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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:41 am

ccass wrote:
MardukFIN wrote:I've built just one K2, TX-763ML-C 7'6" 1 4-12 lb. 1/16 - 1/2 oz. F
It has 398g power.


If I could get a do-over, I would have picked up a K2 blank on the lighter side and built a BFS rod instead of the SCV I built on. It's a really nice blank but, my K2 I have now is insanely sensitive and the blank is pretty balanced.


712-C intrests me. It's also moderate fast <3. And light as feather.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:29 am

timinmo wrote:I am eager to hear your reviews.


Okay, now I've tested it.. Probably best rod I've ever fished! As sensitive as NFC MB 705 HM, but much more power. That's what I wanted. 8-) Much more sensitive than St. Croix 5C70MF. Haven't landed any fish. Got one nice bite, but missed it. Tested small spinner, 9g and jigs 5-20g. Rod emits every scratch greatly. Also one notice. That tube handle resonates nicely. With spinner it felt like a 'speaker' in my hand. :lol:

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby timinmo » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:35 am

MardukFIN, I'm sorry but you have me a little confused. The blank/rod you mention in your last post, are you speaking of the new NFC X-ray or the new MHX blank?

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby sarcazmo » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:43 am

MardukFIN wrote:
timinmo wrote:I am eager to hear your reviews.


Okay, now I've tested it.. Probably best rod I've ever fished! As sensitive as NFC MB 705 HM, but much more power. That's what I wanted. 8-) Much more sensitive than St. Croix 5C70MF. Haven't landed any fish. Got one nice bite, but missed it. Tested small spinner, 9g and jigs 5-20g. Rod emits every scratch greatly. Also one notice. That tube handle resonates nicely. With spinner it felt like a 'speaker' in my hand. :lol:


Are you speaking about the x Ray or tye new elite x ?/from mudhole?

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:20 pm

I'm speaking NFC MB 736-1 (X-ray LMX) and yes, it's best rod i've ever fished. Easily. Power and sensitivity is magnificient.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby sarcazmo » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:01 pm

MardukFIN wrote:I'm speaking NFC MB 736-1 (X-ray LMX) and yes, it's best rod i've ever fished. Easily. Power and sensitivity is magnificient.


Well that got me excited to build mine up :)

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby timinmo » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:52 am

Thank you, Marduk. It also gets me excited. When I finish the NFC HM I am working on I may have to try an X-ray.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:41 pm

sarcazmo wrote:
MardukFIN wrote:I'm speaking NFC MB 736-1 (X-ray LMX) and yes, it's best rod i've ever fished. Easily. Power and sensitivity is magnificient.


Well that got me excited to build mine up :)


I built it this way. Carbon tube handle is very nice. It resonates and emits bites very nicely.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby sarcazmo » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:57 pm

Lovely build. How did you make that handle?

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby hoohoorjoo » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:49 pm

sarcazmo wrote:Lovely build. How did you make that handle?

I think that's the North Fork carbon handle, same as what's on the Black Widow rod series. They are carbon tubes and are mounted on graphite arbors. Usually, there is one at each end and 1 in the middle(2 in the middle if that handle is really long).
Try not to let your mind wander. It is much too small to be outside unsupervised.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby dennis_rf » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:14 pm

MardukFIN wrote:
timinmo wrote:I am eager to hear your reviews.


Okay, now I've tested it.. Probably best rod I've ever fished! As sensitive as NFC MB 705 HM, but much more power. That's what I wanted. 8-) Much more sensitive than St. Croix 5C70MF. Haven't landed any fish. Got one nice bite, but missed it. Tested small spinner, 9g and jigs 5-20g. Rod emits every scratch greatly. Also one notice. That tube handle resonates nicely. With spinner it felt like a 'speaker' in my hand. :lol:


Can you say something about the ideal lure weight range yet? How low can you go in terms of enough weight to load the rod and feeling what bottom contact lures are doing?
I know the MB 705 HM pretty well and I assume the lure range of the 736 X-ray is way higher?

Thanks!

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:22 pm

It's best at 10-25g lures. You can cast 5g jighead+jig, but it bit too low weight to load blank nicely. Haven't tried over 20g jighead with jig, but it casts that easily. I think its like 8-35g at least, maybe more.

Sensitivity is better than 705 HM. Also castability. 3" extra length helps also in distance.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby 5bites » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:15 pm

I’m curious about that mhx. I look forward to your thoughts on it when you get a good feel for it.

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby MardukFIN » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:57 pm

I couldnt test that. customer wanted that asap it was ready. :x I'll tell what he says about it. He's pro 8-)

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Re: Blank comparison

Postby timinmo » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:13 am

Well I broke down and ordered one of the NFC X-ray blanks. I probably will not get it built in a while but ordered the 736 should be here is a couple weeks. Hoping to save it as a winter project but will probably get antsy before then.


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