New Reel – Abu 6500 C3CT Blue Yonder

25 10 2009

The Abu Garcia 6500 C3CT Blue Yonder is a limited edition re-run of the Abu Elite (of which I have three). Ever since having seen it in the tackle shop the first time, I’ve wanted one.

Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and bought one from Lagoon Bait, at a cost of £110. Got the reel home, and took some photos of it alongside one of my Elites – superb little reel – photos to come soon.

Although I’d arranged a fishing session for the night tide with M and J, I decided not to take the new reel, leaving it boxed for now. I’m 99% sure it will come in to service pretty soon, but as I have two perfectly functional and well looked after Elites that I use on a regular basis there’s no need right now. I wanted to secure one before they were all sold – apparently there was a production run of just 400 of them. Perhaps when one of my Elites bite the dust..

Latest session report on the way..





Shoreham fishing session

29 09 2009

Despite most of my fishing gear, bar my reels and a 6ft boat rod, being inaccessible for the weekend, I was determined to get out for a session. Planned one with Duncs and Paul, and arranged to meet Paul to go to the tackle shop to get bait. I pre ordered 3 packs of King, and 2 of Black, just in case the whiting were in. Chosen venue was the beach about 5-10 minutes walk past Carats Cafe along the Basin Road South in Shoreham. This was chosen to avoid the crowds of sunbathers, which worked – once we got there, we had the whole beach to ourselves.

Gurnard, September 09

Gurnard, September 09

At the tackle shop, I had a cheeky look at the rods available.. really wasn’t keen on fishing with a 6ft rod from the beach. I wanted to spend as little as possible – with two perfectly functional beach casters already, I just wanted something to get me fishing for the day, and to use as a spare going forward. There were two models that I was interested in; a £30 light beach (Bass) rod, with a casting range of around 2-4 oz, and a heavier use beach caster (4-6oz) at £35. I decided to go for the latter, but not before knocking the price down to £30, as it was an ex display model. I also had to buy one pack each of beads, hooks, swivels and clips, and a few weights as well.

High tide was at 19:00, so normally we would’ve got to the beach at around 15:30/16:00, in time to get set up and cast out for about three hours fishing up to the top of the tide, and two hours over and down. However, being such a great day weather wise, we thought we’d make the most of the sunshine, and got to the venue at around 14:00 instead. Being a small tide, the water didn’t really advance that much between the time we arrived and high water.

The session didn’t start too well for me.. I’d set up my gear and gently cast out to wet the mainline, and the rod gave an almighty crack, and the top half flew off and landed in the sea! My Elite also blew up in to a massive birdnest (Luckily I had a spare!). A little investigation showed that I’d only put the top half of the rod in to the bottom half by about an inch – very stupid. Fortunately, there was only an inch missing, so the rod still fit together OK, and I was able to fish for the session, casting tentatively at first.

Drama over, nothing was caught for the first few hours, but it was nice to sit in the sun and banter. At around 15:30 Paul and I took a quick walk along to the cafe for some grub. We were gone about 20 minutes, so on returning, I picked up the rod, reeled in the slack, struck and started reeling.

I had an inkling as I was retrieving that I’d caught something, but didn’t get much of a fight so wasn’t positive.. I was happy to reel in quite a sizeable Tub Gurnard.. the biggest I’d ever caught, at maybe 3/4 lb. Once he’d posed for a few photos, I set about trying to remove the hook, but found it impossible due to the fact that he stubbornly refused to open his mouth! Concerned that I’d damage him, and that he’d be left out of the water for too long, I snipped the line off at the hook and returned him, confident that the hook will rust pretty quickly when permanently exposed to the salt water.

Time ticked on and we remained fishless until I retrieved a nice little Black Bream – not sure if he was sizeable, but a pretty fish all the same. He posed for a quick photo before going back too. We stayed until around 20:30, with no further catches. The sea was looking really calm, perfect Whiting conditions, had the tide been timed slightly different, to coincide with darkness.

Overall a satisfying session considering it was during the day, although I was disappointed for Duncs and Paul. I caught some sun too, bonus!





Abu Elite on Ebay ; )

26 08 2009

Couldn’t resist bidding on an Abu 6500 C3 CT Elite on Ebay on Sunday – the same vendor was selling two of the reels, with the auctions ending within minutes of each other. I was pipped to the post on the first, but determined to get the second, which ended up being £45 including postage – pretty good for a fully working Elite. I’ll stick some photos up once the reel arrives.

Received the Shakespeare Neptune the other day – this reel really is in almost immaculate condition, with just a few marks on one of the side plates. Already taken it apart to see how similar it is inside to Abu Garcia reels; it is another model in which the spindle is built in to the spool, like the 6500GR. I think the design where the spool is separate from the spindle is what Abu calls “UltraCast”, although I’m not entirely sure, as it’s hard to find any decent information on Abu reels.





Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster reel

17 08 2009

Couldn’t resist bidding on a very low priced Shakespeare Neptune at the weekend. At the time of bidding, it was priced at £10, with less than an hour to go – so I stuck on a max bid of £16.02 (£0.01 bids are common, so thought the extra penny would help out bid anyone doing that). The final price was £16 and £3.99 p+p. The description says the reel is in good working order, and also comes with a box.

Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster

Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster

My reason for the interest in the Shakespeare, which is a departure from the usual Abu’s, is that I remember it being released, I’d say around 1998 (don’t quote me on that!), as a very low cost casting multiplier – I think they RRP’d at £39.99. Despite this, they very closely resembled Abu multipliers, and shared the 5.3:1 retrieve. The original box is always a welcome extra. So I thought I’d take a punt on it, and won! Borrowed the picture from Ebay again, will stick a new one up when I get the reel.





New Abu’s..

17 08 2009

Received the Abu 6500 GR on Saturday, so as is tradition, I decided to take it apart, have a little look inside, and give it a service.

The reel was a bit crusty with salt etc, but a good old clean up with a toothbrush etc and it actually polished up pretty well. It turns out that this model was built in 1985, and the first thing I noticed upon dismantling the reel, was that the spindle was built in to the spool (much like a Daiwa Millionnaire 7HT, or at least the Millionnaire 2, one of which Nigel used to have) and the bearings mounted in the side plates.

Having cleaned up, oiled and greased the right hand side plate, I set about taking the left one off. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake – I didn’t realise that the slider for the magnetic brake adjustment was attached to a component which sits next to the spool (the magnet holder?), by the fiddliest spring known to man! I put the reel back together after cleaning it up, and promptly realised that the spool wouldn’t turn!

Abu 6500GR and 6500 CS Rocket

Abu 6500GR and 6500 CS Rocket

This was due to the spring not having been positioned correctly – queue about 3/4 of a hour trying to get the thing to go back together, which I eventually managed, in the process gleaning an insight in to the workings of the reel. Once the old line had been replaced with new, clear 15lb line, it really looked the part! It also had a proper CT conversion, as per the Rocket.

I meant to have a few casts with it in my session on Sunday, but the fishing took precedence and I didn’t get a chance – hence it’s casting ability (and that of the CS Rocket) are as yet untested. Will get around to having a few casts with them, perhaps over grass rather than in salt water, just to get a feel for them, before considering them part of my “collection”.

I took a few pictures of the reels, but most of them turned out to be a bit rubbish, apart from this one.





Abu 6500GR

13 08 2009

Won my second reel on Ebay today – an Abu Garcia 6500GR. This is a magnetically braked reel, released in 1985 and on sale for only a short time, apparently. Like my Abu CS Rocket, this one has been CT converted. This was a penny more than the Rocket, at £31.02 including P+P.

Abu Garcia 6500GR

Abu Garcia 6500GR

I got my Rocket home last night (couldn’t resist taking it to work to have a look), and gave it a partial strip down, oil, greased the gears up and also fitted one of my spare centrifugal brake pads, because it didn’t have any.

Looking forward to taking it on a fishing trip to see how it casts. It polished up quite well, but I still had problems retrieving the bearings from the spool – any ideas on how to do this would be gratefully received. I’ve tried inserting pins at an angle, to try to get purchase on one side of the bearing, but this hasn’t worked. I think the pressure needs to be equally spread around the bearing. It has been oiled with 3-in-1, and then Abu Rocket oil last night; hopefully that, in conjunction with a few casts, will loosen them up a bit.

Will be interested to see what the GR looks like inside; the Abu’s I’ve dismantled in the past have all been of the same basic configuration, and none of them have been Mag braked.





Abu 6500CS Rocket Arrives

12 08 2009

Took delivery of my 6500CS Rocket, bought from Ebay, this morning. Initial impressions are that the reel is pretty much as described, so not in perfect condition, but I was glad to see that the CT conversion used a proper replacement bar, rather than the other method I’ve often seen, where the level wind bar is removed and the holes sealed, but the top bar is left in place. That negates one of the benefits of a CT cage, which is to be able to get a better grip on the spool for casting, due to the open cage.

Partially dismantled the reel, and realised that the bearings are stuck in the spool, so popped out to buy some 3-in-1, and applied it, to make them easier to remove once I get home. also bought some lighter fluid to soak the bearings from all my reels after the next fishing trip.

Also noticed that the instant anti-reverse is not instant any more, and when you spin the handle fast and hold on to it, the gears slip round inside the side plate. So will have a look inside and see what needs to be replaced.