For years, when considering the best Abu Garcia Catfish reels, you had to mention the original C3. Now, the specially adapted Abu Garcia® C3 Catfish Special Round Baitcast Reel stands alone as the ultimate catfish reel. Built on the same platform, the C3 Catfish Special offers the additional strength and durability needed to outlast the biggest, meanest fish in fresh water.
This is a heavy duty reel in two styles. Built for quickness, the 6500 features 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing and a 5.3:1 gear ratio. The power-focused 7000 has 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing and a 4.1:1 gear ratio. Both have been given extended-length bent cranking handles with oversized power knobs for maximum torque against hard-pulling fish, and both feature the distinctive custom paint and graphics that set these reels apart from the rest. You’ll find Abu Garcia’s Carbon Matrix™ drag to be smooth and consistent at all settings, and the 6-pin centrifugal brake to quite helpful in pinpointing each cast. And you’ll appreciate the synchronized level wind system, designed to deliver superior line lay and castability. For ultimate power and long-term performance when targeting big cats, it’s hard to argue with the C3 Catfish Special!
The Ultimate Abu Garcia Catfish Reel
- Built on the original C3 platform
- Added strength and durability in 2 sizes
- 6500 has 3+1 bearings and 5.3:1 gear ratio
- 7000 has 2+1 bearings and 4.1:1 gear ratio
- Extended bent handle with oversized power knob
- Distinctive custom paint and graphics
- Smooth, consistent Carbon Matrix drag
- 6-pin centrifugal brake
- Synchronized level wind for superior line lay
Gain a decisive edge over channel cats, big blues, and other fierce catfish species with the Abu Garcia C3-6500 Ambassadeur Catfish Special Round Baitcast Fishing Reel. Modeled after the acclaimed C3 round reel platform, this baitcast fishing reel delivers the power and smooth operation you need to outlast the biggest, toughest catfish. The reel’s Carbon Matrix drag system offers smooth and consistent drag pressure, while its synchronized level wind system ensures an even line lay and an effortless retrieve. Its six-pin centrifugal brake applies consistent pressure throughout the cast, delivering superior control and range. And thanks to its extended bent cranking handle and power knob, this round catfish reel gives you the leverage and smooth reeling that hard-pulling fish demand.
Along with our Catfish Special Reels, in case that’s not your speed, below are many other great catfish reels made by Abu Garcia. All great choices.