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PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 20:32 

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I just my ordered one of these. Only the 8’ combo is on sale for $109.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Abu-Garcia-A ... o/46713091


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PostPosted: 19 Nov 2017, 00:12 
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Wow, that looks like a great deal on that combo. The reel alone is worth as much or more than the sale price.

I don't know, though. After watching that "pole boat" video you posted in the Saltwater Fishing forum, maybe all you need is a bamboo pole and a bucktail jig. LOL.



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PostPosted: 19 Nov 2017, 09:14 

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Yeah, that video made me feel thoroughly silly for owning any fishing rods with reels on them...


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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2017, 11:49 

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They just dropped the price to $93.76...


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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2017, 21:53 
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SeaFaring wrote:
They just dropped the price to $93.76...


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Even better. I hope you get the new lower price.



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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2017, 11:12 

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I love these round Abu reels but cannot use them because the handle is on the wrong side!


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2017, 13:28 

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Dang. I paid more than that for just the reel several years ago



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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2017, 21:59 

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So, because it was a clearance item, them refused to make a cost adjustment. I could still return it and rebuy, but that’s too much hassle.

Not happy with Walmart right now, but I guess that’s par for the course.


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PostPosted: 22 Nov 2017, 11:24 

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I love these round Abu reels but cannot use them because the handle is on the wrong side!


They make them in left handed models- any part number ending in “1”.

For example: http://www.abugarcia.com/abugarcia-reels-baitcast-reels-round/abu-garcia-ambassadeur-stx-round-reel/1315383.html


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PostPosted: 22 Nov 2017, 17:05 

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So, my initial impression is that the rod and reel are both good pieces, but poorly matched.

The rod is for 10-25 lb line. The reel has 20 lbs of drag. The rod is rated for 1-4 oz lures, but the reel spindle is heavy enough that it really takes a minimum of 2 oz to cast nicely (tweaking the brakes might help some).

Basically, the reel is a good deal stouter than the rod. Accordingly, I put the Ambassadeur on my 9’ Okuma surf rod that is rated for 20-40lb line and 3-6 ounce lures, and took the Shimano Corvalus 400 (11lbs of drag) off of that rod and put it on the 8’ Abu rod.

I think both rods and reels are now better matched than they were before. I can’t wait for a chance to get these out!


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