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GLOSSARY

Megabass has it’s own way of identifying their rods and differentiating their rod lines, even with rods of the same name. Below is a glossary of identifiers and their meanings. (editor’s note: this page will be updated as time and research allows. If there are corrections or suggestions, please contact me.)

Airtech Hi8X Graphite = based on the HT800X 40 ton modulus blank, used on the Orochi Huge Contact F3-610DGS ‘Aaron Martens Limited’
Airtech Hi10X Graphite = 50+ ton modulus blank. blank construction from 2003 Destroyer Phase I series, 2004 in Destroyer Phase II, Destroyer THP, and Destroyer Evoluzion series.
Black Jungle = 2012 to current, limited run production. successor to the Orochi Huge Contact series. blank material: DNA SLX Graphite, X7 Graphite. denoted on the rods as XBJ.
C = identifies a rod in the Levante series, casting model. ie: F9-711C ‘Leviathan 711’
Destroyer Phase I (1) = 1997 to 2003, discontinued. the earliest model of Destroyer. blank material: HT800X 1996 to 1999, HT1000X 1999 to 2002, Hi10X 2003.
Destroyer Phase II (2) = 2004 to 2010, discontinued. blank material: Hi10X 2005 to 2009, Hi impact multiplex 2010.
Destroyer Phase III (3) = 2011-current, limited run production. blank material: 6-axis coreinplex high-impact graphite shaft 2011 to current
DG = identifies a rod in the Orochi Peak Performance series (200?), and in the Destroyer Orochi series (200?). ie: F6-72DG ‘Destruction’
DGS = identifies and is found on the Destroyer Orochi series (200?) F3-610DGS (Hi8X Graphite)
DGS = identifies a rod in the Orochi Peak Performance SP series, spinning model. ie: F1-65DGS ‘Slend’ (Hi10X Graphite)
DGS-LTD = identifies and is only found on the Destroyer Orochi F3-610DGS-LTD (Hi10X Graphite)
DNA Aramid Composite Graphite = blank material. denoted on the rod blank as DG
DNA Graphite = blank material used on the Orochi Huge Contact series, except for the Jade Python models. denoted on the rod blank as DG
DNA Double Helix Titanium = blank material used on the Pagani Evoluzion Dti F1-63Xp-Dti. denoted on the rod as Dti
DNA Titanium Rare Metal Graphite = carbon blank material used on the Hedgehog Evoluzion F4st-69RSDti ‘Orochi Evolution’, and Evoluzion Huge Contact series.
Dti = identifies D.N.A Double Helix Titanium blank composition
Fti = identifies Multiplex Graphite + Transgenic Full-Titanium blank composition
G = glass fiber rod blank or composite graphite to glass blank
GT3 = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Tomahawk series. ie: F4-66GT3 ‘Phobos’
GT3 C-LTD = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F6-63GT3 C-LTD ‘Deimos'(Lion illustration) and F4-66GT3 C-LTD ‘Phobos’ (Tiger illustration)
GT3R = identifies and is only found on the Destroyer Tomahawk series F4-66GT3R ‘Shiryu’. R denotes spiral wrapped blank. 2 models were produced, an all glass model (UD Glass Fiber) and a composite model (TX-Active Fiber).
GTA = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Tomahawk GTA series. ie: F4-68GTA ‘US Tour Limited 68’ GTA denotes ‘Grand Tomahawk America’
GTC = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Tomahawk GTC series (2008). ie: F3-610GTC ‘Hein’
Gti = identifies Multiplex Graphite + Transgenic Titanium blank composition.
GTZ = identifies a rod in the Tomahawk GTZ series. ie: F3-610GTZ ‘ Hein’
Hi Compression Coreplex Graphite = 46 ton modulus blank. blank construction from 2011 in Destroyer Phase III series.
Hi-10X Graphite + Transgenic Titanium = carbon blank reinforced with titanium. blank construction on 2004 Evoluzion series. denoted on the rods as Gti
GTZ C-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited series. ie: F3-610GTZ C-LTD ‘Hien’
