Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Reel

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  • Round baitcast reel designed especially for catfish fishing
  • Engineered for smoothness with 3 stainless ball bearings and 1 roller bearing
  • Carbon Matrix drag system provides smooth and consistent drag
  • 6-pin centrifugal brake applies consistent pressure for an exceptionally precise cast
  • Extended bent cranking handles and power knob offer added torque for hard-pulling fish


SKU: C3-6500CATSPC Categories: ,


Born from the C3 round reel platform, the Ambassadeur Catfish Special fishing reel offers anglers a unique package backed with proven components designed specifically for catfish fishing.

Performance starts with a 3 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing system and a smooth and consistent Carbon Matrix drag system.

The 6 pin centrifugal brake delivers controlled casting while the extended bent handle with power knob gives anglers additional torque and power for hard pulling fish.

The synchronized level wind system ensures even line lay and a smooth retrieve.

Custom color and graphics.

Specification: Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Reel

Product Dimensions

7 x 5 x 3 inches, 13.6 ounces

Shipping Weight

13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Item model number



Abu Garcia





11 reviews for Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Reel

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  1. Edward Wick

    I have been wanting to take one of these reels out ( I have the 7000, and the 6500 ) but the flood conditions continue.I have a few Abu Garcia reels, and this is one of the nicest. No upgrades needed. If you are mechanically inclined the C3 and C4 family of reels are all you need. Easy to take down, repair, or upgrade. Kind of like the AR-15 of fishing reels. As I said; this reel ( 6500 ) needs no upgrades.The 7000, this reel is a freshwater beast. Big, heavy, and feels more like a hand held wench then a fishing reel. Can’t wait to put it to work.If you know what you are doing, and want a catfish reel that looks nice and will last a lifetime of fishing this is the reel for you.For now, with all the flood water around, I am stuck fishing Carp in lakes with a 5600 C4 with 2 highbread Boca bearings ( 6+1 In all ). This reel will send a 2oz 60 Yards with little effort.

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  2. Dhodge1694

    I am a big fan of abu products but this is not what it looks like in the description! Highly disappointed

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  3. Joe

    Despite the other reviews about the 7000 reel being junk because it isn’t made in sweden, I took a chance on ot because I dod not like the free spool switch on the 6500. I am glad I went with this version! It os very high quality and is smooth as butter. Love the clicker, love the feel and weight and the capacity is nice. The power handle is sweet as can be too. You will not be disappointed with tbis reel! Paired it up with my KastKing KatTech 7.5′ heavy casting rod and what an amazing duo!

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  4. Brandon

    I was scepticle on buying this from Amazon because some of the reviews made it sound like it may not have been a genuine product. But the one I recieved was great. New in box, very solid feel with no clatering or shaking when you move it around. Very long and smooth casts. I paired it with a rippin lips rod, and it works great. I’d suggest a 7ft or more if your bank fishing. Everything about it is smooth though. The drag, the cast, the reeling. Very happy with this reel.

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  5. Jason C Fike

    I’m a life long lover of Abu Garcia reels but this reel is garbage. I must’ve got a lemon. This reel literally couldn’t roll up a 3 oz weight. And also when i set the drag on max it’s very weak. I took the reel apart and the drag pads were a little greasy. I removed the grease and it seems to work better but still works poorly. And i tried to contact the seller on here and the contact info (website) isn’t working. To summarize. No power while reeling and the drag sucks.

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  6. Amazon Customer

    Wow! What a Great ReelI live in Clarksville Virginia, the home of the 144 pound world record blue cat. Over the last few years I have had other types of reels. They have even broken at the gears near the spool. I regularly catch 30 to 50 pound blue cats on a regular basis. I had a couple of old Abu Garcia reels that I have used for years in salt water. Even though they are old I have depended on them and no problems. About a month ago I bought 2 C3 7000 catfish specials. Their performance is outstanding. I usually drift fish with 6 rods at a time. I plan to get 2 more catfish specials in the near future, that way I will have only Abu Garcia reels on my boat. Thanks for a great product!Contact Us with questions or concerns.

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  7. Amazon Customer

    Returned this item due to the flimsiness of the clicker switch. The rest of the reel was very well built however I felt that the switch would break off after just a few uses.

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  8. Kevin

    I spent a considerable amount of time researching a new baitcaster for catfishing. I finally settled on purchasing an Abu Garcia 6500 C3. When I found out the C3 came in a “Catfish Special” I was even more happy about my purchase.Intial Thoughts:When the reel arrived, I was very pleased with the fit and finish. Although I am much more concerned about function than cosmetics, I find that this reel is truly beautiful. The C3s are all made in Sweden, and you can instantly feel the quality and craftsmanship of this reel.Use:I loaded it with 30 pound mono, and mounted it on a whisker seeker rod, and took it to the back yard to practice casting. I have used baitcasters in the past and gave up in frustration because I couldn’t cast them consistently and without overruns. However, within a few minutes I was casting this reel with ease. This is by far the most user friendly baitcaster I’ve ever used. I left all 6 brakes engaged and dialed in the reel to my weight using the adjustment on the side, and I had no issues with casting long distances accuratley with only a few very small over runs.I’ve taken it fishing about a dozen times so far, and I still love this reel. So far I’ve only caught smaller catfish of 10 lbs or less, but the reel handled them with ease. I also took it to the beach with me and caught a 4 foot shark and the reel handled the shark very well.Features:This reel has everything I desired in a catfish reel. Plenty of capacity for heavy line, a baitclicker, power handle, and a level wind. The 6 centrifugal breaks allow both the experienced baitcast user and the novice to set the reel up to match their experience, skill, and bait/lure weight. It has everything I would ever want. The reel is strong enough to handle anything I might encounter, while still being compact and light enough to handle easily without fatigue.Notes:One question I had was how the Catfish version differs from the regular c3. From personal use and research, I believe the only difference is the Catfish C3 has the power handle (normally a separately purchased upgrade) instead of the normal dual handle of the normal c3, and the addition of the graphics and orange color.

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  10. Daniel Ledezma

    Un excelente carrete,sus partes móviles son firmes y muy suaves.

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  11. Billy t.

    Good reel

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