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..

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.

Servicing Abu Garcia 6500C3CT Elite Multiplier

12 08 2009

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Servicing an Abu Garcia 6500C3CT Elite Multiplier 

1. Reel before dismantling

Servicing an Abu Garcia 6500 C3 CT Elite

First Ebay-bought Abu!

7 08 2009

I bought my first reel from Ebay today, an Abu 6500CS Rocket, converted to CT cage. Buying price was £31 including postage. A combination of the description, and the buying price, show that the reel is not exactly going to be a masterpiece when it gets here! The description mentions chafage on the side plates etc but states “good working order” so I’m expecting a functional, if not pretty, reel. Hope the seller doesn’t mind me putting up a picture of the Ebay listing!

Abu 6500 Rocket

Abu 6500 Rocket

I still have my eyes on two other reels, which pretty much look like bargains (will disclose the model once I decide whether to buy or not), but was gutted to miss out on an auction for two CT-converted Abu’s, one a 6000 and the other a 6500. Again, not great condition, but working and potential for fixing up.

Apart from that, the 650+ I talked about in my previous post has been re-listed. This is, however, a similar price to the above mentioned reels which are more desirable, so I’m holding off for a while to think it over properly. Considering visiting some car boots again tomorrow, and will hopefully have a mid-day fishing session Sunday (although Saturday night will be my first clubbing session in 6 weeks – I’m envisioning a cheap night out, but a *slight* hangover on Sunday ;-)). We’ll see!

Abu Garcia Reels

6 08 2009

Have been a bit obsessed with Abu Garcia reels lately – went to the lengths of resurrecting my Ebay account, first used in 2003, last used in 2005, and “Watching” up to 35 reels of various descriptions, to see what kind of prices they’re going for.

First off, I noticed that it’s not necessarily particularly cheap to buy on Ebay! Even a pack of 100 Kamasan hooks I found was no cheaper than a mail order catalogue I’d got with Sea Angler Magazine. Also, reels rarely include a year of manufacture on the chassis, so it’s almost impossible to tell how old they are. However, I’m sure there are some features on each model that the trained eye knows to look for (for instance, I saw two vintage Abu 6000s, both red, but one with the same ratchet button position on the left hand side plate as an Elite, and one without. I’m sure that has some significance; just not sure what yet!).

I’ve mainly been looking at Abu Rockets and Elites, and the original Mag Elites. One of those went for under £50, which I guess is pretty good. I’ve seen a number of Abu Ambassadeur 6000s from the 70s on there, with cases and even oil bottles, for just under £50 too. Rockets seem to go for around £75.

One reel that I was also quite keen on, and went to the lengths of making several offers on (the auction had “Best Offer” enabled), was an Abu Ambassadeur 650+. This was identical to the first multiplier I ever bought, which I unfortunately lost when I left all of my fishing gear down at the beach after a night fishing session, and it was stolen.

It was a cheaper model than the 6500C3, and had a brass bushing in place of one of the 3 bearings designated in the “C3” part of the model name of that reel. But I was just proud to have a multiplier, and that reel actually meant the world to me! I’d bought it with almost every penny of my birthday money one year, and it cost £69.99, quite a lot for me before full time employment kicked in. So to say I was ultra tempted would be an understatement. In the end, the auction finished while I was at work, so didn’t have time to get a last offer in.. just under £50 would have secured it.

Am currently watching a few models, and am waiting to see how much the service that my mountain bike is in for at the moment costs, before deciding whether to purchase or not. Fingers crossed! Good night 😉