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does anyone use Abu Garcia reels? if so are they worth it?

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  • does anyone use Abu Garcia reels? if so are they worth it?

    does anyone use Abu Garcia reels? if so are they worth it?

  • #2
    I have a REVO SX and yes it is worth the money. As for the cheaper versions at Walmart save your money for a good one. It's the same with every company, you buy high end you get something that will last you a long time if you buy budget you will get a product that will do it's job, but will not last as long as the higher end products made by the same company. Think Lincoln vs Taurus.

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    • #3
      I've got three Abu-Garcia reels.
      A 5000, 5000C and a 6000C. They range in age from 35+ years to near 45 years old. All are all very solid reels. I haven't caught anything off Kodiak, Alaska that I wouldn't tackle with one of them
      The 5000 would be a bit light for the 120# halibut, but would eventually have landed him.
      Best part about the older Abu-Garcia reels is they can be so easily torn down, cleaned and rebuilt. I wouldn't hesitate to buy an older one for parts or to rebuild.

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      • #4
        They make the Cardinal, which has gained an awesome reputation and is relatively inexpensive.

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        • #5
          Agree with FirstBubba, these reels have survived a century and are still the mainstay of my bait casters.

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          • #6
            I have a abu garcia ambassador and I like it. good for throwing the heavier lures that my spinning rods cant handle.

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            • #7
              I have the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 5600AL freshwater bait casting reel that i have had for maybe 30 years. Never had a problem with it.

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              • #8
                I have Ambassador 5000s from the 1970s. Don't know how many times they have been re-furbished. Also 6000s, a 7000 and a 9000. Wouldn't take for any of them. Along with the older model Penns, probably the most reliable reels on the market.

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                • #9
                  I came across an older Ambassador in my dad's shop the other day. It makes a clicking while being cranked? Restoration ideas? Parts?

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                  • #10
                    I have several and all are great reels from the cheap little Cardinal to the 6000Cs that I use for striper fishing. I use a lot of them and the Penns. They have served me well.

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                    • #11
                      Matthew Matzek-
                      Look on the side for the silver button. Change positions with this button, and the clicking should stop. (Left side of the reel, opposite the crank handle.)

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                      • #12
                        my entire family has an assortment of Abu Garcia reels, and they are some of the greatest reels on the market, and definitely worth the money.

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