Hedgehog = 2004 to 2009, discontinued. rod blanks were equipped with a solid tip (stinger tip) for enhanced sensitivity. the identifier ‘st’ was used after the F# do identify the use of this blank construction. blank material: HT1000x 2002 to 2004, Hi10X from 2005 to 2009.
HT800X + K-1 Braided Graphite = 40 ton modulus blank with K-1 carbon graphite weave reinforcement. blank construction from 1996 to 1998
HT1000X + K-1 Braided Graphite = 50 ton modulus blank with K-1 carbon graphite weave reinforcement. blank construction from 2001-2003 on Evoluzion series, and most 1999-2002 Destroyer Phase 1 series models
HT1000X Graphite + Transgenic Titanium = 50 ton modulus HT1000X blank partially reinforced with titanium. blank construction from 2001 to 2003 on Evoluzion Gti series. denoted on the rods as Gti
Multiplex Graphite = carbon blank material. used in blank construction from 2005 on Jade Python Pagani Graphite, Destroyer Tomahawk GTC, Destroyer Phase II Racing Condition, Orochi Huge Contact, and Destroyer Evoluzion series. Destroyer Phase II Racing Condition and Destroyer Tomahawk GTC series multiplex graphite based on the Hi10X Graphite. denoted on the rods as Airtech Hi10X Graphite.
Multiplex Graphite + Transgenic Titanium = carbon blank material fully reinforced with titanium. blank construction from 2005 on Evoluzion Gti series. also used on the Destroyer Orochi Huge Contact F3.5-70XSGti ‘Jade Python’
Multiplex Graphite + Transgenic Full Titanium = carbon blank material partially reinforced with titanium. blank construction from 2005 on Evoluzion Fti series. denoted on the rods as Fti
Orochi Huge Contact = 2002 to 2007, discontinued. blank material: DNA Graphite. denoted on the rods as DG
Orochi Peak Performance = 2007 to 2010, discontinued. blank material: DNA Graphite. denoted on the rods as DG
Orochi X4 = 2010 to current, limited run production. Blank material: X4 Graphite. denoted on the rods as X4
P1 = identifies and is only found on the Destroyer Evoluzion series F5-510Xti-P1 ‘Go Ten Evolution’
Rare Metal Graphite = blank material used on the Hedgehog series. denoted on the rod blank as R
PB = identifies a model in the Pagani Air Bamboo line. ie: F0-61PB ‘Rosso Elese’
RB = identifies the rod as being equipped with the Rifle Back handle style
RDti = Orochi Evoluzion F7-76RDti ‘White Python’ R refers to the Rare Metal component to the blank construction (DNA Titanium Rare Metal Graphite)
RDti (2 Pcs Mobile) = Orochi Evoluzion F7-76RDti (2 Pcs Mobile) ‘White Python’
RDti (2 Pcs) ST = Orochi Evoluzion F7-76RDti (2 Pcs) ST ‘White Python’ straight grip model
Real Finesse = 2003 to 2009, discontinued. blank material and construction: rare metal carbon graphite + stinger tip.
RS = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Hedgehog series, spinning model. ie: F1st-66RS ‘Saratoga’
RS = denotes the use of Rare Metal carbon graphite in the blank construction
RS C-LTD = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F2st-65RS C-LTD ‘CatsKill’ (Fan illistration)
RSDti = identifies and is only found on the Hedgehog Evoluzion F4st-69RSDti ‘Orochi Evolution’
S = identifies a rod in the Levante series, spinning model. ie: F3.5-70S ‘Shakey Head’
SB = identifies the rod as equipped with a slant bridge style handle (Patented in 2002)
SS = identifies a model in the Orochi X4 Secret Service line.
st = denotes rod is manufactured with a stinger tip (solid graphite or solid glass)
T = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Tomahawk series (1996-1997). ie: F4-59T ‘Fast Moving & Light Texas With PE’
T Glass = S Glass blank material used on the Destroyer Tomahawk GT3 F4-66GT3R, and the 1996-1997 Destroyer Tomahawk series.
THP = Technical Handle Package
THP = identifies a rod in the Destroyer THP rod series. ie: F6-67X THP ‘G-AX’
ti = identifies a rod in any of the Evoluzion rod series
Orochi Evoluzion (DNA Titanium + Rare Metal Graphite)
Destroyer Evoluzion (C40 Hybrid Titanium)
