The Abu Garcia BCX Baitcast Reel delivers the cranking power and toughness needed to handle big stubborn fish such as catfish or northern pike. Abu Garcia's reliable BCX Baitcast Reel features three smooth-performing stainless steel ball bearings and quiet Corrotech-treated Instant Anti-Reverse bearing for durability and to hold firm against bullish fish. In addition to centrifugal brakes, star drag and comfortable oversized handle, the BCX Baitcast Reel is outfitted with Abu Garcia's innovative Anti-Distortion Spool, which won't torque under a heavy load.
Rated 4 out of 5 by lilfishermen ight
this reel was ok played with it made it better. I use it on a 6ft rod for spinner baits and swim baits. It used to cast light stuff by playing with the settings.After oiling it up with abu oil now it cant cast light things. The reel is good for castng heavy things 1oz..
February 13, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by jman17 nice reel
i own two of these and they are awesome for casting. i use mine for simple fish like bonita and shovel nose sharks and have never ever had a problem. the only thing i whould change on the reel is to take out the brakes to let it cast farther.
February 5, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by scottypbs great cat reel!
I use this reel on a 10' cat rod with a 3 oz. egg sinker and cast shad sides at least 300 yrds. once i forgot to hit the releace button before attempting to cast and it actually broke my 40 lbs. line.
After i got home I took the reel apart to check for damage;to my serprise the reel was just fine, didn't ever chip a tooth of the gears. Great reels for thase who cant afford high dollar equipment.
January 28, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bassassassin6992 ABU
Its a nice reel that will cast a mile and has the power to crank in the big ones
January 20, 2009
Depends on what size you are fishing for. If you and planning on catching sharks 3 feet and under this reel could work for you but if you are planning on catching much bigger ones I would looking into some PENN reels.
Yes, it cast good with 3 oz of weight. I've even used 2 oz bank sinkers and it still casts pretty good. You may have to loosen the spool tension knob on the side to allow it to cast further depending on the amount of weight you're trying to cast.
I would like to get the right size reel, but was also wondering if it would be good for fishing deep crankbaits for largemouth. is the smallest size reel the one i need? i would fish this on a wright and mcgill rick clunn rod that is 7'8 long.
This reel has a lot of cranking power but has a slow retrieve. A better option is the abu garcia black max, its about the same price and has a faster gear ratio to help get those crank baits down deep. I have a black max and love it the casting controls are great for the such an affordable reel.
Your anti backlash control is your thumb. Ihave cast a little as 1/4 ounce with Ambassador reels on a med action rod and 12 pound test line. If you need a magnetic backlash control this is not the reel model for you.
The stiffness of your rod has a lot to do with it. if your rod is to whippy you can get alot of back lashes. I use the 6600 as a heaving reel (casting 5 oz lead plus bait) and can let this reel roll all the way till the bait hits the water. The 5600 i use for bass fishing with sufix 17lbs line and casting a texas rigged worm with an 1/8th oz sinker is no problem.
This not a reel i would pick for light lures it doesnt have a great spool brake. The black max or the silver max are a better options for smaller lures because of the magnetic braking, but still have great power and are similarly priced
I used 1/4 punce weights with 6 inch worms with my Ambassador Five and 5500 C3 with no difficulties. New, these reels need a little time for break in but are absolutely dependable. The five is used as my jig reel on a seven foot heavy pole with 1/2 0r 3/4 ounce jigs in heavy cover.
That is a little light, especially for the 6600. I personally use 6' 6" medium heavy action rod for the 5600. Don't underestimate the 5600, it is a very strong reel. So I wouldn't put either reel on a medium action rod. But if you insist on pairing up a BCX reel with a medium action rod, choose the 5600
I have the 5600BCX paired with a 6'6" UglyStik med. action rod and the balance is great, very easy to use setup, but I also have a Ambassadeur 6600C4 on a 7'3" Abu Garcia Veritas medium/heavy rod and it feels great. Being that the 6600 is slightly larger, in my opinion it would be more suited and on a 7'-7'6" medium-medium/heavy rod. But it all comes down to the type of fishing you're doing and the setup that feels right to you.
I do not see why you would not be able to use for Porgy Fishing. Just remeber when using a conventional reel (not a spinning reel), keep your thumb on the spool to avoid tangles as you let your line to the bottom.
15 pound test is what i have on my 5600. it gives you plenty of strenght and line capacity. ive caught tons of blue fish flounder and sting rays with my 5600 matched with a bass pro shops graghite series 7' mh action rod