2015 Abu Garcia Reels [Exclusive Preview]

2015 Abu Garcia Reels New ReleasesIt’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Abu Garcia fishing reels. I’ve been accused of being a “fanboy” many times over the years because I only use Abu Garcia fishing reels and they’re the only reels I suggest to others.

Are there other good brands of fishing reels for catfish on the market?

Sure there are!

Are there any that are as good as Abu Garcia Ambassadeurs.?

In my opinion, no, there’s not.

The history of Abu Garcia fishing reels speaks for itself. You can learn more about that here.

ICAST and New Fishing Products

The ICAST convention is coming up this week. ICAST stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades.

Whats that mean? Basically there’s a big convention happening that’s the convention when it comes to fishing tackle and gear and everybody involved in fishing tackle, gear, accessories or apparel will be there showing off their goods.

A huge part of ICAST is the new products. All of the manufacturers will be releasing their new products and trying to one up each other to win the prestigious best of show awards.

2015 Abu Garcia Fishing Reels – Exclusive

At last years ICAST Abu Garcia announced the redesign of many of their round reels including the catfish anglers favorite 6500C3. The 4000, 5000 and 6000 series reels were released with the redesign but the 7000 series went unchanged.

You can get an exclusive sneak preview through the PDF below of all the new and redesigned 2015 reels and you won’t find this information anywhere else but Catfish Edge!

The following reels are new or redesigned for 2015.

  • The REVO Beast : If you’re a fan of low profile baitcast reels)
  • Striper Special : 6500C3 with power handle and special cosmetics
  • Blue Yonder International Long Casting Legend : 6500 size reel with open CT frame built for long distance casting.
  • 7000 Pro Rocket, 7000C3 and 7000 : New cosmetics, Duragear, Carbon Matrix drag system and redesigned handles.
  • There’s also several new releases in spinning reels as well.

I’ve been field testing the 7000 for months and was very impressed with the redesigned reel and performance upgrades.

Here’s some photos of one of the 7000’s we were field testing. The final redesigned model may not look exactly like this.

If you’re getting one of the new 6000 or 7000 series reels for catfish consider pairing it with one of these new rods for the ultimate catfishing rod and reel setup.

2015 Product Catalog

Here’s an exclusive preview of the 2015 Abu Garcia reels including the redesigned reels and new models.

Here’s some more details on the new and redesigned products.

Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® 7000 C3 Round
Big water anglers will appreciate the smooth action of the 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing in the ambassadeur® 7000 C3. This model also offers a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing for increased durability and solid hook setting power. The updated extended bend handle with power knob give anglers an edge by increasing torque and aligning the cranking hand closer to the reel for more efficient fighting power. The ambassadeur® 7000 C3 is equipped with a four pin centrifugal brake for controlled casts and the one-of-a-kind Carbon Matrix™ drag system that delivers smooth and consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range.

• 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• 4 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Extended bent handle with power knobs for increased cranking power
• Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability
• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection

Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® 7000 Combo
“As big on performance as they are on durability – the Abu Garcia 7000 reel features a synchronized level wind system that provides even line lay and a smooth retrieve. The updated extended bend handle with power knob gives anglers an edge by increasing torque and aligning the cranking hand closer to the reel for more efficient fighting power. The smooth and consistent multi disc drag system delivers pressure throughout the entire drag setting. Each 7000 reel is constructed with a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing, Duragear™ brass main gear for extended gear life and a four pin centrifugal brake for controlled casts. The 7000 is paired with an E-Glass rod that features a high density EVA handle and aluminum oxide guides. Available in both 7’ and 8’ configurations.

• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection
• Smooth and consistent multi disc drag system
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• 4 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Extended bent handle with power knobs for increased cranking power
• Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability
• E-glass rod blank with EVA handle and aluminum oxide guides

Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® 7000 Round
“As big on performance as they are on durability – the Abu Garcia 7000 reel features a synchronized level wind system that provides even line lay and a smooth retrieve. The updated extended bend handle with power knob gives anglers an edge by increasing torque and aligning the cranking hand closer to the reel for more efficient fighting power. The smooth and consistent multi disc drag system delivers pressure throughout the entire drag setting. Each 7000 reel is constructed with a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing, Duragear™ brass main gear for extended gear life and a four pin centrifugal brake for controlled casts.

• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection
• Smooth and consistent multi disc drag system
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• 4 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Extended bent handle with power knobs for increased cranking power
• Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability

Abu Garcia Blue Yonder Long Distance Casting 2Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Blue Yonder
This international long casting legend features an open CT frame for easy line access and 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing that provide smooth and dependable operation. On-the-fly casting control is achieved with an externally adjustable MagTrax™ brake system that delivers consistent brake pressure throughout the cast. An extended bend handle with power knob gives anglers an edge by increasing torque and aligning the cranking hand closer to the reel for more efficient fighting power. Lastly, the Carbon Matrix™ drag system delivers smooth and consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range.

• 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• MagTrax™ brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Extended bent handle with power knobs for increased cranking power
• Open CT frame for easy line access
• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection

Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® CS Round
The ambassadeur® CS Pro Rocket is an international best seller. Engineered for super long castability, this model also features a synchronized level wind system for even line lay. The Carbon Matrix™ Drag system included in this reel is our strongest and most durable drag system available. The updated extended bend handle with power knob gives anglers an edge by increasing torque and aligning the cranking hand closer to the reel for more efficient fighting power. Durable components including 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing, a Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life and a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing ensure dependability for the long haul.

• 2 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• 4 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Extended bent handle with power knobs for increased cranking power
• Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability
• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection

Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Striper Special
Born from the round reel platform, the Ambassadeur® Striper Special reel offers anglers a unique package backed with proven components. Performance starts with a 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing system and a smooth and consistent Carbon Matrix™ drag system. The 6 pin centrifugal brake delivers controlled casting while the extended bent handle with power knob gives anglers additional torque and power for hard pulling fish. The synchronized level wind system ensures even line lay and a smooth retrieve.

• 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• Extended bent handle for increased cranking power
• 6 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
• Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability

Abu Garcia® Fantasista™ Regista™
Introducing the Fantasista™ Regista™ line of rods from Abu Garcia – the ULTIMATE combination of sensitivity, balance and power. Each rod is constructed from super high modulus graphite utilizing Tetra axial carbon construction. This process provides incredible strength and sensitivity in a lightweight design. Fuji® Titanium frame micro guides featuring alconite inserts and high density EVA grips round out the list of premium components featured in this rod. When only the best will do, the Fantasista™ Regista™ series delivers uncompromising performance. Backed by a limited 5 year warranty.

• Tetra axial carbon construction provides an increase in strength and durability
• Fuji® Titanium frame guides with alconite inserts
• High density EVA gives greater sensitivity and durability
• Micro Guide system
• Limited 5 year warranty

Abu Garcia® Orra™ Inshore Spinning
“Designed with the inshore angler in mind, the Orra™ Inshore incorporates an Insert Molded C6 carbon body design (IM-C6) that fuses the X-craftic gearbox with a C6 carbon body. The result is a lightweight design that houses gears in perfect alignment. A machined aluminum braid-ready spool design prevents superlines from slipping, allowing braided line to be tied directly to the spool without the use of a mono or taped backing. Other features include an 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing system that provides increased corrosion protection while maintaining smooth and consistent operation. Rocket line management provides better casting control of all types of fishing lines. Working in tandem with the Rocket spool lip design, this system actively controls the line coming off the spool during a cast for improved control and accuracy. A stainless steel main shaft and components improve corrosion resistance while the Everlast™ bail system delivers improved durability. The Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system delivers super smooth drag performance throughout the drag range. The large, flat EVA handle knob provides greater comfort and control and the reel can be configured for right- or left-hand retrieve.

• 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• ARC–6 (Aluminum re-inforced C6 carbon) body design combines an X-craftic gearbox design with a C6 carbon body, which gives a lightweight construction that houses gears in perfect alignment
• Rocket line management system provides better control of all types of fishing lines
• Rocket spool lip design allows better control of line coming off the spool
• Machined aluminum braid ready spool allows braid to be tied directly to the spool without any slip
• Slow Oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Stainless steel main shaft and components for improved corrosion resistance
• Flat EVA knob provide greater comfort and durability
• Designed for saltwater applications

Abu Garcia® Orra™ Power Finesse Spinning
The name says it all – the new Orra™ Power Finesse spinning reel gives anglers the ultimate tool for power finesse techniques. The wide spool design ensures low line memory, making this reel an excellent choice for fluorocarbon lines. In addition, the 5.8:1 gearbox delivers a fast retrieve rate of 36″ per turn of the handle. An aluminum reinforced C6 carbon body design seamlessly combines the X- craftic gearbox with a C6 carbon body. The result is a lightweight body that houses gears in perfect alignment. 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provide increased corrosion protection while maintaining smooth and consistent operation. The new Rocket line management system provides better casting control of all types of fishing lines. Working in tandem with the Rocket spool lip design, this system actively controls the line coming off the spool during a cast for improved control and accuracy. A stainless steel main shaft and components improve corrosion resistance while the Everlast™ bail system delivers improved durability. The Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system delivers super smooth drag performance throughout the drag range.

