Review of the Perfecta DHC7 Rod and Primmus Baitcasting Reel

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Review: Pinnacle Perfecta DHC7 Rod and Primmus Xi HS Reel

I’ve been using the Pinnacle Perfecta DHC7 rod paired with a Pinnacle Primmus reel for a few weeks now.  I’ve been pleased with previous gear from Pinnacle, so I was anxious to get my hands on this combo. The following are my findings after fishing with this set up.

   The tournament class rods offer technique-specific rods, and since I wanted a rod for light lures and finesse fishing, I chose the 6’ 10” DHC7 6101CAMHCB.  It’s a medium-heavy rod with a moderate taper. Pinnacle says it is for small crankbaits, but I thought it would work well for light tubes and jigs. I wasn’t disappointed.

   I carefully inspected the rod, and noted the quality craftsmanship. It utilizes an EVA split grip for reduced weight and feel, plus your grip doesn’t become slick when the handles get wet. Combined with the ultra-low-profile Fuji ACS seat, the rod has a comfortable fit and feel.

   I love the Fuji Titanium-SIC Tangle-Free K-Guides. Pinnacle definitely made a great choice here. The guides facilitate smooth line flow during casts and retrieves. The guides also keep the weight of this rod low which makes it a breeze to use.

   The Pinnacle Primmus Xi HS hand-tuned casting reel, weighing in at only 5.8-ounces, balances perfectly with the rod, not only in weight, but in looks too. The red anodized metal on the reel match perfectly with the red trim on the rod. The carbon fiber side plates and Duralumin alloy components keep the reel light without sacrificing strength.

The rod and reel performed well!

The rod and reel performed well! Note the tube in it's mouth.

   The 6-pin centrifugal cast control is new to me. I am much more familiar with magnetic casting controls. There’s a subtle “whirring” sound when the pins engage during the cast, but it’s hardly noticeable. I noticed it only because I’m used to magnetic brakes. However I quickly found pins are superior when using lighter baits. The reel comes with all the pins turned off. I recommend starting with 4 pins on, in an “X” pattern, and adjusting from there. I found 2 pins was the ideal set up for me. 

   One other tip to note is to not fill the spool up as much as you would on other reels. There’s a support bar underneath the thumb bar that may interfere with your line if you overfill the reel.

   I used the rod and reel to pitch 3” tubes and grubs on 1/8th-ounce jigheads into heavy brush. I also pitched onto bass beds – over, and over, and over, and…..  You get the point. Suffice to say, I did a lot of pitching with lightweight lures – something that has always been difficult for me, but not anymore. I found I could pitch with these lures just as easily as I could with heavier baits on stout rods. It’s a huge improvement.  I’m now a huge fan of 6-pin centrifugal brakes.

It's a beautiful combo

It's a beautiful combo

   I also found the swept carbon fiber handle on the reel to be quite comfortable. The EVA grips aren’t huge like they are on competitive reels, so they’re a perfect fit for my hands.

   Overall, I’m pleased with the combo, and impressed with the quality and performance of the gear Pinnacle is putting on the market these days. Obviously they’ve put a lot of thought and effort into the design of the rod and reel. It certainly shows. 

   The combo can be had for about $550, which sounds expensive at first. However, compared to some of my other combos costing in excess of $700, I can hardly tell the difference. Clearly the Pinnacle Perfecta 7 and Primmus reels are performing well above their price point. The rod and reel are definitely at the top of my list.

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