13 Fishing's FreeFall Miami Nights Special Edition
Hardwater Reel, and an Exclusive Look at Another
Introduction: While many manufacturers promote their smaller spinning
reels for ice fishing the team at 13 Fishing puts real resources behind creating
reels specifically designed for hardwater applications. These are not just
functional reels, they are enthusiast grade reels designed to not only be more
effective on the ice, but more fun to fish in the process. This ICAST 13 Fishing
is introducing a Special Edition hardwater reel to highlight their performance
oriented Black Betty FreeFall Series... meet the Miami Nights.
Each ICAST 13 Fishing showcases their highest level ice
reel with a Trick Shop Special Edition... this year the Miami Nights is front
me at Miami: Let's face it, in the freshwater fishing world bass angling
tackle gets all the glory, or not all of it but a whole lot of the focus. But
anyone that has spent a morning drilling through the ice or warming up in a
shelter knows that hardwater fish is downright addicting.
The 13 Fishing Trick Shop
Black Betty FreeFall reel that the company is featuring at ICAST is a special
edition called the "Miami Nights," and features bright purple and blue
highlights paired with the reel's carbon frame. The reel screams Miami neon, and
who doesn't love a party?
The Miami Nights reel features bright highlights and
components that make it look more like a premium fly reel than a traditional
Matt Baldwin, 13 Fishing's Reel Product Development Director, what the backstory
was behind this special edition, and the name? He responded:
"The ”Miami Nights” Reel we
are featuring at ICAST includes a Lightweight Carbon Frame, our revolutionary
Freefall Trigger system for instant hookups, a magnetic drop speed adjustment
for uber lightweight ice lures, and of course Special Edition Aluminum Trick
Shop Components. The name is a little tongue in cheek playing on the fact we are
a Florida based company that builds some of the best Ice gear on the planet. We
can certainly envision Crockett and Tubbs rocking these reels on the ice with
their famous Ferrari Testarossa."
The FreeFall trigger system is designed for better
presentations and instant hookups
Betty's FreeFall trigger really caters to the vertical application and enables
anglers to hit specific depths, as well as get those instant hookups when they
detect those subtle bite by releasing the trigger in the target zone.
On the handle-side of the reel is the magnetic drop speed
also features a tangle-free spool cap design that is as functional as it is cool
looking. The user friendly design helps simplify line management, making time on
the ice more enjoyable. A carbon drag system helps anglers manage their fish as
they coax them up from the depths.
A sneak peek at a yet to be named second Trick Shop
Special Edition, have any ideas?
price for the Black Betty FreeFall Miami Nights is $140 dollars, and while that
is on the premium side for a hardwater reel it is affordable in comparison to
many other spinning reels that are used over the ice, and are not necessarily
designed with the application in mind. In addition to the Miami Nights edition
Matt also gave us a preview of a second special edition, yet to be named reel,
that features similar trick shop treatment, but in a red and gold finish. The
name hasn't been locked down so if any of our readers have ideas Matt would
certainly entertain them. Personally I think the reel screams "Arc Reactor," as
13 Fishing caters to enthusiasts in the hardwater segment
with special edition reels that are designed with smart features and plenty of
is a major player in the ice fishing market and they know that hardwater anglers
are no different than other anglers and the enthusiasts in the segment are
always looking for something unique and special. These Black Betty special
editions certainly check that box.