• 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• ARC–6 (Aluminum re-inforced C6 carbon) body design combines an X-craftic gearbox design with a C6 carbon body, which gives a lightweight construction that houses gears in perfect alignment
• Rocket line management system provides better control of all types of fishing lines
• Rocket spool lip design allows better control of line coming off the spool
• Machined aluminum braid ready spool allows braid to be tied directly to the spool without any slip
• Slow Oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Stainless steel main shaft and components for improved corrosion resistance

Abu Garcia® Orra™ S Spinning
The next generation of Orra™ S spinning reels exemplifies sleek reel design and performance in a compact package. The Insert Molded C6 carbon body design (IM-C6) fuses the X-craftic gearbox with a C6 carbon body, resulting in a lightweight design that houses gears in perfect alignment. The result is a lightweight body that houses gears in perfect alignment. 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provide increased corrosion protection while maintaining smooth and consistent operation. The new Rocket line management system provides better casting control of all types of fishing lines. Working in tandem with the Rocket spool lip design, this system actively controls the line coming off the spool for improved control and accuracy. A stainless steel main shaft and components improve corrosion resistance while the Everlast™ bail system delivers improved durability. The Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system delivers super smooth drag performance throughout the drag range.

• 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• ARC–6 (Aluminum re-inforced C6 carbon) body design combines an X-craftic gearbox design with a C6 carbon body, which gives a lightweight construction that houses gears in perfect alignment
• Rocket line management system provides better control of all types of fishing lines
• Rocket spool lip design allows better control of line coming off the spool
• Machined aluminum braid ready spool allows braid to be tied directly to the spool without any slip
• Slow Oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
• Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system for super smooth reliable drag performance
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Stainless steel main shaft and components for improved corrosion resistance

Abu Garcia® Orra™ S Spinning Combo
The next generation of Orra™ S spinning combos exemplifies sleek reel design and performance in a compact package. An aluminum reinforced C6 carbon body design seamlessly combines the X-craftic gearbox with a C6 carbon body. The result is a lightweight body that houses gears in perfect alignment. 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provide increased corrosion protection while maintaining smooth and consistent operation. The new Rocket line management system provides better casting control of all types of fishing lines. Working in tandem with the Rocket spool lip design, this system actively controls the line coming off the spool during a cast for improved control and accuracy. A stainless steel main shaft and components improve corrosion resistance while the Everlast™ bail system delivers improved durability. The Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system delivers super smooth drag performance throughout the drag range. Paired with a 24 ton graphite rod equipped with stainless steel guides with Ti inserts, this package offers anglers a lightweight, balanced combo.

• 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• ARC–6 (Aluminum re-inforced C6 carbon) body design combines an X-craftic gearbox design with a C6 carbon body, which gives a lightweight construction that houses gears in perfect alignment
• Rocket line management system provides better control of all types of fishing lines
• Rocket spool lip design allows better control of line coming off the spool
• Machined aluminum braid ready spool allows braid to be tied directly to the spool without any slip
• Slow Oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
• Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system for super smooth reliable drag performance
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Stainless steel main shaft and components for improved corrosion resistance
• 24 Ton graphite for a lightweight balanced design
• Stainless steel guides with Ti inserts

Abu Garcia® Orra™ SX Spinning
The Orra™ SX series of spinning reels is packed with proven on-the- water technology that gives anglers an edge. Highlights include an Insert Molded C6 carbon body design (IM-C6) that fuses the X-craftic gearbox with a C6 carbon body. The result is a lightweight design that houses gears in perfect alignment. 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provide increased corrosion protection while maintaining smooth and consistent operation. The new Rocket line management system provides better casting control of all types of fishing lines. Working in tandem with the Rocket spool lip design, this system actively controls the line coming off the spool during a cast for improved control and accuracy. A stainless steel main shaft and components improve corrosion resistance while the Everlast™ bail system delivers improved durability. The Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system delivers super smooth drag performance throughout the drag range.

