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 5 out of 5 by RebelsWingman Nice Quality Reel
I've had mine for 2 years now and everything about this reel says quality. Excellent for 10 - 50lb fish, fresh or saltwater. Cast very smoothly, good strong drag, holds plenty of line, and built to last. I've caught everything from large catfish & bass to small sharks with this reel. I have it spooled with 50lb. of braided line and mounted on a Offshore Angler Extreme Jigging rod. It's perfect for Striper fishing.
April 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AnglerRob Great Reel for the money!
I recently purchased this at Bass Pro to use surf casting. And I will say compare to my old Penn 200 Surfmaster this will cast a country mile once you get it all dialed in. I regulary fish the Raritan bay from Sandy Hook beach and cast a chunk of bunker with 3-4oz to hold bottom and this reel can handle it. I have landed 25 and 30 lbs fish on this. And when I use this to boat fish I have landed large fish. Took a little longer then normal but it will handle a larger fish if you know how to fight it. I wouldnt take this Tuna fishing, but im sure it could handle a small Tuna! If you want a saltwater reel but dont wanna pay the price for Shimano, GET THIS REEL! It will handler larger fish. I learned about this reel from a gentleman catching 60lbs tarpon in florida and hes landed them no problem.
July 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dink99 great bargain
I have owned an abu garcia 6500 for around 13 years. The time came when I needed a larger reel so I purchased the 7000C3i because I had never had a problem with my 6500. This reel is very smooth casting and retrieving. I spooled it up with 300 yards of 65lb power pro. I am yet to catch a large fish on it, but I have had no problems with it. After unboxing I immediately lubricated it with FrogLube and the reel is not only smooth but also easy to clean. After several all day trips surf fishing and not hosing down my gear until the next morning I have noticed no corrosion or other issues.
July 5, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 great reel for about a year
after going surf fishing 3 or 4 times a month for a year. which i rised with freash water after evry use and clean twice in that time. the reel would not work with any weight on the line. it would work fine for once use after being disassemble and clean then the next time out would not retrive line every well if a fish was. also to it to a reel repair place they look at it and said eveything looks good.
love all my smaller abu C3
May 5, 2012
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!