Garcia 6500 C3 reel for Lake Monticello blue catfish

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  1. flying_v_64

    flying_v_64 New Member

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    I'm going to Bass Pro this weekend to purchase a Garcia 6500 C3 reel.
    Will this reel handle Monty's big blues? Also, any rod recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks:0a36:
     
  2. CarolinaCatJack

    CarolinaCatJack New Member

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    I may be biased, but I'm really partial to the 7.5ft Shakespeare UglyCat rods. They hold up well and have great flexibility.
     

  3. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    I think any wide spool garcia will hold up just fine, as for rods you got as many options as you will get opinions. I have 6 ft and 7ft ugly sticks and a few 7 ft eagle claw rods and never had any trouble. I believe unless you are fishing heavy cover or need to make real long casts, a 6 or 7 ft rod is fine. all of mine are med. heavy action. the flattie in my avatar was caught of a garcia 5000 narrow spool with 17 lb test line and a 6 ft bass rod. and I am sure there has been larger fish caught on less. just get what you can afford and what you feel the most comfortable with.
     
  4. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

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    the abu 6500 and the 7000 will work just fine but also check out bass pros cat maxx reel and as far as a rod I prefer 7ft med/hev action rods I am not a big fan of shakespeare I use the silstar catmaster rods and also like the eagle claw rods :wink:
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I have plenty of the Berkley big game rods. They work just fine for me and they are very affordable
     
  6. martygreen

    martygreen Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I prefer the 7' Med/Heavy Eagle Claw rods myself,I have a few of the Shakespeare Ugly Stick 7' Med/Heavy and they are pretty good,for the money both of those rods are hard to beat,If you wanna spend a little more I would go with the Tiger Rods.
    As far as the 6500 C3 it will handle just about anything,I have 6 of em and never had any problems with em.
     
  7. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    I use the Berkley Big Game rods also, 6' 6" medium heavy. Never had a failure thus far. I like their white color for night fishin' too. Yes, the 6500s will handle your needs, though a 7000 wouldn't be a bad choice for Monty.
    Bill in SC
     
  8. Cgoyette

    Cgoyette New Member

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    6500's with 40# line matched with TIGER ugly stick LITE 14-40 # class rods (cork handle ones)

    Unless its JAWS you can haul them in. 72#'s was our biggest with this set up-handles them real well <---pun intended.


    Curt
     
  9. pop pop

    pop pop New Member

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    I'll second all this Marty said.:wink: And remember to check your drag at Monty. Them big'uns there will test ya on that, you can count on it.
     
  10. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    The 6500 is a nice reel.
     
  11. BrianD

    BrianD New Member

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    Just to get the wheels spinning I'll pitch in here. I have 6 of the 6500 C3's and they are nice. Absolutely perfect, nothing wrong with them and I love them. But.....here's the but......I also have 2 7000's. I personally have told myself I won't buy another 6500 because for the difference in money, it is worth it to just get the 7000's. Just my take and this is from a guy who def. isn't an expert. I like the 7000's better because they are (obviously) more heavy duty, hold more line (i like this advantage especially when I am drifting and let out alot of line), a little smoother, and cast better (not that the 6500's don't cast good, the 7000's are just better). For the extra money, if you can swing it then I would recommend the 7000. As for rods, I use the Quantum Big Cat, 71/2 foot MH. They were recommended to me by a friend and for the money they are sweet. You can hold the big fish off the bottom when you have to and you can still wing em when you need to. I also like the Berkly glowstiks. I'm not sure how many people will agree with me on this one though. Hope this helps,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Brian
     
  12. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    "....I'm going to Bass Pro this weekend to purchase a Garcia 6500 C3 reel. Will this reel handle Monty's big blues?...."

    An Abu Garcia 6500 will handle any catfish in North America.

    I have 4-6500's, and 6-5000's. These reels have pulled cats up to 55 pounds out of many lakes, including Monty.
     
  13. flying_v_64

    flying_v_64 New Member

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    Just ordered a Ugly Stick Tiger rod (MH) for my new 6500CL. What do you guys think of this set-up?
     
  14. bellymeat

    bellymeat New Member

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    I've got the same 8ft rod with my penn 4/0. Use it for big cats/sharks/bull reds. Its a great rod. And i've got a 6500 on a big cat 7.5 rod and it works great. SO you should have a great setup with that package.

    later...
    Ron
     
  15. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    Sounds like a DEADLY combo. Good luck witit.
     
  16. Cgoyette

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    nothing beats the tigers---I use the lites (cork handles fit in driftmasters much better)
    Curt
     
  17. flying_v_64

    flying_v_64 New Member

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    Recieved my Ugly Stick Tiger today. Bolted on the 6500CL. Rod is a bit bulky but feels like it will haul in a brute. Can't wait to give it a shot!
    Next time I think i'll go with the Tiger lite model.
    :big_smile::0a23::smile2:
     
  18. fishnvince

    fishnvince New Member

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    These Reels will handle the big blues. I use the Penn Power Rods in 7' Med heavy at 59.00 I have had mine for along time now and am very pleased with them
     
  19. BrianD

    BrianD New Member

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    thats a sweet setup, you'll be happy with it!
     
  20. mhbomber

    mhbomber New Member

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    I have medium heavy Tigers on my 6500's and I love the setup. The tip has a lot of sensitivity and it also has some backbone to it. I have only seen fish in the 20's caught on my setup but it handled them with ease. Enjoy!