Abu Garcia BY-6500 Ambassadeur Blue Yonder Baitcasting Reel
by Abu Garcia
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The Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Blue Yonder Baitcasting Reels are an international long casting legend. These reels feature an open CT frame for easy line access. The MagTrax brake system delivers on the fly casting control and consistent brake pressure throughout the cast.
- 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 knob for increased cranking power
- Corrosion resistant instant anti reverse bearing provides greater protection
5 Stars based on 3 reviews
San Diego, CA
August 23, 2016
Terrific Surf Reel
I've been using this reel for well over a year now for west coast surf fishing with flawless results on a St Croix Avid 10' surf rod, and 10lb Ande tournament mono. It's been soaked repeatedly in salt water with no problems. Super easy to take down for rinsing and cleaning. Upgraded spool bearings to Boca orange seal ceramic with high speed oil for best performance. I only need to use a bit of the mag brake when casting (no centrifugal or mechanical braking needed if you're an experienced caster), very quick and easy to adjust for wind conditions. I've used Abu baitcasters for over 40 years and this is my favorite. Thanks to Abu for making such a great reel!
ProsCompact, light, sharp looking, top quality reel made in Sweden. Easily outcast any spinning reel.
ConsRecommend upgrading the spool bearings (simple to do) for some serious distance. Seems a bit overpriced when compared to the other Abu Swedish reels like the Record with a level wind and more bearings. Those magnets must be expensive!
October 10, 2015
High proformance surf reel
Best conventional surf reel I've owned! Superior cast control, long distance casting and great retrive. All in a compact attractive design.
ProsGreat value when compared to other reels in its class
ConsOnly one size
By Andrew Grossman
December 19, 2014
I fished with this reel last week for Mutton Snapper in Florida. Very nice. Smooth drag and the reel handles very nicely on fish in 125 feet of water. Very much in line with the all the 7000 reels over the years. All of this said. I only have used it for one week of fishing. Will give it a real workout over the Summer when I fish the reefs from May-August in Florida. I see no reason this reel will not work very nicely as part of a basically "light tackle" set up for reef fishing up to 140 feet.
ProsSee my general review
ConsNone as of yet.
1 Question & 1 Answer
from Raleigh, NC asked:
August 3, 2014
Will Abu Garcia have addressed the spool dragging on the frame when pressure is applied issue? Will the Blue Yonder still have the axle end that tapers from 4mm down to 3mm? Will they come out with a color that keeps with the traditional color scheme?
These are questions best asked of Abu Garcia directly. Pure Fishing USA 1900 18th Street Spirit Lake, IA 51360 Phone: Tel: 1.800.228.4272
on August 4, 2014