Abu Garcia 6500 CL Big Game
by, 07-25-2010 at 11:30 PM (1274 Peeps)
CS or Rockets having the clicker on the side of the left sideplate, is a preference for me, but, all models don't lend themselves to modifying it..
Otherwise, a modern C3 style reel, is about as good as it gets..
I've been fooling around with the 6500 C3 2-speed reels a LOT, and they're a versatile reel.
They can all be modified to suit someone's desires, with extra bearings, in the intermediate gear, worm gear, ceramic bearings and pawl, and a very nice reel can be built up from a Standard unit..
However,, ALL of them have, IMO, a weak frame,, including the Inshore and Big Game Models,,
There's no difference in any of them that I can tell, that enhances the inherent strength of these frames,, say,, in comparison to an Abu 7000 style frame,,
I've developed a couple of modifications that I do to the 6500 reels I use, and feel that it's as Strong as a Solid Reelfoot Frame style..
I beef up the existing frame, and in addition , I add a strengthening plate,That I make, and attach, and it is very effective in adding shear strength to the frame/reelfoot junction. This system gets stronger the tighter it's tightened into the reel seat!!
With a lot of Catfishermen using 100# braid and pushing the intended purpose of these reels, I feel I've overcome the inherent weakness in these nice reels..
Of course, now, the problems will go to the next weakest link, which, I feel would be the Brass main and pinion gears, which I can overcome with the Stainless Steel gears available out of the Inshore model..!!!