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squeedunk

Abu Garcia C3 or C4

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squeedunk

I am looking into getting a new muskie reel and am wondering if anyone has heard anything, good or bad, about the Abu Garcia C3 or C4? I am debating between those two. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks

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buzbunni

squee,

You may want to post this on the Muskies-Pike forum. Those guys would be able to help you. I am planning on purchasing a 7000c3 for flatheads on the river, but that may not be what the Muskie Hunters use.

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RuKiddingMe

The Abu Garcias are fantastic reels for the money. The differnece between the C3 and C4 is the gear ratio and 1 ballbearing the C3 is at 5.3:1 and the C4 is 6.3:1. Might not mean much on the surface but I'll tell you from experience. If you plan on using Big Cranks and Bucktails/Spinnerbaits with big blades and a lot of drag don't bother with the C4, your hands will kill after a few hours. I find the C4 to be best with jerk baits when you need to gather up a lot of slack quick, it's also good for burning bucktails and high speed retrieves. I think the C3 would be the best choice for an all around reel.

Good Luck

RU

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Trailblazer

I like the C4 as the gear ratio allows for faster pick up of line. The 5600 C4 is a perfect reel for bucktails, topwaters, cranks under 1.5 oz. If you going to throw anything over 1.5/2 oz - get the C3.

A better reel yet is the C5 Mag. Same gear ratio as the C3 and casts like a Charm.
Spool it up with 80lb Power Pro or whatever braided line you like and you will not be disappointed.

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kslipsinker

I have a couple of 6500 C3's that I have used for muskie fishing. Both are about 5 years old and have never let me down. I would buy another, but will probably get the C4 this time.

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squeedunk

Thanks for the input, I have talked to a few guys and Capra's and Joe's and they think the C3 may be the best option for what I am going to use it for. I think I will go with the C3 for now, maybe an upgrade will be in order for next season! I appreciate the replies, time to go spend some money!

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Corey Bechtold

I'd go with the C4 personally. You can always reel slower if you want, but keeping a buzzbait on the surface can be difficult. I own 3 already with one having the Line Counter. One more might be on my future shopping list. If you want the C3 the fishermans factory outlet had some on clearence for around 50 bucks a while back. Good luck, you can't go wrong with either C3 or C4. smile.gif

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