Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Big Game Casting Reels
I bought the 9000i because of my experience with Ambassadeurs, all have been great reels. This is a no frills reel, just a solid work horse reel. First fish I caught with the 9000i was a 31.5" halibut, the reel performed better than I expected. I can't wait for salmon season!
November 14, 2014
Great downrigger reel
This is the 2nd of these I have purchased and this is an excellent reel for light tackle downrigger rods on Lake Michigan. The 5:1 retrieve rate is perfect for this size fish and I have it spooled with 15 pound test mono. I have caught fish up to 25 pounds and the drag is very smooth even under a screaming run from large King Salmon. The level wind mechanism has also functioned perfectly.
June 25, 2014
Very good reel
This is the best reel for large catfish, spooled with 150lb braided line with an 80lb leader and I'm ready to go!
June 7, 2014
I have purchased many reels in my lifetime and while I have used the ambassador reels for bass fishing I had never owned the larger ones for bigger game. I am pleased to say I wasn't disappointed with this purchase. My ambassador 7000 big game is now my new favorite weapon for landing spoonbill and large flat head catfish. I recently broke the 100 lb mark with my recent trophy spoonbill. The reel had plenty of back bone to land this catch of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone that needs a serious reel for serious fish.
June 13, 2013