The New Zebco 33 Reel - Available Now - 50Campfires.com

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.