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#56 Megabass OrochiXX F8-79XX
Posted by Matt MagnoneJune 25, 2014, 11:30 PM
So it's been a while since I first purchased the Megabass OrochiXX F8-79XX. I wanted to give it a year or so before I really made up my mind if the rod could really cut it as a top jig stick in my arsenal. Well it passed the test. 
 
 
I look for a little different action than most in a jig rod. The mass majority tend to lean towards a rod with a soft tip but still has the backbone to stick a fish; Something typically categorized as a "Medium Heavy" action ord or a typical "4-5" power rod in the advanced numbering system. While a Medium Heavy rod definitely fits the bill, in the long run there are more negatives than positives. 

I keep my jig sizes extremely basic. I throw 3/8oz and 1/2oz exclusively. I fish 3/8oz jigs in water less that 30' and the 1/2oz in water deeper than 30'. There are always exceptions to my  rule lets say if fish are highly pressured whether it be from post frontal conditions, falling water or day after a tournament. Some days fish might want it falling faster or vise versa. Never the less you have to adapt as an angler to changing conditions. Regardless which size jig I'm throwing, I want the same style of rod in my hand.
 

I learned a long time ago about weedguards on jigs. I spent a lot of time buying jigs off the shelf playing with full, trimmed and thinned weedguards. I've tested them through the years and the remaining constant I've learned has been no matter how much you take off or leave on, there's always going to be a deflection factor in the mouth of a fish. Depending upon how the fish picks the jig up and moves it around it's mouth, you always run the risk of missing a hookset do to the weedguard. While having a weedguard can definitely help you while creeping the jig through heavy cover or grass, I prefer to fish my jigs without a weedguard. I prefer the solid bone jarring  95-100% hook up ratio as opposed to the 90% success rate I see with a weedguard. Yes, I expect to go through a box full of jigs in a day but when you're spending gas money to get to the lake, entry fee, boat payment, trounament entry fee etc., it all becomes priceless to me. I want to catch some bass!
 
So here is where all this useless information comes into play. If you as angler have metered fish in 45' of water and decide to chuck a jig at them. Lets say you bomb that bait out, allow your bait to sink and as soon as you pick up to feel the jig you get bit. Say you wind down and try and set up on the fish only to feel the fish head shake and come off. I'm sure everyone reading this has felt this one time or another. What you didnt realize is that there's an arc in your line from the rod tip, the point at which the line anters the water and then to the jig. Think about it. It's safe to assume that there's an extra 10' - 20' of un-accounted for slack in your line before your rod tip becomes directly in line with your jig. Now, if you're fishing a rod that is fairly short, lets say between 6 1/2' and 7' long, how on earth are you going to move enough line on a hook set to penetrate the point of the hook into the fish? We get extremely lucky as anglers and sometimes we attribute luck as skill. Ive hooked plenty of fish with the short rods but as soon as I switched it up to 7'4" rods and longer my hook up ratio has shot through the roof. 



In the last few years I've made a jump in my jig rods to more or less "Flippin Sticks" I favor a 7'6" - 7'9" Extra Heavy action or "5-8" Power rod.  The reason being, as stated above, is to move an extreme amount of line on one hookset and to have enough back bone where my rod doesnt buckle under the hookset. Longer rods not only aid in moving line on the hookset but they offer me the ability to cast a lot further sometimes giving me a slight advantaged when needing to cover water. 
 
Now going back yet again, having a rod long enough, strong enough and having a jig with a positive hook up ratio, I've put myself in a position to maximize my bite to land ratio. If I get bit at the end of a long cast, with the amount of slack I assume to be there, I can wind down on the bite and move enough line on the hookset to have the assurance that my jig is going to crack that fish. 
 

 
I can't say enough about the Orochi XX F8-79XX. Anyone in the marked for a jig rod that has the sensitivity, length and backbone, all the while being a power house in tight quarter flipping and pitching situations; look no further. It's length generates distanc on the cast an moves an insane amount of line on a hookset, the blank telegraphs the bite  better than most rods on the market and the backbone is meaty enough to stick fish on the end of the long cast. I pair it up with a high speed reel and I'm SOLID!
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