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Souped up and Ready to Crank, the New 13 Fishing Concept A3 Baitcasters


Date: 7/13/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: 13 Fishing
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: 13 Fishing's Concept baitcasting Series continues to undergo refinement and upgrades each season and this year the company that isn't afraid of taking chances turns things up in a big way when it comes to souped up gearing and drag systems.


13 Fishing's New Concept A3 Reel features a brand new hardened brass gear design and a mammoth drag


A Whole New Concept: 13 Fishing knows how to have fun and the Concept A Series has found a very large following among anglers looking for a quality baitcaster at a reasonable price, but when 13 Fishing introduced the Trick Shop upgrades and one of a kind painted reels it literally blew the minds of tackle enthusiasts.


The new reels feature a familiar design, just bigger


This year 13 Fishing's Concept A3 reels focus on delivering even more refinement with a healthy power boost. Power is at the core of the new A3 design, and it all starts with the guts of this new low profile reel. Cut with Japanese Hamai precision, the new H.A.M. gears are hardened brass that are designed to be substantially thicker and more robust than any reel in its class.


All Concept A3 reels compared to a standard Concept A on the right. Can you say big bait reel!


Looking to put the brakes on big fish? The reel's "Bull Drag System" has been upgraded and now is spec'd to deliver over 30lbs. of fish stopping power!


Cut with Japanese Hamai precision the new H.A.M. gears are hardened brass and are designed to be thicker and stronger than any reel in its class


13 Fishing A3 Casting Reel Specifications

Line Per Crank
Line Capacity
Max Drag

Ball Bearings

A3-6.3-RH Right Hand 28.8" 240yds/12lb braid 180yds/55lbs 30+lbs. 7 $225
Right Hand
240yds/12lb braid 180yds/55lbs
Left Hand
240yds/12lb braid 180yds/55lbs
Left Hand
240yds/12lb braid 180yds/55lbs

Under the "Beetle Wing" sideplate is the easy to adjust cast control system

The Concept A3 reels feature the company's new "Ocean Amour 2" Protection Process which makes this reel more corrosion resistant and fully saltwater capable. The reel's frame is all aluminum as is the gear side plate, and the non handle side sideplate is made out of carbon and remains attached with the "Beetle Wing" rapid access design.

Jose Chavez and Matt Baldwin of 13 Fishing show us the new very robust Concept A3 reels

The Concept A3 reels will be available in the next few months and will retail for $225 dollars each, and for all you enthusiasts...Yes, the new Concept A3 reels are available in both right and left hand retrieve and are fully Trick Shop Compatible.











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