By Mud Hole Staff
Talking MHX Bass Rods with MLF Pro Bradley Roy
Go through MLF Pro Bradley Roy’s rod locker with us to find out what rods he’s using to catch more bass and chase 1st place on every stage of the Bass Pro Tour.
How Roy Built Fishing Rods and Career with MHX
Turning pro by 19, Roy has truly grown up in competitive bass fishing, and now, he knows the ropes just about as well as anybody on the water.
In fact, Bradley Roy shares the record for the most consecutive 5 bass limits with none other than Kevin VanDam, if you’ve ever heard of him…
In just 6 years on the pro bass circuit, Bradley Roy has claimed Rookie of the Year, finished 2nd in Angler of the Year, and cashed plenty of checks in between. All the excitement of the Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour has certainly been a whirlwind, but Bradley appreciates one constant, custom rod building.
The Best Pro Tour Rods on Bradley’s Boat
Bradley Roy has been building his own rods since his start in professional bass fishing, and given his success on bass fishing’s biggest stages, it’s about time we find out all the secrets stored safely in his rod locker.
With a fishing streak matched only by Kevin Van Dam, Bradley Roy has been on ‘em since he signed up for a professional bass fishing career. He has also caught every bass as a pro with MHX Rods that he builds by hand.
Now, that’s pretty cool…
Building his career on MHX Rods has created a bond stronger than epoxy, and we are lucky to catch the exclusive on each rod from Bradley Roy himself!
Watch MLF Pro Roy Explain His Bass Fishing Rods:
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Build the same performance driven bass rods that Bradley Roy fishes on the MLF Bass Pro Tour!
From rods that can do it all, to builds that dial into certain lures and techniques, Roy has quite the arsenal to help him stay competitive on lakes across the country.
Learn more about each of Roy’s Pro Tour MHX Rods below:
Elite-X Spinning Rods
NSJ870-MHX Elite-X Spin Jig Rod
The NSJ870 Elite-X builds one of MLF Pro Bradley Roy’s best spinning rods for finesse applications, like longer drop shots, shaky heads, and more. Roy’s spinning rod casts with superior accuracy, while its strategic fast tip gives baits the ideal action, and its light power bends deeper to become the perfect shock absorber that guarantees fish stay hooked, even the really fat ones. The ultra-responsive fast tip and lighter yet powerful backbone create a superior performance for spinning applications anywhere with fish.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 4-8 lb. | 1/32 – 1/4 oz. | Fast Action | Light Power
“My NSJ870 Elite-X Rod is definitely one of the best rods I’ve built for spinning and finesse applications, like longer drop shots, shaky heads, and even wacky rigs. The balance of sensitivity with the perfect light power make this rod very hard to compete with in finesse fishing applications.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NSJ870-MHX HERE!
NSJ871-MHX Elite-X Spin Jig Rod
MLF Pro Bradley Roy’s NSJ871 Elite-X Spinning Rod is a fast action, medium-light power rod that has the ultimate blend of sensitivity and finesse for spinning rod applications. From the slightly softer tip, to the solid back bone, there isn’t much his Elite-X Spinning Rod can’t do. This is an awesome option for any longer drop shot or shaky head situations, especially when catching larger smallmouth bass in deeper, clear water.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 6-10 lb. | 1/16 – 3/8 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Light Power
“The MHX Elite-X Series is one you have to fish to believe — I built my NSJ871 Elite-X Rod because its superior action and solid bend allow me to set the hook in a flash, and then, wrestle bigger fish up from deep water with ease. Plus, it’s an ultra-lightweight spinning rod that I can fish all day, all week, and when it’s working, even all season long without any added fatigue.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NSJ871-MHX HERE!
NSJ872-MHX Elite-X Spin Jig Rod
Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy goes with his 7’3″ NSJ872 Spinning Rod for the best balance in fast action and medium power that a spinning rod can bring. Its responsive fast action tip will quickly sense a strike and set the hook, while the solid backbone steps in to bring bigger fish up to the boat in no time. Between the length, action, and power, Roy couldn’t build a better spinning rod for finesse fishing around rocks and brush piles than the Elite-X NSJ872.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 6-12 lb. | 1/8 – 1/2 oz. | Fast Action | Medium Power
“I guarantee my NSJ872 Elite-X Spinning Rod will always have a place on my boat while I compete across the country on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. From the responsive tip, to the powerful backbone, I know that when I fish this spinning rod—the bass will bite and my score will soar!”
– Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NSJ872-MHX HERE!
Elite-X Mag Taper Casting Rods
NMB873-MHX Elite-X Mag Taper Rod
A new and improved take on MLF Bass Pro Bradley Roy’s favorite bass fishing rod, this all-purpose NMB873 Elite-X Casting Rod’s medium-heavy power and fast action can truly do it all. With an enhanced sensitivity, it’s perfect for casting anything from topwater lures and spinnerbaits, to working a heavier Carolina rig through grass and throwing jigs into dense cover. Using Bradley Roy’s Signature All Purpose Casting Rod, you can throw, feel, and control of variety of lures to catch more bass and cash more checks.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 10-17 lb. | 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Heavy Power
“My Elite-X NMB873 Casting Rod is truly unbelievable on the water. From its lightweight design and superior sensitivity, to its incredible backbone and increased durability, this rod will be my weapon of choice on many of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour stops this year.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NMB873-MHX HERE!
NMB873.5-MHX Elite-X Mag Taper Rod
When MLF Pro Angler Bradley Roy heard about the NMB873.5 Elite-X, he had to build one for the Bass Pro Tour. The engineering behind the NMB873.5 is a true original because it was developed as a happy medium between the versatile MB873 and MB874, but then incorporates the advanced materials of the Elite-X Series for the ultimate fishing performance regardless of location.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 10-20 lb. | 3/8 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Heavy Power
“For all-purpose bass fishing, my NMB873.5 Elite-X Casting Rod will get the job done. Whether throwing jigs, worms, Carolina rigs, or even chatterbaits, I know what I’m getting in the NMB873.5 and that confidence is impossible to beat.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NMB873.5-MHX HERE!
NMB874-MHX Elite-X Mag Taper Rod
Whether he’s fishing jigs or larger worms through hydrilla and reeds, or around structure, and other semi-heavy cover, MLF Pro Bradley Roy grabs his NMB874 Elite-X Rod. Between its fast action and heavy power, there isn’t much that Roy’s NMB874 can’t handle. From fishing a variety of lures, to catching the biggest bass, this rod is a seriously good choice regardless of location.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 12-20 lb. | 1/4 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Heavy Power
“Bass will eat larger worms or jigs just about everywhere in the country, and I build my NMB874 Elite-X Rod to easily handle the biggest bites. The Elite-X Series is the real deal, you will have a hard time finding a stronger rod with the same professional grade sensitivity as this casting rod.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NMB874-MHX HERE!
Elite-X Mag XF Casting Rods
NMB813XF-MHX Mag X-Fast Rod
Relying on an extra-fast action, medium power, and 6’9” length, MLF Pro Angler Bradley Roy built his NMB813XF Elite-X Rod as a killer jerkbait rod with excellent casting accuracy and a boost in backbone. The length is slightly shorter to avoid slapping the water and boat, while the extra-fast action quickly snaps jerkbaits with ease to attract more strikes, and then setting the hook in a fraction of a second. For casting accuracy, less fatigue, and incredibly quick hook sets, you will have a hard time beating this rod’s fishing performance.
Specifications: 6’9″ | 10-17 lb. | 3/16 – 3/4 oz. | X-Fast Action | Medium Power
“There are many times on the water when I’m looking for an extra-fast tip to work jerkbaits quickly with no fatigue, yet also have the adequate backbone to handle bigger fish—this rod always answers this call. From enhanced sensitivity in the tip, to the strength of the backbone, my extra-fast Elite-X Rod is extremely dangerous in any bass fishing competition.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NMB813XF-MHX HERE!
