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#11423039 - 02/18/16 01:14 PM Abu Garcia "Catfish Special"
daniel75633 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 43
Loc: plano tx USA
so I jumped on the cool kid bus and ordered a C3 6500 Catfish Special if any of you have these was wondering if they are as legit as everyone has made them out to be I know I will be pairing it up with a 12' pro angler catfish casting rod and fishing from the bank so if anyone think they are great then why and if you think they are [censored] then why

thanks in advance

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#11423127 - 02/18/16 01:48 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 644
Loc: Arkansas
I don't have the catfish special but I got a "few" 6500C3 reels made in sweden....NEVER had one fail.... flag I bet you like it a lot cheers enjoy
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#11423289 - 02/18/16 02:35 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: Big Sam]
Dave P Offline
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Registered: 02/12/14
Posts: 653
Loc: Houston
Originally Posted By: Big Sam
I don't have the catfish special but I got a "few" 6500C3 reels made in sweden....NEVER had one fail.... flag I bet you like it a lot cheers enjoy


Same for me, just have a normal 6500c3 reel paired with a 7'6" Pro angler. Limited use with it, but I really like it. Casts well, good clicker, line capacity, 15lb drag.
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#11423383 - 02/18/16 03:18 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
Big Zee Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
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Loc: East Yegua
I got 2. Got them on 8' ugly sticks. Never failed yet.
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#11423806 - 02/18/16 06:54 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
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Loc: Fort Worth
I got about 12 Abu Garcia 6500C3. They are pretty decent.
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#11423915 - 02/18/16 07:38 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
snowyriver6 Offline
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Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 2171
Loc: austin
I've got 2 7000's, a 6600 C4, 2 6500 C3's, 2 5000's. Just bought a new 6500 C3 because I think it might be my favorite of all the garcias. You just cant beat it. I'm gonna pair it up on a pro angler medium action. I like them a lot.

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#11424277 - 02/18/16 10:04 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
MercuryJump Offline
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Registered: 06/10/15
Posts: 99
Loc: Texas
It will be good.

I have 4 5500 in various versions; C, Morano, and IDK what...A red one, a green one, and 2 silver ones. I have yet to see an ABU in the round baitcaster style tha is in good repair, and clean, do anything but work well. I have 2 on berkley big game 7.6ft and one one a shakespear ugly cat 8 ft and one on a BnM heavy catfish fighting rod. They have all caught fish over 20Lbs. Some over 40.
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#11424458 - 02/19/16 12:34 AM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
fish_hunter Offline
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Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 437
Loc: Over Here
Yes, Yes, Yes, you should be happy, I have 3 of these setups on 10ft PAs, I don't think they make a 12 footer yet, I heard they were working on one.(could be wrong) I have no complaints. Now if they are making a 12ft I will need to get me a couple of them.

With my 10ft I toss a 5oz with 30lb mono and 50lb leader.

Now comes the hard part...locating the fish roflmao
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#11425280 - 02/19/16 12:31 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
rlfisher Offline
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Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 357
Loc: Valley View Texas
I have both the catfish and regular 6500C3 only difference I can tell is the color and catfish image and the side and price mine came from eBay and the price was the same used as a regular

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#11425833 - 02/19/16 05:32 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: fish_hunter]
daniel75633 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 43
Loc: plano tx USA
Hey fish_hunter yes they are making a 12' I spoke to the fella that helped design is Doug "Tex" Elliot, he lives about 1 1/2 miles from me and the prototype he had at his house looks sweet, I'm picking up a 10' tomorrow from him

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#11425844 - 02/19/16 05:42 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
TuN3R Offline
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Registered: 06/04/11
Posts: 3282
Loc: San Antonio , Texas
Yes Pro angler now has 12footers as well . I got 5 from the beta release for testpurpose . Waiting for new improved ones to come out so i can get my hands on them .
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#11425946 - 02/19/16 06:29 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
Steve_C Offline
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Registered: 07/17/13
Posts: 151
If this reel doesn't make you happy then nothing will.....just quit..... J/k. I have a 6601 C4 and 4601 c3, they both perform and never fail..... they both Sweden made.

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#11426235 - 02/19/16 08:52 PM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
Nathan at Fork Online   content
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Registered: 06/18/07
Posts: 2550
Loc: Emory, TX
I have a 6500 rocket that has been upgraded/modded and it is a beast. Can cast a freakin mile with it. Great reel.
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#11444478 - 02/28/16 12:34 AM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: daniel75633]
JasonB23 Online   content
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Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 190
Loc: Garland Tx
It's a great reel. I have a couple matched with whisker seeker catfish rods and they look great together. The only thing I didn't like was the bent star drag and handle so I changed mine to straight chrome stars and power handles.


Edited by JasonB23 (02/28/16 10:14 AM)

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#11444664 - 02/28/16 08:05 AM Re: Abu Garcia "Catfish Special" [Re: Nathan at Fork]
GetSlimed Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 447
Loc: Bedford, TX
Originally Posted By: Nathan at Fork
I have a 6500 rocket that has been upgraded/modded and it is a beast. Can cast a freakin mile with it. Great reel.


I really like my 6500 rockets...smoooooth long casts. Got a few catfish specials, but haven't tried them out yet. I do think they look cool. thumb
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