In the early 50s, nearly every American boy had a buzz haircut, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, and a Texas watchmaker named R.D. Hull married the concept of packaging string’s ability to flow freely from a spool at a local supermarket, to a means for developing a tangle-free fishing reel. Soon thereafter the Zebco 33 was introduced to America.
Now, Sixty years later, the Zebco reel that Mr. Hull invented is as much a part of fishing as DiMaggio was baseball. In 2014, the Zebco 33 proudly celebrates its 60th birthday with improved looks and feel, and no sacrifice to its legendary simple function and everyday reliability.
On the outside, the industrial grade brushed stainless steel covers found on The New “33” make a bold and stylistic first impression found on high-end modern appliances. While internally, components were added to further prevent line tangles to a reel that built its reputation on frustration-free line management.
Tangle free fishing in 2014 begins with the new 33’s uniquely designed T-ring that greatly reduces the fishing line’s ability to travel behind the spinnerhead. Plus, “birds’ nests” are further prevented from getting behind the spinnerhead by an innovative no-tangle pick-up pin control arm configuration.
Perhaps one of the biggest misperceptions about spincast reels is that they are built for small fish. Well, for years Zebco’s 33 has proven that false, and the brand new MicroFine Drag adjustment will further confirm the 33’s ability to land big fish through smoother, more precise, and accurate drag settings.
The 3.6:1 gear systems in the 60th anniversary edition feature the tightest tolerances ever built into a Zebco 33, collecting a fast 19.1 inches of line per turn versus the slower 3.3:1 gear ratio and 18 inches of line per turn in the reels of yesteryear.
Often nicknamed “push button” reels, even the thumb button on the brand new 33 has been attached more securely to provide the tightest tolerances since 1954, when it began its 60 year run as America’s best selling fishing reel.
Suggested retail price is around $24.99.