Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Round Baitcasting Reels

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Round Baitcasting Reels

The best-selling round baitcast ever just got better.

$119.95 - $149.95
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TD Code
Gear RatioInches Per
Mono Capacity
Braid Capacity
Hand RetrieveMax. Drag
5.3:126Std12lbs/160yds30lbs/155yds9.2Right15$119.95 USD
C3-4601 L/H
5.3:126Std12lbs/160yds30lbs/155yds9.2Left15$119.95 USD
5.3:126Std12lbs/240yds30lbs/235yds9.2Right15$149.95 USD
C3-5501 L/H
5.3:126Std12lbs/240yds30lbs/235yds9.2Left15$149.95 USD
5.3:126Std12lbs/320yds30lbs/310yds9.2Right15$149.95 USD
C3-6501 L/H
5.3:126Std12lbs/320yds30lbs/310yds9.2Left15$149.95 USD
The Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Round Baitcasting Reels are designed with upgraded performance and styling merged with proven strength and engineering. These reels are designed to meet the demands of the most hardcore angler.

  • 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation
  • Carbon Matrix drag system gives smooth drag performance
  • Compact bent handle and star provide a more ergonomic design
  • 6 pin centrifugal brake gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
  • Synchronized level wind system improves line lay and castability
  • Made in Sweden
5 Stars based on 14 reviews
By Vincent
Pennsville, NJ
June 7, 2022
There is a reason these reels haven't changed much over the years. There's not much room for improvement. I use them for my catfish setups on Mad Kats rods but I've caught stripers on them also. They cast far, have just enough drag and it's not easy to get a rats nest in them. The best part about these reels is that you don't have to be an engineer to do maintenance on them yourself. All the parts are available on-line and they're fairly easy to disassemble and assemble. I have a 20 year old Ambassadeur that I still use with no problems. But be aware that not all Ambassadeurs are equal. The C3 and C4 are Swiss made, a lot of the others are made in China.
By Peter
Great little baitcaster
April 29, 2022
Coming from a spinning reel background, I've always felt more comfortable with a left-hand retrieve baitcaster. That limits the options, but the Abu C3-6501LH does the trick. I et to use a decent reel, with a decent drag, and still keep my strong arm (right) on the rod, and use my off-hand (left) to turn the handle. These little reels are fun to cast and fun to tune and mod. There are tons of mods you can do to make these reels really sing, or just fish them right out of the box.
By tom
New Jersey
April 7, 2020
I know this is a baitcaster, but it is stout, been using as my fluke reels for a while and pulled up a few nice fish... even landed a cownose last year. I took apart and haven't noticed any wear from past couple seasons.
By William
, Gwd
March 30, 2020
Perfect for catfishing
By Ricky
Awesome reel
August 13, 2018
These are great reels and the price was reasonable. Teamed it with a power handle and can't be any happier
  • Very liight reel
  • None
By Adam
Pulaski, Va
Super smooth and strong
January 16, 2017
Great reel! Smooth drag, very powerful. Bought this for live bait striper fishing from a kayak and love it. Clicker option is awesome to identify strikes. Highly recommend!
  • Smooth drag, powerful, clicker option, long casting ability
  • Price... But you get what you pay for
By Alex
Good For Casting and Bass Fishing
June 4, 2016
This reel casts very good with a heavy weight and I use it for bass and works excellent.
  • Good Reel
  • None
By Craig
Ringwood, NJ
Go to Reel
March 22, 2016
I mainly fish for fluke, striped bass, porgies, sea bass and tog. This reel can hold plenty of line when braid is used and can be cleaned very easily. Great value for a reel that will last years and years when taken care of properly.

By Gerardo
Montevideo, Uruguay
The best for monomag casting
December 24, 2015
I bought it to be modified for monomag casting: new bearings, take away centrifugal brakes and levelwind. And also other details that make this reel the ideal machine for longcasting competition.
By Bob
northern neck of Virginia
Awesome reel
November 29, 2015
I've used Abu Garcia round reels for 35 years and love them but I've only ever had 5000, 6000, and 7000 series reels. When I saw this one I had to try it and I loved it so much I bought a second one. I'm right handed and always used right handed reels but these I got in left handed versions. All the quality you'd expect from Abu in a tight little great casting reel.
  • Easy to handle, good line capacity for a smaller reel, Abu quality
  • Zip, zero, nada
By Pawel
Huntley, Illinois
Very nice allround 'round' reel
December 23, 2014
The reel is not very wide therefore easier to palm. I use it for baitcasting with 3/8- 1.5 oz lures
  • reliable construction, nothing to breake or malfunction with this reel
  • require lures which good aerodynamical characteristic
By Pawel
Huntley, Illinois
Great freshwater reel for mid/heavy duty applications
December 23, 2014
I use it for trolling and/or baitcasting with heavier baits. I bought 'power handle' for this reel.
  • Sturdy, reliable construction
  • somehov bulky, not easy to palm
By Erlan
Los Angeles, CA
Classic Round Reel!
October 28, 2014
This is a workhorse of a reel. Simple and Proven design. I prefer to service all my reels myself and these reels are very easy to self service. From catfish to light Saltwater use, this reel is just about the most affordable and reliable reel you can purchase.
  • Simple design
  • Extremely durable
  • Easy to service
By David
Hutchinson, Kansas
New Abu Garcias are the best ones so far
June 28, 2014
I have been using Abu Garcia reels for over 20 years. The new ones are simply the smoothest ones so far. Strong, smooth drags and of course all metal construction make for a reel that you will enjoy for years to come. You can cast this reel so easily you will surprised. You can count on this reel to perform.
  • Smooth, strong drags, easy to cast, all metal construction.
  • None
5 Questions & 7 Answers
from Cincinnati ohio asked:
August 22, 2019
Do these reels have a clicker?
3 Answers
it does not, the C4 does

Submitted by: Ryan Henry on August 31, 2019
no the C4 does
Submitted by: Ryan Henry on August 31, 2019

Yes its on the top of the reel

Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on August 31, 2019

from CA asked:
February 13, 2019
How does this reel hold up for use in saltwater?
1 Answer
It would be good for light saltwater applications
Submitted by: Bernie on February 20, 2019

Steve Bader
from New Mexico asked:
August 23, 2022
Can you show a picture of the left-handed model
1 Answer
Hi Steve, Unfortunately we do not have a picture of a left handed model Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 baitcasting reel. All the features of the reel will be exactly the same but flipped to function for those who prefer left handed retrieves. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with!
Submitted by: Huy - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 24, 2022

from Hutchinson MN asked:
April 27, 2017
Is the 6500 similar in size to a Avet sxj?
1 Answer
It is roughly the same size as the Avet SX. It has a considerably wider spool than the SXJ.
Submitted by: Devon on April 28, 2017

Mike C
from new York asked:
June 22, 2015
What is the drag pressure of the Abu-Garcia C3-6500 round bait cast reel?
1 Answer
Hello Mike. The max drag on this reel is 15 pounds.
Submitted by: Brandon on June 25, 2015


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