Small and Effective Fishing Reel
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 4600c
This small reel is in a class of its own. I use it when fishing for any small panfish. I am a big fan of Abu-Garcia reels. When I 1st made the switch over to bait-casting reels(and it took some time to efficiently use one), I had already tried various other kinds of baitcasting reels. Even though there are some very high quality reels out such as the Shimano and Quantum, they just could not hold up to the Abu-Garcia Ambassadeur. I mostly use the 5500 series reels since they are slightly larger than the 4600 models, therefore they can hold more line of a lower test size or an equal amount at a higher test size of the 4600. They seem to perform best with six and half feet or longer rods.
Here’s Why I Use Light Line:
1 Use in non-murky water and you will not spook the fish.
2 It is handy to use on finicky fish.
3 Using light line on light weight finesses lures.
It is very tough to cast a light lure with any distance with heavy line no matter what the reel it is. Using lures such as weightless worms and basically anything in your box that is less than a quarter ounce not excluding jigs. A good rule to follow is to use the biggest line that you can get away with. This is to prevent break-offs and abrasions on the line especially when fishing for catch and release. You owe it to the fish to use heavy enough line to get him in after you hook him. If you don’t then he is swimming around with ten feet of line and a lure sticking out of his mouth and will probably die because of it.
Why should you use the 4600c Reel With Light Line?:
I have been asked this question several times before. Other questions I have been asked are why not use the 5500s with light line and just get another 5500?
The answer is simple, the 4600 reel’s release mechanism is directly under the spool, in the middle of the reel making it easy to click the release sliding your thumb up to stop the reel. It is a lot faster than say the 5500s reel. The spool in the 4600 reel is smaller in width than that of the spool of the 5500. It handles the same amount of line at 6-8 pound test as a 5500 handles at 12-14 pound test. Hence the spool spins equally as much and the guide goes from left to right as much on both reels for the same distance of cast increasing accuracy and comfort by a hundred percent. Keep in mind it balances out with a smaller rod far better than with a heavy and big reel would. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand making handling easier. I prefer to fish with the reel completely in my hand, and being able to set the hook at any time. Any other way of fishing will provide all of the power in the hook set, since you are not reeling constantly like a spinner-bait, or buzz-bat, or crank-bait, where the fish is already hooked on by the time you realize it. I prefer the smaller reel that fits into my hand, it makes the world of difference in that split second that you know the fish has been hooked or not.
As previously stated, the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 4600c reel and fits perfectly in the hand of an adult allowing the best possible handling. A junior fisherman would benefit starting out on this reel versus another bait-caster of equivalent performance.
The handle on this reel has a gray soft rubber grip which is very comfortable to use during a long day of fishing or even in a tournament. It is not slippery, and that is very important during a competition when every fish counts, you do not need your hand slipping off the reel or it might regretably end up in the water, and no one wants that.
This is a great looking attractive reel, it is silver and shiny right out of the box. Of course, extensive usage can wear the shine within 2 or so years, which is not necessarily a bad thing. In my opinion, it is one of the better looking reels on the market today. When you look at this reel you will think quality, and you will be right in doing so.