Spincasting Icon Turns 60!

It’s been said that every angler in America has, at one time or another, fished with a Zebco 33. That might not be true, but we wouldn’t bet on it.

Zebco’s legendary Model 33 spincaster was the reel with which countless young anglers made their first cast, and thus might be thought of as the reel that taught America to fish. This angling icon turned 60 this year, and anglers are still buying about a million of them each year.

To celebrate the great occasion, the company announced that, for the first time in history, there will be a 33 to suit just about every type of angler in 2105.

Micro And Micro Triggerspin

Crappie and trout anglers will love pairing the 33 Mirco with its fairly speedy 4.3:1 gear ratio to an ultra-light rod, and it also comes in a Triggerspin design for fishermen who prefer the ergonomics of a spinning reel combined with push-button simplicity.

33 Max

Anglers looking to go big for cats, or other sizeable species, now have the 33 Max. It features a slower, but heartier, 2.6:1 gear ratio for ultimate torque, and like the other versions, it comes with industrial grade brushed stainless steel covers and is convertible to left- or right-hand retrieve.

Good Ol’ 33

Anchoring the lineup is the standard-size 33, which for 2015 features a new T-ring that greatly reduces the line’s ability to travel behind the spinnerhead by an innovative no-tangle pick-up pin control arm.

Bonus Video: How To Keep Your 33 In Tip-Top Shape

Other News From 1954 When The Zebco 33 Debuted
Shamelessly repurposed from Zebco’s Facebook page.

  • First issue of Sports Illustrated
  • First sub-4-minute mile run by Roger Bannister
  • The words "under God" are added to the Pledge of Allegiance
  • "The Tonight Show" debuted
  • Elvis Presley begins his music career working with Sam Phillips and Sun Records
  • Jackie Chan was born (so was Howard Stern and David Lee Roth)
  • First Teflon-coated cooking pans emerge
  • First 16-ounce beer can (Schlitz)
  • First Burger King
  • Marlon Brando wins Oscar for "On The Waterfront"
  • Peanut M&Ms are introduced
  • First TV dinners (Swanson)
  • First Bazooka Joe comic strip
  • First color broadcast of the World Series

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