NMB863XF-MHX Mag X-Fast Rod
Featuring an extra-fast action, medium-heavy power, and 7’2” length, MLF Pro Angler Bradley Roy built his NMB863XF Elite-X Rod to cast jerkbaits further, while the responsive tip works lures quickly with less motion. Going from strike to hookset in a fraction of a second, the extra-fast action brings superior sensitivity and far less fatigue. Plus, it has a seriously strong backbone for the leverage to launch casts a country mile, and then, easily handle bigger bass strikes.
Specifications: 7’2″ | 10-17 lb. | 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | X-Fast Action | Med-Heavy Power
“If I need an extra-fast tip, but also want a really strong backbone and increased length for leverage — my NMB863XF Elite-X Casting Rod is perfect. From the superior sensitivity and response time in the tip, to the powerful backbone and added length for leverage, this rod is often my answer across the country.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NMB863XF-MHX HERE!
Elite Pro Spinning Rods
NEPS86MLF-MHX Elite Pro Rod
The NEPS86MLF builds one of MLF Pro Bradley Roy’s favorite spinning rod combinations for finesse drop shots, ned rigs, and more. For spinning applications, this rod casts with superior accuracy, while it’s fast tip gives bait the ideal action, and its medium-light power bends to become the perfect shock absorber that guarantees fish stay hooked all the way back to the boat. The responsive fast tip and medium-light backbone provide an excellent spinning rod performance across the country.
Specifications: 7’2″ | 6-15 lb. | 1/8 – 1/2 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Light Power
“My NEPS86MLF Rod is definitely one of the best rods I’ve built for spinning and finesse applications, like drop shots, ned rigs, and wacky rigs. The balance of sensitivity with the ideal power make this rod very hard to beat in open water and finesse fishing applications.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NEPS86MLF-MHX HERE!
NEPS86MF-MHX Elite Pro Rod
Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy goes with his 7’2″ NEPS86MF Spinning Rod for balance of medium backbone power and responsive fast action tip. Roy’s NEPS86MF Rod is strong and incredibly sensitive, making for excellent versatility in finesse fishing applications and more. Between the length and action, this Elite Pro Spinning Rod moves baits with minimal effort for maximum results on the water.
Specifications: 7’2″ | 8-17 lb. | 3/16 – 5/8 oz. | Fast Action | Medium Power
“The MHX Elite Pro Series Rods are truly incredible—I always have my NEPS86MF 7’2″ Spinning Rod nearby in the boat because its crisp action and healthy bend help me hook fish in a flash and quickly win the fight. Not to mention, it’s ultra-lightweight so I can fish all week and into the weekend without any fatigue.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NEPS86MF-MHX HERE!
Elite Pro Casting Rods
NEPS86HF-MHX Elite Pro Rod
Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy picks up his 7’2″ NEPS86HF Casting Rod for its unique combination of heavy power, fast action, and ultra-lightweight. This Elite Pro Casting Rod has an excellent backbone and an ultra-responsive tip, making the perfect rod for fishing Carolina rigs, open water frogs, slop frogs, and even casting swim jigs in open water as well as in dense cover.
Specifications: 7’2″ | 12-25 lb. | 1/2 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Heavy Power
“My NEPS86HF Casting Rod is my go-to when open water froggin’, casting Carolina rigs, and especially, fishing swim jigs around cover. The 7’2” length is great for casting further out and then picking up line, and the backbone gives me the best boost when I’m wrestling bigger fish.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NEPS86HF-MHX HERE!
NEPS90HF-MHX Elite Pro Rod
While MLF Pro Bradley Roy is fishing all over the country, he often turns to this 7’6″ NEPS90HF Casting-Pitchin’ Rod when hitting spots along the bank, pitching between heavy cover, and also in tighter places around structure. Using the 7’6″ length, heavy mid-butt power, and fast tip, Roy knows that whether he is casting, flippin’, or pitchin’, this high-performance rod will land a lot of fish.
Specifications: 7’6″ | 10-20 lb. | 1/2 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Heavy Power
“If you were to compare professional bass fishing to backyard wrestling, my 7’6” NEPS90HF and the big bass it catches would definitely get the crowd going every time. Whether I’m pitchin’ around docks, or along banks with heavy cover, the performance of this rod means serious business and together, we’re ready to cash some checks!” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR NEPS90HF-MHX HERE!
