Abu 7000 too much?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by catfish chris, May 18, 2007.

  1. catfish chris

    catfish chris New Member

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    Hello everyone I'm in the market for a new baitcaster. I already have an abu 6500c3 and love it. Most of the fish i catch are 25 pounds and under but i would like to someday go for bigger ones should i get another 6500 or the 7000 I don't now how much bigger the 7000 really is? or can anyone tell me of another bait caster thats reliable that will do the job. thanks everyone.
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Get a 7000,you won't be sorry! Thats gonna be my next reel I get. I have 3 6500's and a cpl 6000's and hope to add a 7000 soon.
     

  3. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Chris as you may no I run a guide service here and all i use is 6000. I have boated 358 fish over 20lbs so far this season with them lots of 30's and 40's 14 in the 50's and my PB of 61 lbs. It is just a great reel as is all ABU reels. Now the bigger reel will give you more line but if your boat fishing you don't need all that line. I use ABU 6000 with 40# Cajun red line and love the way they handle.
     
  4. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I really like the 7000 c3 that I have and probably the 6500 you have would be enough to handle the fish you mentioned but if I was going to target Big fish I would go with the 7000. Both are great reels and I own both. The 7000 is bigger and heavier than the 6500 though. I hope this helps.
     
  5. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

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    A 7000 is a good reliable and all-a-round reel. It holds plenty of line for long distance casting if you're fishing from the bank and if you're fishing from the boat, if holds lots of heavy line. Rogers Sporting Goods in Liberty Mo. has 7000Bs for 69.99 and 7000C3s for 99.99. You won't find them any cheaper, I promise! I just got a 9000BG from them for 69.00 and got it in three days. They've got a website, look them up.
     
  6. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    A 6500 will land any catfish that is alive today. I have several 6500's and have landed thousands of cats with them.
     
  7. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    See 6000 - 6500 or 7000 all will out fish the angler holding them it just comes down to how much line you need to fish the waters you fish.
     
  8. catfish chris

    catfish chris New Member

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    Thanks for the fast replys this is a great forum! I think i'll get the 6500 or 6000 for the price difference if i can't get them in with them i'll have to go back to the drawing board:lol: thanks again guys for the quick replys...
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I would get the 6500C3 of 6000 they will handle any cat that swims.
     
  10. BigCat72

    BigCat72 New Member

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    I have fished with 6500,s for years, just got a new 7000c3i and it is great. I really like it and plan on getting more, you cant go wrong with a 7000.
     
  11. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    check out the 6600 you might like them....
     
  12. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    The 6500 or 6000 reels are nice, but when you need more line capacity and more cranking power the 7000 C3 are great reels.
     
  13. STUMPKNOCKER

    STUMPKNOCKER New Member

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    my fishing partner uses a 7000, as for me i love my 6000 , caught the record on a 6000 although he took line with the drag all the way tight.
     

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  14. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Very nice, Flathead!
     
  15. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    That's a real nice flathead you got there stumpknocker!
     
  16. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    The reasons I prefer the 7000 over the 6500 is one, the 7000 just feels better, sturdier, heavier in my hand. Just gives more confidence from go. Next is the extra tension adjustment knob on the left side all out in the open so you aren't busting fingers on the star drag to use it. I also find the tension adj on the 6500 to be lacking on holding power in current or with a bigger bait or both at the same time. But with the 7000 I can crank down a 2lb carp in the whitewater under a dam no problem and still be in freespool. I also love the power handels on the 7000 over the zebco 33 type on most 6500's. I know you can buy the other handels aftermarket, but you have to figure in another 10 to 15 bucks for shipping & handling lol. Plus you can always use a 7000 for smaller channels but its harder to move up to larger fish with a 6500. In the end yes you can catch any size fish with any size reel, Put a 60 pounder in a swimming pool on a 6500 with 10 lb test and eventually you can land him. I would just have sore hands from gripping that tiny reel so tight and spinning that tiny handel a million times lol.
     
  17. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    well i have pulled many 40 and 50 lbers from 70 feet of water in fast current with my 6000 so what ever ABU 6000,6500,7000 you go with you will be happy.
     
  18. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    does anyone have the link to the official abu web site? ive got a few abu's but i am curious about others. you guys are full of good info. on them so i figured i would ask yall.
    tks
     
  19. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    Now thats what Im talking about..running with the big dogs..errr uhh..cats that is. :lol: Great photo
     
  20. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I just feel that I am fortunate. I knew I was getting ready for retirement - a period of small paychecks, so I bought all the large poles I wanted (2 - 12 footers, 2 -14 footers 2-15 footers and 3 - 16 foot poles). I then purchased all the reels I wanted on these poles - mostly abu 7000's and 6500's. So, thanks to planning, I'm decked out in that regards - but most of the fishing I do is with the little dinky 8 foot rods with the 6000's on them. Got the artillery, if it is ever needed, otherwise I just stick to the foot soldiers - the 6000's.