Megabass rods with their mix of good looks, perfect taper for the application and often times surprising versatility sold me on them. Every loopis/saint nick/twisler rods all look the same to me now. Bizarrely ancient, crude and downright unfinished looking by comparison. I hear they dont break as easy boat flipping so they have that going for them. Modern MB seems a little fragile these days but we have a thread for that.
I didn't have much cash at the time I was roofing houses and was able to stash around $500 I ended up getting a glx 803 JWR from Bronzefly and a curado 200e. I thought the sensitivity was amazing. I was big on Texas rigging tubes and floating worms at the time combo worked well for that but as I started throwing beeffier creature baits I wanted something with a bit more power and the flashy JDM stuff caught my eye.
My 2nd combo was a Megabass Diablo 5.5 evolution 68xti I got from Hungrycow, paired it with an alphas sv105. I loved the rod but kinda missed, it had a bit more overall power than 803 but not much. Now I have a steez sv 6.3 on it. The 6.3 gold accents match awesome with the evo. It's my favorite rod to this day but I use it for vision 110's, and dark sleepers, senkos.
It took about 10yrs but I have found 4power Loomis is my jam for T-rigging!! I also have a fleet of enthusiast tackle at least two combos for every technique. It's safe to say I'll forever be a gear enthusiast, my problem is I also hunt and ski, the dark side has crept it's way into my other hobbies aswell. I guess I have to thank TT in part for that, even though I'm not sure thank us exactly the right word.
The rod was a G Loomis MBR842 GLX I picked up new at a wholesaler for $200. It was more than twice what I had ever paid for a rod, but I didn't hesitate at the chance to but that rod at that price. I had only read about the Loomis GLX rods up to that time.
The reel I would like to find is a TD-Z Ito. I love and use my TD-Zs regularly, and that metallic green color is just killer.
Rod that got me going down the rabbit hole was the OG GLX. Finding out there was better sensitivity than that was mind boggling to me. Now to find another racing design to add to my collection…
Circa 1990 Shimano Fighting Rod, 6'6" Med. 2-piece below the first guide IIRC...paired with a dark blue Daiwa autocast spinning with a digital cranking speed readout on the back of reel, and below the handle stem.
First GLoomis GL3 CR724 (Delta Bait and Tackle Manteca CA) was a very stout stick and I was amazed at the crispness and power of it. Paired up with a Daiwa Magforce Procaster.
My first higher tiered combo was a GLoomis MBR783 IMX from Delta Bait and Tackle paired to the OG Pearl White Chronarch 100A. Outdoor Sportsman in Stockton CA circa 1995...that was the opening to several GLoomis IMX and GLX models to come.
First JDM circa 1999 was the OG Burgundy Red 1000 from Japan Tackle and paired with a Falcon Expert 6'9"L.
What a long strange trip it's been...and hopefully continues to be for many years to come.
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Fast forward 13 years and pops is unfortunately no longer around but what is around is my bass arsenal which consists of literally 100% NRX rods (5 I take with me every trip and the rest I leave at home as I deem unnecessary for the day ahead). Looking to branch out into some Megabass stuff if I start leaning into fishing hardbaits again. My in use reels are JDM Metaniums with a Vanquish and Excense for spinning. Irresistible with the exchange rate. I do have my workhorse Chronarch G as my single in use USDM reel. My UL lineup is two JDM rods, a GLoomis TSR rod and a JDM reel...that I really want to upgrade to a Vanquish. Like I said, the damage has been done and there's no going back. I have the Valkyrie 71MH, Windbuster, NRX 872s, 782s, 803c and a couple Triza rods currently on my radar. If I ever got into big baits again I'd get rid of my Dobyns rods and replace them with Valkyrie World Expedition rods as multipiece is something I've really come to appreciate in the past few years of traveling and fishing. Considering moving to the midwest to retire somewhat soon and that's gonna throw 901s/902s onto my radar. I'd really like to find a spinning rod that feels just a hair less powerful but otherwise very similar to my 903c to take with me for redfish this fall and for general inshore use near home. The good news is I'm more than willing to sell stuff as it sort of gets phased out of relevance in my arsenal. The bad news is for every $500 worth of stuff I might sell, I have $1000 worth of plans to buy