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Ready for Battle: Abu Garcia Introduces New ZATA Series at the Classic (continued)

 

ZATA Spinning Reel: Not to be outdone by its low-profile sibling the ZATA spinning reel also features a 10+1 stainless steel bearing count and makes use of a lightweight aluminum frame paired with a machined aluminum spool. This spool is equipped with the company's angled "Rocket Lip" design that is designed to improve line-flow during casts. 

 

 


The ZATA spinning reel feels even more solid with an aluminum body. The green paint and red highlights are the same as the baitcaster

 

The new spinning features the same compact profile that has now become somewhat a signature of Abu Garcia reels. This reel is also designed to be a everyday workhorse and is equipped with a stainless steel main shaft for long term durability, a souped up bail system for reliability, and a carbon fiber handle for enhanced rigidity and corrosion resistance.

 


The ZATA reels look more high-end than their price would indicate and the carbon fiber handle is a very nice touch

 

The ZATA spinning reels will be available in a 20 size with a gear ratio of 6.2:1 which is capable of retrieving 31.3" of line per handle crank. The spinning reel will also retail for the exact same price as the casting version at $174.95, and will start becoming available in the early Spring timeframe.

 

 

 


Rods will also be part of the new ZATA family

 

ZATA Combos: Along with the new ZATA reels Abu Garcia also unveiled the new ZATA rods which feature the same green and red styling on a 24 ton graphite blank. The rods are finished with stainless steel guides and WINN grips, as well as an open hook hanger positioned above the foregrip. So how much do they cost? These matching rods will not be available for purchase separately, and will be part of combos with either the ZATA baitcaster or spinning reels. 

 


These combos will retail for only $209.99, which is only a 35 dollar premium over the ZATA reels alone

 

The ZATA combos will target mainstream applications with 6'10" and 7' spinning rod models, and four casting rods ranging in size from 7' to 7'3" with medium-heavy to heavy powers and fast to moderate fast actions.

 

All of the new combos will retail for only $209.99, which is only a $35 dollar premium over the reel alone, a very aggressive price for a ready-to-fish package.

 

Abu Garcia's ZATA Series is sandwiched right in the middle of many of the existing Revo Series reels, and anglers will have the choice of sticking with a proven series like the Revo SX, or trying one of these boldly styled new ZATA products. As many manufacturers are adding products at the top end of the spectrum the new ZATA Series is designed to appeal to the core of the mainstream segment, or anglers that simply love an old fashioned military green motif. Sign me up.

 

Looking for the Abu Garcia ZATA Series Reels?

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