Abu Garcia Ambassadeur SX Baitcast Fishing Reel
|Hand Orientation||Right Hand|
|Handle Material||Stainless Steel|
|Product Dimensions||6.3 x 4.7 x 3.2 inches; 14.4 Ounces|
|Bearing Material||Stainless Steel|
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- Made using the highest quality components
- Professional grade fishing equipment
- Tested for durability and quality
- Crafted machined aluminum and a compact bent handle, bringing the anglers hands closer to the action
- Has a multi disk drag system that gives anglers a smooth, consistent reel while holding drag pressure across the entire drag range
- The synchronized level wind system improves overall line lay and castability, giving anglers a solid casting reel
- 3 stainless steel bearings plus 1 roller bearing with six pin centrifugal brake system
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When anglers need the perfect round reel to match nearly any type of fishing situation the Ambassadeur SX steps up to the plate. A blend of quality, high-performance components and toughness in a compact package make the Ambassadeur SX a solid choice for every situation.
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These are great for lake fishing cats and carp, which is what I use these for. It's on the big side so constant casting isn't what I prefer this for, so bait fishing where I cast and wait.
My old reels are all right retrieve, and I've been looking for a left retrive and found one on Amazon so I thought I would give this a shot.
The reel has definitely changed and this one is no longer made in Sweden, instead made in China. I guess when they were bought out by a major US corporation, they decided to keep costs down by doing what every other company does.
The reel is smooth, as expected, has instant antireverse, and lots more bearings than my old ones with 2 or 3. All a nice upgrade from my old reels. Surprisingly still seems to have a lot of metal parts, including aluminum side plates, albeit they're a lot thinner than the old ones.
The level wind pawl is all plastic now, however, and doesn't look like is easy to replace or fix. The reel foot appears to be set in a way that makes this reel a bit more lower profile and can take more stress compared to the old ones which has the tendency to break off. The curved reel handle also makes this slightly less bulky than the old ones as well.
The centrifugal breaks have changed quite a bit from the old 2 pin design to a 6 adjustable star looking one. The break system looks pretty clumsy and easier to break, and probably expensive to repair or fix. It also had a ton of grease for some odd reason, not sure why.
I haven't had the chance to crack it all the way open yet so it's hard to say if they made any other major changes, but for now I'm just going to enjoy fishing with it until the end of the season when I need to service it for the long winter ahead of us.
I personally think that the price point of these reels are a bit overpriced considering that you can get an older used one, made in Sweden, at lots of online resell stores for half the price or less, that has mostly metal parts that rarely break and are easy to service, but these are still wonderful reels and can't really go wrong with them.
I purchased three of these to be used for catfishing. I'm primarily a bass fisherman so I'm not going to invest a lot of money in my catfishing gear. I wanted three setups for channel cats up to about 25lbs. I live in NJ and I don't have to worry about hooking blue cats or flatheads.
I have a old Abu 6000 and a newer Abu 5501C3. The Abu 6000 is right hand retrieve and the 5501 is left handed retrieve. For those of you who didn't know, if an Abu the model number ends with 01 it's a left hand retrieve. I'm right handed but I'm more comfortable with left handed baitcasters. The 5501 is a great reel but I wanted something a little larger and with a clicker.
Upon taking the SX6601 out of the box the first thing I noticed is that is seemed smaller than my 6000. I compared the two side by side and the frames and the spools were the same size. I believe that the SX6601 appears smaller because of the contoured handle and the recessed reel foot. But this is a good thing as it feels a lot less bulky in the hand. When cranking the reel it felt as smooth as the C3. I opened up the reel and saw that the main gears were brass. However, the gear at the end of the spool opposite the side where the main gears are, is made of plastic. I don't recall if my C3 is the same and I didn't bother to check. The line guide is made of plastic and it does seem a bit delicate. The clickers on all three reels are a bit on the quiet side and took some breaking in to turn them on and off with ease. Based on what I saw, it appears that the reel is worth the price. I've read that people were having problems with the clicker failing on these reels. I recall that this happened with my 6000 in the past and it was an easy fix.
So, I spooled them up with 60 lb braid, tied on a 3oz weight and went out to a field to see how they casted. I was impressed with how far it casted for a reel this price. Maybe not as smooth casting as my other Abu's but not bad at all. And like my other Abu's, is was hard to get a backlash. The drag seemed good from what I can tell without actually catching a big fish. But I'm not too concerned with the drag when fishing with 60lb braid and fiber glass rods. I don't plan on using these reels for spring and fall stripers. For them I will stick to Abu 7000 cs pro rockets.
The only other reels that I've had experience with in the same price range is the Shimano Corvalus 400 and the Ming Yang CL60L. The Corvalus isn't as smooth, doesn't cast as far and I have had problems with the spool release getting stuck. The Ming Yang is built like a tank with more metal parts and has a really loud clicker. Not as smooth as the Abu and doesn't cast as far but it's about $20.00 cheaper that the Abu. Both the CL60L and Corvalus 400 are a bit wider than the Abu 6000 series reels. So if you're considering this reel as an inexpensive beater for catfish, I would definitely go for it. Or, of you don't mind the extra weight and size the Ming Yang is hard to beat for the price.
I will try to update this review at a later time after I get a chance to put the reel through some tests and actually catch some fish with them.
Update: I finally had a chance to spend some time on the river and catch some cats with these reels. The biggest was about 12lbs. With a pretty strong current, I had absolutely no problems with the reels. The drags performed flawlessly.
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I use this one on the river fishing salmon. Works great bottom bouncing and quick to retrieve