Hedgehog Evoluzion (DNA Titanium + Rare Metal Graphite)
Evolution Big Taper (Hi-Tapered Titanium Graphite)
Tomahawk = 1996 to 2004, discontinued. blank materials: T-Glass 1996 to 1997, TX-Active Fiber Glass 1998-2004.
Tomahawk GT3 = 2005 to 2009, discontinued. blank material: TX-Active Fiber Glass 2005 to 2008. UD Fiber Glass 2009
Tomahawk GTA = 2010 to current, limited run production. blank material: Z-PBO Composite Glass 2010 to current. 
Tomahawk GTC = 2006 to 2008, discontinued. blank material: Hi10X Graphite 2006 to 2008.
Tomahawk GTZ = 2009 to 2010, discontinued. blank material: Z-PBO Composite 2009 to 2010.
TX = identifies a rod in the Tomahawk series (1998 to 2004). ie: F4-59TX ‘Rapid Shot’
TX-Active Fiber Glass = 24 ton composite T Glass blank material used in blank construction from 1998 to 2004 on the Tomahawk series, and from 2005 to 2006 on the Destroyer Tomahawk GT3,
TXS = identifies and is only found on the Tomahawk series, spinning model. ie: F3-58TXS ‘Vacuum Competition’. UD Fiber Glass blank construction
UD Fiber Glass = 24 ton uni directional fiber glass blank material used on the Tomahawk F3-58TXS ‘ Vacuum Competition’ and 2007 Destroyer Tomahawk GT3 series except the F4-66GT3R composite model.
X = identifies a rod in any of the Destroyer rod series.
X4 = identifies a rod in the Orochi X4 rod series (Hi Tension Hi Torque X4 Matrix)
X4 Graphite = blank material used on the Orochi X4 series. denoted on the rod blank as X4.
X4S = identifies a rod in the Orochi X4 series, spinning model. ie: F4-68X4S ‘Intimidator’
X7 = identifies a rod in the Destroyer X7 series. ie: F5st-611X7 ‘Bearingdown Type-X’ (Coreinplex X7 Graphite)
X7S = identifies a rod in the Destroyer X7 series, spinning model. ie: F3.5-610X7S “Simoom”
XBJ = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Black Jungle rod series. ie: FZ-80XBJ ‘Nephilim’
X C-LTD = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F3st-63X C-LTD ‘Hedgehog’ (Peony illustration)
XDti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion Dti or Evoluzion Dti rod series. ie: F4-65-XDti ‘Cyclone Evolution’
XDti 777LTD = identifies a rod in the Evoluzion Dti 777 Limited series. ie: F4-610XDti 777LTD ‘Elseil’
XDti C-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited series. ie: F4-65XDti C-LTD ‘Cyclone Evolution’
XDti CORK = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited Evoluzion Big Taper series F4-66XDti CORK ‘Cyclone Type-F’
XDti EVA = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited Evoluzion Big Taper series F4-610XDti EVA ‘Elseil’ Eva denotes EVA Foam handle.
XDti-HSL = Orochi Hyper Shootist Limited Evoluzion Orochi Hyper Shootist LTD F4-62XDti-HSL limited production run of 100 in 2007
XDti (RB) = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited Evoluzion Big Taper series F3-66XDti (RB) ‘Cyclone Type-F’ (200?). RB denotes Rifle Back handle style
XFti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion series. F5.5-68XFti ‘Jota Evolution Dorum Stick’
XFti-SB = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion series, slant bridge handle model. ie: F5.5-68XFti-SB ‘Jota Evolution Dorum Stick’. SB denotes slant bridge handle style
XGti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion series (2006). ie: F3.5-63XGti ‘Super Griffon’
XGti-HSL = Orochi Hyper Shootist Limited Evoluzion Orochi Hyper Shootist LTD F1.5-63XGti-HSL limited production run of 100 in 2007
XGti-RB = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion series (2006). ie: F4-60XGti-RB Flatbacker Evolution’ RB denotes Rifle Back handle style
XGti-SB = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion series (2006). ie: F5-510XGti-SB ‘Go Ten Evolution’ SB denotes Slant Bridge handle style
XKS = identifies a model in the Destroyer Kirisame series, spinning model. ie: F2-610XKS ‘Prime Stinger’
