I fished this rod for the first time last week throwing Jack Hammers. I caught several nice 3-4 lb. bass. I do recommend the Rumble as a Chatterbait rod. I ordered over the phone from Alex on a Thursday and received the rod on a Friday, the very next day! Thanks Alex.
Let me say I have probably 7-8 other Alx rods from, Ikos, Zolo, and higher end one. I fished the Rumble yesterday and I was not that happy. It was a pretty heavy rod compared with some others I have. The thing I really didn't like was how stifff it was at the handle. Cork usually has a little give and this was hard. I also thought with the glass tip, the rod would load up a lot more.
Hi Chris! Thanks for the review Sorry to hear you weren't thrilled, but hopefully after a few more trips you will come to appreciate how unique the Rumble is. The cork grip same as used on all our ZOLO and ENOX models. This is a very high quality cork that should be very firm and not give when gripped. As you noted, the Rumble is heavier than other ZOLOs because of the partial glass construction. The total weight is around 5oz - which is more than most of our carbon fiber (aka graphite) rods. The Rumble is specifically designed to have a lot of power at the butt with a lighter tip so it loads when a fish hits but with ample power to set a single, heavy jig hook on moving baits like vibrating jigs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, etc. It will not load deep like a glass crankbait rod does. Thanks again for your honest review!
Would not believe how nice of a lipless crank ripbait rod this one makes along with a bladed jig. I never had much luck with chatterbaits using a crankbait moderate rod. Lot of my lakes I fish are heavy vegetation. I wanted a glass rod that is not a noodle and strong and stiff enough that if I got stuck in the stuff, it could pull my lure through or rip it. Still keeping that parabolic flex that can take the fighting pissed off jumping fish or launch a lipless crank a mile. The Rumble is really good at that. I have been catching them on it. I owned a ton of big name brands and went through a lot of them. Most good glass rods are designed now for crankbaits and going to be thick in diameter which this is, after getting used to that, the Rumble is really light and because it is not a sluggish noodle gives you casting stability like a graphite rod along with sensitivity that lacks in glass rods. Hard combination to get in a rod. Bladed jig, grass swim jig is perfect..! Lipless cranks is ideal rod because it has the backbone stability to rip out stuck lures and parabolic still to fight nasty head shakes trying to throw your lure. Still remains light enough to not wear you out casting all day. Win win for being a versatile niche rod for a select techniques. I paired it with a Shimano CuradoK Mgl 150 at 6.5 oz reel, it's seriously light and comfortable.
Very fast shipping. Very well packaged. Rod is lighter than I thought. Easy casting and really sensitive once I put braid on my reel. Can now feel every vibration of the Jack hammer. Handled 3 to5 lb. Largemouth with no problem. I can not wait to get more ALX rods.
I fish Chatterbaits, Spinnerbaits, and Swimjigs on this rod. I can feel every vibration and tick of rocks and cover.
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.
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