Pinnacle Perfecta 7 Rod and Producer LTE Reel ReviewPinnacle Perfecta 7 Rod and Producer LTE Reel Review We reviewed Pinnacle's Tournament Class Perfecta DHC7 crankbait rod paired with their Tournament Class Producer LTE PRD1OLTE reel.
By Keri May
Casting Rod – Pinnacle 7-foot, 4-inch Tournament Class Perfecta 7 DHC7-741CAMCB, paired with Pinnacle’s Tournament Class Producer LTE PRD1OLTE reel.
As in my last review of a Pinnacle Tournament Class Rod, this review covers an incredibly lightweight rod that is well balanced and is certainly great to look at. This crankbait rod is rated as as medium-moderate that is designed for medium-depth cranking. The construction is outstanding. It features a Double Helical Blank (DHC) construction for strength and increase sensitivity. In short, DHC is a process that layers high-modulus graphite wrapped in an opposite direction around the initial layers of high-density carbon. This process creates rods that are extremely light and durable.
The micro guides are Fuji Titanium-SIC Tangle-Free K-Guides which make casting and retrieving a smooth venture. The low-profile Fuji ACS reel seats reduce weight and form a solid, comfortable base for the reel. The split-grip, high-density EVA handle is great in all weather conditions and feels good in your hand. I do not have a single negative comment about the Series and have not had any issues. I like the way these products perform.
The reel is light – weighing in at 5.75 oz. – has a high speed 6.2:1 gear ratio, and a 9 Bearing System (8BB+1RB). But one of the best features is the price. The MSRP is just $89.99. The Producer is built with an X-Bone metal frame that distributes stress among four points. This feature is found in Pinnacle’s higher priced reels.
Additional features include REF2 Carbon side covers, lightweight duralumin spool, drive and worm gears, and a concave aluminum handle. I like the external adjustable magnetic cast control, which is a necessity when swapping out different sized crankbaits. This reel is truly out of the box ready. As with high-end Pinnacle reels, it offers a quick release side cover and audible star drag. The reel is pleasing to look at, and for the price, it performs just as well as many higher priced reels I own. Pinnacle has created a very competitive reel at a great price.
I used this combo for summertime cranking. It performed very well and I have to say I’m impressed. It is a challenge to find a good combo that works well on both light and heavy lures, but this did the job with minimal adjustments. I fished light weight crankbaits and deep divers all day long without experiencing fatigue.
The only negative observation from my testing is the reel made a bit of noise while casting and retrieving. It was not a major cause for concern by any means and was easy to forget after a while. It didn’t seem to cause any problems with the reel. Bottom line, the reel performed and looked great paired with the Perfecta rod.
This combo is my new go-to cranking rod and reel. Nice Job Pinnacle and thank you.
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