XNti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion (Nti) series. ie: F4-65XNti (editors note: unable to find name)
Xp = identifies a rod in the Pagani Graphite series. ie: F2-66Xp ‘Chapparral
Xp-Dti = identifies a model in the Pagani Evoluzion Dti line. ie: F1-63Xp-Dti ‘Meigeki’
XPDti = identifies and only found on the Pagani Evoluzion 魚矢限定 F1-58XPDti
XRC = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited 25th Anniversary Limited series. ie: FX-711XRC ‘Seven Eleven Type-RC’
XRC = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Racing Condition series. ie: F5-72XRC ‘Diablo Type-RC’
XRC-ACL = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Racing Condition series. F5-72XRC-ACL Aaron Martens Custom Limited. (Limited to 99 each model. Came with a limited edition FX-Knuckle 60 crankbait.)
XRCM = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Racing Condition series, Milano Limited. ie: F5-68XRCM ‘Jabberwock. M denotes Milano Limited model
XS = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Hedgehog series, spinning model. ie: F4st-61XS ‘Stinger’
XS = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Phase III series, spinning model. ie: F3-610XS ‘Aaron Martens Limited’
XS-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited line. ie: F3-64XS-LTD ‘Intimidater’
XS C-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited line. ie: F2-611XS C-LTD ‘Super Full House’
XSD = identifies a rod in the Destroyer DirectZ series. ie: F2-70XSD ‘The Spindrive’
XSDti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion Spinning series. ie: F1-63XSDti ‘Lycaon Evolution’
XSGti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion Spinning series. ie: F3.5-59XSGti ‘Hatchet Evolution’
XSGti = identifies and only found on the Orochi Jade Python series, spinning model F3.5-70XSGTI ‘Intelligent Cover Finesse’
XSGti-LTD = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F3.5-59XSGti-LTD ‘Hatchet Evolution’
XSNti = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Evoluzion SP Nti series, spinning model. ie: F0.5-63XSNti (editors note: unable to find name)
XSRC = identifies a rod in the Destroyer Racing Condition series, spinning model. ie: F3-511XSRC ‘Hatchet Type-RC’
XSY = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F4-63XSY ‘Yamanba Stick’
X THP C-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited line. ie: F6-68X THP C-LTD ‘Rekkai’
Xti C-LTD = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited series. ie: F5.5-77Xti C-LTD ‘Red Demon’
Xti EVA = identifies a rod in the Carrozzeria Custom Limited Evoluzion Big Taper series. ie: F5.5-70Xti EVA ‘Super Diablo’ EVA denotes EVA Foam handle.
Xti (RB) = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited Evoluzion Big Taper series F1.5-63Xti (RB) ‘Expada’ (200?). RB denotes Rifle Back handle.
Xti-RB = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F1.5-63Xti-RB ‘Espada’. RB denotes Rifle Back handle (200?)
Xti-SB = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited F4-66Xti-SB ‘Shamrock’ and F5.5-68Xti-SB ‘Diablo Stage II’. SB denotes Slant Bridge handle.
XX = identifies a rod in the Orochi XX rod series
Z-PBO Composite = blank material in the Destroyer Tomahawk GTZ, and Limited Drizzle (Destroyer Kirisame F1-66ZKS ‘Kirisame Limited’). Z is used to denote the use of Z-PBO composite blank construction. ie: Carrozzeria Custom Limited CF4-610Z ‘Cranking Custom’ (2008), Destroyer Kirisame F1-66ZKS ‘Kirisame Limited’, Destroyer Tomahawk GTZ F3-610GTZ ‘ Hein’
Z-PBO Composite Glass = blank construction material used on the Destroyer Tomahawk GTA series.
Z = identifies and only found on the Carrozzeria Custom Limited CF4-610Z ‘Cranking Custom’ (2008). Z denotes the use of the Z-PBO Composite material.
ZKS = identifies and only found on the Destroyer Kirisame series F1-66ZKS ‘Kirisame Limited’

