Originally I had hoped to bring one of the Zombie rods down to the Amazon and
target some river monsters but unfortunately our trip was postponed and we had
refocus our attention on our main target species, largemouth Bass. We fished the
Zombie rods on the California Delta where they were actually designed, Lake
Pardee, Clear Lake and Lake Falcon Texas.
The details in this rod are
excellent, plenty of use of metals and carbon fiber
Though designed for pitching into heavy cover the lure range tempted me to try a
variety of baits when it came to casting the Zombie 7’3” rod. I tied on
everything from jigs and punching rigs to hollow bodied frogs and even
swimbaits. The rod was able to handle all of it when it came to casting and
though the rod is designed primarily for pitching it was certainly good for much
more than that, thus it was included in our “Search for One” roundup, and while
it really can’t be compared to our baseline G.Loomis test rod as it is on the
heavier action end of the spectrum it is capable of so much more than just short
casts into heavy cover.
The rod makes use of a Toray blank
So just what makes this
rod so heavy? Some of it is due to the blank itself but the main reason is all
the use of metal components on this rod. Zombie wanted the rods to not just look
like an enthusiast product but hold up to the abuse of power fishing, for this
reason they used steel frame SiC Fuji guides as the guides hold up better to
braided superline and they had previously seen a lot less of the SS frames come
back than the titanium ones through their past custom rod building experience.
But it is not just about the Fuji hardware on this rod the winding checks and
highlights in the foregrip, while very cool looking, do add significant weight,
but again it is all done with a purpose of better overall balance and to this
affect the company achieves their goal.
The guides are stainless steel and
the inserts are SiCs
I’m not sure what you think about when you hear the name “Zombie,” but one of
the first images conjured up in my mind is an undead figure with arms
outstretched walking with stiff legs. I kind of half expected this rod to be
just another power rod that fished like a metal pole, especially when
considering the rather robust ˝-2oz. lure weight specification. My assumption
couldn’t be more wrong. While the Zombie 7’3” rod is capable at casting heavy
lures when a fish is on the line the tip does have some give, just as our lab
Not your typical flipping and
pitching rod this stick can handle a wide range of lure weights
There is enough bend in
the rod to protect the line and keep things exciting but not enough that the rod
feels sloppy or underpowered when it comes time to drag a fish out of the weeds.
This was further illustrated when I rigged up a punch rig and went to town on
the mattes on the Delta. The rod does a good job catapulting those 1oz. weights
so they dive straight into the vegetation and don’t get hung up on the surface.
When it came time to set into fish the response was relatively quick and the
rod’s long handle provided good leverage in which to pull fish through the mats.
This long 11” handle also proved to be quite good while working sub-surface
swimbaits. I found that I could cast and retrieve everything from paddletails to
Huds with no problem and hard multi-jointed swimbaits like the Tru-Tungsten also
paired well with this rod.
Pro Angler Kent Brown checks out
the casting action on the Zombie rod
The 7’3” Zombie rod proved to be average in sensitivity. While I didn’t have any
problems discerning bites from contact with structure in shallow water when
fishing deeper the rod was not as sensitive as some of the competing rods. Part
of the reason that the rod just doesn’t feel as sensitive is because it is not
as light as some other rods and we found we had to grip it tighter which is more
distracting than the simply cradling the rod in hand.
Fishing jigs for both largemouth
and smallmouth on Lake Pardee