13 Fishing Concept Z Review for Those Seeking A Low Profile Reel
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Specifications at a glance
|Line Capacity Mono (yds/lb.)||12l/135|
|Drag mechanism||Bull dog|
|Braking system||Centrifugal (6 way)|
|Retrieve proportion||6.6:1, 7.3:1, 8.1:1|
The 13 fishing spinning reels are widespread among the anglers and the fishing enthusiasts. The concept Z is their latest addition to the family. The “Z” stands for Zero. The name has been given due to the fact that this reel doesn’t have the traditional ball bearings. The reel is designed as such that it can be used under heavy pressure and in the saltwater's corrosive elements. Also, it's a longer casting reel than usual. The design uses polymer technology that offers to cast at a greater distance. It's a quiet, almost effortless and highly controllable reel. This 13 Fishing Concept Z review will elaborately discuss all the aspects of the product. Keep on reading to go deeper!
Whom is this product ideal for?
The reel is ideal for the anglers who want to fish in the rough weather or need to cast distant reels. Since this reel can throw even a light bait at a great distance, they perform better than other reels in windy conditions. So, professional anglers can try it out since they need to fish in all conditions. This reel is specially designed for fishing in the saltwater.
Key features of 13 Fishing Concept Z
We've introduced some of the features before, and now we'll discuss on those.
1. Concept Zero Bearing
The CZB operates in a smooth way due to its space-age polymer material. This material replaces the ball bearings and ensures great performance.
2. Japanese Hamai Cut Gearing
The gearings are cut with Japanese Hamai precision and are made of hardened brass which makes them thick and robust. With the 22lbs bulldog drag, you can go for any fish in any water.
3. Ocean Armor 2 protection
The sides of the reel are covered with Ocean Armor 2 Protection. This makes the weight of the baitcaster very light (a little over 6 ounces). But this adds great resistance to saltwater corrosion, dirt, and debris.
4. No anti-reverse
The reel doesn’t cause any backlash, even not when you’re doing a 1/8th turn. It only rolls forward. Another upgrade of this model is the Beetle Wing that always remains connected to the mainframe.
5. Silent retrieve
You may hear a slight noise during casting the reel which is much less loud than the other reels. But the retrieve is completely silent. This is because there isn't any ball bearing in the mechanism. The only sound you can listen to is the sound of the lines that come through the guides.
Common Questions and Answers
- Question : Is there any dedicated port for lubrication? Answer :
- Question : Do you need to change the polymer bearings often? Answer :
- Question : Will I get any additional items in the box? Answer :
There's no separate lubrication port in the reel, but you can easily use the drain holes or the side door to oil the reel. But don't put out too much oil. Only put a drop every time you feel like your reel needs lubrication.
You don’t. But it mostly depends on the use. Regular users with a year of usage haven’t felt the need of changing them. However, if you feel like changing yours, it’s pretty easy, available and doesn’t cost much.
You’ll only get the reel, the instructions of installation, use and maintenance, and a warranty of 1 year with the product.
So, after hearing about the no bearing technique, we were intrigued to fish with 13 fishing spinning reels, and we did. This is what we've found after using it.
We've been experimenting with different fishing products, and naturally, we got to hear about the concept Z. We were interested in this new technique as it was advertised that this is the longest and the toughest reel you could get.
We went to use this reel in the salt water where it's supposed to work best. The weather was not too suitable for fishing, but since we were out testing the reel, we thought that it would be the ultimate test for the reel. As we cast the reel, the spool was coming off smoothly, and we cast a really long one. We caught a Redfish with almost no effort. This is due to the Bull Dog dragging mechanism. And then we got other fishes from both shallows to deep water. The centrifugal braking was something else. Overall, the experience was light and smooth and required little to no effort.
The only thing we could forget about this reel is its color, but that's probably what got so many interested in the product.
2. Ease of use
With the latest polymer technology instead of bearings, we knew that this reel was going to bring in something new for us. What interested us most is the quiet performance of the reel. Both the casting and the retrieving don’t make any sound. If you’re solitary anglers like us, you’ll love it. On top of that, the grip is small and very comfortable with the reel. The oval shape on the gripping handle accommodates hands of any size. As we already said, the reel hardly requires any effort from the angler’s part. This might be the future of fishing where technology does the things you don’t like doing.
13 fishing reels are usually affordable for everyone. This particular model costs a little more than the average 13 reels. The latest technologies used in the reel are to blame. But in this price range, there hasn’t been a fishing reel that offers so much comfort and convenience.
How to use the 13 Fishing Concept Z?
It’s like casting any other reels. Still, let us break it down:
- Rest your thumb on the spool
- Press the button that releases the spool
- Correctly bend the arm with which you’re going to cast
- Sweep the rod, so it reaches your eye level
- Use your thumb to stop the spool once it’s on the target
Also, go through this article to know about different fishing tips you can use with your 13 Fishing Concept Z.
The overall customer feedback of this product is positive. It’s prominent from the reviews that everyone buys the product after watching the advertisement but without much expectation. But to their surprise, this reel becomes part of their daily usage. But while we were out fishing, we found some 13 Fishing Concept Z users and asked them about their experience regarding the product.
Most of the customers have praised the non-backlash part of the product. They’re also fascinated by the use of no bearings and hope that this technology will get further improvisation. The lightweight has attracted many. Many have praised the dragging mechanism that demands almost no endeavor from the angler. The centrifugal brake is great for fishing in harsh conditions.
Our Final Thoughts
The 13 Fishing Concept Z Review discusses all the aspects of the product. Now is the time to give our verdict on the product.
With the latest technologies introduced in the reel, 13 Fishing has taken the fishing experience to a whole other level. With this lightweight reel, you can fish almost anywhere you want. But remember that your limit is 22lbs. If you want to fish from a distance and like to have a quiet and peaceful fishing experience in the saltwater, this just might be the reel for you.