The Trickster serves as a catch all rod with an emphasis on mid-weight finesse presentations. It’s adept at drop shots, light shakey heads and even small topwaters or cranks. The design of the rod blank is focused more on a power with a finesse tip for the right type of bait presentation.
Line: 4 - 10#
Lure: 1/16 - 1/2 oz
Average Rod Weight: 3.8 oz
Handle Length: 11.75" (End of butt to front of reel seat)
You can do a lot with this rod. This week I used it to throw a Zman SMH neko rigged and it performed flawlessly. Other times it works great to throw ballhead jig/swimbait combo, shakey head. Very versatile... I need to get another. Just waiting for one to pop up in the trick shop. I like buying the custom models that come out from time to time if you keep your eyes peeled.
A. (Harpursville, US)
Another great rod from ALX! Just the right amount of finesse and backbone. High quality all around. There is a reason I am switching all of my rods over to ALX!
mark tubbs (Hayden, US)
Not just a finesse rod
Is the trickster great for drop shot? Yes. Ned rig? Yup. Shakey head? Check. But it's also an amazing jerkbait rod (if you like spinning rods for them, like me)! Paired with a quality size 2500 reel, it can cast a 110 half a mile. I've caught many big smallmouth on it (over 5 lbs.) and even a few good sized northern pike (up to 12 lbs or so) with no problem at all from the rod. Keeps the fish pinned, I've had virtually no lost fish. Take my advise and give it a try. Also recommend the Maestro for dropshot, neds, blades, etc. I have about a dozen ALX Zolos, they are all amazing.
John Holda (East Orange, US)
Guys, purchased 3 ALX Zolo Trickster rods -these are the real deal-from ned rigs, senkos ,dropshot even flukes -this rod excels at any of these techniques - I was a long time Dobyns guy and swapped the champion extreme spinning rods out for these Tricksters and couldn’t be any happier. The build quality is incredible and the feel in your hand feels like you are holding a much more expensive rod. Sensitivity is awesome -don’t listen to anyone say ALX rods are not sensitive -they are very sensitive. Alex the owner is a great resource of info as I spoke to him on any questions I had. Several of my buddies have become interested in the Zolos and a friend of mine Kevin just ordered a Trickster or two as well. For the money ALX rods are the best bang for your buck :)
Gary Carter (Mt. Pleasant, US)
The Trickster is the best shaky head rod I have ever used. Incredibly light and sensitive, with plenty of backbone for a strong hook set.
Also a great rod for light jigs in inshore applications. My go to for sea trout.
The ALX Rods ZOLO Series Bass Fishing Rods are designed for the tournament angler and offer the widest variety of models to address specific techniques. The innovative design improves vibration transmission and overall smoothness which results in responsive, durable performance. All of this adds up to a rod that is light in hand, gives you an edge on feeling bites, and loads right to increase your landing percentage.