I bought this Ambassedeur off of my buddy, who was usin it as a back-up bass reel. It's an Abu 5600 C4. It's about the size of a 5500 C3, but with a different gear ratio and a different braking system control, maybe a few other differences as well. But its in awesome shape, hardly used, an older model... maybe between a 94'-99' or somethin' around there (maybe newer). But, the point of the post is... I went out and bought a rod for it today (7ft. Med/Hvy. Ugly Stik Catfish), and I was wonderin' wether or not the reel will hold up in harsh river conditions, castin' 3oz. weights, reelin' in big river cats, and all that other good stuff that comes along with catfishin' the river. I personally think (since it is an Abu Garcia and all) that it will handle all of that, but I don't know everything. So, do you guys think that this reel will work for what I am doing with it. And/Or do any of you use this model of reel? -Any opinions will be AWESOME!!! Thanks Fellas!!!