The F8-79XX is perfectly suited for medium to heavy duty flipping and pitching. This rod is designed to flip and pitch ¼ to 1oz. lures into the thickest cover you can find. The rod has a perfect blend of lightness and power, which is crucial to the versatility needed to perform a traditional 10ft. flip on one cast, then a 30 foot pitch on the next. The F8-79XX has the power to muscle the fish out of the thickest vegetation mats or wood cover. Ideal for not only pitching Texas-rigged soft plastics and jigs, the Aaron Martens Flipping Special can also pull double-duty as an excellent swimbait rod.
“The Flipping Special is the nicest flipping stick I've ever used. It’s excellent for flippin’ heavy line even with a light weight. What separates this rod is you can flip weights as small as 1/8 - 1/4 oz. and its still very sensitive and lightweight. It’s perfect for ½ oz. - 1 ½ oz. flippin’ rigs. Its sweet spot is at 1 ounce, where it is ridiculous. It’s great for punching as well with weights from 1/2 ounce to 1 ¼ oz. This rod is light and sensitive, yet it has got some serious beef to it.”
- Aaron Martens, B.A.S.S. ELITE
Crafted of super low-resin carbon up to the 40-ton grade, the materials of each Orochi blank are custom matched to the rod’s intended application. Each blank features a vertical-axis carbon core wrapped with a 2-axis XX-Micro Carbon layer, followed by an additional vertical-axis carbon layer. Each blank is then finished off with a 4-axis carbon wrap that goes from the butt section to the mid-section, for a total of 6-axis. Since carbon material is strongest along its axis, this unique manufacturing process adds significant strength to combat blank twist and improve overall structural integrity—all without adding unnecessary weight.
Each Orochi XX is purpose-built for tournaments, and our craftsmen know that a single cast can make all the difference. Each rod has a carefully selected range of tangle-free Fuji KWSG, KR-H, and Fuji small caliber Alconite guides for smooth casting and increased sensitivity; Fuji reel seats; Megabass custom ITO Head Locking Reel Seat (PAT.); a rubber/cork composite end cap to protect against fierce hook sets; a Megabass original hook keeper; and lastly, that fit and finish you can only expect from Megabass.