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For the money, I'd have o say 6500c. Bought 5 of them last winter marked down to $40. at a Walmart!! Bought all they had, think it might have been a mistake!!:smile2:
 

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well i cant fish for bluegills and crappie with a 7000 so i would have to say one reel and no other? i would go with a 5000. at least i could fish for anything with it. at least most i fish for.:wink:

but if we were saying catfish reel i would also say 6500cl3. i have two, and 1 6000, 2 5500's and 2 5000's.lol.

so catfish ya. a 6500cl3.
 

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My 20yr old Abu Garcia 5500C that is still kickin'
 

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At the present time, I have to go with my Fin-Nor OS 95.
That may change when I get my Shimano Stella FTL-20000A.
Fraternally,
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Shimano 6500B , I have 7 of them now and will be getting a few more to phase out some baitcasters. I have never seen a stronger, more durable, and maintenance free reel like this. Put some 120# braid on it and I've pulled trees up from the bottom, and 60# plus cats no problem.
 

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guess if it were just one it would be one of the new abu record No 61's hc(60 for the righty's) with the Carbon Matrix Drag.(same size as a 6500c3) guess i could use it for the gill's with some lite line on it seeing its as smooth as silk with all the bearing in it(4 ball and 2 roller) but put some 50lb power pro on it and you could drag in any cat in from this part of the world
 

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One reel, to fish for all catfish? I would chose an abu6500c3, the newer ones with the carbon matrix drag...I have caught 40-lb flatheads on this reel with ease..Also smaller channel cats..I can cast this reel a mile, and rarely get a birds nest.

What would your one reel to fish with be?
Agreed, my 6500 Black Cat w/ carbon matrix drag if I can only pick one. I have big Penn's (which would be overkill for smaller fish), and an Abu 5500 which might be a tad small for big cats. 6500 is perfect, casts like a dream too!
 

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One reel, to fish for all catfish? I would chose an abu6500c3, the newer ones with the carbon matrix drag...I have caught 40-lb flatheads on this reel with ease..Also smaller channel cats..I can cast this reel a mile, and rarely get a birds nest.

What would your one reel to fish with be?

THAT MY REEL OF CHOICE ALSO.
 
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