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Megabass Orochi Huge Contact Series (2002-2009)

Development on the Orochi Huge Contact series began in 2002 as muskie and swimbait fishing was on the rise, and Megabass was lagging behind other companies in producing rods for big fish, heavy cover, and throwing big baits. The Orochi Huge Contact series was introduced finally in 2005. Blank construction was mainly DNA Graphite, though some of the rods used a combination of DNA Graphite and Hi-8X graphite.

2005

The Orochi Huge Contact series was introduced with these 6 models; F5-70DG ‘Advantage Type River’, F6-72DG ‘Destruction 72H’, F7-74DG ‘Destruction 74XH’, F8-78DG ‘Super Destruction 78XX’, F7-69DG ‘Mephisto’ , F3-610DGS ‘Aaron Martens Limited’.

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F5-70DG ‘Advantage Type River’, 7,0″,  3/8oz – 2oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, regular fast taper, casting model, slant bridge handle, Hi-8X + DNA Graphite blank construction

F5-70DG advantage

F6-72DG ‘Destruction 72H’, 7’0′, 3/8oz – 1 1/4oz lure rating, 12-30lb line rating, regular fast taper, casting model, DNA Graphite blank construction

F6-72DG destruction

F7-74DG ‘Destruction 74XH’, 7’4″, 3/8oz – 4oz lure rating, 12-32lb line rating, regular fast taper, casting model, DNA Graphite blank construction

F7-74DG

F8-78DG ‘Super Destruction 78XX’, 7’8″, 1/2oz – 4 1/4oz lure rating, 14-36lb line rating, regular fast taper, casting model, telescopic blank, slant bridge handle design, spiral wrapped guides, DNA Graphite blank construction

F8-78DG super destruction

F7-69DG ‘Mephisto’, 6’9″, 3/8oz – 4oz lure rating, 12-32lb line rating, fast taper, casting model, slant bridge handle design, DNA Graphite blank construction

F7-69DG mephisto

F3-610DGS ‘Aaron Martens Limited’, 6’10”, 1/16oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 4-12lb line rating, regular fast taper, spinning model, Hi-8X + DNA Graphite blank construction

F3-610DGS amart

2007

The Orochi Huge Contact Jade Python series was released, with 3 models: F5-711X ‘Seven Eleven Cyber Shootist’, F4-74XS ‘Versatile Power Spin’,and the F3.5-70XSGti ‘Jade Python’. The Jade Python series was distinguished by the rods being constructed with Multiplex Graphite, and of a 2 piece construction.

F5-711X ‘Seven Eleven Cyber Shootist’, 7’11”, 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, regular taper, 2 piece construction, spiral wrapped guides, casting model, Multiplex Graphite blank material.

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F4-74XS ‘Versatile Power Spin’, 7’4″, 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, medium fast taper, 2 piece blank, spinning model, Multiplex Graphite blank material

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F3.5-70XSGti ‘Jade Python’, 7’0″, 1/16oz – 5/8oz lure rating, 5-16lb line rating, fast taper, 2 piece construction, slant bridge handle, spinning model, Multiplex Graphite + Transgenic Titanium blank materials

F31-2-70XSGti jade python spinning

 2009

The limited release Orochi Huge Contact F3-610DGS-LTD ‘Aaron Martens Carrozzeria Limited’ was introduced.

F3-610DGS-LTD ‘Aaron Martens Carrozzeria Limited’, 6’10”, 1/16oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 4-12lb line rating, regular fast taper, spinning model, Airtech Graphite blank construction

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Megabass Destroyer Phase II (2004 to 2010)

With the conclusion of the Destroyer Phase I rod series and it’s HT100X blanks, the Phase II model change saw the introduction of the AirTech Hi-10X Graphite blanks. It was an 50+ ton modulus blank that improved upon the HT1000X blank used on the second half of the Destroyer Phase I series. (information on blank, reel seat and handle construction coming soon). (*editor’s note, if any of the information contained within is incorrect, or you have additional information, please contact me)

(2004)

The F1-51X ‘Toothpick’, F3-63X ‘The Griffon’, F3-610X ‘Hein’, F5-68X ‘Bandersnatch’, F1-63XS ‘Lycaon P3’ were introduced to the Destroyer line-up, in addition to the line-up carried forward from the Destroyer Phase I series. The F3-61X ‘Speed Tip Custom’ was discontinued.

Also released was the France Domestic Market only F3-610XS ‘SWF’ (no information is available on this rod, but I’d think it’d be the same specs as the F3-610XS ‘Long Distance Shaking Special’).

