BIG CAT™ XT

$74.99
Catfish are the second most fished-for freshwater species in America behind bass, and Zebco is launching an impressive offering of beefed-up rods and reels called Big Cat XT™ to accommodate the serious value-minded anglers who passionately pursue them. The tip guides on all Big Cat XT rods are made of solid stainless to eliminate insert pop-out, and high-vis glow tips aid in seeing the slightest bite.

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Gear Ratio
Number of times the spool turns around with each turn of the handle. E.g. 4.3:1 means the spool turns 4.3 times with 1 handle turn. The higher the ratio, the faster you can retrieve your line.
Action
Length
Length of the rod in feet and inches. In general, shorter rods are easier to handle and are good for short, accurate casts while longer rods offer more casting distance and fish-fighting power.
Line Weight (lbs)
The range of line weights your rod is designed to handle. E.g. 6-14 means the rod is best fished with 6 to 14 lb. test line.
Lure Weight (ozs)
The range of lure weights your rod is designed to handle. E.g. ⅛-⅝  means the rod is best fished with ⅛ up to ⅝ ounce lures.
Guide Count
Number of guides on the rod that your fishing line threads through. The longer the rod, the more guides.
Pieces
Number of pieces for your rod. Some are 1-piece while many can be broken down into 2 or more pieces for easier storage and transport.
Power
The stiffness of the rod. It’s best to match your rod to the fish. Ultra-light for sunfish, crappies and small trout. Medium rods for bass, walleye, pike and other sportfish. Medium-Heavy to Heavy rods for big catfish and other large species.
Bearings
Number of ball bearings and roller bearings (usually listed as +1) to help your reel retrieve smoothly.
Anti-Reverse
This mechanism keeps your handle from turning backwards. Allows you to quickly hook a fish when it bites. Our QuickSet™ anti-reverse is good and Continuous anti-reverse is even better.
Hand Retrieve
Left or right hand retrieve. Most Zebco reels allow you to switch the handle to either side.
IPT (in.)
Number of inches of line retrieved per turn of the handle. Higher IPT = faster retrieves. Good for fast-moving lures like spinnerbaits and for helping you stay hooked to fast-swimming fish.
Mono Capacity
Number of yards of standard monofilament fishing line the reel will hold. E.g. 85/6 means the spool will hold 85 yards of 6 lb. test line.
Product Color

*I.P.T. = Inches-Per-Turn retrieve rate

  • Powerful Magnum™ drag system
  • All-metal gears
  • Rigid graphite body and rotor
  • Instant Anti-Reverse clutch
  • Changeable right- or left-hand retrieve
  • Forged and machined aluminum spool
  • 5 Bearings (4 + Clutch)
  • Multi-layered E-Glass rod
  • Extended EVA handle
  • Heavy-duty guides with solid stainless steel tip - protects against guide damage
  • High-visibility rod tip
  • Built-in Hook Keeper™
  • Twist-Lock™ reel seat
Applications for use
For light applications like Panfish or Trout For medium applications like Walleye or Bass For heavy applications like Catfish or Striper or other Saltwater fish
Applications for use
For light applications like Panfish or Trout For medium applications like Walleye or Bass For heavy applications like Catfish or Striper or other Saltwater fish