HTO N70 Labrax Special
A rod with lofty ambitions! It takes its name from the N70 Nebula, a luminous bubble of interstellar gas, a birthplace of powerful new stars. These massive formations of gas profoundly affect their environment, leaving their mark on the future for generations to come. A rod named after such an immense and powerful entity needs to be special, and it is! This is the very best bass blank HTO have ever built, we believe it to be one of the best bass rods ever made for the UK and European bass angler.
The price of this rod was the very last thing we had in our minds when we set out on the N70 journey. We wanted to create the very best bass lure rod we could, with zero compromise. The blank itself is built from 40-ton Carbon from renowned Japanese manufacturer, Mitsubishi. This carbon base is coated in M4 resin which adds incredible strength while retaining the highest elasticity and sensitivity creating a blank wall that is 100 times higher in tensile strength compared to steel of the same thickness. Finally, a layer of 45-degree helical carbon tape is wrapped around the blank giving it an extra layer of protection plus a unique spiral look that doesn’t compromise the blanks performance.
This building process makes the rod featherlight, crisp, and with an extra fast action that will punch lures to distance and with pinpoint accuracy, yet maintaining the very best action for working lures to their highest levels of efficiency and attraction.
Fitted to the blank are Fuji Titanium Framed Torzite T2 K spinning guides. We chose these guides as they are super light to fit in with the featherweight blank, they are also highly efficient. Their design dramatically reduces line twist and gives the line a much more direct motion of travel through the guides for more efficient and accurate casting. They are suitable for both braid, Fluorocarbon and monofilament. A Fuji VSS reel seat completes the rod, with a Winn grip handle that is light, soft to the touch, and provides excellent grip.
N70 Labrax Special: 8’9” - 6-40g
The baby of the bunch packs a mighty punch! Don’t be put off by this model being the shortest. This rod is seriously comfortable and user friendly and fishes a massive casting range of lures exceptionally well. The “89” fishes just as well with an 11g plug as it does with a 40g metal, a seriously good all-round lure rod!
N70 Labrax Special: 9’4” - 7-42g
Ideal if you want an all-round rod but prefer a little extra length. This rod will cast plugs, soft plastics and metals all exceptionally well and is a joy to work surface lures with.
N70 Labrax Special: 9’9” - 8-44g
Can’t decide between a traditional lure rod and a shore jigging model, the “99” offers you the best of both worlds. With enough finesse to work smaller lures with precision but enough steel to blast heavier lures to the horizon. Don’t stick a flake in this 99!
N70 Labrax Special 10’4” - 9-46g
With an increased interest in shore jigging in the UK, we wanted to make a rod that fits into this growing trend. Allowing you to cast a wide range of metal jig sizes with confidence with a phenomenal casting performance that lets you fish further than you ever have before. Not only a casting machine it retains enough sensitivity to feel everything and work lures with precision, and not just metals either, its perfect for launching heavier soft plastics and plugs too.