Zebco started out in 1937 as the Zero Hour Bomb Co., producing electrical time bombs used to extract petroleum. In the mid-1940s, when demand for its time bombs declined, the company began searching for a new product .
Invention of a Reel
In 1949 a watchmaker named R. D. Hull developed a new design that eliminated backlash from fishing reels, and brought his design to the Zero Hour Bomb Co.
The Birth of Zebco
The owners of Zero Hour were so impressed by the reel that they turned their back on the petroleum industry and launched Zebco.
The selling point of Zebco reels is ease of use. Backlash was a persistent problem for anglers, which the Zebco design eliminated by covering the line spool.
The 2009 lineup of Zebco fishing reels includes the Omega, Delta, Platinum, Platinum Ti, Gold, Authentic and Standard, with prices ranging from $21 to $85. Every model features the same easy-cast design as the original.
Zebco reels are warranted for one year form the date of purchase against defects in workmanship or materials.
Article Written By Stephen Byrne
Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.