New Baitcaster Reel

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New Baitcaster Reel
<p>In the market for a new baitcaster reel...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;ve been looking for a replacement baitcaster reel since last year... I have to say it can be quite difficult to decipher the terms and lingo used by manufacturers when describing the functions and features of their reels.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have my great grandfather&#39;s old Abu Garcia Swedish Made Amassadeur 5000 baitcast reel complete with the leather case, schematics, reel oil, the works... It&#39;s a great reel that I&#39;ve caught more fish on than any other reel I&#39;ve ever owned... However, the river silt and dirt have started taking it&#39;s toll on the reel and I&#39;d like to retire it. Sentimental value has now outweighed the reel&#39;s performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What I&#39;m looking for is a baitcaster reel that has the functionality described:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the Ambassadeur, there is a &quot;unique&quot; function that i&#39;ve heard described as a &quot;clicker&quot;, &quot;line out alarm&quot;, &quot;bait alert&quot;, and then some... However, most baitcaster&#39;s I&#39;ve encountered do not match the functionality of the reel. It has an audible &quot;click&quot; when the line is taken out. When the reel is engaged and the drag is set, it makes a &quot;clicking&quot; noise when the drag is overwhelmed and the line goes out. There is no manual &quot;clicker on/off&quot; setting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I purchased another reel from abu garcia that had a &quot;clicker&quot; function, but it had to be manually set and then TURNED OFF before reeling in the line. I really didn&#39;t like that... I actually had to file down the internal &quot;clicker&quot; to allow a low enough resistance to not transfer to the fish. This could very well be because the only reel I could see with similar features was a saltwater reel that is (in all honesty) overkill for the river or lake &quot;Roughfishing&quot; we enjoy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do any of you have any suggestions on baitcasters fitting this description?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;m sorry if my descriptions seem confusing, but this whole process of matching features seems confusing to me.</p>
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While trying to revisit the subject, I guess the "correct" term for what I'm looking for is a "drag clicker" (which I supposes makes sense considering the description I gave)...


This was one of the only posts I could find on the subject (from another forum)...


"The older round pre IAR ABUs had a drag that clicked even if the clicker was not engaged.  In their day they were great but for bass fishing the modern low profile reels would be much better.  The newer ones you need to jump to a 6000 size reel before you get a clicker and it must be turned on to get any noise.  You could buy a 4600 and add a clicker by swapping the sideplate out and adding a couple parts.  The only time I find a clicker to be of any use is if I'm trolling for walleyes or pike and I have a bunch of rods out.  It's not really something that would be of much use for 99% of the techniques used to bass fish."


Well I guess the market is once again dictated by the bass and "sport fish" fishermen... I love this feature and wish I could find it on other models... In fact, the reel described above (the 6000) is exactly what I needed to purchase in order to get close to what I was looking for.

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I have an ABU 6501 C3

That's the only baitcaster I've ever owned.  I've been using it for about 20 years, and it still cranks in big fish for me.  It has the clicker like you described that needs to be turned on/off.  Never thought it was a big hassle, personally.  I wish it had a slightly lesser tension for the freespool clicker, but I use it for such heavy stuff that it functions well.  



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I used Abu for years and stil
I used Abu for years and still do. Catch all sorts carp cats and many other species on them. Would keep buying if I could find Lefty's. Never liked the low profile bass styles. Just my thoughts

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