The 13 Fishing Concept C Baitcasting Reel is a reel powerhouse. It is a very dependable reel that will benefit even the most serious and experienced anglers. Common to most 13 Fishing reels, it is constructed with an aluminium frame and carbon side plates, known as Airfoil. Helping to reduce the weight of the reel, to very light 6.2 oz.

Despite the light weight the reel still packs a healthy 22 lbs of drag. A lot of this is due to the design of the Bulldog drag system. The end result is a light weight reel, with an amazing amount of pulling and stopping power.

The Concept C also comes with, the Ocean Armour coating for protection in saltwater, 13 Fishings Arrowhead line guide system, 6 way centrifugal drag system. And the popular cork handle knobs.

If you’re in the market for a serious heavy duty baitcasting reel, then read on, as this reel is well worth considering.

Models Available:

C5.3-RH, C6.6-RH, C6.6-LH, C7.3-RH, C7.3-LH, C8.1-RH, C8.1-LH

Right hand retrieve models are available in 5.3, 6.6, 7.3,8.1 gear ratios.

Left hand retrieve models are available in 6.6, 7.3 and 8.1 gear ratios.

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13 Fishing Concept C Main Features & Technology:

4+4+1 Stainless/Anti-Corrosion High Spin Bearings: A well designed 9 ball bearing system, which includes 4 anti-corrosion bearings, 4 stainless steel bearings, and one Dead Stop Anti-Reverse bearing. This design allows the angler to fish in saltwater with confidence. It has also produced a very smooth reel.

Dead Stop Anti-Reverse System: A well designed feature which provides for really solid hook ups, and the angler to set the hook nice and firmly.

6-Way Centrifugal Braking System: The 6-way centrifugal braking system allows the angler to adjust the 6 braking system pins from under the beetle wing sideplate. This is really useful for fine tuning your casts.

Arrowhead Line Guide System: Another great 13 Fishing feature. The system will evenly distribute the line on to your spool automatically. This helps significantly improve your smooth casts.

22 lbs. Bulldog Drag: Lots of drag with this reel. This is a really smooth and powerful drag system, combined nicely with a light weight reel. The Bulldog drag system will give you confidence when a good fish is running for some structure to bust you off.

Beetle Wing Rapid Access System: The side plate is to allow access to the braking pins. The Beetle wing remains attached to the reel when you pop it open, eliminating the risk of you dropping it into the water!

Aluminum Chassis: Coated in the Ocean Armour 2 saltwater protection. The body of the reel is nicely corrosion proofed. The aluminium helps to eliminate flex in the reel when loaded up on a big fish.

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Concept C Baitcasting Reel Technical Specifications:

  • Lightweight Aluminum Frame
  • Airfoil Carbon Side Plates
  • Aluminum Spool
  • 9 Bearings Total
  • 4 Anti-Corrosion
  • 4 Stainless Steel
  • 1 Dead Stop Anti-Reverse bearing
  • Arrowhead Line Guide
  • 6-way Centrifugal Braking System
  • Aluminum Handle With 13 Fishing Cork Knobs
  • Double Anodized Hardened Main Shaft
  • 22lb Bulldog Drag System
  • Japanese Hamai Cut Gearing
  • High Spin Spool Shaft
Model:Body Material:Max Drag (lbs):Weight (oz):Bearings:Gear Ratio:Retrieve:Line Capacity Mono (yds/lb):Line Retrieve Per Crank (in):Spool Material:Handle Shape:Color:
C5.3-RHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB5.3:1Right110/1221"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C6.6-RHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB6.6:1Right110/1226.1"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C6.6-LHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB6.6:1Left110/1226.1"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C7.3-RHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB7.3:1Right110/1228.9"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C7.3-LHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB7.3:1Left110/1228.9AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C8.1-RHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB8.1:1Right110/1232"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver
C8.1-LHAluminum226.2(4AC+4SS) + 1RB8.1:1Left110/1232"AluminumDouble Flat PaddleSilver

Our Review:

This is a really good lightweight reel from 13 Fishing, at only 6.2 oz it comes with a huge 22 lbs of drag. In addition to that, the reel still manages to be very smooth.

The reel is low profile, and fits very comfortably into the palm of your hand. It will still hold a good amount of line on the spool, at roughly 110 yards of 12 lb mono. Effectively making this a 100 sized reel. So for those who fish braid, it will provide around 200 yards using around 20 lb braid.

With 9 ball bearings make this reel really smooth, and combined with the cork handles the reel has a very nice feel to it. The cork handles have a good grip to them, even when they are wet.

What I really like is the reels versatility. This reel is fantastic in freshwater for bass or other species. But the reel is also fantastic in saltwater inshore environments. The reel is very well corrosion proofed with the Ocean Armour 2 protective coating, and then bearing design.

The 6 Pin Centrifugal Braking System makes this a really nice casting reel. Accessed via the Beetle Wing Side Plate. This is a great set up, and easy to fine tune to suit your requirements.

This is a really nice smooth reel. 13 Fishing has a reputation for producing high quality reels. So if you’re after a really nice reel, without having to spend a fortune, then this reel will be well worth it.

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Recommended Rods & Line:

St Croix Legend Tournament Bass Casting Rods

St Croix Avid Series Casting Rods

PowerPro Braided Spectra Line

Berkley Big Game UltraClear Monofilament 1/4 lb Spool

Sufix Performance Braid

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