ICAST 2020: COMPLETE ZODIAS BASS ROD REDESIGN FROM SHIMANO
Jul 14th, 2020 by Keith Worrall
Modified Jul 14th, 2020 at 1:37 PM
COMPLETE ZODIAS BASS ROD REDESIGN FROM SHIMANO OFFERS SENSITIVE CARBON MONOCOQUE TECHNOLOGY GRIPS WITH LIGHT CI4+ REEL SEATS
LADSON, S.C. – ICAST 2020 INTRODUCTION – Available August ‘20 – Continuing the enhanced casting accuracy and distance from its Hi-Power X blank construction, Shimano offers a new lineup of Zodias rods with added sensitivity from their Carbon Monocoque grips and light, rigid CI4 reel seats. The new Zodias series includes 9 casting rods and 8 spinning rods in the key lengths, powers and actions for today’s popular bass fishing techniques.
First offered on its flagship Poison Adrena bass rods, Shimano’s hollow Carbon Monocoque grip transfers even the smallest vibrations from underwater structure, lure action or bites to an angler’s hand. “When combined with our lightweight carbon-infused CI4+ reel seat, anglers are offered up to 30% more sensitivity over traditional rod handles,” said Adam Diehl with Shimano’s product development team. “Add that sensitivity to the benefits of reduced rod twist from our Hi-Power blanks for better fish-fishing control, and Zodias provides the tool needed to target your personal best every cast.”
Be it jig and worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits as well as other bass-catching tactics, the Zodias rods are designed for specific applications. Shimano added to two new length to the Zodias lineup including ZDC-70MH 7’ medium-heavy power casting rod for bottom contact presentations and all-around use, and the 7’6” ZDS-76ML spinning rod for drop-shot rigs, hair jigs and small swimbaits for smallmouth. The heavy power, 7’5” ZDS175H is ideal for braided-line applications, especially when making long casts into grass. A long reargrip provides added casting distance leverage.
All the Zodias rods blanks feature Hi-Power X construction, eliminating blank twist for both better casting distance and accuracy. Hi-Power X is a unique process to support the lightweight blanks, with carbon tape added in a 45-dgreee ‘X’ pattern on the outside of the blank. The tape process provides what is called ‘torsional rigidity’ to keep the blank from twisting during the cast so anglers benefit from more distance and a more accurate lure presentation.
All the one-piece Zodias rods come designed with Fuji Alconite guides with a Fuji SiC tip.
For more information on Shimano’s entire Zodias rod series, see your local tackle shop – or visit the Shimano web site at http://fish.shimano.com where you can also buy them locally from your nearest retailer.