), 10-pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line, Megabass Vision 110 (Tennessee shad or cosmic back).
  • Cranking gear: 6'6" medium-heavy Fenwick Techna AV rod, Abu Garcia Revo Winch casting reel (5.4:1 ratio), Berkley Trilene Big Game line, Storm Wiggle Wart (phantom craw).

    Main factor in his success – "Weather played a key role – the clouds and wind on the second and third days really helped."

    Performance edge – "The Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon allowed me to keep the jerkbait down deeper and let it stay fairly stationary – sometimes I'd have to let it sit quite a while to get a fish to bite it. Also, my Typhoon sunglasses let me see that isolated rock structure real well."

    Photo: Megabass
    Randy Blaukat managed to weigh a limit each day and his sacks got progressively larger as the event wore on.

    4th: Randy Blaukat

    > Day 1: 5, 9-05
    > Day 2: 5, 11-13
    > Day 3: 5, 12-09
    > Day 4: 5, 14-13
    > Total = 20, 48-08

    Blaukat's weights kept improving as the tournament progressed. Like Shuffield, he did a lot of "practicing" during the event as he was frequently forced to depart from his primary areas on multiple occasions – either by crowding or uncooperative fish.

    "Every day was a grind – none of them were easy," he said. "Eight keepers was the most I caught on any day.

    "Because I wasn't getting very many bites, the important thing for me was to take it one fish at a time. I stayed focused and persistent and I was confident in my technique."

    He threw a Vision 110 Silent Riser (no rattle) and another Megabass jerkbait, the Live X Revenge.

  • Jerkbait gear: 6'10" medium action Megabass F3-610DGS spinning rod, unnamed spinning reel, 6-pound Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon line, Vision 110 Silent Riser (cosmic back) or Megabass Live X Revenge (PM Ayu).

    Main factor in his success – "Probably getting comfortable with the rhythm and cadence of the jerkbaits."

    Performance edge – "The Megabass baits – they're almost like fishing with live bait."

    Photo: Matt Arey
    Matt Arey's primary area was a creek loaded with active fish.

    5th: Matt Arey

    > Day 1: 5, 8-13
    > Day 2: 5, 13-05
    > Day 3: 5, 13-08
    > Day 4: 5, 12-10
    > Total = 20, 48-04

    Unlike most competitors, Matt Arey suffered from no shortage of bites. He caught as many as 50 fish in a day and even boated a couple of dozen under the bluebird skies of day 4.

    For him, it was a pure numbers game. He just kept working through fish after fish until he had the best bag he could compile.

    "A lot of the lake was so dead, but the creek I was in was just alive," he said. "It didn't have a lot of timber in the middle of the channel so the fish made more of a push toward the bank.

    "It was a little warmer than the main lake and it had some color to it. The key was the different transitions – where it went from chunk rock to pea gravel or pea gravel to bluffs. There were four or five different drains in there and some swings and turns that made good transitions."

    The Vision 110 produced every fish he weighed in.

  • Jerkbait gear: 6'10" medium-action Denali Norwood Series rod, Shimano Curado casting reel (6:1 ratio), 8-pound P-Line fluorocarbon line, Megabass Vision 110 (elegy bone or Tennessee skeleton).

    Main factor in his success – "Finding an area that had an active group of fish in it."

    Performance edge – "I'd say the rod. When you're throwing a jerkbait for 4 straight days it's pretty stressful on your wrist and arm, and the lightness of it was a huge factor."

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    Article reproduced courtesy of bassfan.com

    Check out the FLW Reeltime Report video here: http://www.flwoutdoors.com/bassfishing/flw/tournament/2011/6547/beaver-lake-video/152028/reeltime-report-day-3-beaver-lake/