3 photos
Abu Garcia C3 Series

Abu Garcia C3 Series

4600C3, 4601C3, 5500C3, 5501C3, 6500C3 and 2 more
4.0 from 4 reviews

See the Best Fishing in 2019 as rated by Australians on ProductReview.com.au.


Review distribution

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star


CowboyfanCentral Queensland, QLD

  • 7 reviews

Excellent reel


I have 3 of these reels, (the oldest is well over 20 years old) and have found the Abu Garcia 6500c3 reel to be one of the toughest baitcasters around. The early reels were made in Sweden, my latest is made in Asia somewhere but still feels as good as the originals. This is a no nonsense reel with serious stopping power that can handle all the rough stuff bouncing around in your tinny, yet still perform when needed. Simple in design and very easy to dismantle and maintain even for the novice angler. While not as smooth as some of the low profile baitcasters they have rarely let me down. Spooled with mono or braid to around 20/25lb I have found it to be a very good all round reel for bottom bashing or for landing that monster Barra.

Date PurchasedJan 1997



  • 19 reviews

That free spool button / line catcher makes this a terrible reel.


I have done a lot of fishing with baitcaster reels and any baitcast reel with the freespool button as a bent metal part sticking up in the air is going to be practically very annoying. Your line will constantly get trapped around this part. This is why newer designs have a low profile button. If you want to just look at a reel and never use it then this won't apply.

Date PurchasedMay 1997
Jonathan Smith

Jonathan SmithChristchurch NZ

  • 6 reviews

Perfect Salmon Fishing Reel


I have been using these reels for about 34 yrs. They are sturdy, compact, well made, easy to clean and service. One of mine has been used extensively since 1980 and with regular maintenance it still runs like like new. The type of salmon fishing we do in NZ is cast and retrieve all day, in sometimes dusty river beds, The ABUs handle it well. In all the sports I have been into, I have always bought the best gear I could find, and I definitely consider the 6500C3 to be up there with the best.
Strong, smooth,Easily serviced. Parts generally available everywhere.
Very little.....


SlazmoSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 235 reviews

Look for the older series pre 2006 and you will love them!


Questions & Answers

Sorry, there are no questions yet.

Get an answer from our members and Abu Garcia representatives

ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.