The Okuma EVX Musky rod is a good choice for those looking to throw large baits with ease. They are known for their UFR technology that increases their tip lifting power. Therefore, they are commonly used in catching large freshwater fish such as musky. Here is a detailed look at some of the features and capabilities of the rod along with some of the best use scenarios.
Okuma EVX Musky Rod Performance
The Okuma EVX musky rod boasts of incredible strength, durability, and sensitivity. It pairs well with most musky baitcasting reels. We thoroughly enjoyed a full day of casting baits of all sizes with this rod.
The rod has a lure weight rating of between four and twelve ounces. This makes it suitable for use with large baits that most rods struggle to keep in place when casting. This muskie stick can handle most baits effectively without the cumbersome loading process experienced with many under-powered fishing rods. Once you have loaded the bait, you can also launch your lure with little difficulty. Also, the EVX can work with any large baits that require strong rods thanks to its stainless steel hook keepers. Therefore, if you are learning how to fish for giant muskies, this rod will simplify your casting process.
This rod comes in a telescopic “T” that makes it easier to store. This also increases the casting distance. You can cast using the rod at the shores or on your boat with ease. This serves well the novice musky anglers who would like to try fishing as they relax at different points, rather than grind all day long.
Okuma has given strength a priority when making this muskie rod. It has a deflection rating of 0.96, higher than the moderate deflection average of 0.90. It cannot be said to be a slow hitter, but it is a little lower than the all-purpose average of 1.17. With this rating, it is able to handle medium to large fish with relative ease. Besides, it is made with unidirectional fiber-reinforced rod tip technology (UFR) that increases its rod tip lifting power by at least three times. Therefore, you will have no problem lifting a huge musky or use the large musky baits.
Its added length further enhances its ability. This gives you enough leverage to battle any big musky trying to let go of your bait with much ease and without a risk of falling into the water. It also has a specialized RS tip inserts to give it unmatched durability and hardness. These materials do not deteriorate with regular fishing trips. You are able to enjoy the full power across the lifetime of this musky rod.
On the other hand, since Okuma has put together heavy components and included an oversized grip to enhance strength and durability, it has led to low sensitivity. You will find that it has an average sensitivity at most. However, given the target fish and the baits used, sensitivity should not be much of a problem. Besides, a lot of musky anglers will go for strength over sensitivity when looking for a solid rod.
When it comes to ergonomics, there is not much to expect from this rod. The manufacturer has gone for functionality instead, and the standard features result in a very sturdy extra heavy rod. You will find the stick unbalanced, big and beefy too. This will force some to make casts with two hands. However, it comes with a comfortable rear handle. Besides, when you increase the length of the rod and use the heavier baits, the unbalanced, heavy feel of the stick melts away. On the other hand, if you are looking for a rod for smaller baits, this is not the one for you.
When it comes to design, Okuma has ensured smooth finished looks for the entire blank. The attachments for various parts are also done pretty well. Its wooden handle has been sanded smooth with a rubberized reel release handle for ease of use. The paint is baked into the rod and will not chip away with accidental knocks against the boat.
The Okuma EVX musky rod is easy and fun to use when working with large baits. Despite its length, you will not have a problem loading baits and other actions. The length also gives you extra leverage when you need to launch large baits as far as possible. Once you have had your catch, you will enjoy its smooth power and resilience that enables you to battle the musky without changing your posture or losing your grip. On the downside, the rod requires you to have really large baits that are also heavy for you to enjoy its full strength.
If you are looking forward to big muskies and enjoy working with oversized fishing baits, then the Okuma EVX musky rod is an ideal fishing rod. While the manufacturer has not included any fancy features or design features, it does not give room for trial and error or vanity when getting the work done. It boasts of a solid build with a perfect mechanism for storage and loading baits. Besides, its length allows you to toss these baits as far as possible to increase your chances of catching more fish. While you may not head to the next tournament with the stick, it gets scores of good to great from most of the musky anglers who have used it.