abu garcia 6500 tccf

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by tank3544, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. tank3544

    tank3544 New Member

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    i've found these to be the perfect "mid range" type of reel .. not overpowering when your chasing eater size cats, yet have enough power behind them to pull in cats surpassing the 50lb mark

    i believe our sponsor catfish connection sells these .. i know they used to .. i bought 2 from them a few years ago .. still running strong through all the abuse they take!
     
  2. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I just got one from the catfish connection, they are the Trophy Collection with the catfish on the side. What a great reel.
     

  3. josh33

    josh33 New Member

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    have'nt got a chance to test one out yet. They really look like a great reel and the lazer engraved catfish on the side is really cool too :cool: . cant wait to get my hands on one!!!
     
  4. 4rivers

    4rivers New Member

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    As I am new to Ohio river fishing and read that Doc Lange reccommended the 65oo reel. Where is catfish connection and can I go about buying a 6500. Also, do you know where I can get a compatible rod as well? Thank you! PM me if you want to talk.
     
  5. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Just go to the top of the main page and catfish connection has a link you can click on, they are one of our sponsors. They have rods aswell.
     
  6. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Yes they are great reels for sure, I would highly reccomend them
     
  7. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    Is the TCCF any better than a C3 or the same just red with the Catfish on it?
     
  8. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Just about the same..the tccf has a large power handle, and I think 1 more bearing..Line capacty is the same.
     
  9. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I didnt realize they had more bearings. But are the bearings really usefull for catting? I spoke to a PURE FISHING repo once at my locla store he was trying to explain to diff to me between the 6500 & 6000's., Basically he was saying the 6500's are better for Muskie fishermen becasue they have to cast all day, & the 6000's were just as good for catters. I have been thinking of buying some power handles for my 6000's but my the time I do that I guess I should just buy the tccf's. :rolleyes:
     
  10. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Oh yea.....4rivers, you can learn a ton from Doc thats for sure. If your around the Springfield area ask Doc about CJ Brown. (would be a great place to try out the 6500 tccf's, & please let everyone know what you think of them after using them.)
     
  11. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    It just has a levelwind bearing and a power handle and a cool paint job.Same reel as the C3 with some cool dodads.Thats alot of extra money for dodads.Then again if you like owning collector items you'll have some. :D
     
  12. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    Like Mudhole Kid said. A few extra doodads is what you get. They added a bearing to one side of the levelwind, why they didn't add one on each side is beyond me. You may get an extra 5 yards casting but I wouldn't guarantee it. It also has a Power Handle, some fisherman really like them but I do not care for them. They fit nice on a 7000 series but they seem to get in the way of casting my 6500 reels with smaller rods. I believe the newly designed C3 Classic and C4 Classic reels with the Carbon Matrix drag systems will give you more for your money if you want the reel to fish with. If I wanted a reel to sit on the shelf and look at I would buy the 6500TCCF reel. Abu
     
  13. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I just bought another one of these reels, I really like them...They will indeed handle large fish!..And they are pretty! :D
     
  14. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Another? Today? You just bought one last week!
     
  15. Doctor

    Doctor Member

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    We own 4 of those reels, they are used only for tournaments, nothing else, very good reel, handles big fish real well, I like to use my left hand holding onto the reel, and those reels are perfect for that, the 7000 are too big for me to handle that way so that is why I prefer the 6500, keep them cleaned and oiled up and they should last a lifetime, I have some ABU's that are better than 20 years old and still working great...........Doc
     
  16. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    No Bryan not today, I was talking about the one I bought last week, it was my second one..I wont tell you when I buy another reel, it will spur you into another frenzy and you will have to buy another 10 rods,
     
  17. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Doc, when you are talking about cleaning your reels do you totally take them apart?..I have a couple of 6500's that are 6 years old and have never been cleaned or oiled, but are still working fine.
     
  18. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    Flathunter... I should have also mentioned in my previous post that the 6500TCCF is an excellent reel for big cats. It is my style of casting that causes the power handle smacking the underside of my right forearm when casting. It is a step up from the 6500c3 and purdier too. :) Didn't mean to sound like I thought it was not a very good reel for big cats. I haven't met an Ambassadeur I didn't like yet. Abu
     
  19. Doctor

    Doctor Member

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    Yes I tear them completely down and clean them, there not bad at all but it's just a habit that I do, same as always changing line and hooks every tournament the rod and reels are always sleeved when in the boat....Doc
     
  20. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    So Does That Mean:

    A.) We are not fishing as much as we should
    B.) You have too many rods/reel
    C.) We are not catching enough fish
    or
    D.) ALL OF THE ABOVE!