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I found an old Abu Ambassadeur 6500c reel in pretty dang good shape in a dumpster at my work. Everything seems to work fine, just needs some tlc. Was wondering if anyone uses one of these still? And for what purpose? Thanks!20170617_020437.thumb.jpg.5849f0f9096d96e58f8ef6d0094bdf83.jpg 20170617_020446.thumb.jpg.eecf757f10c4ab7b760886ff8ad21c45.jpg

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There are a lot of Ambassadeurs in service. That one is a large reel. I'd use one that size for muskie, striper, catfish, big swim baits, etc.....

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That's a perfectly fish able reel. For bass, probably best suited to big swimbaits or A rigs and the like. 

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You're in Wisconsin, you just got a new to you Muskie reel or maybe a trolling reel.  I have one of those and I think it is a little heavy for bass fishing.  For a while I used it as my designated lipless crank reel because I could throw stuff a long ways with it and retrieve speed was consistent because of the large line capacity.

 

However, as I got older it got too heavy as I acquired other lighter options for lipless crank service.   I've seen some guys use that reel for throwing slab spoons in tail race conditions.  Fill it full of 25 lb line, - Get a 8.5 to 10 foot MH to H casting rod and you can throw a 2 oz slab spoon a hundred yards, with a little practice.

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I use mine for inshore saltwater, stripper and catfish. Love 6500c and c3 been using it every since I start fishing like 30 years ago, still have one on duty.

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These are probably the overall favorite reel for catfish. They're also very common for muskies and other larger fish (plenty of use in saltwater). Probably a little overkill for bass though.

 

I'd throw that on a Rippin' Lips Super Cat casting rod and take it catfishing with me.

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