plain 7000 vs fancy 6500

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by rcbbracing, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    Here is my dilema...ive never had a 6500 but i did have a 7000 till recently and absolutely loved it. I am parting with a lot of my stuff and am going to buy two new or used abu garcia reels before next spring. I cant afford to buy all amazing stuff but was kinda thinking about buying a 6500 blue yonder....has anyone used these much? I havent heard anything on here about them before. I cant afford to buy the 7000 blue yonder but didnt know if i should buy a fancier 6500 or a plainer 7000 if that makes much sence to ya...thanks guys!
     
  2. slimdaddy

    slimdaddy Well-Known Member

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    ive never used the blue but it does not have the level wind on those reels i have the 6500C3 and 6000 they are both good reels and i see no difference in them casting or otherwise
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    The Blue yonder does not have a level wind...I would go with a standard 6500 c3...Even over a 7000.
     
  4. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    I like the 6500's. I have several of them and none have ever failed me. I do like the looks of the 7000i's, but my 6500c3's serve me well. It doesn't take anything fancy to do the job. I'd like to have one of the 6500 green cats with the power handle, but the plain jane ones look good, fish good and are just all around good reels.

    The main thing to do is to buy whatever you can afford and that you will be happy with in your mind. There's nothing worse than buying and sacrificing for one when you wanted another. Every bite you miss or fish that gets off from the reel will always haunt you. You'll be second guessing your purchase.
     
  5. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    You know you are lured in by the Bue Yonders good looks, LOL. They are a sweet lookin reel but I just couldn't spend the extra cash on them, I ended up with the 6500 C3's and I feel they are excellent reels. I have also owned 700's.

    The only reason I would go with 7000's is if I need to run a lot of heavy line due to deep water etc.

    IMO....the 6500 C3's for $80-$85 new.

    -Jim-
     
  6. Harleycat

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    if u fish the ohio river alot the 7000 is the only way. the 6500 big game would be the only reel i would buy if u fish other waters :wink:
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hi David, Well I know what it's like been there done that in my younger days,didn't have much extra money then.Now the Abu 7000 is a sweet reel they make several reels in that model,the standard,Red, the 3c, the Big game Etc. Big Reels that takes a pretty hefty rod and weighs approximately 22oz. if I remember right.If I could only buy one reel it would be an Abu Garcia 6500c3,The newer model with the carbon matrix drag,It will last you a lifetime and handle most any cat that swims in our lakes and rivers here in the U.S.A.It doesn't have the line capacity as the Abu 7000 but unless you need 300 plus yards of line on the reel or you hook into a 100 pound cat, with the drag set properly the 6500c3 will serve all your needs and then some,It's a sweet piece of equipment that will fill the bill.It casts Super plus it won't let you down. I know there are other good reels out there but the Abu 6500c3 would be at the top of my must check out list.Good Luck and let us know what you decide on OK??Tight lines Brother and God Bless,J.D.
     
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  8. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    I'd go with the plane 7000i you can get 2 for the price of a blue yonder and catch just as many fish.
     
  9. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    im not really sure what ill do yet. i mean ive got months and months till spring...plenty of time to do my research i guess. I dont mind the fact it doesnt have a levelwind for the blue yonder. It doesnt bother me all that much. i really dont want the 6500 to be honest cuz i run fourty lb test trilene big game and being a monofilament i dont believe itll leave me with much like on a 6500...please corret me if im wrong on that. So there is the only reason ide buy the 7000 is just for the line capacity. But i find it hard to buy a plain jane single bearing 7000i even tho they are amazing when i could be a c3 for considerably cheaper...Ive already got two brand new HEAFTY heavy action rods so im not worried about buying whole setups...Two reels is my goal...Thanks for the advice guys...you just about got me talked into a 6500 but im not a fan of braid lines. Ive never used the new style but i know YEARS ago i used to run old school spiderwire and lost fish to nicks in the line...Im sure that isnt a problem know but im a wuss i guess. So maybe a 6500 with some sweet new braid?
     
