The 13 Fishing Concept A Baitcasting reel fits very comfortably into the palm of your hand. It is a very compact reel, and the body is very well designed. But don’t let all of that fool you, this reel packs a lot of power.

If you’re looking for a baitcasting reel that is capable of either saltwater and freshwater use, then this reel is worth considering. It is full of tournament quality technology and features, and is solidly corrosion proofed.

This is a very light weight reel, weighing in at just 6.8 ozs. It is constructed of a lightweight aluminium frame, and comes with a beetle wing aluminium side plate for easy access. With an ergonomic aluminium handle, and dual cork knobs, this reel has a very comfortable light yet powerful feel to it.

With a solid 22 lb drag, there is plenty of power to haul out some trophy quality fish. The 6-way Centrifugal Braking System allows for nice and long casts, without suffering any backlash. Anti corrosion ball bearings, and Ocean Armour Saltwater protection, provide peace of mind no matter what environment you’re fishing in. The reel is designed to be worked hard, and provide years of faithful service.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality and well priced baitcaster. Then the Concept A is well worth considering.

Models Available:

A5.3-RH, A6.6-RH, A6.6-LH, A7.3-RH, A7.3-LH, A8.1-RH, A8.1-LH

The 13 Fishing Concept A is available in both left hand and right hand models. However the 5.3 is only available as a right hand model. The options are for 5.3, 6.6, 7.3, 8.1 gearing.

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13 Fishing Concept A Main Features & Technology:

HD Aluminium Frame: The frame is treated with 13 Fishing’s Ocean Armour Saltwater protection. Along with Anti-Electrolysis screw pads. This keeps saltwater out of the most susceptible areas of corrosion. The frame also keeps the reel very rigid, reducing flexing when the reel is under high loads.

Bull Dog Drag System:  Am elegantly smooth and well designed drag system, providing 22 lbs of stopping power. This is more than enough to haul trophy fish out of the most challenging of spots.

6 Way Centrifugal Braking System: This system allows you to dial in long casts without suffering from any backlash. The angler has the ability to adjust the 6 pins of the braking system from underneath the beetle wing side plate.

Beetle Wing Rapid Access System: This is a design that allows the side plate of the reel to pop open and to the side. This allows the angler access to the Centrifugal Braking System adjustable pins.

3 + 3 + 1 Stainless/Anti-Corrosion High Spin Bearings: These stainless bearings are what makes this reel so smooth. They can also be accessed via the beetle wing side plate.

Dead Stop Anti Reverse System: The reel has one dead stop anti reverse bearing. This is a very good feature that works well. It prevents any back play in the reel. This is fantastic for really solid and firm hooks up.

Arrowhead Line Guide System: There is no need to guide the evenly back on to the reel with your finger as you wind your fish in. The Arrowhead Line Guide System, will evenly distribute the line back on to the spool while you retrieve. This prevents any tangles, and sets the spool up for smooth and accurate casts.

Cork Knobs: The Concept Cork Knobs, add to the comfort and control of the reel. They provide a good grip and feel when playing fish.

Saltwater & Freshwater Versatility: The corrosion resistant bearings, and Ocean Armour Saltwater protection, both combine to protect the susceptible parts of the reel from getting wet. This is designed to allow anglers to use the reel in both saltwater and freshwater environments.

100%
Drag Quality

 

95%
Casting Ability

 

95%
Build Quality

 

95%
Power

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Concept A Baitcasting Reel Technical Specifications:

  • Aluminum frame.
  • Airfoil Carbon side plate.
  • Aluminum handle with Concept Cork Knobs.
  • Aluminum spool.
  • Seven ball bearing system, including 3 anti-corrosion bearings, 3 stainless steel bearings.
  • 22-pound Bulldog drag system, and a six-way centrifugal braking system.
  • Aluminum handle with Concept Cork Knobs.
  • Arrowhead Line Guide.
  • Rugged Aluminum Chassis.
  • Dead Stop Anti-Reverse Bearing.
  • Beetle Wing Rapid Access System.
ModelBodyMax Drag (lbs)Line CapacityWeight (oz)BearingsGear RatioRetrieveLine Retrieve Per Crank (in)Spool MaterialHandle ShapeColor
A5.3-RHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB5.3:1Right21"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A6.6-RHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB6.6:1Right26.1"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A6.6-LHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB6.6:1Left26.1"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A7.3-RHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB7.3:1Right28.9"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A7.3-LHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB7.3:1Left28.9"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A8.1-RHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB8.1:1Right32"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack
A8.1-LHAluminium22110/126.8(3AC+3SS) + 1RB8.1:1Left32"AluminiumDouble flat paddleBlack

Our Review:

This is a quality baitcasting reel that can be used in both fresh and saltwater. It will last anglers a long time if they take care of the reel, and keep it clean and maintained.

The Concept A is a good fit for both beginner and expert anglers. It fits perfectly into the pal of your hand, and casts smoothly and accurately. The brake pin system is easy to use. It may take a bit of fine tuning and adjustment at first. But once you have it figured out, you should be casting beautifully without any backlashes.

Retrieving baits is nice and smooth. The paddle handles allow for very accurate speed control and adjustment when on the retrieve. Hook ups are nice and solid as a result of the anti-reverse bearing. The drag is powerful and smooth, making playing a good fish a real pleasure.

The Concept A build is of high quality. It will last a long time if taken care of, and maintained properly. 13 Fishing is a high quality reel manufacturer, and the Concept A is a good entry level baitcaster of their range. If you’re looking for something different from the Shimano or Daiwa range, then this reel is worth serious consideration.

Designed for both salt and fresh water, with plenty of drag. This reel will fast become a favorite of your reel collection.

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