I hope everyone had a great christmas. I know I did. My family was very excited about spending time with each other and the gifts of course. Veronica, my fiance, was nice enough to buy me a catfishing rod as my christmas present. I was excited to say the least.
Now I don’t keep a lot of fishing rods and reels and I sure don’t have any extras sitting around the house. SO I was kind of in a tight spot with this new reel. But I am a big fan of fishing on a budget. So I went thumbing through my old “broken” reels and wouldn’t you know it, I had an Abu Garcia 6500C sitting in the shop.
If you don’t know much about the Abu Garcia 6500C, I will fill in a blanks for you. Abu Garcia’s have remained nearly unchanged for 30 years, maybe longer. They are designed for simplicity and to last. Many of the reels that we have are over 20 years old. The 6500C and most other Abu Garcia’s are designed so that you can work on them and clean them with ease. This reel is truly a great catfishing reel. Once I found it, my excitement level was through the roof. But first….
Here is some more information about the reel.
- 5.3 to 1 Gear Ratio ( Good Power and Speed)
- 5 point Drag System ( You don’t need any Better)
- Line Clicker ( For when a Catfish takes Your Bait)
- 14lb/245yds Line Capacity ( Can hold Big Lines)
- Smooth Casting and Priced well
Personally I see this reel as a long term investment. You will literally not break this reel. Now I know what you are thinking, Justin you pulled this reel out of the broken pile. True but the only part that worn out was the Level Wind Pause. This little piece runs along the worm gear and causes the line to run back and forth across the spool. This piece is also less than $10. That’s a easy fix.
If you have the money, I suggest that you get a new model and not worry about the cleaning and the repairs. But if you are on a budget, there are plenty of people that are selling these reels. Checking Ebay, craig’s list, local bargain finders, and amazon can yield great results. I have seen deal that were 5 reels for $100. If you are just getting started or completely involved, that’s a great deal. You might have to buy the level wind pause and clean the parts up, but that’s still $30 a reel. These reels normally cost from $80-120 depending on the dealer.
If you are getting into catfishing, the 6500C is a great option for catfishing. It will do anything you want it to. You can fight in big catfish. You will have fun catfishing tons of catfish. It casts well and reels smoothly. Its easy to work on and simple to clean. And the price is cheap. This is what I call fishing on a budget. Below is a link to Amazon’s Abu Garcia 6500C is you want to get a look at them.
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