Spent all day throwing the ol' chatterbait (3/8ths Elite with Hogfarmer spunk shad & 1/2 oz Jackhammer & Thunder Cricket with zako), paired with the previous generation Tatula SV TW. Compared to the other glass rods I've used (and even the other 'cranking' composite ones), the Rumble performs above the price tag, and I think ALX has a 'good un'.
A lot of glass rods leave baits like a chatterbait feeling 'mushy', to deaden the thump and torque, at least in my experience. The Rumble feels like a counter to that, allowing you to feel every subtle thump. From deflecting the Jackhammer off of cover to grass getting into the decoy snap, it all feels distinct and identifable, allowing you to know what's going on with your bladed jig regardless of situation.
A huge selling point that will likely be overlooked will be the weight. It balances well with a myriad of reels (I went with that Tat SV because of the spool), and even fishing it hard all day, you don't FEEL the fatigue you get from other glass rods (the mythical 736CB, anything from Japanese companies made for a Jackhammer). And unlike those longer rods, you can roll cast and hit your spots with ease. I've even been throwing 1/2 oz spinnerbaits with a big colorado and 1/2 oz swim jigs, and running and gunning with this rod is an afterthought because of how light it is.
I've been happy with all of my ALX Zolo rods, so you can go ahead and call me a homer. But this one is really special. I've spent over a grand going back and forth and back and forth, trying different rods and trying to find something that doesn't interfere with how I fish (from a kayak) and doesn't wear my butt out. This one is a joy to fish, has been worth every penny, and is gonna slide right next to your Zolo Toadface as two of the 'special rods' that ALX produces.
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.
- NG carbon Hydra blanks featuring 125 gsm scrimless carbon fiber
- Precision-rolled with over 100ft/lbs of intense pressure
Fitted with 100% braid-safe Z Series Kigan guides
- MidMicro Guide Train System reduces weight, increases line control and passes leader knots and thick lines
- Trimmed reel seats to eliminate contact with threading and weight reduction
- Backed by a 3 year warranty and our SureSet Replacement Program
- Handcrafted at the ALX Rods factory in Aiken, South CarolinaSee All ZOLO Series Rods
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