F0-60X ‘Elese’, 6’0″, 1/16oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 2-12lb line rating, regular taper, super ultra light power, casting model

F1-51X ‘Toothpick’, 5’1″, 1/8oz 7/16oz lure rating, 4-12lb line rating, regular taper, ultra light power, casting modeltoothpick

F1-60X ‘Elite’,6’0″, 1/8oz – 7/16oz lure rating, 4-12lb line rating, regular taper, ultra light power

F2-57X ‘Reservoir Dog’, 5’7″, 1/8oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 5-14lb line rating, medium-fast taper, light power, casting model

F2-66X ‘Chaparral’, 6’6″, 1/8oz – 5/8oz lure rating, 5-14lb line rating, regular taper, light power, casting model

F3-55X ‘Egly Go Go’, 5’5″, 3/16oz – 5/8oz lure rating, 5-16lb line rating, fast taper, medium light power, casting model

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F3-63X ‘The Griffon’, 6;3″, 3/16oz – 5/8oz lure rating, 5-16lb line rating, regular taper, medium light power, casting model

F3-610X ‘Hien’, 6’10”, 3/16oz – 5/8oz lure rating, 5-16lb line rating, ex-fast taper, medium light power, casting model

F4-60X ‘Flat Backer’, 6’0″, 1/4oz -3/4oz lure rating, 8-20lb line rating, medium-fast taper, medium power, casting model

F4-63X ‘Power Griffon’, 6’3″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, 7-17lb line rating, fast taper, medium power, casting model

F4-66X ‘Cyclone’, 6’6″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, 8-20lb line rating, regular taper, medium power, casting model

F4-71X ‘Advantage’, 7’1″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, 8-20lb line rating, medium fast, medium power, casting model

F5-510X ‘Go Ten Tachyon’, 5’10”, 1/4oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, medium-fast taper, medium heavy power

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F5-62X ‘Bearing Down Type-S’, 6’2″, 1/4oz – 1oz lure rating, 8-25lb line rating, Ex-fast taper, medium heavy power, casting model

F5-66X ‘Bearing Down’, 6’6″, 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, Ex-fast taper, medium heavy power, casting model

F5-68X ‘Bandersnatch’, 6’8″, 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, regular taper, medium heavy power, casting model

F5-69X ‘Brigandage’, 6’9″, 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, , medium heavy power, casting model

F6-67X ‘G-Ax’, 6’7″, 3/8oz – 1 1/2oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, medium-fast taper, heavy power, casting model

F6-69X ‘Super Destroyer III’, 6’9″, 1/4oz – 1 1/4oz lure rating, 12-25lb line rating, medium-fast taper, heavy power, casting model

F7-72X ‘Aaron Martens Model’, 7’2″, 3/8oz – 2oz lure rating, 14-30lb line rating, regular-fast taper, extra heavy power, casting model

F7-77X ‘Randy Blaukat Model’, 7’7″, 3/8oz – 2oz lure rating, 14-30lb line rating, fast taper, extra heavy power, casting model

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F7-711X ‘Seven-Eleven’ Heavy Cover Shooting Special’, 7’11”, 1/4oz – 2oz lure rating, 10-30lb line rating, fast taper, heavy power, casting model, note: telescoping, spiral guides

F0-68XS ‘Lycaon Competition’, 6’8″, 1/32oz – 3/16oz lure rating, 2-7lb line rating, regular-fast taper, spinning model

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F1-61XS ‘Lycaon’, 6’1″, 3/16oz – 1/8oz lure rating, 3-8lb line rating, slow taper, spinning model

F1-63XS ‘Lycaon P3’, 6’3″, 3/16oz – 1/8oz lure rating, 3-8lb line rating, regular-fast taper, spinning model

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F1-67XS ‘Saratoga’, 6’7″, 1/32oz – 1/4oz lure rating, 2-10lb line rating, slow taper, spinning model

F2-62XS ‘Fullhouse’, 6’2″, 1/16oz – 1/4oz lure rating, 3-11lb line rating, fast taper, spinning model

F3-59XS ‘Hatchet’, 5’9″, 1/16oz – 3/8oz lure rating, 5-12lb line rating, regular-fast taper, spinning model

F3-64XS ‘Intimidater’, 6’4″, 1/16oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 5-14lb line rating, fast taper, spinning model

F3-610XS ‘Long Distance Shaking Special’, 6’10”, 1/16oz – 3/8oz lure rating, line rating, (?) taper, medium light power, spinning model

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F4-62XS ‘Sight Fisher’, 6’2″, 1/4oz – 3/4 oz lure rating, 6-16lb line rating, regular taper, spinning model

(2005)

Models introduced in 2005 were:

F2-611XS ‘Super Fullhouse’, 6’11”, 1/32oz – 1/4oz lure rating, 3-10lb line rating, regular-fast taper, light power, spinning model, 2 piece.

