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Rod Review

Beyond just Bottom Bouncing with the Shimano premium Cumara rod (continued)


Lab tests: We chose to first review the 6’8” medium CUC-68M, which features a medium power and fast action. The rod is designed primarily for 6-12lb line and 1/8 to 1/4oz. Texas rigged worms. Before hitting the water we hooked the rod into our RoD WRACK and compared it against our previously reviewed sticks.



Lab Tests:

Lab Results for Shimano CUC68M

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Rated Action
Balance Point
Shimano CUC68M
G.Loomis MBR782 GLX
Lamiglas EXC704
* Data points for last two load levels (28 & 32 ounces) are extrapolated data, not measured.

Rate of Deflection (RoD): The rod measured out most similar to one of my favorite classics, the G.Loomis MBR842C GLX. The actual deflection curve for these two rods is similar, but the MBR782C is just slightly more powerful.

At El Salto we test the rod on debut along with Jimmy Houston

Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: The spine of our Cumara test rod came out on the bottom with a very nice weight of 3.1 ounces and balance point of 6.5" above the centerline of the reel seat. Compare that to the MBR842C GLX which also has a spine on the bottom and the Lamiglas EXC704 which has a spine on the top. Overall the stick felt very light, crisp, and well balanced in hand.

Jimmy comments how light the overall rig feels

Real World Test: We were lucky enough to test the rods weeks before ICAST last year, and got to compare notes with Jimmy Houston out at El Salto Lake, Mexico. While we got a good feel for the rods south of the border we wanted to fish the new Cumara for an extended period, and back on our home water where we could not only compare the rods with others in our arsenal, but also in a wider range of applications. These tests extended from last July all the way until just this week, when we capped off the tests by bringing the rod back to Lake El Salto to see if our opinions of the rod had changed.

With the crank bite on Jimmy switches to a large Bomber to see how the Cumara handles hardbaits

Casting: The first thing you notice when you pick up the Cumara is how light the sticks are. They are able to bring down their total weight by a combination of lighter EVA foam, a split grip, the use of a tiny foregrip (if you can even call it that), and their extremely minimalist reel seat implementation.

The Cumara was up to the challenge and Jimmy cranked over 10 fish out of one submerged treetop alone

While best suited for lighter baits our test rod felt very competent at tossing larger plastic lures. It can even be used for finesse flipping and pitching. The rod excels at casting extremely light baits however, and the rod was born for fishing 6-8lb fluorocarbon line with weightless rigs.

Zander tests the Cumara with a small jerkbait

For a series of plastics rods even our light Cumara test rod is surprisingly multi-talented. Even our lightweight 6’8” Cumara was able to handle much more than just Texas rigged worms. We cast everything from large jigs to massive deep diving cranks. During one afternoon I spent the entire time fishing plastics while Jimmy wanted to see just how well this light rod would handle big Bomber Fat free Shad which weigh 3/4oz, and dive down to 18 feet in depth. The Cumara cast the Bombers with no problem, and while the tip did seem a bit light for the lure he never felt like the bait was stressing the rod beyond it’s capabilities. When we got into the fish near some submerged treetops Jimmy worked the Bombers hard and landed over 10 two to four pound fish in the span of twenty minutes while filming his show.

The Cumara makes use of Fuji SIC guides, and the bottom four are double footed

Next Section: Just how sensitive is the Cumara?









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