Which Abu to get?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by fisherman94580, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. fisherman94580

    fisherman94580 New Member

    Messages:
    158
    State:
    Kentucky
    I'm gonna buy a real pretty soon. Either the Abu 6600CB, or the Abu 6500C3, and they're both the same price. I'll be fishing the Ohio River and a pay lake with some nice size flats in it up to 50 lb's. I'll probably only be targetting up to that size at most though. Which reel would you cat specialist prefer? Thanks in advice!
     
  2. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

    Messages:
    364
    State:
    New York
    The 6500 C3 is the better reel with the lower gear ratio to muscle in the fish. Do you really need a thumb bar? Personally I would bump it up to the bigger reel for the line capacity and a higher mono for heavier cats.
     

  3. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,720
    State:
    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Name:
    John
    Hi Aaron, like TY said I would go with the 6500C3 Abu. Great reel and a lower gear ratio that will work well on them 50 pounders.JMHO J.D.
     
  4. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

    Messages:
    2,367
    State:
    Louisburg,
    If it was me Id probally get the cb because I already have the c3. "do you need the thumb bar?" No but I like the thumb bar on my 6600eon better (except when it sticks a little), and it has the higher gear ratio, and it wrestles with the 50#ers easy. I dont think Ive ran across a bad abu they will both get the job done, get the one you like better even if you get a bigger one you'll be happier with it.
     
  5. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

    Messages:
    1,532
    State:
    Kingwood, Tx (Houston)
    As said, the thumb bar is great, except when it sticks. Get a 6500 c3, you won't really notice the retrieve is slower if using it for catfish.
     
  6. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

    Messages:
    846
    State:
    Bluff City, TN
    I'D GO WITH THE 6500C3.
     
  7. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

    Messages:
    369
    State:
    Wisconsin
    aaron- get 6500c3, it's better reel.
     
  8. s_man

    s_man New Member

    Messages:
    3,012
    State:
    south east ohio
    Aaron, don't mess with a 6500 if you are gonna target 30, 40 ,50 + pound flatheads. Get a 7000 Big game. It just has more muscle in your hand than a 6500. You put it on a 7ft 6 heavy rod and now you can cast out 6 to 18 ounces of lead plus a 2lb bait fish. It'll save you money in the long run cause you'll want a 7000 if you ever try one. Or after you try to reel in a few 30's & 40's with the little handel on a 6500.
     
  9. catfishbill33

    catfishbill33 New Member

    Messages:
    356
    State:
    Clarksville, TN
    Aaron
    I just turned 73 yrs yesterday and my two daughters bought me a new version of the 7000.I am so anxious to get out and see what these men are telling us about the 7000 abu garcia.
    I looked at a 6500??? and they dont compare to what the kids bought me for my birthday.I'll sure have to buy me a big cat pole now.And its really to pretty to fish with:cool2:
     
  10. alton

    alton New Member

    Messages:
    1,045
    State:
    Illinois
    6500C3 it is a better reel.
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

    Messages:
    4,303
    State:
    Montgomery, Alabama
    I would get a 6500C3.
     
  12. fishhook

    fishhook New Member

    Messages:
    658
    State:
    Willow Woo
    I have 7000C3's and love em for all around catfishing. Like's been said before, if you try a 7000 series reel I don't think you'll want anything else.
     
  13. Bravesnflat25

    Bravesnflat25 New Member

    Messages:
    90
    State:
    Anderson
    What year is the 6500C3 you are looking at. If it is the old one. I would look somewhere else you can get the new model one with the Carbon Matrix Drag.
     
  14. s_man

    s_man New Member

    Messages:
    3,012
    State:
    south east ohio
    Don't get me wrong I do own a 6500 TC reel. But with the big weights and baits I use for targeting large flats the 6500 just sits in the boat unless I'm using cut-bait for channels. The 7000 has a louder clicker, can be adjusted so the bait can't pull out line in free spool, and can handel more abuse from snags and fish. Sometime even the current will pull line from my 6500 in free spool.
     
  15. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    14,592
    State:
    Illinois
    Give the 6500c3 a try. You want go wrong. If you need more line capacity then I would go with the 7000c3. (Matrix Drag)
     
  16. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

    Messages:
    1,209
    State:
    South Carolina
    the 7000 is a great reel for areas with heavy cover but if you fish open water the 6500 is plenty of reel for 50 pound cats the 6500s only turn off is the line capacity
     
  17. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

    Messages:
    4,532
    State:
    Guthrie, Oklaho
    For big cats or for long, long rods, you want a 7000. For a multipurpose reel for large cats and other species of fish, a 5600 or a 6000 will suffice. For Bass, lure fishing, a 5000 works great. Its all in what your planning on doing with the tool.
     
  18. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

    Messages:
    950
    State:
    Oklahoma
    I've got a 6500c3 that I've had for somewhere around 15 years. I'm finally replacing the bearings in it as it doesn't seem to cast quite as far as it used to.

    I picked up a 6600 Brute off of e-bay a few months ago and love it! It casts as far or farther as the 6500, and the brute just has bushings instead of bearings. The thumb bar doesn't make any difference for me, I can take it or leave it. The gear ration doesn't matter either if you are using the rod to pull the fish in and the reel to just take up the line at the end of each pull.

    I did here from somewhere that the thumb bar was harder on the pinion gear and would wear it out faster, but I don't really know about it. Has anyone else heard this, and if so, is there any merit to it?
     
  19. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

    Messages:
    2,367
    State:
    Louisburg,
    whatever abu you get make sure you get the carbon fiber drag in it. its hands down a far better drag overall. my 6000 went from 10#s to 16#s of drag and super smooth with the carbons.:big_smile: xringer3 i have a 6600eon with a thumb bar and its a few years old and its still going. the thumb bar sticks sometimes when i go to reel in and i have to jiggle it a little to engage the reel but I dont see how it could damage the gears.
     
  20. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

    Messages:
    950
    State:
    Oklahoma
    Thanks, like I said, I had just heard that about the thumb bar reels, but hadn't heard it for sure or what it did to them.