F3-69XS ‘Shabbler’, 6’9″, 1/32oz – 3/8oz 4-12lb line rating, regular taper, medium light power, spinning model

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F4-68X ‘Jabberwock’, 6’8″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, 8-20lb line rating, regular taper, medium power, casting model

F5-59X (Diablo?)(*editor’s note: verification and info needed)

F6-68X ‘Rekkai’, 6’8″, 3/8oz – 1 1/2oz lure rating, 12-26lb line rating, regular-fast taper

Discontinued from the Phase II series transition to the Orochi Huge Contact series was the F3-610XS ‘Long Distance Shaking Special’ which underwent the transition to the famed Orochi Huge Contact F3-610DGS ‘Aaron Martens Limited’.

The F-060X ‘Elese’, F4-71X ‘Advantage’, and F7-711X ‘Seven Eleven’ Heavy Cover Shooting Special’ were finally transitioned to the AirTech Hi-10X Graphite blanks from the HT1000X blanks, the last of the Phase II rod lineup to do so.

(2006)

Megabass released 4 ‘Traditional Art Limited’ models. Illustrations were placed on the handles on 3 of these models (Lycaon Competition, Lycaon, Intimidater), and on the blank of the Multi Player.

2006 traditional art limited pic

F0-68XS-LTD ‘Lycaon Competition’, 6’8″, 1/32oz – 3/16oz lure rating, 2-7lb line rating, regular-fast taper, spinning model, note: Uguisusakura (?) illustration on blank above reel seat and before first stripper guide.

F1-61XS-LTD ‘Lycaon’, 6’1″, 3/16oz – 1/8oz lure rating, 3-8lb line rating, slow taper, spinning model, note: 雉楓 (Pheasant, Maple) illustration on blank above reel seat and before first stripper guide.

F2-64XS-LTD ‘Multi Player’, 6’4″, 1/32oz – 1/4oz lure rating, 3-10lb line rating, regular taper, spinning model, note: Genroku (?) illustration on blank above reel seat and before first stripper guide.

F3-64XS-LTD ‘Intimidater’, 6’4″, 1/16oz – 1/2oz lure rating, 5-14lb line rating, fast taper, spinning model. note: Tiger illustration on exposed blank of split grip handle.

(2007)

Discontinued models for 2007 were: F1-60X ‘Elite’, F2-57X ‘Reservoir Dog’, F2-66X Chapparral’, F3-610X ‘Hien’, F4-63X ‘Power Griffon’, F3-55X ‘Egly Go Go’.

(2009)

Discontinued for models 2009 were: F0-60X ‘Elese’, F1-51X ‘Toothpick’, F4-71X ‘Advantage’, F5-510X ‘Go Ten Tachyon’, F5-62X ‘Bearing Down Type-S’.

New for 2009/2010 was the new Racing Condition line with 9 models derived from the Phase II lineup, some of which changed specifications drastically: F3-63X ‘The Griffon’, F4-68X ‘Jabberwock’, F5-68X ‘Bandersnatch’, F6-69X ‘Super Destroyer III’, F7-711X ‘Seven Eleven’ Heavy Cover Shooting Special’, F2-62XS ‘Fullhouse’ , F3-59XS ‘Hatchet’, F4-62XS ‘Sight Fisher’

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F3-68XRC “The Griffon Type-RC’, 6’8″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, line rating, medium fast taper, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F3-63X ‘The Griffon’

F4-68XRC ‘Jabberwock Type-RC’ 6’8″, 1/4oz – 3/4oz lure rating, 8-20lb line rating, note: Racing Condition version of Phase II F4-68X ‘Jabberwock’, but based upon the F4-66X ‘Bearing Down’ according the the Megabass website.

