Abu 5000...is it tough enough

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by santeecat12, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. santeecat12

    santeecat12 New Member

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    my dad went to michigan and is going to get me a ambassader 5000 with a super 7 rod i was just wandering is it big enough cause i dont plan to catch any thing over 25to30lb btw im going after flatheads and carp how do you think it will handle em
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    It should handle anything you hook into. Abu's are tough reels just set your drag right and work the bigger fish. I have caught 20 pounders on a 4500 Abu so the 5000 should do you right.
     

  3. EsoxJohnny

    EsoxJohnny New Member

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    Absolutely, the 5000 is tough enough.
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    those 5000's are the same as the 6500's as far as gears go (so long as it isnt a c4), only difference is width of spool and frame. btw, ive caught several 25lb fish on my 5600c4, no problems.
     
  5. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    yep aint nothing wrong with a 5000.
     
  6. shotdemducks

    shotdemducks New Member

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    I agree with the rest of the fella's, 5000 is enough for what you want to do.
     
  7. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    No disagreements here. In fact sometimes I enjoy usig the smaller reel. I am about 95% Circle hooks, so to me they work really well.
     
  8. santeecat12

    santeecat12 New Member

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    thank all you guys ive never benn so helped out more than when i came here
     
  9. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    It's plenty tough enough for me. I prefer the size of the 6500, but that 5000 is still an Abu and its still tough as nails.
     
  10. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    sounds like you got yourself a great starter set up. That 5000 will hold anything you get into even if it is bigger then what you are fishing for. One thing to remember is to play the bigger fish out, let them wear themselves out!
     
  11. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    i have an older 5000 that is the only baitcaster in my arsenal of fishin gear that i use on a regular basis. I have a big old Penn that i break out stimes, but not too often.

    Mixed in the the bunch are some mid-priced Shimano's and one economy Zebco. Of all the reels i use...i love my Shimano's..but when i hook-up with a fish on my 5000...it feels kinda like a low-powered winch. That thang just flat out brings the line in when i want it too...despite what's on the other end.

    cyas
    rc
     
  12. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I think the question should be "are you strong enough". There is a lot of hard knocks you have to pay to be a successful fisherman. Bad weather, cold, heat, chiggers, ticks, snakes, turtles, too much bait, no bait... makes a lesser man want to quit. You have to hang in there and take the good with the bad. Your equipment will be okay...
     
  13. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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  14. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Harley you need to read the post that rsimms put up today on the Tennessee page. A woman in Chattanooga caught her second blue cat this morning on an Abu 5000. This article is proof that you don't necessarily have to have the big macho rigs to land huge fish.
    By the way, she caught it in the Tennessee River with current present.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  15. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    WylieCat caught a 50# blue today with a 5000, too. I have a few around here, and they get a lot of use.
     
  16. flatheadsteven

    flatheadsteven New Member

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    i use a 5000 for channels and have hooked 30 pound flatheads on them wile channel fishing and got them in without a problem.
     
  17. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    I just got one a month ago and I really like it, haven't hooked anything big yet, but it is one crankin' reel!

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  18. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I purchased my first 5000 around 1962. Paid $15.00 and have been repaid many, many times by its performance. Had to replace pawls twice. I have moved on to bigger and better reels, but the old 5000 is still on a rod and willing to go at a moments notice. They must be the race horse of fishing reels.
     
  19. RPnKC

    RPnKC New Member

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  20. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    It is definately tough enuff (remember that song by the Fabulous Thunderbirds?) I have one and so did my dad and grandad.