Smooth-casting and easy-handling, combined with plenty of knockdown power makes Abu Garcia's Ambassadeur 7000C3i Round Baitcast Reel ideal for drawn out battles with those fast-running big boys. Equipped with a chemical nickel-coated levelwind, aluminum spool, Carbon Matrix Drag System, 2+1 stainless steel bearing system with instant anti-reverse, 6-pin centrifugal brake and a clicker. Weighing in at a mere 21 oz this high-performing reel has a line capacity of 17 lb./325 yards and a fast gear ratio of 4.1:1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by teekay1902 So glad I didn't listen!!!
Some of my saltwater fishing buddies told me that I would not be satisfied using a baitcast reel. I did my online research about baitcast reels and found the Abu Garcia 7000C3i through Bass Pro Shop.With a little practice in my yard and some tutorial videos found on Youtube, I had the hang of it! This past weekend I fished the Indian River Inlet, Delaware. The Abu Garcia gave me the distance that I didn't have before. There were a few birds nests, but this is to be expected. I'm really glad I trusted my instincts and purchased this reel. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BAITCASTER!!!!!!!!
May 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brockster Awesome
I have put this reel through quite a bit since having it. It can handle anything under 200pds except tuna( not sure it won't blow up) I've caught 5 foot sharks, no problem. Still going strong. Have 80 pd spiderwire topshotted(is that a word??) with 50 pd backwater country by Ande. Love it! The clicker sticks sometimes but just engage the hanlde and it snaps in place.
May 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jdthompson1988 GREAT reel
I have this reel paired up on a 12 ft St. Croix Mojo Surf Rod and ABSOLUTELY love it!!!! holds a tremendous amount of line, i have 30 lb line with a 50 lb leader and can easily cast 80 to 90 yards with 4 ounces. Great reel, smooth, no backlash, deftinately reccommend to everyone!
May 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by DTro My Favorite Catfish Reel
I fish for big nasty mean Flathead Catifsh all summer long and the 7000 is my favorite reel bar none. From the dependable drag to quality components, I know that when trophy bites I'll be ready for it.
Keep this reel clean and it will last a lifetime.
January 27, 2011
I currently have mine loaded with 30lbs braid and I have about 550yards on it. I didnt wanna max out the reel as Ive noticed on other conventional baitcasters the fuller the spool the better chance of backlash!
Remember the heavier the line he heavier the lure needed to cast it,however, if using a light bait you can compensate by spooling your reel with braid, its casts better then mono with the larger diameter. However with this reel id stick to 1 oz. to 3 oz. as with mono it takes a considerable effort to move the line off the spool.
Think of the lower gear ratio as more of a "winch" design it gives more torque for fighting larger fish. The slower the retrieve the less strain on your line of choice. I know when bass fishing a 6.4:1 - 7.1:1 is the ratio of choice because they are as hefty!