Ambassadeur 5500C3
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Product: Ambassadeur 5500C3

  1. #1
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    Default Ambassadeur 5500C3

    Product Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
    Bearings: 2BB + 1RB Gear Ratio: 5.3:1
    Line Capacity: 205yds/12lb
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  3. #2
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    Recommended: yes
    Great casting reel. Came with the Falcon rod.

  4. #3
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    Recommended: yes
    Great reel. Smooth casting and has a very good drag. Takes a little getting used to since the spool release is located on the side of the reel. I would prefer a thumb bar for more control.

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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Can't think of any
    Pros: Smooth, easy and reliable
    Great reel used one for dragging in Steelhead out in Idaho during my Steelheading years (college). It was my first caster and took about five cast to figure it out and in the last four years can't remember a getting a rats nest in it. Had it on a 7'6" Shimano rod and could cast it a mile with pin point accuracy, used it for surf fishing also before my surf rods. Great Reel I would pick up another one in a heart beat.

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    Price Paid: 85
    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Needs a bait clicker BADLY
    Pros: Smooth casting, very dependable. long track record. GREAT product.
    I have an older version I bought in 1999. I have use the FOOL out of this reel. I have it mated with a 7' medium action Ugly Stik (another great product). This is by FAR my favorite rod and reel.

    I've caught big bass, catfish, redfish, stingrays, small sharks, tons and tons of whiting, croaker, black drum, gar, you name it.

    Even after nearly a decade of use and abuse, it works great. I've only had it professionally cleaned and serviced once (I needed to replace a part I lost and had them do a good lube on it).

    If you want a GREAT all-purpose reel that lasts eons and casts great, this is your baby.

  8. #6
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    Jun 2005
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    Enid
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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Could use a clicker, one thumbscrew working loose
    Pros: Available in left hand retrieve, easy to cast
    Extremely easy to adjust for casting without backlash (or without many anyway). Handles braid well. Pretty decent for a light trolling reel with braid - good with crankbaits.

    I have two in the left hand retrieve style since I use mainly spinning gear. I have them matched with medium action Ugly Sticks and really like them for trolling and casting lures in the one ounce range. Handles striper well while still being fun on the smaller ones and large mouth bass.

    If you are going to use them more for trolling, move up to the models with clickers, otherwise they are hard to beat for light salt or medium freshwater.

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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Could use a bait clicker (Available on the 6500 I believe)
    Pros: Durable, powerfull, all-purpose reel
    The 5500 was my first, and currently my only baitcaster. It is a great all around workhorse of a reel. It has everything you need without the unneccessary frills of many modern low-profile models. Once you are comfortable with casting various lure weights, you will never look back. I use it for both freshwater and light saltwater purposes.

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