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Round Reels
« on: April 30, 2020, 09:01:35 PM »

Does anyone still use round reels? If so what are your favorite round reels today and why?  I know Bo used to use the old Abu's but has recently transitioned to low profile reels.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2020, 09:37:29 PM »

I have a Calcutta 200GT and loved and used it for years, but I am currently not using it all that regularly. It is a low gear ratio, 5.0:1 I believe and will use it for slower fishing in the winter months. The low profiles are just more comfortable.

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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2020, 10:38:46 PM »

I still have an old Abu Ambassadeur 5501 that I use. It is on my deep cranking rod because it holds a ton of line.

In the past I have also used Shimano Calcuttas and Cardiffs.

I think I will always have at least one round reel in my lineup somewhere.

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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2020, 11:57:06 PM »

I have a 5501 too.  Haven't used it in about 30 years.  It was my first baitcaster.  Lots of great memories...
Had to special order it to get the LH model.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2020, 12:39:13 AM »

I had a bunch of Garcia CB reels at one time, but gave them away, now all I have is a 5500 C3 and a few Penn 309, 209, and 9M reels.

I use them in the salt quite a bit for when the drum are running.

I also like them for fishing for sting ray, they are pretty good workhorses for those hard pulling fish.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2020, 07:14:41 AM »

I have 2 or 3 Quantum Irons that I use, they cast very well and are slow reel, good for cranks.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2020, 10:49:00 AM »

Garcia 4600 C3, Garcia 5500 C3, Garcia 5501 C3, and Garcia 5600 C4, They all weigh pretty much the same and I like the way they fit my hand.  I learned how to "cast" a "conventional" reel 50+ years ago fishing a Penn 65 off a 30 foot high bridge with my dad. The Garcias were like a revalation.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 11:16:46 AM »

transitioned away years back (loved them!) but as I've gotten older, the hands get more 'stiff' it's much easier to hold on to a reel for a long day that's low profile versus the old round reels.

and I do have relatively large mitts (xxl gloves, well, I can get my hands in to them...)
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 12:35:30 PM »

Calcutta/Conquest is my favorite.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2020, 08:54:07 PM »

I have a Ryobi that is round, but I haven't actually used it yet.  It came with a couple of used rods and reels I bought from a guy.  He threw it in with the lot.  I'll have to try it out one of these days...
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 11:16:27 PM »

Ambassadeur 5000. First reel I bought around 25 years ago, still have it and use it. Although I am considering relegating it back to catfish duty. I have more low pro reels now and they’re simply more ergonomic. But, I just love it.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2020, 07:58:43 AM »

Calcutta conquest for swimbaits


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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 11:19:07 PM »

I still use my 5500C. Right now it is on this weird Skeet Reese S Glass Crankbait rod. But is also rides a Falcon Amistad and a Mojo Frog rod or even it's original pairing, a Lew's #4 Speed Stick.



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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2020, 11:39:24 PM »

I have a garcia 6000 sweden built been used once just sits but I have a few line counter ones I use for trolling for trout salmon and striper.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2020, 02:04:45 PM »

I have several 5000 to 6000 series Garcia's.  I don't use them for any bass fishing though.  I have used the 5000 and 5500 for deep cranking.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2020, 02:31:53 PM »

I own about 70 of the older 4600C's and use some of them every time out. I do have some modern, low-profile reels, but these heavy old reels will always be my favorite.

There were some better years, and I don't care much for the newer models. The best are by far the Swedish made models. I have better luck on reels built from the early nineties back. And I use this 1978 model almost every day out-



I said "heavy". If I remember correctly, these weighed ten ounces, down from the fifteen ounces that the older 5500's weighed. I remember being astounded at how LIGHT these things were.

The 4600 series are narrow-spool thumb bar reels (my '78 model was the first year that it was a standard feature). I dig 'em. But I'm kinda getting old, too.
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Re: Round Reels
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2020, 11:15:09 AM »

I still have a Calcutta 201D that I use for (smaller) big swimbaits. It would make a nice crankbait reel too, but nothing beats the feel of a low profile casting reel in hand if you palm your reels.
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