Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500C3 Review

Almost 30 years ago, Abu Garcia released the first Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 C3 bait casting reel and although there have been many changes since then, this reel has survived abu garcia ambassadeur 6500the decades as being one of the most favored bait casting reels among keen fishermen globally ever since.

I began with the Abu Garcia 5500 and used it in creeks for catching smaller species such as bream and small bass but found when I took to targeting bigger fish, that it was just that little bit small for being able to carry the amount of line I need to run these fish the distance they needed to go in order to tire them enough to be landed without the  risk of  breaking the light gauge line I was using on it.

Fishermen have  landed Salmon and Spanish Mackeral weighing up to 45 pounds on the 6500 but have lost smaller ones using the 5500.

I also learned how to use a baitcaster with the 5500 but found the 65oo to be just as suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to use a baitcaster.

I still have and use the 5500 on a regular basis but there’s nothing it will do that the 6500c won’t and the 6500 allows me to use heavier line with the same spool capacity the 5500 allowed.

Abu Garcia 6500C3 Keeps Up with Modern Technology

With modern technology, the 6500 has undergone several changes over the years with higher quality and more corrosion resistant materials but the basic concept remains the same  but with a higher degree of user friendliness with less maintenance required. What little maintenance there is only involves keeping the precision brass gears lightly oiled a couple of times a year and a good all round clean with fresh water after each fishing trip.

Like all machinery, parts do wear after long periods of repeated use and the most common part replacement with Abu Garcia baitcasters is the pawls and worm gears which feed the line onto the spool but these are readily available at all good tackle stores stocking Abu Garcia products.These are very reasonably priced and easy to fit. All parts are just as easily obtained but it’s rare to have to replace most parts unless they’ve not been correctly maintained.

Keeping the 6500 c well maintained will give you far better performance and increase your casting distance as it will the longevity of it’s life. Many Abu Garcia bait casting reel owners keep their old reels for spare parts as many are interchangeable.

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Abu Garcia 6500 History.

The Abu Garcia Company itself was foundered by Carl Borgstorm back in 1921. Borgstorm was a Swiss watch maker who developed the company to produce pocket watches, taxi meters and telephone timers but during the 1930’s  started to direct it’s effort toward the development of quality fishing reels using the same precision technology used in it’s watch production.

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Abu Garcia “Record”

In 1939 around the beginning of World War 2 in Europe, the first Abu Garcia fishing reel was released and was called “The Record”. These are still produced today and are among the best selling fishing reels ever produced.

After the end of the war, Abu Garcia continued to produce high quality reels with the introduction of the Abu 444 in 1954 and in 1955 the now world famous Ambassadeur Series was born and released at New York’s World Fair and received  instant recognition as a precision instrument.

By 1955 the company released it’s first “Spinning Reel” and later was dubbed the egg beater reel because of it’s similarity in appearance to the hand driven egg beaters used in that day.

The Abu Garcia “Cardinal” was first developed in 1965 and is still being produced.

The Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 has seen many variations and models over the years with the current model being the 65ooC3 which features an attractive silver and grey finish with flat plastic crank handles known as paddles. The gear ratio has been increased to make it a little faster than previous models with a ratio of 5.3:1.

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 Models:

  • Abu Garcia 6501: The is the left handed version of the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 C3
  • 6500-CLE: This Special Seventieth Aniversary model features a level wind.
  • 6500-C3: This is the current model which features the flat winding handles (paddles) as opposed to the rounded ones on earlier models. It also has 1 roller bearing carrier and 2 ball bearing carriers and is protected with the level wind having a hard titanium nitride plated line feed guide which resists hard knocks and line abrasions.
  • Ultra Cast UC 6500 C:
  •  6500-C3 Rapid: This model is finished in red and black and a gear ratio of 5.5:1. The paddle handles are rounded plastic and has a line spool capacity of 220 yards of 20 pound line, has three ball bearings and weighs 298 grams.


  1. New cutting edge Anti – Distortion Spool (ADS) Technology.
  2. 4 Stainless Steel Bearings Instant Anti Reverse.
  3. Flip-up ergonomic thumb rest.
  4. Easy Powerful Multi Disc Star Drag.
  5. Double Cast Control Synchronized Level wind System.
  6. Line Out Alarm. Specifications: Gear Ratio: 5.1:1 Line Capacity lb.test/yards: 14/250, 20/155.
  7. Weight: 320 gm. Line retrieved per handle turn: (23 inches – 58cm)


Given the quality of these reels, the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 c3 Series are extremely affordable for those looking for a tough, reliable, resilient bait casting reel with easily obtainable  parts backed by a well respected company guarantee against defects and replacement parts and are used by many seasoned fishermen and make ideal kayak fishing gear as well.

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