The New Zebco 33 Reel – Available Now!

On the last 50 Campfires Field Trip, I had a chance to field-test the new Zebco 33 reel that will be out in 2020. The most significant change is that it will have a 20% faster retrieval rate. I like this a lot because it makes the reel more versatile. Spincast reels are ideal for bobber fishing but can be a bit sluggish if you want to cast spinning jigs or spoons for larger fish. It’s more practical to bring one rod and reel on an outing, and I found the new model to be noticeably faster compared to the current model.
Most of the other changes are aesthetic, with one exception: the new model has a larger button for casting. This is great for novice anglers, but I liked it myself as well. I’m all for anything that makes a reel easier to operate.

As you can see in the photos below, they made a few other changes as well. The new Zebco 33 reel will have a matte finish on the cover, and it no longer has “33” stamped on the crank handle. It’s also a fully enclosed cover, as opposed to the current model, which has holes.

It was fun testing it out for an afternoon. I had no tangles whatsoever, but that’s the 33 for you – it’s made to function flawlessly for years. No surprise there. I was most impressed with the faster retrieval rate. It meant that I could get more casting in, and I’m all about creating more opportunities to catch fish.

new zebco 33 reel
new zebco 33 reel

New model on left (larger thumb stop).

New model on right.

New model on left.

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