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Megabass Announces Destroyer Rods New for US

Drawing upon decades of Japanese design evolution and expertise, the long-awaited Destroyer ® begins its journey anew in the United States. 

First released in Japan in 1996, the Destroyer ® rod series ushered in an era of unrivaled performance, innovation, and craftsmanship that reverberated throughout the angling world. Built to Japanese specifications, each generation of Destroyer ® represented an evolution in Megabass ® rod design, allowing Japanese anglers to realize ever-greater potential with every cast. 

“Harnessing this design evolution and ethos, we are proud to present the all-new Destroyer ®, crafted exclusively for North American anglers,” said Yuskei Murayama, President of Megabass of America, Inc. “Initially limited to eight models, each rod represents a careful refinement of key American techniques, tirelessly honed by the insight our designers have gained though thirty-years of innovation across virtually every product category.”


Each un-sanded blank features the original Destroyer ® logo as a nod to its predecessors, and is constructed of a proprietary Hybrid Graphite System for a silky smooth—yet powerful—action. Multi-axis build increases torsional rigidity, hoop strength, and potential energy, resulting in a blank coiled to unleash bombing casts and devastating hooksets, while revealing a surprisingly deep wellspring of power to control the fight. 

“When your rod designers work alongside the very creators of the jerkbaits, swimbaits, jigs, etc. that each rod is developed for, something truly special happens,” said Kenichi Iida, Sales & Product Manager of Megabass of America, Inc. “By drawing on this expertise, we were able to fine-tune our rod actions to truly maximize the potential of each lure and technique.”  


Armed with the best available materials and components, patented advancements, proprietary blank builds and tapers, and that impeccable fit and finish anglers have come to expect from Megabass, these first eight models represent the opening salvo in North America’s own Destroyer ® journey. Choose your weapons wisely. 

MSRP: $399 – $425, available April 2017



  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 3/4oz
  • Line Rating: 8 – 20lb

The Destroyer ® Oneten Special delivers improved castability and effortless cadence, allowing anglers to maximize the potential of their Megabass jerkbaits. Proprietary multi-axis Hybrid Graphite System yields a blank that feels poised to unleash furious casts, while also holding a surprising amount of power to control lure and fight alike. 

Crisp, lightweight blank and fast taper combine to significantly reduce blank reverberations between jerks, and transmit angler input more quickly and precisely. This increases sensitivity between jerks for improved bite detection, while also requiring less energy to generate the same amount of lure action. 

Shortened rear grip further improves rod cadence ergonomics, for truly unrivaled precision and performance. Not limited to jerkbaits, the Oneten Special is also well-suited for those top water applications that rely on cadence and angler input to impart lure action.


  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 1oz
  • Line Rating: 8 – 20lb

The Destroyer ® Daemos inherits its core DNA from the Destroyer Racing Condition and Orochi XX Diablo Spec-R, building upon this heritage to take single hook applications to the next level. With a stronger and more sensitive blank, Daemos detects those nearly imperceptible follow-bites during swimming retrieves, and drives thick-gauge steel home for decisive hooksets. 

Lightweight construction does little to obscure the blank’s undeniable power, allowing for nimble responsiveness on the water. Daemos loads with a silky-smooth bend for instinctive casting feel, inspiring professional-grade sniper casts to tight targets.


  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Medium-Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 1oz
  • Line Rating: 8 – 20lb

The Destroyer ® Javelin is a specialized long-range model, developed specifically for treble hook baits to maximize casting distance and hookup/landing ratios. Employing our Hybrid Graphite System and a Medium-Fast taper, casts load deep into the powerful mid-section of the Javelin’s 7’5″ frame, translating angler energy into formidable casting distance. 

Javelin is designed for fast-moving search baits and burning, with a Medium-Fast taper tuned to absorb—then quickly pin and control—those key reaction bites. With ample power to set the hook at the end of a long cast, Javelin’s smooth-bending blank also responds dynamically to load, absorbing surges from hard-charging fish to keep those finicky trebles securely buried. 

