Product Review                  

Week of  April 28, 2014


Abu Garcia Reels & Rods

 

Abu Garcia Alphamar Linecounter

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur S

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur STX

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur SX

Abu Garcia C3

Abu Garcia C4

Abu Garcia CS Pro Rocket–Black Edition

Abu Garcia Vendetta Linecounter Rods

 

 

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Abu Garcia Ambassadeur STX

Progressive Design, Engineered for Performance

Quality and dependability are two key characteristics that describe the new Ambassadeur STX from Abu Garcia. Delve a little deeper and one will discover excellent casting control, ergonomic feel and durability that the Ambassadeur STX family brings to the table. Simply put, this series delivers true on-the-water performance for round reel enthusiasts.

 

Quality components including a smooth multi-disk drag system as well as four stainless steel ball bearings plus one roller bearing give anglers the performance that they have come to expect from Abu Garcia. Available in two sizes in both right and left handed models, the Ambassadeur STX family features a 5.9:1 gear ratio that delivers 28 inches of line retrieve per turn of the handle.

The 5600 and 5601 models have a line capacity of 230 yds of 14 lb mono or 265 yds of 30 lb braid. The 6600 and 6601 series have a line capacity of 255 yds of 17 lb mono and 350 yards of 30 lb braid.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 5.9:1

4 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

Multi disc drag system

Compact bent handle and star

6 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Aluminum Frame

Left & Right hand models

 

About $99.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

 

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur SX

Reliable Power for a Variety of Species

The Ambassadeur SX steps up to the plate, when anglers need the perfect round reel to match nearly any type of fishing situation. A blend of quality, high performance components and toughness in a compact package make the Ambassadeur SX a solid choice for every situation.

 

Weighing in at just 11.3 oz, the Ambassadeur SX has a frame that is crafted of machined aluminum and a compact bent handle and star that brings the anglers hands closer to the action, providing a more comfortable fit when rod and reel are in hand.  With the multi disk drag system the Ambassadeur SX gives anglers a smooth, consistent reel that holds drag pressure across the entire drag range.

 

The synchronized level wind system improves overall line lay and castability, giving anglers a solid casting reel.  Other features include three stainless steel bearings plus one roller bearing, six pin centrifugal brake system and soft touch handles for a more comfortable grip.

The ergonomic, compact design of the Ambassadeur SX is available in a 5.3:1 gear ratio and both right and left handed models. The 5.3:1 gear ratio retrieve 25 inches per turn.

 

The Ambassadeur 5600 SX has a line capacity of 230 yds of 14 lb mono or 265 yds of 30 lb braid. The Ambassadeur 6600 has a line capacity of 255 yd of 14 lb mono and 350 yards of 30 lb braid.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 5.3:1

4 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

Multi disc drag system

Compact bent handle and star

6 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Aluminum Frame

Left & Right hand models

 

About $79.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

Abu Garcia CS Pro Rocket–Black EditionRock Solid Performance

For decades, the Abu Garcia Pro Rocket has been sought out by anglers across the globe who are looking for the ultimate long distance casting reel. With the newest installment of the 6500 CS Pro Rocket Black Edition, the international superstar steps up to the plate with upgraded features and components.

Increased stainless steel bearing count and the powerful Carbon Matrix drag system make the CS Pro Rocket Black Edition the choice for anglers looking for extra long castability and power. Anglers will notice a more ergonomic feel to the Black Edition CS Pro Rocket with the addition of a compact bent handle and star. The six pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast.

 

The CS Pro Rocket Black Edition also features a synchronized level wind system that improves line lay and castability. The CS Pro has a mono ine capacity of 275 yds of 14 lb and 310 yds of 30 lb braided line. This reel is available in right hand retrieve with a gear ratio of 5.3:1.

 

Features Include:

Weight 11.4 oz

Gear Ratio 5.3:1

Frame - Aluminum

Drag Carbon Matrix

4 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

Carbon Matrix drag system 

Compact bent handle and star

6 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Aluminum Frame

Made in Sweden

Right hand only

 

About $199.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

Abu Garcia Vendetta Linecounter Rods

Precision Tuned for Trolling Anglers

Designed with the trolling angler in mind, the Vendetta LC series of rods matches perfectly with the Alphamar LC Syncro family of reels. With actions specifically engineered for the salmon trolling crowd, the Venetta LC family offers incredible performance and design.

 

Pairing up the right rod and reel can be a daunting task for many anglers. Abu Garcia took the guesswork out of this process when it designed the Vendetta Linecounter series of rods.

 

With actions specifically engineered for the salmon trolling crowd, the Vendetta Linecounter family offers incredible performance and design. Constructed from 30 Ton graphite and matched with stainless steel guides with Zirconium inserts, this series offers the perfect blend of sensitivity and durability that trolling anglers need to land large salmon. Durable high density EVA grips were designed for use in rod holders. Extended EVA foregrips offer added leverage for fighting hard

 

Features Include:

30 Ton graphite

Stainless steel guides w/Zirconium inserts

Actions designed to suit linecounter reels

Some models are telescopic

High density EVA

Med Fast Action

 

Casting 1 piece rods

Model

Lght

Line

 Pwr

Lure oz

VNTCS710T-5  

7’10

10 20

M

1/4 to 1

VNTCS86T-5  

8'6

10-20

M

1/4 to 1

VNTCS86T-6  

8'6

12-25

MH

1/2 to 1˝ 

 

Casting 2 piece rods

Model

Lght

Line

 Pwr

Lure oz

VNTCS1062-5  

10' 6"

10-20

M

1/4 to 1

VNTCS1062-6  

10' 6"

12-25

MH

1/2 to 1 1/2

VNTCS962-5  

9' 6"

10-20

M

1/4 to 1

VNTCS962-6  

9' 6"

12-25

MH

1/2 to 1˝

 

About $ 79.95

 

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

Abu Garcia C3

Brute Strength Meets Refined Style

Redesigning an iconic reel that anglers have grown to love is a tough task, but Abu Garcia met the challenge with the newest adaptation of the C3. The result is improved castability with some modern performance updates. The heritage continues with the new C3, designed to meet the demands of the most hard-core angler.

