13 Fishing Rod And Reel Buyer’s Guide

Whether buying your first fishing rod and reel, or looking for a performance driven set-up, 13 Fishing has the equipment to meet your needs. What follows are the newest and most popular reels, rods and combos, arranged into good, better and best categories to make it easy to find the right gear for your requirements.


Spinning Reels

13 Fishing spinning reels come in a range of sizes. The 1000 are great for panfish and small trout. For bass, walleye and other medium-sized fish, choose a 2000 or a 3000. The 4000’s large-capacity spool and heavier max drag are suitable for large, powerful fish. Here are three models worth considering.

Good - Source X ($59.95)

The Source X is great for beginner to intermediate anglers interested in fishing a range of techniques. This reliable reel is built to land you more fish without taking a bite out of your pocket book.

13 Fishing Source X Reels

Better – Creed X ($104.95)

The feature-loaded Creed X is smooth, light and dependable. Excellent for intermediate to advanced anglers wanting a flawlessly performing reel.

13 Fishing Creed X Reels

Best – Creed GT ($134.95)

The Creed GT’s fast, 6.2:1 gear ratio makes it a great choice when quick line recovery is important, such as needing to set the hook after making a long cast or when in deep water. If you prefer a spinning combo for fishing jerkbaits and other reaction lures, the Creed GT is an ideal choice.

13 Fishing Creed GT Reels


Baitcast Reels

13 Fishing’s low-profile, baitcast reels deliver dependable performance coupled with innovative technology and craftsmanship. Here are a sampling of baitcasters, offering striking, sleek designs and state-of-the-art exclusive features.

Good – Origin C ($169.95)

The Origin C is an excellent entry-level baitcast reel built with quality components and a smooth, reliable drag system. It’s loaded with technology to make long and accurate casts.

13 Fishing Origin C Casting Reel

Better – Inception SZ ($254.95)

The Inception Sport Z combines bold cosmetics with many features typically seen on reels costing three times as much. This reel is built tough and includes the 13 Fishing patented ‘Zero Bearing’ system to make long and accurate casts without having to worry about backlash. Perfect for the angler looking to take the next step in their casting game. Whether in demanding tournament conditions or on a hard-core weekend fish-fest, the Inception Sport Z’s ruggedness and solid performance won’t let you down.

13 Fishing Inception SZ

Best – NEW Concept Z SLD ($419.95)

The new Concept Z SLD (Slide) is the pinnacle of low-profile, baitcast reels. Its innovative Slide cast control system is perfectly positioned for on-the-fly tension adjustments, so you never miss a cast. This dynamic reel flips, punches and power-fishes phenomenally well, yet it’s equally awesome spooled with light line for finesse tactics. Great for serious anglers wanting a premium product.

13 Fishing Concept Z SLD


Other Mentions

The upgraded, 2nd Generation, Concept A3 ($379.95) is a great choice for anglers after a strong, low-profile reel with the drag power for taming musky, northern pike and inshore predators. The Gen II Concept A2 ($274.95) is a highly capable, tough-as-nails baitcaster with an ultra-low, palm-fitting design. A popular choice with bass enthusiasts.

The newly overhauled GEN II Concept C2 ($354.95) weighs only 5.98 ounces (167g)! Available in a variety of gear ratios for a range of techniques, this reel is popular with intermediate and advanced anglers.

13 Fishing Concept A2

13 Fishing Concept C2


Baitcast and Spinning Rods

13 Fishing rods come in various lengths, power ratings and actions for everyone from beginner to advanced technique specific anglers. The ultra-light and light rods are best for panfish and small trout. Many light as well as medium-light rods are great for finessing walleye, bass and trout. Medium and medium-heavy rods are suitable for 3/16- to 1-ounce lures for a range of species. Heavy rods are for heavier baits, big fish or power-fishing techniques.


Good – Defy Black ($74.95)

Defy Black rods deliver incredible value, performance and durability at an exceptional price. Great for beginner and intermediate anglers looking to invest in a quality rod without breaking the bank. Technique-specific swimbait and crankbait models available.

Better – New Fate V3 and Fate Black Rods ($119.95+)

Anglers seeking a light, sensitive rod with phenomenal cosmetics will love the new Fate V3 and Fate Black models. The Fate V3’s soft, carbon grip, for instance, delivers superior vibration transmission and ergonomics for all-day fishing comfort. Rods come in popular standard lengths and power ratings, plus bass specific models for topwater frogs, cranking and bladed swim jigs.

13 Fishing Fate V3 Casting

13 Fishing Fate Black Spinning

Best – Omen Black ($154.95+)

Omen Black rods are tournament-proven and known for their performance and high-end components. These versatile rods are suitable for current and emerging techniques, including new kayak-specific models. Light, sensitive, well-balanced and durable, the latest generation of Omen Black rods check all the boxes and deliver phenomenal dollar value.

13 Fishing Omen Black Rods


Other High-End Mentions

Discerning anglers willing to invest in lightweight, sensitive, performance-driven rods will appreciate 13 Fishing’s Muse ($239.95+), Envy ($379.95+) and the revolutionary one-piece Fuse ($619.95) rods. Visit the links to learn more about these high-end products, crafted with the most advanced rod-building technology.

13 Fishing Muse Black rods

13 Fishing Envy Black rods

13 Fishing Fuse rods

Youth – Ambition Rod ($40.95)

Ambition rods come in lengths and actions designed specifically for children. These affordable rods have the same quality, custom features found on 13 Fishing’s full-sized rods, unlike gimmicky, kiddie toy fishing rods that are difficult to use and prone to breakage. Whether fishing with worms from shore or casting lures from a boat, the 5’ medium and 5’6” medium-light Ambition rods are excellent for young anglers.

13 Fishing Ambition rod


Rod and Reel Combos

Buying a rod and reel combo takes the guesswork out of assembling an outfit, and also provides cost savings. Here are four spinning and baitcasting combos built by 13 Fishing experts.


Good – Fate Neon Spinning Combo ($69.95+)

These affordable and reliable combos are versatile and great for using different techniques to catch bass, walleye and other small to medium-sized fish. A great starter spinning rod and reel bundle.

13 Fishing Code Neon combo

Better – Code Black Spinning Combo ($104.95+)

The Code Black Spinning Combos come in medium-light and medium rod options. Lengths are 6’6” or 7’. Combined with a reliable, smooth reel, these outfits are good for beginners and intermediate fishers.

13 Fishing Code Black combo

Best – Fate Chrome Combos (Baitcast $219.95+ | Spin $154.95+)

Available in spinning and baitcast options, these combos pair the Fate Chrome’s light, crisp, sensitive blank with either a Creed Chrome spinning reel or an Origin Chrome baitcaster. Incredible performance and stunning cosmetics at a very competitive price, a Fate Chrome Combo will please any angler.

13 Fishing Fate Chrome combo

Youth – Ambition Combo ($79.95+)

Pairing the Ambition rod with a dependable reel, this is a terrific combo for junior anglers.

13 Fishing Ambition combo



These products are just some highlights of 13 Fishing’s popular rods, reels and combos. For more options be sure to visit