I begin to make ready for the 2006 Musky season, I recently purchased
an Abu Garcia 6600 C4 reel. I purchased the reel because I wanted a reel
with smooth action and a 6.3:1 retrieve ratio.
The 6600 C4 has 4 stainless steel bearing, a
'FastCast' thumb bar and a 6.3:1 retrieve ratio that should help with
imparting action to surface lures without causing fatigue.
Aside from its mechanical features, the reel
has a cast aluminum casing with a dark blue finish and a contrasting gold
finish for the reel, handle and drag star.
reel comes with a power handle and a combination mechanical and magnetic
brake that should cut down on those 'professional
overruns' (commonly referred to as backlashes).
Another interesting feature is the dimpled
area of the reel. This is meant to provide a surface for the line to grab as you
load the reel with line.
Oh yes, the reel also has a 'line click' mode
for those of you that want to hang a sucker or do some shore line sucker
I plan to load this reel with 50 pound test
standard TUF line.
All in all, I am pleased with the purchase
and I am chomping at the bit to put it to the test on the water. The reel
cost me $90.00, which I consider an excellent value.
During my 2013 fishing trip, I found that the
reel worked well with light weight bucktails, surface baits and crank baits
but had slippage problems with heavier lures and with jerk baits.