info on some abu reels

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by mwhham, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. mwhham

    mwhham New Member

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    does anybody know anything about a abu 500 usa reel or a 5-star abu reel thanks for any info
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    We used to sell the USA reels @ work, about 12-14 years ago. I cant remember anyone having prob's w/ them. If I recall they were not as smooth as the more expensive ones, but smoothness isnt really needed for catting, at least in my opinon.
     

  3. mwhham

    mwhham New Member

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    thanks bought them reels for dirt cheap today they seem to work ok i have never heard of them
     
  4. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    i have acouple left that my dad got from sears yrs ago. they seem to be similar in strength. and not a bad reel. i would have bought them also if the price was right. i use mine now for crappie fishing since i use the wide spool for cats and stripers. the largest fish i ever caught was on a 500 with a 6 ft abu bass rod. it was a 64 lb flattie and had no problem getting him in.
     
  5. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    same exact thing as an ambassador 5000, just different paint and markings.
     
  6. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Let us know how they do for you.PM me and we'll hook up and go fishing soon.
     
  7. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    i have a 30+ year old 5000 that works great. It was a 'hand-me down' from my uncle. He used it every weekend for years...mostly for stripers and occasionally bass.

    I use it for catfishin and have caught several fish...nothin over 10 lbs, and it seems to work about as hard as it does when i'm reelin in a 5 oz weight with a large piece of cut-bait, in other words...it feels like a low-geared winch...i love the thing and look forward to the day when i can 'test it out' on a much larger fish.

    edit: the gear that drive the bail back and forth is prone to breakin without regular lubrication


    cyas
    rc