Flipping, Pitching, and Punching Rods
FS904-MHX Flipping Stick
Check out the superior sensitivity and powerful performance of MLF Bass Pro Bradley Roy’s 7’6″ Flippin’-Heavy Casting Rod. This rod’s moderate-fast action brilliantly works whether flippin’ or casting a Carolina rig. Once the hook is set, its medium-heavy power steps in dominate the fish fight and bring aggressive bass quickly back to the boat. Let’s put it this way, Bradley knows no matter where he’s fishing, this rod can catch ‘em.
Specifications: 7’6″ | 10-20 lb. | 1/4 – 1 1/4 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power
“With this rod, I can throw heavier lures and know that it’s my best bet. When I’m fishing and need that extra strength to rip ‘em out of dense cover, this Flippin’-Heavy Casting Rod gives me the confidence I need, and it’s what I’m going with every time.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR FS904-MHX HERE!
FP885-MHX Flipping & Pitching Rod
Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy knows flippin’, pitchin’ and froggin’ are great ways to catch big bass across the country, and his 7’4″ Flippin’-Pitchin’ Frog Rod is always ready to compete. Featuring a fast action tip, this rod’s sensitivity is great for feeling and working a frog, while its length and power give plenty of leverage for a solid hook set. Then with the fish pinned, Roy trusts the ferocious heavy power to easily dominate big fish back to his boat.
Specifications: 7’4″ | 12-30 lb. | 3/8 – 1 1/2 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Heavy Power
“If I’m looking for an accurate rod with enough power to pull fish out of cover, this Flippin’-Pitchin’ Frog Rod easily exceeds my demands. Shorter than your typical flippin’ stick, the 7’4″ length keeps my casts precisely on target, while I trust its power to help me score the biggest bass.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR FP885-MHX HERE!
FP936-MHX Flipping & Pitching Rod
Pro Angler Bradley Roy will bet his FP936-MHX Flippin’ and Pitchin’ Rod against the lot of flippin sticks out there any day. For general, all-purpose flippin’ applications, this 7’9” extra-heavy casting rod has some serious butt power paired with a forgiving mod/fast tip flex that keeps big fish hooked whether they dive deeper or explode out from heavy cover. Roy knows this rod is always ready to perform and handle the biggest bites.
Specifications: 7’9″ | 15-30 lb. | 3/4 – 2 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | X-Heavy Power
“Whether I’m fishing the heaviest cover in Florida, or anywhere else in the nation, I know what my FP936-MHX Flippin’-Pitchin’ Rod will bring big fish to the boat. I can flip with increased accuracy and trust the combination of moderate-fast action and extra-heavy power to help me score bigger bass in no time.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR FP936-MHX HERE!
Cranking Casting Rods
CB905-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod
With a tactical balance of a moderate-fast action and medium-heavy power, MLF Pro Bradley Roy’s CB905 Casting-Cranking Rod is great for jerkbaits, rattle traps, swim baits, topwater baits, and medium lipped crankbaits. This 7’6” rod casts like a dream and masterfully maneuvers each lure with a combination of a mod-fast action and the ideal length to pick up line, but then counts on its medium-heavy power to easily absorb the pull from these lures and the fish they catch.
Specifications: 7’6″ | 10-20 lb. | 3/8 – 1 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power
“I grab this Casting-Cranking Rod primarily for medium crankbaits, especially while running parallel along the bank and cranking in 8-12 feet of water. The added length of this 7’6″ rod extends my casting ability to increase the baits time diving through the strike zone, so that I can improve my rate of hooking fish.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR CB905-BLEND HERE!
CB907-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod
With its length at 7’6″ and its heavy power, this Bradley Roy Casting-Cranking Rod is great for any deep diving crankbaits. The CB907 Rod Blank pairs perfectly with deep diving crankbaits because it has the power to easily handle the pull from these lures and any aggressive strike they attract. Bringing the high performance of MHX and custom rod building to deep diving crankbaits, Bradley Roy’s 7’6″ Casting-Cranking Rod is impossible to beat.
