Abu 5500

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by blindfly69, May 6, 2006.

  1. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    i know they can be quite expensive but are these reels any good for cats?
     
  2. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    well if not the 5500 what is the best abu real out there? i'm switchin from a daiwa because they had too many problems with the mechanics
     

  3. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I like the abu 6000's and the 6500's,they have bait clickers and seem to hold up pretty well.My 6000 was my first baitcaster that I got about 6 or 7 years ago and have had no problems with it.If a clicker is no big deal and you wanna spend the extra $,go with an abu 7000.I'm sure there are a lot of different opinions out there but these are what i've had experience with.Good Luck!!!!!
     
  4. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    My 7000 has a clicker. :smile2:
     
  5. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    My 6000 and 7000 have Clickers on them.

    I recommend a 6000 or 7000 over the 5500.
     
  6. catfishsteve

    catfishsteve New Member

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    My preference is the Abu 6500 c or cl3.
    I also own an Abu 7000.

    But my preference is to take the 6500 and replace the paddle handles with a power handle. The slightly wider turing radius of this handle give you improved cranking power. (This is the same handle that comes on the 7000, you can get them to fit the 7000 real easy)

    The 6500 is easier to handle and cast with, IMO. The 7000 is awesome and I would use it on the Missouri River or Elkhorn rivers for flatties.

    But for channels, get a 6500 and put that power handle on there. You'll never be in want of a 7000 on even the biggest channels.
     
  7. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    i like the 55 but i'm like the 6000 better. i'm thinking of switching reals just for the fact it seems every year i have to replace the pawl or worm gear but it's hard to stop fishing with them just for the fact they have never let me down when i got a fish on the line.
     
  8. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    thanks ya'll after lookin around i saw the 5500 didnt have the line capacity i was lookin fer. i ended up buyin a 6000 last night offa ebay
     
  9. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    cant go wrong with that:worship: :003: :0a23:
     
  10. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I've got a 6000 and it's been good to me thus far. Someday I'll probably buy more of a high end one but for now I'm pleased.
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    The 5500 series is more for bass and light fishing, I would step up to the 6000or 7000. I own a 6000 and I love my.