The other day I was looking over my sea fishing tackle and got to thinking about how fortunate we are to have so many wonderful places to fish in our country. However, I always prefer to stand on a beach and cast out beyond the ocean’s breakers, hoping for a strike. When it does come, the strike is quite exciting, because I never know what species of fish I’ve hooked. For that reason, my fishing gear needs to be as versatile as possible. I’ve recently acquired a nifty reel from Abu Garcia: the Ambassadeur 6500i TSR Series multiplier. Here are a few thoughts on this superlative sea fishing reel.
Key Features of the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500i TSR Series Multiplier Reel
I’ve always thought that the cage of any fishing reel is a key component. When I picked up the Ambassadeur 6500i TSR, I noticed that both the cage and seat are machined from a single piece of aluminium. This is a feature that in the past has been available only on custom-built reels. The main advantage of this cage design is increased strength, and the cage does not distort under heavy casting and cranking pressure. Then I noticed that the cage is purposely cut quite low, allowing for maximum thumb grip over the top of the spool. When I’m power casting, this feature helps to avoid spool slip. The carbon matrix drag system uses multiple washers to create an arc of incrementally increasing drag pressure, meaning that it’s compatible with both light and heavy lines.
More About the Ambassadeur 6500i TSR Series Reel
This reel is built on the success of Abu Garcia’s legendary 6500 reel series that’s known for its comfort and control. The 6500i TSR has hybrid ceramic ball bearings and corrosion-resistant stainless steel gearing, so it’s quite durable. In fact, ceramic is about 60% lighter than steel and is harder as well. Casting distance is improved in reels that use ceramic components, because this material is virtually friction-free. Ceramic does not rust or corrode. Along with a mag brake system and aluminium spool, this reel has a low centre of gravity for superior balance characteristics. There’s also a line out alarm and dual anti-reverse. The reel retains its predecessor’s proven, instantly adjustable sliding magnetic brake that is both effective and simple to use, even in wet or windy conditions.
Final Thoughts on the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500i TSR Series Multiplier Reel
The 6500i TSR has a striking purple and silver alloy colour scheme with bright chrome fittings, making it easy to find amongst your other sea fishing tackle. The purple side plates give the 6500i a finished, elegant look. I think this reel appeals to anglers of all skill levels. It’s a strong reel with plenty of the features you expect from a premier manufacturer like Abu Garcia. The price is reasonable as well at about £199.00 on special offer. I’m happy to give it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.