I have written a number of articles about Abu Garcia fishing reels and covered them from a number of different aspects. There a number of reasons the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur series is the reel I suggest for all catfish anglers when choosing a catfish reel.
One of the huge advantages of these reels besides the fact that they are durable and cost effective is they are very easy to upgrade and modify. This was covered in one aspect in the article about upgrading from a C3 to a C4 . There are a number of other upgrades that can be done and I am sure as things progress I will continue to be able to add these here at Learn To Catch Catfish.
My biggest complaint about the 5500C3 series reels is the lack of a bait clicker (see bait clicker uses for catfish). Other than the absence of a line alarm (bait clicker) the only real difference between a 5000 series and 6000 series reel is the line capacity. If you don’t have a demand for the larger line capacity then a 500o series with a bait clicker is a prefect option (and the 5000 series reels are significantly cheaper than the 6000 series reels).
This is a simple upgrade that only costs a few bucks to complete.
Search: Abu Garcia 5500 On eBay
Search: Abu Garcia 6500 on eBay
This is a guest article sent in by Ron Bean from Frisco Texas. I would like to thank Ron, Stephen and everyone else that puts these tutorials together and sends them in to me. The information you share is greatly appreciated!
How To Add A Bait Clicker To An Abu Garcia
- Dremel Tool
- Dremel Cut-Off Wheel for Metal
- Digital Caliper (can get for a dollar or two on eBay)
You can usually find Abu Garcia parts very inexpensive on eBay. If you don’t want to buy on eBay you should be able to find these parts from your local reel repair facility or at any reel repair facility online.
If you are apprehensive to try this because it is a bit technical you can buy new side plates often for less than $5 on eBay so in the event you do completely botch it up the first time you can get another side plate and start over or restore the reel to it’s original condition.
- Search: Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Side Plate on eBay
If you have an Abu Garcia reel with a bait clicker you might be able to just copy the measurements. Ron suggests the digital caliper but if you decide to try to get by with a tape measure just convert the decimals to fractions (1/16” is .0625).
Use a fine tip marker to draw the lines on the reel hub so you know where to cut.
The diagram and pictures below should explain the process, but there are a couple of items to point out:
- Make sure when you are cutting the long slot that you assure it is cut square with the reel hub.
- Make your cuts very slowly little by little
- When putting the click knob and click spring back together add a drop or two of super glue
- When the project is complete and the fishing reel is back together if it does not seem smooth, it is probably because you cut the slot too close to the inside of the reel hub and the clicker mechanism is rubbing against the inside of the reel. To resolve this just widen the slot a little toward the outside and that should correct it.
- On the diagram note the position of the click spring when in the “off” (down) position. If you don’t have it in the off position when you put it together, it will not click. If you make this error just take the hub back off, move to the off position and reassemble the reel.
- This modification is very easy and will take you 5 minutes to complete.
- If you refer to this schematic this is exactly like the 6000 series fishing reels come from the factory.
Click The Diagram Above For The Full Size Image
Slot Cut In Reel Hub
Position of clicker spring in relation to the screw hole (bait clicker on off position)