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If Any Of You Are Interested I Found A Review On The 13 Fishing A Concept Reel


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#1 CYP

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Posted March 05 2014 - 11:33 AM

Review is here. This is not my review BTW

 

Every now and again a company comes along that does things differently. They cast away the tried and true and do it their way. Their swagger exudes confidence, their products cut new ground and they seem to align themselves with like-minded people and dreamers. Personally speaking, I put 13 Fishing in that category.

A few weeks ago I finally got my hands on the new  to run through the wringer. As impressed as I’ve been by their rods, I had high expectations for this reel—and as it turns out, I wasn’t let down.

Lightweight, but a definite workhorse

Finding heavy duty casting reels isn’t too entirely difficult, but finding one that blends ergonomics and weightlessness can prove to be a challenge. While many tough reels are bulky and tiring to use, the  an absolute pleasure to fish with for days on end.

It only weighs 6.7 ounces and the model I tested features an 8.1:1 gear ratio. I’ve been using it for pitching and flipping and it’s been an absolute monster. It eats up line quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get big bass out and away from thick cover in a hurry.

This reel also has a 22 pound Bulldog Drag System that, when cinched down, will not slip or release any line whatsoever at any point throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if you stick a 6-pounder in a thick brush pile or accidentally set the hook on an infamous “tree bass”—there is absolutely no give in this drag system. I’ve wrapped the line around my hand and pulled until the line almost cut me and still cannot make the drag slip. This is a huge plus, especially for shallow water anglers that fancy huge hooksets.

Great handle and paddles

Over time, you’ll find some low profile casting reels that may actually be a little too low profile. The handle will be small and difficult to locate at times without looking and the miniature paddles will make it hard to control unruly fish. This isn’t the case with the Concept A Casting Reel.

13 Fishing designed this reel with an oversized handle that gives you the definite upper-hand when fighting big fish. If you get surprised by a bite, it’s easy to locate the handle without any fumbling or wasted time. I’ve also been very impressed by the compressed cork paddles on the handle. Some anglers worry about the durability and longevity of cork, but I have personally made thousands and thousands of pitches with it and it looks the exact same as the day I took it out of the box. No color fading, no cracking and no separation to speak of.

You’ll also notice a very handy rubberized insert on the thumb bar. If you’ve just handled a fish or you’re fishing in inclement weather, this insert eliminates all slipping and helps you engage the thumb bar very easily.

Extremely smooth

For a reel that retails at $169.99, the Concept A is remarkably smooth and performs like some reels double its price. It has six ball bearings, three being anti-corrosion and three being stainless steel, with a super smooth roller bearing that allows for ridiculous casting distance and very smooth retrieval, even when it’s under a big load.

The chassis of this reel is made from very lightweight aluminum, but it has proven to be durable in every situation I’ve put it in. I’ve dropped it and banged it around in my truck and boat without any loss of structural or mechanical integrity.

I’ve also been pretty blown away by its Arrowhead line guide system. Basically, this system automatically levels the spool on the cast and retrieve, which facilitates flawless line management throughout its operation. Whether you flip it, pitch it or cast it, the line rests evenly on the spool each time—no lumps, tangles or knots.

If you’re in the market for a new bass fishing reel, I definitely suggest checking out the 13 Fishing Concept A Casting Reel. It’s lightweight, strong, ergonomic and super smooth—I don’t know what else you could ask for in a quality fishing reel.

 



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Posted March 05 2014 - 11:48 AM

Sounds like it was written by one of their marketing people. If anyone has one of these I'll service it free just to get a look inside and let everyone know what I find.


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Posted March 05 2014 - 12:05 PM

I read that review, it was by Wired To Fish

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Posted March 05 2014 - 12:18 PM

I read that review, it was by Wired To Fish

Yup



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Posted March 05 2014 - 12:35 PM

Here is the link to that Terry Brown review...http://www.wired2fish.com/13-fishing-concept-a-casting-reel/

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Posted March 05 2014 - 12:36 PM

If only they made lefties.

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Posted March 05 2014 - 12:41 PM

Yeah it sounds like a "fanboy" review.  No offense, I would like to have seen pictures of the internals and more detail about the construction/parts. 


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Posted March 05 2014 - 01:14 PM

What can I say.....it isn't a Shimano!  :teeth:



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Posted March 05 2014 - 01:26 PM

I don't see any new designs, technology,or anything revolutionary about these. I'm thinking they will perform well but not class leading or anything.

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Posted March 05 2014 - 01:35 PM

Sounds like a decent reel. No left handers??

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Posted March 05 2014 - 01:59 PM

Saltyshores did a review of the C reel. Caught a sweet snook on it.

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Posted March 05 2014 - 02:02 PM

What can one take away from reading that review?  Let's see:

 

Lightweight, but a definite workhorse

Finding heavy duty casting reels isn’t too entirely difficult, but finding one that blends ergonomics and weightlessness can prove to be a challenge. While many tough reels are bulky and tiring to use, the  an absolute pleasure to fish with for days on end.

It only weighs 6.7 ounces and the model I tested features an 8.1:1 gear ratio. I’ve been using it for pitching and flipping and it’s been an absolute monster. It eats up line quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get big bass out and away from thick cover in a hurry.

This reel also has a 22 pound Bulldog Drag System that, when cinched down, will not slip or release any line whatsoever at any point throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if you stick a 6-pounder in a thick brush pile or accidentally set the hook on an infamous “tree bass”—there is absolutely no give in this drag system. I’ve wrapped the line around my hand and pulled until the line almost cut me and still cannot make the drag slip. This is a huge plus, especially for shallow water anglers that fancy huge hooksets.