 

Built in Sweden, the C3 incorporates three stainless steel ball bearings plus one roller bearing and utilizes the durable Carbon Matrix drag system. The addition of a compact, bent handle and star gives anglers a better ergonomic feel. The C3’s synchronized level wind system also helps to improve line lay. The six-pin centrifugal brake gives anglers consistent brake pressure and control throughout the cast. The gear ratio on all C3 reels is 5.3:1.

 

The 4600/4601 sizes have a line capacity of 160 yds of mono or 155 yds of 30 lb braid. 5500/5501 models have a line capacity of 240 yds of 12 lb mono 235-yds of 30 lb braid. 6500/6501 models hold 320 yds of 12 lb mono and 310 yards of 30 lb braid.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 5.3:1

3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

Carbon Matrix drag system

Compact bent handle and star

6 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Aluminum Frame

Left & Right hand models

Made in Sweden

 

About $119.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

Abu Garcia C4

Continuing the C4 Tradition

The tradition continues. With silky-smooth operation and power to spare, the new line of Abu Garcia C4 round reels carries on its predecessor’s legacy. Each model in the lineup incorporates the same trusted durability and engineering that generations of anglers have come to expect. The team upgraded performance and styling and merged these elements with proven strength and engineering.

 

Built in Sweden, the C4 series includes an aluminum frame and sideplates, four stainless steel ball bearings plus roller bearing, compact bent handle and star and a 6.3:1 gear ratio. With its 15-pound max drag, synchronized level wind system and Duragear 2 gear system, the C4 is always up to the challenge.

 

The C4 family also features the Carbon Matrix drag system that gives anglers smooth and consistent drag pressure that is crucial for battling hard fighting fish. These workhorse reels, offered in 4600, 5600 and 6600 sizes, are designed for a variety of techniques and species. Left hand retrieve models are also available in the two most popular sizes – the 5601 and 6601.

 

The C4 4600 has a line capacity of 160 yds of 12 lb mono or 155 yds of 30 lb braid. The C4 5600 and 5601 models have a line capacity of 240 yds of 12 lb mono or 235 yds of 30 lb braid. The 6600 and 6601 models hold 320 yds of 12 lb mono or 310 yds of 30 lb braid.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 6.3:1

4 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

Carbon Matrix drag system 

Compact bent handle and star

6 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Aluminum Frame

Left & Right hand models

Made in Sweden

 

About $139.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com

 

Abu Garcia Alphamar Linecounter

Precision Line Management has never been simpler

Whether anglers choose to troll for salmon or go deep for walleye, they need an accurate line counter reel. The Abu Garcia Alphamar Linecounter covers the gamut by giving anglers a reel they can count on when line management is of the utmost importance. It includes a mechanical line counter that displays the amount of line out in feet.

 

To make trolling with downriggers even easier, this reel also incorporates a highly adjustable syncro drag system. The Syncro drag system works by cranking the handle 1/3 of a turn in a counterclockwise motion. When the handle is in this position, a 50 % decrease in drag pressure is achieved. This feature is especially useful when using downriggers as it allows baits to be dropped easily without having to disengage the reel.

 

Once the baits are in the desired position, the handle can be cranked forward to resume normal operation. The Alphamar LC utilizes a graphite frame and sideplates as well as a machined aluminum spool. These characteristics work together to deliver strength without adding unnecessary weight. Other features include a Carbon Matrix drag, extended throw handle, bent star and two stainless steel bearings.

 

The Alphamar 16 has a 4.7:1 gear ratio with a retrieve rate of 29" per turn of the handle. Line capacity is 370 yds of 15 lb mono or 415 yards of 40 lb braid. The 20 size has the same gear ratio and retrieve rate as the smaller 16 size, but offers a greater line capacity of 410 yds of 17 lb mono or 530 yards of 40-pound braid. For the ideal combo, match this reel to the new Abu Garcia Vendetta Linecounter rod.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 4.7:1

2 Stainless steel ball bearings

Carbon Matrix drag system Syncro drag

Machined aluminum spool

Extended throw paddle handle

Duragear™ brass gear f

Line Counter

Graphite frame and sideplates

 

About $99.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur S

Value-Packed Power and Performance

The new Ambassadeur S round reel from Abu Garcia offers excellent performance and design at a budget friendly price. Zinc frame construction and aluminum sideplates give the Ambassadeur S great corrosion protection for long-lasting functionality.

 

The four pin centrifugal brake system allows for consistent brake pressure throughout the cast. Other features include a smooth multi disk drag system and synchronized level wind for better line lay. The Ambassadeur S also includes a bent handle and drag star, giving anglers a more ergonomic feel.

 

Both the 5500 and 6500 sizes of the Ambassadeur S series are available in right and left hand models that feature a 5.1:1 gear ratio. The Ambassadeur S 5500 and 5501 have a line capacity of 230 yds of 14 lb mono or 265 yds of 30 lb braid. The 6600 and 6601 models have a line capacity of 255 yd of 17 lb mono and 350 yds of 30 lb braid.

 

Features Include:

Gear Ratio - 5.1:1

2 stainless steel ball bearings

Multi disc drag system

Compact bent handle and star

4 pin centrifugal brake

Synchronized level wind system

Left & Right hand models

Zinc Frame

 

About $59.95

 

abugarcia@purefishing.com

 

www.abugarcia.com           800-228-4272

 

 


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