Megabass Orochi X4 Rods
The rods of Megabass Pros Aaron Martens, Shin Fukae and Randy Blaukat on the BASS Elite and FLW Tours, the Orochi X4 series represent Megabass’ most significant development in multi-axis blank technology. Featuring proprietary Hi-Tension Active X4 Matrix blanks, Megabass has built a rod that is both lighter and stronger. This seeming contradiction is made possible by two technological advances:
- - Active X4 Matrix wrap
- - Adaptive 40 and 46 ton high modulus graphite
The Active X4 Matrix increases tension and stiffness significantly with a 4-axis carbon graphite wrap (think “X” superimposed on “+” to get an idea of the pattern). These exceedingly tough fibers wrap tightly around the blank from butt-end to second guide, increasing backbone, leverage and power on the water without adding unnecessary bulk.However, a wrap can never substitute for blank construction—and Megabass does not disappoint. The Orochi X4 features an adaptive blank of carefully selected 40 and 46 ton graphite. This allows for truly adaptive blank construction that takes into account the specific needs of each stress-point under varying load-levels—meaning that every single inch of your blank is optimally tuned with the best graphite for the job. This adaptive core is further reinforced by its own braided 2-axis “XX” pattern micro-carbon fiber cross-weave, which runs the entire length of the blank.
The X4 series is rounded-out with Fuji stainless steel SiC guides, custom reel seats, and an aggressively tapered handle (on baitcasting models only) inspired by US pro anglers. This grip features a quick taper behind the reel seat that not only feels more comfortable hour after hour, but also increases your gripping power by providing a more manageable size for your third and fourth finger. This taper extends a few inches, then settles into a slim handle that stays out of the way when working jerbaits and jigging, etc.With a blank that starts off with adaptive graphite construction, followed by a 2-axis micro carbon fiber wrap, finished off with a 4-axis carbon backbone—you get a rod that is incredibly strong and resistant to off-axis torque, yet also light and exceptionally sensitive. And with ergonomic grips and a 3-Year Warranty, you will be comfortably fishing this rod for years to come.
Orochi X4 Rod Models
RattleViper Technical Game Rod F3-68x4
Light and maneuverable, the F3-68X4 has a lot of versatility for medium-weight casting applications. With a fairly-soft taper, the F3-68X4 is ideally suited for jerkbaits like the Vision 110, which at times requires the subtle manipulations that only a softer tip can provide in order to trigger strikes. Small to medium crankbaits, texas-rigged worms, and jigs from 1/8oz. to 1/4oz. are also ideally suited when paired with 8-12lb. test Dragon Call line.
Cyclone Baitcasting Rod F4-66x4
The F4-66X4 is perhaps best classified as a light-power rod. With a length of 6’ 6” and medium-fast taper, the Cyclone is ideal for techniques that require a physical hook-set. The length and taper allow the angler to comfortably impart the shaking, pulling and twitching actions necessary for effective jig and worm fishing. Perfect for jigs and texas-rigs from 3/16oz. to 3/8oz., this rod also doubles as a medium-range crankbait stick, ideal for cranks such as the MR-X Griffon or the Deep-X 100. Dragon Call line tests from 10-15lbs. make this stick come alive.
Black Elseil Baitcasting Rod F4.5-70X4
Great for topwaters, jerkbaits, finesse jigs, soft plastics and even crankbaits, the Black Elseil is an incredibly versatile rod. At 7' long, this F4.5 power rod has a Medium-Fast taper which lends itself well for techniques that require long casts and sweeping hooksets. Considered by the Pro Staff to be the perfect rod for Carolina rigs, the moderately soft tip allows the angler to cast these (at-times) awkward rigs with ease. Other ideal applications include dragging football-head jigs, fishing scroungers, and throwing medium to deep running crankbaits like the Deep-X 200T. Incredibly light and sensitive, the long blank is perfect for actively working baits, taking up a lot of line on hookset, and casting long-distances. Pair these offerings with Dragon Call line in tests of 10-20lb. for best results.
Baitcasting Rod F5-68X4
A lightweight powerhouse of a rod, the F5-68X4 has a regular taper that makes it ideally suited for powerful hooksets and short, accurate casts. Great for spinnerbaits from ¼-½oz. and medium-running crankbaits like the MR-X Cyclone, the Super Orochi comes alive when casting jigs and Texas-rigs between 3/16 and 3/8oz. The manageable length and taper allow for easy lure manipulation and worry-free casting on the water, especially when paired with Dragon Call line in 10-20lb. test.
Cover Hacking Baitcasting Rod F6-68X
With a length of 6’8” and a medium-fast taper, the F6-68X4 Cover Hacking offers an exceptional combination of power and castability. The faster taper allows for a manageable tip without sacrificing the raw power needed to fish heavy cover. The Cover Hacking is an excellent choice for fishing jigs and worms in deep water, where lure manipulation and hooksetting power are required. Perfect for casting heavier jigs and Texas-rigged worms from 3/8-3/4oz., this rod will also double as a spinnerbait and crankbait rod. Intended for short, accurate casts with heavy line, the F6-68X4 excels in tests of 12-25lbs.
Mat Bucker Rod F6-71x4
A 7'1" power stick - ideal for precision flipping in heavy cover. One of the most ideal uses for this rods is pitching jigs into thick brush. Most rods designed for this application are either too long and bulky making it difficult to maintain accuracy or alternatively a shorter lighter rod doesn't possess the backbone required for such cover - the Mat Bucker is the perfect medium between the two.
Destruction Baitcasting Rod F6-72X4
A favorite of professional anglers on the FLW and BASS Tours, the F6-72X4 Destruction offers the maximum in power, feel and control. Ideally suited for pitching and casting all jig and Texas-rig setups in weight ranges of ¼- ¾ oz., the Destruction will also make for a great flipping stick. The 7’2” length and medium-fast taper also lend themselves well for Carolina rigs, football jigs, big spinnerbaits, and deep diving crankbaits like the Deep-X 300. Anglers who prefer longer rods for their ability to take up more line in hookset and increased casting distance will enjoy the F6-72X4 paired with Dragon Call line in tests of 12-30lbs.
Seven Eleven Baitcasting Telescopic Rod FX-711X4
The FX-711X4 Seven Eleven is a tool for the serious angler. The 7’11” telescoping blank allows for incredibly-long casts, and takes up a tremendous amount of line on the hookset. The Seven Eleven has a fast taper, going from a stiff butt section to a relatively stiff—yet manageable—tip, which makes this rod perfect for big, hard-pulling crankbaits, all spinnerbaits, swimbaits, buzzbaits, pitching and flipping jigs and worms, carolina rigs, football heads and deep jigging. A staple on the boat deck of every Megabass Pro, the Seven Eleven is a must-have workhorse for tournament fishing. Match up the FX-711X4 with Megabass Dragon Call line in tests of 12lb. to 30lb. test.
Black Python Rod FX-81X4
Measuring 8'1" this rod exceeds some tournament organizations length limits, but for recreational fishing its an excellent enthusiast rod. Megabass suggests using this rod as a big reaction bait rod - i.e. Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits and some types of swimbaits. The maximum lure rating of 2oz is quite accurate and shouldn't be exceeded.