 

 

 

So…he just told us it's light, has a strong drag, and a fast gear ratio.  Ok.  We already knew that thanks to the manufacturer's specs.  Granted, not all drags actually live up to their rating, so we'll give him a pass there.  But, how smooth is the drag?  Does it stay smooth at all settings, or does it start to jerk as you crank it down tighter and tighter?  And just how smooth does the reel remain while under pressure?  Do the gear teeth feel any rougher under load than load free?  Better yet, has he fished the reel for a full fishing season and noted any changes in performance?

 

Great handle and paddles

Over time, you’ll find some low profile casting reels that may actually be a little too low profile. The handle will be small and difficult to locate at times without looking and the miniature paddles will make it hard to control unruly fish. This isn’t the case with the Concept A Casting Reel.

13 Fishing designed this reel with an oversized handle that gives you the definite upper-hand when fighting big fish. If you get surprised by a bite, it’s easy to locate the handle without any fumbling or wasted time. I’ve also been very impressed by the compressed cork paddles on the handle. Some anglers worry about the durability and longevity of cork, but I have personally made thousands and thousands of pitches with it and it looks the exact same as the day I took it out of the box. No color fading, no cracking and no separation to speak of.

You’ll also notice a very handy rubberized insert on the thumb bar. If you’ve just handled a fish or you’re fishing in inclement weather, this insert eliminates all slipping and helps you engage the thumb bar very easily.

 

 

 

Again, he's just given us a list of features, plus a few small tidbits of actual info about the reel's handle and knobs.

 

Extremely smooth

 

 

For a reel that retails at $169.99, the Concept A is remarkably smooth and performs like some reels double its price. It has six ball bearings, three being anti-corrosion and three being stainless steel, with a super smooth roller bearing that allows for ridiculous casting distance and very smooth retrieval, even when it’s under a big load.

The chassis of this reel is made from very lightweight aluminum, but it has proven to be durable in every situation I’ve put it in. I’ve dropped it and banged it around in my truck and boat without any loss of structural or mechanical integrity.

I’ve also been pretty blown away by its Arrowhead line guide system. Basically, this system automatically levels the spool on the cast and retrieve, which facilitates flawless line management throughout its operation. Whether you flip it, pitch it or cast it, the line rests evenly on the spool each time—no lumps, tangles or knots.

If you’re in the market for a new bass fishing reel, I definitely suggest checking out the 13 Fishing Concept A Casting Reel. It’s lightweight, strong, ergonomic and super smooth—I don’t know what else you could ask for in a quality fishing reel.

 

 

Rudimentary reading skills are all that's required to ascertain the reel's bearing count from the manufacturer's specs.  Now, does the reel lose any of that smoothness after several months of fishing?  

 

That roller bearing he raves about has absolutely ZERO impact on how well the reel casts.  A quick glance at any baitcast reel schematic will show where the roller bearing is located, and that it's physically impossible for that bearing to affect casting for better or worse.  If he wants to talk about casting, why not tell us about that braking system?  Is it user-friendly?  Does it have a wide range of adjustability?  Is it a terrible design?  Etc., etc.?

 

Describing another feature, he moves on to the aluminum frame.  Most baitcasters over $100 have an aluminum frame these days, and I'd hazard a guess that very, very few of them are weak enough to be damaged unless you deliberately try.  Tossing a reel around on a boat deck or truck bed shouldn't damage any decent metal reel frame.  It's not really good for it, but it won't result in the metal breaking unless you slam it around for years.

 

He gives us another small fragment of a review with the info concerning the line guide.  Apparently the shape of the line guide does help reduce friction during casting.

 

After reading that review, we still know little more than we did before reading it.  We know that the person reviewing the reel liked it, but as far as information concerning why we should buy the reel other than that the reviewer liked it, there's not much to go on.  Why is this reel better than the competition?  What does it do that other comparable reels don't, and vice-versa?  How will it hold up over the long haul?  And, how well is the reel built?  Are there rough edges in the fit and finish that would indicate corner-cutting, or is the reel finely constructed?

 

To me, the Wired 2 Fish review is not what a good review should be.  It provides little information concerning the reel's actual performance and spends too much time simply going over the manufacturer's specs and verifying that they are in fact incorporated into the reel.

 

My 2¢.

 

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Posted March 05 2014 - 02:30 PM

Wired to Fish's reviews always come across as if a "fan boy" wrote them. I wouldn't even call them reviews. They are just a positive, detailed explanation of what an item is. Hats off to them for being pretty detailed in their observations. I actually do enjoy reading them though. the only thing I took away from 13 concept "review" is that the knobs are nice, it casts far, it's frame is aluminum, and it's really smooth in compared to reels twice it's price (it seems all reels these days are given this tag when they first come out)



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Posted March 05 2014 - 02:35 PM

It's just like any new reel or rod, or lure or soft plastic, let people go buy them and test them for themselves. That how most things happen and is the best way for it to happen. I'm not afraid to try something new, I've had excellent luck and really enjoyed 13 fishing's products so far so I'm gonna say I will probably really like this reel. But I won't actually know until I get my hands on one and use it for a season. That's the same process I used to determine I don't like Shomano reels, but I love Lews Reels


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Posted March 05 2014 - 03:15 PM

Here is a "field test" on the Concept C, although in a salt water application.  

 

http://saltyshores.c...t-c-field-test/

 

Not as detailed as I would like, but some good information.






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