Introducing Cabela's new flagship
baitcaster the Daiwa TD-A based Prodigy
New Cabelas Prodigy
The previous generation Prodigy was based on a Pinnacle baitcaster, and
retailed for $99.99. The reel featured a low profile design, 6 BB + 1RB, and
weighed in at a rather light 7.58oz. One of the most interesting things about
the previous generation Prodigy was the inclusion of a flipping switch and a
tandem cast control system. When it came time to revamp the Prodigy lineup for
the 2007 season Cabelas turned to their proven partner Daiwa for their new reel.
Introducing the new Prodigy baitcaster, based on the very popular Daiwa TD
Advantage. The standard TD-Advantage features 5BB + 1RB and weighs 8.5oz, the
supertuned HST model has 8BB +1RB and weighs 8.6oz. So where does the Prodigy
fit in? Right in the middle with 6 BB + 1RB and a 8.6oz weight. The good news is
the reel will retail for only $99.99, which is the same price as the standard
TD-A. The Prodigy features the tuned perforated spool found in the HST, and
makes use of proven Magforce-Z cast control. The reel features all aluminum
construction, including the sideplate, and a unique gunmetal colored finish that
helps set this reel apart from other TD-A variants. Both Cabelas and Daiwa fans
will definitely want to make plans to add this reel to their collections.
Prodigy spinning reel features one more bearing than the Daiwa Exceler
New Cabelas Prodigy
The previous Cabelas Prodigy was based on the Daiwa Capricorn. This reel had 7BB
+ 1RB, and became popular among Daiwa fans looking for even more refinement than
the Capricorn. The new Cabelas Prodigy is based in the Daiwa Exceler which has
6BB + 1RB and features a 4.7:1 gear ratio. Following the tradition of souping up
the Cabela's version the new Prodigy features a 7BB + 1RB design with the same
4.7:1 gear ratio. The reel features all the popular Daiwa features including
HardBodyz aluminum body, DigiGear digital gearing design, and machined ABS
spool. The handle is also outfitted with a cork filled soft touch knob. The reel
retails for $69.99 for all sizes and is available in sizes ranging from 1500 to
4000. The reel comes in a slick looking white finish that really highlights the
two toned ABS spool.
The Revo SC is
an affordably priced high speed reel only available from Cabelas
Cabelas Special Abu Garcia
Cabelas has often turned to manufactures for exclusives on supertuned special
reels. A good example of this is the premium Daiwa Millionaire Bar-Stock casting
reel. This time Abu Garcia has created a special Revo just for Cabelas. Similar
to the Abu Garcia Revo S model the SC features 8BB + 1RB and weighs in at 8.6oz.
What is unique about this reel is it has a 7.1:1 burner retrieve, normally
something you would have to step up to the $149.99 SX model. The Revo SC retails
for only $129.99 and makes use of Abu's oversized duragear main gear, carbon
matrix drag system, and an all aluminum frame and side cover. The reel stands
out a bit more than the Abu reels due to the deep red finish and perforated
spool with red highlights.
ZX reel offers value minded anglers plenty of features for under 70 dollars
For value minded anglers Cabelas introduces the new Tournament ZX baitcaster.
This reel is based on the new aggressive Pinnacle reels, and features the
convenient slipping switch feature. The reel may only cost $69.99 but comes
loaded with eight stainless steel bearings, a metal frame and gear box, tandem
cast control (magnetic and centrifugal), and a soft touch paint job.
Conclusion: Cabelas has had success working
closely with manufacturers to tweak popular reels and bring them into the
Cabelas family of offerings, and expand on this strategy for this season. In
addition Cabelas also takes their partnerships with manufacturers one step
further by making exclusive specialty models available to anglers. This year Abu
Garcia joins Daiwa as they offer an limited version of their popular Revo
baitcaster through the catalog and e-tail powerhouse.