  10. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    I have the Blue Yonder that is a pure casting machine. It will outcast the plain 6500C3, which is limited by the levelwind. Even if you were to spend $60 more for a ball bearing worm, ball bearing cog gear, and a ceramic pawl it would still not beat the Blue Yonder. Another reel to consider is the 6500 CS Chrome Rocket (levelwind) that is a beauty with the dual end caps. It is a better caster than the 6500C3, but still does not beat the Blue Yonder. If you don't need distance then the plain 6500C3 is a okay reel.
     
  11. kscathunter

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    IMO bearings dont mean crap! and i dont see how you could get a c3 cheeper:confused2: cause like stormcaster said there is usually a $60 difference:confused2: how mutch are you looking to spend i guess would help decide.:wink: Im with you on the 40# mono thing that is what i perfer to use as well i do have some 6xxx with braid as well but the way your talking your wanting to run mono on something like this:big_smile::wink::cool2: http://cgi.ebay.com/Abu-Garcia-7000...emQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5883527c6e lots of good reviews on this reel and this is the cheepest ive seen it. i think from what iv read youd find the 6xxx to not measure up to the task, some think they are do all but me and some others have had them come up short.
     
  12. JimmyJonny

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    Not sure what your talking about either.....

    Like he said the C3 is a lot cheaper ( he didn't say the blue yonder ) than a plain 7000i.
     
  13. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    Sorry i thought the 6500c3 was cheaper than the 7000i?:confused2:...I am worried about it not measuring up to the task. I know itll handly 99.9% of fish in ohio waters BUT if i buy the 6500 is when ill hook that .1% and not get it in...Im not sure how much i have to spend exactly. Ive got some auctions up on ebay and so far have raised $100 BUT i have over three days left on my auctions so there is plenty of time for them to go up AND ive got two or three poles sitting here i stll need to put on that i havent. I am thinking 200 at the very least but am expecting lots more...i know that didnt help ya much...sorry
     
  14. catwhisper

    catwhisper New Member

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    thanks all yall i learned alot from your input and thanks for the question.
     
  15. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    You were correct, that's why I put up my last post. 6500C3 is about $85 the 7000i are now $149. Both can be found cheaper but the no-frills 7000i does cost more... they also are lower geared,,,make sure that's what you want in a reel.
     
  16. alton

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    If casting distance is what you are after, the Blue Yonder is your answer. I don't believe they make a 7000 series Blue Yonder. If you are looking for power and larger line capacity, the 7000 is your answer. I use 6500 and 7000 Pro Rockets which are very nice casting reels, with the dual cast controls. If money is the main issue, the standard 6500c3 is hard to beat. They cast nice and with #65 Power Pro you will land plenty of large fish with it. Good luck.
     
  17. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the post and opinions. I'm looking also.
     
  18. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    I was surprized too but yes they do make a 7000 series blue yonder...they are built on order only...takes two weeks to get it because they are made only when the order is placed and money is received. I would honestly LOVE one of these but the price tag is defidently out of my range...i found em for like $229 a piece....But so few of them prolly exist is why you didnt know they were out there...thanks for the info guys! If i cant decide maybe ill get one fancy 6500 and a plain 7000i and run a trial...when i figure out which one i like more ill buy another and sell the one that lost the contest lol...maybe this is the best course cuz if im spending this kinda money on a new reeel i WANT TO BE APSOLUTELY SURE its exactly what i want....thanx again guys
     
  19. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Yea, I just saw one of the Yonder 7000s and they are a beautiful reel !! If $$ wasn't a issue I would love to have one.....or 8.

    The ones I know about are actually custom built,,not made by Abu. Does Abu offer one too or are they all custom ?
     
  20. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    Geesh ive learned more from posting this than i ever thought i would...I assumed it was made by abu...Guess its a complete custome this mikes reel repair does or something...Im not trying to advertise their site...this is just the only place i found it available off of google :confused2:. http://www.mikesreelrepair.com/product_info.php?cPath=89&products_id=75638

    Great question...i never wouldve even thought to look about that if it wasnt for your question...