F6-71X FMJ

  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 1.25oz
  • Line Rating: 10 – 25lb

The Destroyer ® FMJ harnesses the full potential of our proprietary Hybrid Graphite System and multi-axis construction, delivering a unique blend of sensitivity and power to take jig fishing to new heights. 

FMJ transmits contact and composition in sharp clarity, Japanese carbon transmitting even the subtlest pickup bites and pecks. Showcasing a tip section designed with that perfect balance of stiffness/give to hop jigs out of danger of snags, FMJ is built to dominate the gnarliest structure, without sacrificing the ability to manipulate jigs with exact precision. 

Powerful lower blank section puts control in your hands in and around structure, while FMJ’s flawless bend responds effortlessly to surging fish to keep hard-won bites pinned. 

FMJ’s balance point is carefully calibrated to a palming grip, pivoting with the angler’s hand as the axis point. This reduces rod-work fatigue, while also positioning the angler to unleash fearsome hooksets at a moment’s notice. 


  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Extra-Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 1.5oz
  • Line Rating: 10 – 25lb

The Destroyer ® Valdivia is first and foremost a frog rod, developed to give our touring pro’s every edge to dominate the mats. 

Precision & Distance: 7’6″ length sends frogs to the farthest reaches of expansive mats, while blank’s intuitive bend allows for pinpoint accuracy when targeting open pockets or edges. 

Control: Hybrid Graphite System and multi-axis construction afford a lightness that belies Valdivia’s size and strength, allowing for comfortable rod work to draw the maximum action from frogs.

Positive Hookset: Blank tapers to a subtle tip section with the perfect “give” for ambushing bass to take down their meals. Extra-Fast taper quickly transitions to the massively powerful mid/belly section upon hookset, driving thick-gauge hooks home. Valdivia’s entire blank responds dynamically to changing loads, keeping fish pinned under the heaviest mats until anglers can reach in to grab their trophy. 


  • MSRP: $415
  • Taper: Fast
  • Lure Rating: 3/8 – 2oz
  • Line Rating: 16 – 30lb

The Destroyer ® Warhammer is designed for devastatingly powerful and effortless punching applications in the deepest and darkest jungle mats. Leveraging Japanese carbon, a proprietary multi-axis build, and double-wrapped and double-footed Titanium SiC ® guides, Warhammer is built for all-day endurance punching. 

With balance point calibrated just in front of the reel seat, Warhammer’s pivot point helps reduce fatigue from the repetitive motions of launching and controlling your punch rig. 

With that rare combination of deceptive lightness, vast power, and poised balance, Warhammer is forged so you can outperform and outwork the competition.


  • MSRP: $425
  • Taper: Medium-Fast
  • Lure Rating: 4 – 8oz
  • Line Rating: 20 – 40lb

Named after the Roman siege catapult, the Destroyer ® Onager was designed to launch large baits with impunity, and crafted for serious bigbait anglers.

Utilizing proprietary multi-axis blank construction and Hybrid Graphite to reduce weight without sacrificing strength or durability, Onager’s entire length exhibits massive power to control bigbaits—and trophy targets—from cast to scale. Combination of lightweight blank material and raw power enables nimble rod work, imparting key action to large baits like the I-SLIDE 262T with ease. 

Rear grip length is carefully tuned for two-handed “lever-casting,” and can be comfortably tucked under arm during retrieves, or used to brace throughout the fight of your life. Double-footed Titanium SiC ® guides are double-wrapped for durability and performance at key moments.

Onager proudly reflects the commitment of those who dedicate their life to “the one.” 


  • MSRP: $399
  • Taper: Extra-Fast
  • Lure Rating: 1/8 – 1/2oz
  • Line Rating: 5 – 12lb

The Destroyer ® Addermine is a master of light-line finesse applications. Supple, sensitive tip design offers subtle control, while detecting the most delicate of bites. Under increasing load, Addermine transitions with silky-smoothness, bringing the fight to the surprisingly powerful middle and lower portions of its blank. 

Hybrid Graphite System adapts dynamically throughout the fight, ensuring that surges are absorbed fluidly, without putting undue stress on light line and light-wire hooks. Tapered AAA-Grade cork foregrip transitions comfortably to Tip Down Balancer for ideal grip form of index finger extended to touch the blank.  

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