6500 performance for less price

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by ramon06, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    If you like 6500C3 performance but do not like the price tag try out the Ming Yang reels (40 series). My friend has one on his boat and the performance is equal minus the fact that they are cold as hell during cold water because they dont have plastic. My friend has 16 rod/reel combos on his boat 12 6500s, a ming yang, and 3 shakesperes. We both love using the ming yang and fight to cast/reel it in. I have to be honest that ming yang is its equal for only $39.99. Star drag, 5:2:1 ratio, 180 yds of 16LB test, nice size handle and you choose colors between, blue, black, gun smoke, champaigne, gold or silver. they have quite a few models and I dont think any are over $49.99 on the web page. ordering a couple tonight. Its worth a try for $30 price tag. Just wanted to share a good find with my BOC brothers that cant pay $90-$140 for a reel, when you can get 3 or 4 for the same price :wink:
     
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  2. ste6168

    ste6168 New Member

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    I've got one also and can attest that they are good reels. For catfish I use two Cableas Salt Striker Baitfeeder 65's, 2 Abu Garcia 6500's, and a Ming Yang CL60. The Ming will fight any fish the Abu will...

    I am planning to put a 70 series Ming on a 12' or 13' heaver for the surf.
     

  3. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I found out the CL60 was the one I used im gonna be purchasing one real soon, like this week maybe lol to put on my glowstick so I can put my 7000 on a more stout rod
     
  4. bluecat69

    bluecat69 New Member

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    I can say that clicker is not worth a crap but as Ramon has said we have had some good fish on that one reel (I think 54 lbs is the biggest so far) and I love it. The drag is nice an strong and it comes with power handle already installed. It will hold more line than the 6500 will so that is a big plus. In my opinion that CL40 is almost the size of the 7000 series but a heck of alot less in price.
    I have tons of money invested in reels between the 6500's and the Penn 320GT2's but love the performance of this Ming Yang. Unless you are just against spending less money on a reel that is just as good if not better this Ming Yang CL40 is the way to go.
     
  5. bluecat69

    bluecat69 New Member

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    I was mistaken on the model, like Ramon said it was a CL60. Not sure why I was thinking it was a 40. Anyway great reels for the price.
     
  6. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

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    thanks for sharing goin to check them out
     
  7. ste6168

    ste6168 New Member

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    You won't be dissapointed! I gurantee that!
     
  8. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    the clicker is the only negative thing iv heard on these reels every one seems to love them think im gona give a couple of them a try
     
  9. ste6168

    ste6168 New Member

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    The clicker could be stronger, and can be with with upgrades. My fix to the clicker is to horse down on the mechanical brakes when in freespool. It has seemed to work a lot better (just have to remember to back off before your next cast)!
     
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  10. Soonerfan

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    I read this post and looked them up on ebay and seen a auction ending...So I placed a bid and won. I won a CL 60 for $35 total shipped to my door. I hope I like it. Im going to put it on a ugly stick tiger.:big_smile:
     
  11. Soonerfan

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    Well i got my ming reel in and it looks and feels good. The clicker isn't very loud ...but if thats the only thing wrong with it i will be happy with it.
     

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  12. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    you will not be dissappointed this is a great reel at an unbeatable price
     
  13. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    I read this thread and was skeptical.
    I run a guide service and NEED good equipment. My Abu's are good reels I just can not afford to drop $100 give or take when one breaks down, and ALL reels break down eventually, but some are fixable.
    I got my Ming Yang CL60A in the mail a week or so ago. I can already tell that it was worth the $45 to get it. I will give a full review in a couple weeks. I will put in 300hrs+ of fishing on these before I can give a true thumbs up on them. But right out of the box they will cast with the 6500's. They have just a little bit more play in the anti-reverse but not much. The power handle and the 4.2 to 1 ratio is very preferable over the 5.3 and dual paddle handle of the 6500. The 4.2 is a good compromise between the gear ratio of my Penn 209's and the Abu's with either 6.something or 5.3.
    I called the guy that supplies the US with MY reels, he sent some extra worm gears and pawls, plus drag disks and other perishable items inside the reel with my order. That was my one hold up, if I have a break down while fishing (usually worm gear or pawl due to gloves getting caught in level-wind) I wanted to be able to get that rod back in the water ASAP. There is a huge difference between being able to fish 14 rods and have a back up vs. not having that backup.
    ANYWAYS, I will post my full review on these reels in a few weeks, initial impressions were positive on this bargain reel.
     
  14. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    The clicker is terrible, but it looks like a fella could make some adjustments and really improve it. I will tear down one of my reels and attempt to fix this.
     
  15. brian88b

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    Just a quick note I have a reel I got off of e-bay as well for $39 shipped to my door. I hate to admit it but I LOVE it as much as my $120 Abu's It's a PENN RODDY 175 5:5:1 3 ball bearings holds 150 yds of 15# of course I have about 150 yd's of Power Pro 65# on mine :wink: and I have drug some meatheads in on this thing without ever a worry also cast as good as the 6500's and the "clicker" flat out screams I like the sound of it's clicker actually better than my Abu's. I was skeptical when I received it because to be HONEST it in ways looks like a $35 reel, but upon catching alot of nice cats on it I SWEAR aside from looks I LOVE it as much as any of my Abu's. Will post pic of it later.
     

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  16. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Gotta be honest, they look real flashy. I may have to try one. I'm skeptical though, I need a good review.
     
  17. KY_465

    KY_465 New Member

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    Thanks Ramon! I intend to check them out also!