If you look just inside the frame, you’ll notice something pretty cool I haven’t seen in a reel. It’s called the SLIDE Magnetic Cast Control System, which is designed to make it easier to make quick casting adjustments with just the flick of a thumb.
It actually works really well and does make it much easier to adjust this reel. Whether you round the corner and start having to cast into the wind or you simply want to tie on a heavier or lighter lure, this slick little feature does, in fact, save some time on the water. I’ve been using it quite a bit lately, especially with all these crazy weather fronts moving in. Heck, it can be slick calm here one minute and before you know it, it’s gassing 20 mph straight down the river. That type of situation has been when this feature has been most beneficial to me.
I’m glad to see this feature for another reason as well. Some of the 13 Fishing reels I’ve tested cast like an absolute rocket but can be a little temperamental at times. The Concept Z Slide is very angler-friendly, even if you’re a newcomer to baitcasters. You can take it out of the box and be bombing casts in just a few minutes.