Like a Seafoam Tide - Meet
the Concept TXZ
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Introduction: 13 Fishing is based in Florida and wholeheartedly embraces
their roots offering a wide range of inshore products. This ICAST the company
built on their CZB range of reel offerings with the introduction of the Concept
TXZ, a reel designed to stand up to tough saltwater abuse.
13 Fishing's new high performance
inshore reel, the Concept TXZ
rules supreme: Personally I have always liked the green seafoam color as it
ushers in visions of fishing flats and tropical water. When 13 Fishing decided
it was time to create their next CZB reel this was the color that they wanted to
use to launch that gulf coast offering. While you might think that this reel is
just another CZB reel it is actually a hybrid of multiple bearing types.
The Concept TXZ features a familiar profile but
what is inside is quite different
Matt Baldwin, head of reel
development at 13 Fishing, explained that the original Concept Z was a showcase
for the CZB technology, proving what the ball bearingless design was capable of.
What he never said was that the CZBs were necessarily the ultimate technology
for all applications and reel types, so when it came time to develop an inshore
specific reel he wanted to choose the best bearing set for that application, and
that included some traditional bearings.
The Concept TXZ makes use of CZB, new CZB Comp,
and Black Seal corrosion resistant bearings
TXZ reel makes use of CZB technology married with Black Seal corrosion resistant
ball bearings to achieve the performance and refinement that the company was
seeking to deliver in a premium saltwater baitcaster. The CZBs are used on the
spool to enhance casting distance, like in the Concept Z, but some other
bearings in the reel make use of Black Seal bearings to enhance not only
corrosion resistance but feel as well. In total there are 2 CZB Comp bearings, 2
CZB, and 5 Black Seal bearings.
The reel features an aluminum frame and carbon
the CZB Comp?: CZB Comp? These new spool bearings are designed to push CZB
technology even further and improve casting distance even beyond the original by
significantly reducing surface area contact with the spool shaft. This process
is designed to create higher spool spin by lowering the amount of friction on
the spool. Like the original CZB bearings the material is 100% corrosion proof.
The cast control is accessible under the Beetle
Wing non handle sideplate
The Concept TXZ is loaded
with popular 13 Fishing features including the Ocean Armor 2 saltwater
protection process, the Bulldog Drag which is rated at 22lbs., a lightweight KP
tech spool shaft, Beetle Wing rapid access sideplate, 6-way centrifugal braking,
and Japanese Hamai cut gearing.
Inside we find the CZB Comp bearing
reel also features ergonomically shaped handle knobs with corrosion resistant
rubberized knobs that feel grippy. In hand the Concept TXZ also felt extremely
light, and while the mass produced final spec has not yet been locked it we can
expect the reel to weigh close to 5.93 ounces. The TXZ is able to achieve this
low weight with an aluminum frame and carbon sideplates.
Matt shows us his latest creation, and though the
Concept TXZ is designed for gulf coast and inshore fishing we are sure bass
anglers will be picking up quite a few of these brightly colored reels
Concept TXZ pushes the company's technology to the next level and I really like
the idea of adopting the very best bearing setup for the application, versus
just using CZBs throughout, and demonstrates that 13 Fishing is prioritizing
performance and functionality, versus doing what might seem like the faster and
easier path to market. The Concept TXZ will come in three retrieve ratios,
6.6:1, 7.3:1, and 8.3:1 and retail for $330 dollars. Though this reel was
designed for inshore and Gulf Fishing applications I am sure that many bass
anglers will be all over this reel, and why not, it is seafoam green after all.