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Rod Preview


The new Shimano Cumara freshwater rods make their official debut....in a few hours
 

Date: 7/10/07
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction: It didnít take long for the tech savvy readers here on TackleTour to start piecing the story together over the new Core reels and Cumara rods after our coverage of the Shimano beta test event at lake El Salto, Mexico. We had an opportunity to not only preview the new Cumara rods but actually fish the prototypes side by side with the Shimano rod designers Robby and Justin. We take an inside look at the new series which will be officially released in just 9 hours at ICAST in Las Vegas.  

 

The Shimano Cumara casting rods feature a split reel seat

 

The new rod series: The Crucial rod series has been a phenomenal hit for Shimano and elevated the reel manufacturer to be a serious contender for anglerís dollars in the mid to high end rod category. With the Crucial rods Shimano fans finally had a rod they felt matched the performance of their premium reels, but the company was far from done. Robby Gant, was recently promoted to Brand Manager of Shimano, but his final project with the new Rod Product Manager, Justin, was to create a series that would trump the Crucial in performance.

 

The spinning versions have a carbon insert


Before the Cumara was created Shimano talked to prostaff, dealers, and the media and found the most requested features in the new rods to include reduced weight, more sensitivity, something truly unique form the rest of the lineup, a application specific series (Drop Shot, Carolina, Texas, Jigs, Ika, Split Shot), and one that was designed to fish bottom contact baits where the added sensitivity would really be an advantage.

 

Justin is the new Product Manager for rods at Shimano and worked on the Cumara with Robby the previous PM, and now Brand Manager at Shimano

 

What finally emerged was the new Cumara series which features an IM-10 blank, Fuji Sic concept guides, custom split reel seats, a custom minimal fore grip, and a weigh in that is nearly 10% lighter than the already light Crucial series..

 

The custom split reel seat with a Core reel mounted on top

Carbon implementations in the handle help reduce weight and increase sensitivity on the spinning rod version, while the casting models strive for complete access to the blank. Shimano also makes the move to dense but lightweight EVA foam like many of the imports, and the rods feature an attractive split grip implementation. The hook hanger on these rods is very innovative, and canít actually be seen on the blank, as they are implemented into the grip itself.

The Cumara rod is a perfect companion to the new magnesium based Core

 

The rods feature a soft touch paint finish and a very light layer of gloss. In fact the rod feels like a raw blank, and it matches perfectly with the new Core baitcaster. The reel also features a stealth hook hanger, one we have seen before only on the premium Japanese sticks. Instead of having a wire loop a light metal insert is put into the back of the main grip on the left side. This insert allows anglers to insert the hook safely into the grip where it is held in place by the line tension.

 

The Cumara features a minimal fore-grip

 

The nice thing about this implementation is how easy it is to draw your baits. All you have to do is tug backwards on your lure and youíre already in pitching position with lure in hand.

 

A look at the carbon insert shows the detail and character of the design

 

Applications: The Cumara rods are designed to be application specific and it is recommended to pick the rod that most matches your particular intended application, but with that said we did a fair share of testing on the rods and can confirm that they can be used for a wide range of baits and techniques. The rods excel at fishing plastics, but can easily pull double duty cranking, or even burning wire baits. Below is the model usage matrix.

 

Model Usage Specifics

Cumara Casting

CUC-68M

1/8 to 1/4 once Texas rig worm

CUC-X68M

1/4 to 3/8 once Jig

CUC-68MH

Ika/Senko rod

CUC-X68MH

1/2 to 1 once Jig, Texas Rig

CUC-72M

1/8 to 1/4 once Texas rig worm

CUC-X72M

1/4 to 3/8 once Jig

CUC-72MH

Ika/Senko

CUC-X72MH

1/2 to 1 once Jig, Texas Rig and Carolina rig

Cumara Spinning

CUS-DX68M

Drop Shot

CUS-DX72M

Drop Shot

CUS-68M

Split Shot, Shakey head, and 1/16 to 3/16 once Texas rig

CUS-68MH

Split Shot,  and 1/8 to 1/4 once Texas rig

CUS-72M

Split Shot, Shakey head, and 1/16 to 3/16 once Texas rig

CUS-72MH

Split Shot,  and 1/8 to 1/4 once Texas rig

CUS-76M

Tube dragging and light Carolina rig

  

Fuji Sic Concept Guides handle braid nicely

  
Pricing: The Shimano Crucial rods retail for $129-$159.00 depending on model, and the Cumara rods will retail for just a bit more at $199.99-$219.99. Below you will find the model pricing matrix. 

 

Model Pricing

Cumara Casting

CUC-68M

$199

CUC-X68M

$199

CUC-68MH

$199

CUC-X68MH

$199

CUC-72M

$219

CUC-X72M

$219

CUC-72MH

$219

CUC-X72MH

$219

Cumara Spinning

CUS-DX68M

$199

CUS-DX72M

$199

CUS-68M

$199

CUS-68MH

$219

CUS-72M

$219

CUS-72MH

$219

CUS-76M

$219

 

A close look at the Cumara's stealth hook hanger in the base of the grip
 

A lizard held in place in the hook hanger insert

Availability: The Cumara rods are in production now and while they are going to be launched officially in just a few hours they will be shipping to dealers in August.


Jeremy Sweet, Product Manager for Shimano reels, catches a bass with a Core-Cumara combo

Conclusion: Is the Shimano story done? Not by a long shot. Consider this Cumara preview simply an appetizer, with the main course being served tomorrow when ICAST officially opens its doors, and our editorial team brings you live coverage from the complete spectrum of manufactures. 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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