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Pinnacle Optimus Xt / Perfecta Dhc5-701Camh Combo

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About a month ago I obtained a Pinnacle Optimus XT and Perfecta DHC5-701CAMH Combo. Right out of the box I could see that this set-up was not your 'run-of-the-mill' combo. Once I strapped the XT to the Perfecta it was obvious that it was on a different level. The first thing I noticed was that it balanced out well, something that is not common to find when split-grip rods are involved. A typical split grip combo tends to be tip-heavy. Not this one. This set-up balanced out about 1" in front of the reel. It feels great in hand. I immediately loaded the reel with 12# Berkley Fluorocarbon.

On the water, the XT/Perfecta really shines. The Optimus XT is easy to dial in whether your throwing a small jig or a heavy Carolina Rig. In my opinion, the drag system is what separates a good reel from a bad reel. Clearly, this is a good reel. My 2nd trip out with it I noticed some shad were jumping so I moved over to the area in hopes that I could hook up. Well, I got all I asked for and more. I threw a 1/2 oz swimbait to where the shad had been jumping and let it sink for a couple of seconds. On about the 3rd crank with the Optimus the Perfecta loaded up nicely and I set the hook. Almost immediately the drag was hummin'. The fish was way too strong to be a largemouth and it was making a run going deeper as it stripped drag. I knew right then what it was and I also knew that the drag was going to get a workout. After about 5 minutes of give and take, I finally saw what was trying to break my arm as well as my rod and reel. Yep, a striper. A 14 lb striper. I got the fish in the boat and thought to myself that the Optimus/Perfecta combo did a great job. The rod had plenty of backbone to handle a fish of that size and strength and just enough give to keep my line from breaking. It was a nice balance. The drag as I spoke about before was butter smooth each time it started up which is very important. If that drag has any catch or hesitation at all while starting up, I dont land that fish. That goes for any fish that is big enough to strip drag, not just a striper. A 4 lb largemouth can snap your line if your drag isn't up to par. The Optimus XT drag system is up to par.

Besides it's good looks, another thing that attracted me to the Optimus XT was the Quick Flip button. On my 3rd trip out with this set-up I used the Quick Flip pretty much all day, flippin' and pitchin' a jig around docks and isolated cover. It worked like a charm and really comes in handy in these situations. It not only helps you out, it keeps you from wearing out your bearings just to lock the spool every 15 seconds. The Quick Flip button locks the spool when pressed down, in case something grabs your bait before you can manually turn the handle and get prepared for the hookset. Just pitch/flip your bait, press the Quick Flip and you're ready to drop the hammer when needed. Until that day I had forgotten how nice it was to have a Quick Flip button because none of my current reels have them.

The Perfecta DHC5 rod is a beast. I fished everything with this rod. Swimbaits, finesse jigs, football jigs, a Carolina Rig, etc....and this rod is a HUGE value for the money. It easily competes with alot of the higher end/high dollar rods that I own and is very light and sensitive. Even the slightest bite creates a vibe on this rod. It's simple, to the point and meant for serious business. The Alconite guides are a nice touch, as is the Fuji blank thru reel seat. It's got a fast taper and plenty of strength to get a bass turned in the right direction. It really is an excellent stick all the way around.

From what I can tell, Pinnacle has done a fantastic job with their Tournament Class reels and Perfecta DHC5 rods. Congratulations to Pinnacle for putting out excellent equipment without the huge price tags. That's really important these days. I see more Pinnacle gear in my future, for sure.

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Thanks for the great review on two quality products.

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Nice review

I have a couple questions

How is the feel of the quick flip- does it wiggle at all-solid seem like it will last? And what pressure to press the button light -heavy?

What are pro-cons of dual system?

From site--"Combined magnetic and centrifugal anti-backlash system"

Thanks

It is a shame though that in the Chicagoland area I cant find a place that sells them and emails to Pinnacle are fruitless but I still would like one.

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Thanks for info I'm going to order this set up also going to order a 7' 2" steez for my traps it's the only way to compare so i'll just get the both. Ha ha

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Quake, to lock the spool with the Quick Flip takes a little more than light pressure but nothing close to heavy pressure. The button is plastic (I suspect for weight concerns) and it's held up being pushed probably 300 times so far and it still feels like it did when I got it.

The combo braking system is designed for an angler to get maximum casting distance with minimal backlash. Centrifugal is better for low speed casting (pitching/flipping/short distance casting) and starts up at the beginning of your cast. The magnetic brake takes over as the spool starts to slow on casts that have the spool moving at high speeds. (Big cranks, swimbaits, etc)

This link may help you out.

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