• 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• ARC–6 (Aluminum re-inforced C6 carbon) body design combines an X-craftic gearbox design with a C6 carbon body, which gives a lightweight construction that houses gears in perfect alignment
• Rocket line management system provides better control of all types of fishing lines
• Rocket spool lip design allows better control of line coming off the spool
• Machined aluminum braid ready spool allows braid to be tied directly to the spool without any slip
• Slow Oscillation provides even line lay with all types of line
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• Everlast™ bail system for improved durability
• Stainless steel main shaft and components for improved corrosion resistance

Abu Garcia® Revo® Beast
The Revo® Beast raises the bar when it comes to high performance and durability in a low profile design. Engineered for strength from the ground up, the Beast features titanium coated sideplates, 7 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing as well as an X-Cräftic™ alloy frame for increased durability and corrosion resistance. A max drag rating of 22lbs along with the dependable Duragear™ brass main gear and the tried-and-true Carbon Matrix™ drag deliver impressive power and durability in a surprisingly compact package. Get the upper hand on hard fighting fish with the extended bent handle and round EVA power knob. The Infini casting brake incorporates the use of both an internal centrifugal brake as well as an externally adjustable magnetic brake to give anglers almost limitless adjustability.

• X-Cräftic™ alloy frame and sideplates for increased corrosion resistance
• 7 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
• Titanium coated sideplates provide increased scratch resistance
• Extended bent handle for increased cranking power
• Round EVA knob provides improved grip for improved cranking power
• Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
• Duragear™ brass gear for extended gear life
• Infini™ brake system allows almost limitless adjustability to handle any fishing situation
• Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability
• Infini II™ spool design for extended castability and extreme loads
• D2 Gear Design™ provides a more efficient gear system while improving gear durability
• Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection

Abu Garcia® Veritas 2.0
Welcome to the next level. The updated Veritas™ series continues the tradition of lightweight design and superior sensitivity with a renewed focus on strength. By developing a Spiral Core Construction process with our 30 Ton graphite blanks, our engineers were able to significantly improve break strength without increasing weight. Overall break strength improved an average of 22% while tip strength increased by over 30%. The result is uncompromising strength and sensitivity in a lightweight, balanced design. The Micro click reel hood design combines functionality and style, ensuring a solid connection between the rod and reel. Titanium alloy guides with SiC inserts will handle all lines including monofilament, fluorocarbon and braid. The Veritas™ series includes both standard and micro-guide models to match any technique. The Winch subseries includes cranking-specific options that are dialed in for a variety of different sized crankbaits. A frog rod has also been added as well as the Schooling Rig rod that is perfect for throwing high resistance baits.

• 30 Ton graphite for a lightweight balanced design
• Spiral Carbon Core Construction provides an increase in break strength of the rod
• Titanium alloy guides with SiC inserts allow for a lightweight balanced rod
• Abu designed extreme exposure reel seat for increased blank contact and sensitivity
• Micro click reel seat hood design allows for improved reel fit
• High density EVA gives greater sensitivity and durability
• Texas rigged hook keeper for all bait applications
• Limited 3 year warranty

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2015 Abu Garcia Reels [Exclusive Preview]
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A look at the all new 2015 model Abu Garcia reels. An exclusive preview available only from Catfish Edge. Se the new reels before ICAST. New redesigned 7000 model reels and more.

Comments

  1. Phil Duncan says

    What? No Chad Ferguson Signature Series C3? Sure would look good on the Signature rod!

    Really enjoyed the article, although I doubt I can talk the wife into yet another reel… especially after she said YES on the Signature rod.

  2. Kevin says

    Hey Chad,
    Did you or do you have access to more information regarding the internal workings for the Blue Yonder models? If you do have some insight into Abu Garcia’s new models I’d like to know more regarding just a few details initially. Has Abu Garcia implemented a AR-pawl system in addition to their IAR bearing on their 6500 model? Is the axle on the new Abu Garcia 6500 going to be stronger and keep the spool from rubbing the finish off on the frame?
    Cheers,
    Kevin

  3. RANDAL KIDD says

    Chad, could you tell me what 7000 reel is considered the best, and was it made left hand. All I see is 7001 I … There has to be older Sweden made LH model,but I can’t find one. Tired of casting and switching hands to crank ! I’ve got 4 of your sing. rods that need reels!!! RK

  4. Jose Dominguez says

    When will these 2015 reels will be release for sale?. I wanted to get the 7000i C3 and its out of stock on every store.

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