What is a Rocket Reel?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by Douglas Foster, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Douglas Foster

    Douglas Foster New Member

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    I'm putting together my catfishing arsenal and I keep running across Abu Garcia Rocket reels at Wallyworld and various web sites. Could someone tell me the difference between a 6500 c3 and a 6500 cs Pro Rocket or perhaps the orange 6600 Rocket at W-Mart. Rocket reels seem to be more expensive than non-rockets, so is the extra expense worth it? Thanks for helping a new guy. Doug
     
  2. catfever

    catfever Member

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    Not sure on this but i think they have faster retrieval ratio.
     

  3. bigflatheadfisherman

    bigflatheadfisherman New Member

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    The rockets are supposed to be a smoother casting reel and have a faster retrieval rate. My buddy has a set of them and they are nice!:0a26:
     
  4. dixiedrifter

    dixiedrifter New Member

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    I have one that I like. Supposedly they are build for walmart exclusively. I think they use slighly cheaper components such as the spool having been made a bit diffrently and the bearings... I also think there is a diffrence in the braking system.

    As far as I know they are pretty decent reels and I see a lot of folks out using them where I fish.
     
  5. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    I have the 6600CL Rocket and the click sucks. I dont like the faster gear ratio either. Go with a 7000 or a 6500.
     
  6. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    I have the 6600 and the 6500 reels. They are made the same except for the gear ratio. The rocket has a 6:3:1 compared to a 5:3:1 of the 6500. The cheaper component statement is false.
     
  7. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    the 6600 rocket is a exclusive reel for walmart only.. there is no dofference in bearing retreive. only difference is that it is burnt orange color and has a thumb bar release instead of side button..