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Zebco has taken the most popular spincast reel in the world and made it better. The addition of a ball bearing drive with the Rhino dual-cam drag system increases the responsiveness required to land trophy fish. A changeable right or left retrieve has also been added to the 33 for increased comfort for all fishermen.

Features of the Zebco 33 include the following:

  • Ball bearing drive
  • Dual-cam adjustable drag
  • Changeable right or left retrieve
  • All-metal gears
  • QuickSet anti-reverse
  • Pre-spooled with 10 lb. test line
Review Summary
3.3
( 13 Reviews )
of customers would recommend this product.
61%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (10), Casual/ Recreational (2)
Pros
Durable (8)
Reliable (7)
Smooth Reeling (7)
Easy Casting (6)
Line Doesn't Tangle (5)
Cons
Poor Construction (5)
Hard To Maintain (3)
Difficult To Cast (3)
Difficult To Reel (2)
None (2)
Best Uses
Shore Casting (8)
River Fishing (5)
Jigging (5)
Trolling (3)

Great buy!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Concord, NC

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
I have used Zebco products for years...always reliable.

Pros: Easy Casting, Reliable, Smooth Reeling, Durable

Cons: Heavy / Bulky

Best Uses: River Fishing, Shore Casting

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Best light spincast reel
Reviewed:


Verified
Reviewer
Upstate South Carolina

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I have fished for 45 years with a Zebco 33 and 202. The 33 is a excellent closed face fishing rod. The newer Z33's come with cheap line and all you have to do is replace it with the line of your choice and you will have a excellent reel. I use reel magic to keep mine working for years. The only time i had to replace one was when somebody dropped the reel and pole in the lake.

Pros: Smooth Reeling, Easy Casting, Smooth Drag System, Durable, Reliable

Cons: Tangles Line

Best Uses: Jigging, Shore Casting, Fly Fishing, River Fishing, Trolling

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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One bad reel
Reviewed:


Verified
Reviewer
New lexington, Ohio

About Me:
Avid Fisher
The Zebco 33 that I had before was great. I had no problems with it and used it year after year without a glitch. It was stolen so I just went and bought a 33 again. Well that was the worst reel I've ever had. It was cheaply made, not like my old one at all. It cast really bad, it would stop in mid air. I will never buy another Zebco again. They just ruined that for me. I kept the pole it came on and threw away the Zebco and bought a Abu Garcia. It's great.

Pros: Comes with fishing line

Cons: Tangles Line, Cheaply made, Poor casting, Poor Construction

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  No

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MADE IN CHINA
Reviewed:


TERRE HAUTE IN

About Me:
Avid Fisher
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Pros: none

Cons: Difficult To Cast, Poor Construction

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  No

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Christmas present for my wife
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Fort Lupton, CO

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
Shortly after ordering the reel, our weather went extremely cold, freezing the lakes we fish. The reel looks and feels great, but we have not had a chance to use it.

Pros: Durable

Cons: None

Best Uses: Shore Casting

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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waste of money
Reviewed:


chicago Il

About Me:
Avid Fisher
the new zebco 33's are terrible..I owned one backin the 80's and it was great.. i just bought new one, used it on 1 fishing trip and returned it to store. a real piece of junk..save your money.

Pros: none

Cons: Hard To Maintain, Difficult To Reel, Difficult To Cast, Poor Construction

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  No

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Used the Zebco 33 for years!
Reviewed:


Verified
Reviewer
Central Ohio

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I have used a Zebco 33 for approximately 35 years. I've often on a whim gone for a flashier reel with bells and whistles, but when it comes time to fish...I always grab the Zebco first. It's as reliable of an all purpose reel as you can get and within price range that most anyone can easily afford.

Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Line Doesn't Tangle, Durable, Easy Casting

Cons: none

Best Uses: Shore Casting, Jigging, River Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Use with Downrigger
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Newberg, Oregon

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I had a friend many years ago tell me to buy this reel to use with my downriggers. I had company going camping with us and fishing for Kokanee. The reel has an anti-reverse lever so you can unlock hook to the release clip and put in the rod holder let your downrigger down. Once down lock the lever reel in the slack line and ready to go worked great. I have never had any trouble with these reels. Cheap and last a long time and work good if used for the right situation. I only used for trolling with my downriggers and never a problem. I had no problems till I decided to change line. I used 10# Cajun line. That was a real mistake did not agree with the reels at all. Make sure to use a limp line of same weight when changing line on these reels. I am going to try 8# Suffix extra limp. That should do the trick. Good Fishing, Bob

Pros: Line Doesn't Tangle, Durable, Reliable, Smooth Reeling

Cons: Requires correct Line

Best Uses: Trolling

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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The best spin casting reel on the planet
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Littcarr, Ky

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I think this may be the best spin-casting reel ever made. The reel has it all. The things i love about it are, the reel is made of very good metals and don't break easily at all, it reels smoothly and casts like a bullet, and it looks good on any rod. Some reels have out of this world colors like, gold, red, green etc. Not with this reel, it's black and silver and will suit any rod. Ha ha i know that doesn't mean nothing about the quality of the product but, that's useful. I mainly fish for carp, catfish and occasional panfish action and this reel keeps up with any fish the lake, creek, stream etc. will throw at you. I think it's a great choice for Channel Catfishing. Sometimes i think that's what Zebco built it for. There's no cons that i know of except, the occasional line twist which, is more than likely the fisherman's fought. Well, that sums everything up. Great reel and if you're a bass fisherman, carp fisherman, or catfisherman that likes spin-casters. I recommend you trying this reel out, you won't regret it.

Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Easy Casting, Line Doesn't Tangle, Smooth Drag System, Durable

Cons: none

Best Uses: Shore Casting

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Zebco 33 is the best reel for the price
Reviewed:


Lou,ky

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I have many rods and reels my Zebco 33 has been with me 48 years It's my cheapest reel but the best.

Pros: 48 years same Zeb 33, Smooth Drag System, Smooth Reeling, Easy Casting, Line Doesn't Tangle, Durable, Reliable

Cons: none

Best Uses: Jigging, River Fishing, Shore Casting

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Remember the YUGO!!!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Florence, AL.

About Me:
Avid Fisher
The old ones made in the USA are eccelent reels and have no cons! They cast, reel, and don't bind up! The ones made in china, bind, cast poorly, and grind and are tough reeling.

Pros: New ones have no pros

Cons: Hard To Maintain, Difficult To Cast, Poor Construction, Difficult To Reel

Best Uses: New ones none

Would you recommend this product?  No

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Don't buy Zebco 33 Made in CHINA!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Kansas

About Me:
Avid Fisher
These new Zebco 33's Made in China are JUNK! This is the worst mistake ZEBCO ever made in sending their Reel Production to CHINA! The old MADE IN USA Zebco 33's worked great. These won't last a day in hard fishing conditions!

Pros: UNRELIABLE

Cons: Hard To Maintain, Poor Construction

Best Uses: Shore Casting, Jigging

Would you recommend this product?  No

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zebco 33
Reviewed:


Verified
Reviewer
pontoon beach,illinois

About Me:
Casual Fisher
i would use the zebco 33 for all kinds of uses. it is a good all around light fishing reel.it could be used for catfish fishing, if you want eating sized catfish.

Pros: Line Doesn't Tangle, Smooth Reeling, Durable, Reliable, Smooth Drag System, Easy Casting

Cons: None

Best Uses: Jigging, River Fishing, Trolling, Shore Casting

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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