F5-68XRC ‘Bandersnatch Type-RC’ 6’8″. 3/8oz – 1oz lure rating, 10-25lb line rating, fast taper, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F5-68X ‘Bandersnatch

F5-72XRC ‘Diablo Type-RC’, 7’2″, 1/4oz – 1oz lure rating, 8-22lb line rating, medium fast taper, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F5-59X Diablo(?)(*editor’s note: information and verification needed)

F6-69XRC “Super Destroyer Type-RC’, 6’9″, 1/4oz – 1 1/4oz lure rating, 12-25lb line rating, fast taper, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F6-69X ‘Super Destroyer III’

FX-711XRC ‘Seven Eleven Type-RC’, 7’11”, 1/4oz – 2oz lure rating, 10-30lb line rating, fast action, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F7-711X ‘Seven Eleven’ Heavy Cover Shooting Special’

F2-610XSRC ‘Fullhouse Type-RC’, 6’10”, 1/32oz – 1/4oz lure rating, 3-10lb line rating, note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F2-62XS ‘Fullhouse’

F3-511XSRC ‘Hatchet Type-RC’ 5’11”, 1/16oz – 3/8ozoz lure rating, 4-12lb line rating,
note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F3-59XS ‘Hatchet’

F4-68XSRC ‘Sight Fisher Type-RC’, 6’8″, 1/4oz – 3/40z lure rating, 4-16lb line rating
note: Racing Condition version based on the Phase II F4-62XS ‘Sight Fisher’

A limited release of 3 Racing Condition models with red accents called the Milano Edition rods were also produced with the same specs as their Racing Condition versions; F3-68XRCM ‘The Griffon’, F4-68XRCM ‘Jabberwock’, and F5-68XRCM ‘Bandersnatch’ .

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2010

At the end of 2010, the Destroyer Phase II series was discontinued, and replaced by the new Destroyer Phase III series.

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Introduction:

There is a mystique and beauty to a Megabass rod. A simple fishing rod that is hand assembled to the highest level of precision and quality, as one would expect from a product of Japanese ethos and heritage. A simple fishing rod that has design elements that are more than just the sum of disparate practical parts leading to an end result, a Megabass rod is a piece of industrial art.

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Be it a Destroyer Phase II F1-51X ‘Toothpick’ at a petite 5’1″,  or a Destroyer Black Jungle FX-83XBJ ‘Double Bull’ at a lofty 8’3″, or any length, power, taper, or model in between, rest assured that the Megabass rod you hold in your hand is at the pinnacle of rod design and execution. Carefully machined, anodized lock nuts, reel seats, winding checks and other essential parts are designed and manufactured in house. So too are myriad rod blanks of exotic materials and blends that have been conjured up by the visionary of Megabass himself, Yuki Ito. Not conjured up in the flashy yet soulless plastic reflection/replication of today’s fishing products, but created with unbound imagination, crystalline focus, and a master artist’s touch. With one objective in mind. Micropterus salmoides.

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Megabass is art disguised as a precision instrument of pure fishing intent. A rose for an unrequited love.

With that being said, much of the mystique behind Megabass is the fact that only in the past few years have their amazing rod lines become known to the angling public, and available for purchase here in the USA, which had been lagging behind the rest of the world in having official Megabass factory support. In the not so distant past, any Megabass rod purchase had to be made overseas and warranty claims were invalid outside of the country of sale. Any Megabass rod imported into the USA was done with the understanding that your hard earned dollars had not only bought you one of the most unique and sensitive rods in the world, but that if it broke due to a manufacturer flaw, not only you were out an amazing rod, but had no recompense from Megabass to address your concerns. That has now all changed, and the Megabass bass rod lines introduced to the USA are available with a standard factory warranty, which is a huge relief. The  Orochi XX line and the upcoming Levante rod line will be the main focus of Megabass in the USA, with small, one time, limited runs of other rod lines being offered to select retailers, and the Arms rod line being available for custom order at any time.

The goal is for this series of articles (there is just way too much to cover in one post) to be the definitive guide to Megabass bass fishing rods, both US and Japanese domestic models, from Megabass’ humble inception in Yuki Ito’s garage in 1985 to the current day’s finely tuned instruments. Megabass’ sometimes confusing terminology will be explained, and over time, a master list of all Megabass rods and lineups from 1986 to today will be posted.

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