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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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 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.

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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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