Specifications: 7’6″ | 12-25 lb. | 1/2 – 1 3/8 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Heavy Power
“Whether fishing in the summertime, or anytime when fish are lurking down deep, I love throwing a deep diving crankbait with my 7’6″ Casting-Cranking rod. The extra length is great for extending the strike zone and maximizing my success rate to weigh more fish in far less time!” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR CB907-BLEND HERE!
Mag Taper Bass Casting Rod
MB842-MHX Mag Taper Rod
An exclusive custom rod recipe from Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy, this 7’0″ Casting Rod relies on its medium-light power and fast action to bring a strategically sensitive yet strong performance to freshwater fishing. Perfect for anything from pitchin’ and worming, to casting spinnerbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits, this rod’s all-around performance is hard to beat.
Specifications: 7’0″ | 8-15 lb. | 3/16 – 5/8 oz. | Fast Action | Medium Power
“My 7’0″ Casting Rod is a great all-purpose rod that performs best with any treble hook baits that need require some added action. Whether working jerkbaits, walking topwater baits, or popping topwater baits, I use this casting rod’s fast tip to add action to the bait and then quickly set the hook, then I look to its medium-light power to finish the job and bring that fish to the boat.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR MB842-MHX HERE!
MB873-MHX Mag Taper Rod
Arguably MLF Bass Pro Bradley Roy’s favorite bass fishing rod, this all-purpose casting rod’s medium-heavy power and fast action can truly do it all. Perfect for casting anything from topwater lures and spinnerbaits, to working a heavier Carolina rig through grass and throwing jigs into dense cover. Using Bradley Roy’s Signature All Purpose Casting Rod, you can throw, feel, and control of variety of lures in any freshwater applications to maximize your odds of catching the competition.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 10-17 lb. | 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Heavy Power
“If I were forced to choose one rod, this MB873 Rod Blank would be the one… I keep three rigged up on my boat at all times because their versatility is impossible to beat and it keeps bass coming to the boat across the country.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR MB873-MHX HERE!
MB874-MHX Mag Taper Rod
Like many others addicted to bass fishing, Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Bradley Roy loves throwing a frog, and this 7’3″ Casting rod is one of his favorites for froggin’ and much more. Featuring a fast action tip and a heavy power, this rod is great for throwing lures farther, while its sensitivity and leverage make for a seriously strong hook set. The 7’3” length provides precise casting and its heavy power easily handles the biggest hogs.
Specifications: 7’3″ | 12-20 lb. | 5/16 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Heavy Power
“My MB874 Casting Rod is the go-to for froggin’ and handling big bites. At 7’3″, this rod is incredibly accurate when casting to help me put that frog on a dime and right into the strike zone every time. Plus, the tip is perfect for putting action in the frog and the power lets me rip ‘em out of dense cover, like thick grass or matted vegetation with ease.” – Bradley Roy, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler
BUILD YOUR MB874-MHX HERE!
Or, you can…
Start with Bradley Roy’s All-In-One Turnkey Rod Kit
If you’re looking to start rod building with the perfect kit, let Bradley Roy help you out with his Signature All-In-One Rod Building Kit. With this turnkey kit, you get all of the components, tools and supplies you’ll need to build and fish your first custom bass rod!
This kit has every tool, supply, and instructional material you’ll need to get started in DIY custom fishing rod building and rod repairing. Start DIY fishing rod building today and see why top pro anglers are raving about custom rod building!
- HWS-1 professional hand wrapper
- RDS 9RPM rod dryer with 3 rod stands
- Complete Step-by-Step instructional DVD
- Full-Color How to Build a Fishing Rod book
- ProKöte & ProPaste epoxy finish & glues
- 5 grit tape reamers
- 5 Spools of ProWrap rod building thread
- Mixing cups, mixing sticks & finish brushes
- Thread pick, clippers, alcohol burner & more
Plus, all the components to build a performance driven all-purpose bass fishing rod:
- Mag Taper MB873-MHX Rod Blank
- MHX WinnDry Polymer Grips
- LZR Guides by CRB
- CRB Deluxe Graphite Reel Seat