The reels have nice features – decent drag, click bait alert setting, reasonable retrieval speed and component quality seems good. Overall great value for money for an all round rod/reel combo.
Zebco decided to manufacture most of their low-end reels in factories in China.
Zebco has been the undisputed leader in the spincast reel category for many decades. This is not entirely surprising as they invented the first spincast reel in 1949. And while they also make other types of reels, spincast reels are by far their most popular models.
After interviewing experts and spending over 80 hours testing spinning rods and reels, we have found that combining the Ugly Stik GX2 rod with the Daiwa BG spinning reel is the best All-round fishing outfit without breaking the bank.
Four years later, Zebco is now owned by the WC Bradley Company and although manufacturing operations are overseas, the headquarters are still here. “Design, engineering, quality assurance, marketing, sales, finance are still based in Tulsa.”
Rather Outdoors (“Rather”), a global leader in the fishing industry, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Zebco Brands (“Zebco”), the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based manufacturer of fishing rods, reels and accessories.
Rather Outdoors, the parent company of Lew’s and Strike King, announced that it has acquired Zebco, the rod, reel and accessory manufacturer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Zebco®, Rhino® and Martin® brands compete in recreational freshwater rods and reels. The Quantum®, Fin-Nor® and Van Staal® brands cater to avid anglers from freshwater to offshore saltwater.
Zebco Corporation manufactures and sells fishing reels, fishing rods and other accessories. The company’s products are marketed through retailers nationwide and it is headquartered in Tulsa, OK.
You can find a spinning combo (rod and reel together) for a good price, about $40. However, you can spend a little more and increase the quality of your tackle by purchasing the rod and reel separately. For example, you can find a nice spinning rod for $35 and the reel for $30.
If you are short on space then 2 pieces is a better choice, if not then take one piece because in any type of system whether computer, car or rod and reel; The fewer components, the better.
Fishing rod and reel combos can vary wildly in price, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started. A good starting price is between $80 and $150. At this price you can find a combo for almost any type of fishing you want to do.
Company representatives say they are proud that Zebco – which stands for Zero Hour Bomb Co. –has become an American tradition. As part of this tradition, workers have placed miniature American flags along the assembly lines.
I have been testing the Lew’s KVD IM8 spinning rods for the last few months and they have proven to offer really good performance at a great price. They do everything you want in a spinning rod and you’re only saving $109.99 on one.
That was the case with Zebco, the leading name in fishing tackle. Tulsa, Okay based Zebco, a W.C. Bradley Company has been supplying the US market since 1949.
Lew’s Fishing was acquired by BDT Capital Partners on June 5, 2019 .