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


Date: 3/9/20
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Zander



Introduction: The Bassmaster Classic continues to be a hot venue for manufacturers to introduce new products early in the season and this week Abu Garcia launched a number of new products including the ZATA Series of reels and rods which leverage proven platforms and bold new military-green styling.


The Abu Garcia ZATA bears the same angular profile as other Abu reels but the finish is unlike any other in the lineup


ZATA Baitcaster: Abu Garcia already has one of the most expansive baitcaster lineups but the company is looking to further solidify their mainstream offerings at the sub $200 dollar price point with the introduction of the new ZATA series.


The first thing anglers will notice about the entire ZATA family is the matte green finish that reminds us of military vehicle paint. These reels look like they are built for battle.




External controls to the Infini Brake System


The ZATA baitcaster features a sleek profile that is the same as other more expensive Revo Series low-profile reels. The reels are built on a graphite frame and sideplates but rather than use aluminum gearing the ZATA is built to be an everyday workhorse reel and comes equipped with the company's Duragear brass gearing. To help anglers maintain that smooth out of the box feel there is also a conveniently located lube port for mid-season tuning. 




The baitcaster feature a low profile with a compact gearbox with a 7.1:1 gear ratio


The ZATA is designed to be smooth under pressure and is loaded with 10 stainless steel bearings and one roller bearing. The ZATA's aluminum spool is anodized and ported, and casts are managed with the Abu Infini brake system, a dual magnetic centrifugal system that is externally adjustable.


Abu designed the ZATA to handle the complete range of freshwater applications, and includes their powerful carbon matrix drag system which is rated for 20lbs. of drag pressure.



The red highlights are equally bold and give the reel even more of an unique identity


Ergonomics are very similar to the company's Revo reels and a compact bent handle is finished with ergonomic eva knobs, and rather than use plastic knobs Abu opted for aluminum ones to give the reel a more refined feel where anglers interact with it the most.


The ZATA baitcaster will be available this Spring with a multi-purpose 7.1:1 gear ratio, in both right and left retrieve. The brass gearing and high bearing count add to the overall weight of the reel, and this baitcaster is no lightweight at 9.5 ounces. This ZATA is designed to target mainstream anglers and is aggressively priced at $174.95, so the toughest competition at this price point is going to be Shimano's aluminum based Curado 200K which retails for only 5 dollars more, and the complete range of Daiwa Tatula reels.

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