- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 13, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“We don’t have time for reel malfunctions and backlashes on the tournament trail,” says former world champion bass angler Larry Nixon. “That’s why I like the Abu Garcia D Series reels. They are troublefree and deliver great casting control.”

What the pride of Bee Branch, Ark., refers to is a new palm-sized baitcasting reel that bears the time-honored Ambassadeur name. The Swedish-made Ambassadeurs have been the world’s most popular level-wind baitcasting reels for decades, but the new D-Series — a narrow spool 5600 D5, and a larger capacity 6600 D5 — will absolutely delight newcomers to baitcasting and make some old-timers switch brand names.

The 5600 D5 model I’ve been using for well over a month now — a model that I’ve asked friends to use and comment on — has been a flawless performer. It is the only one-touch brake system baitcaster made. The one-touch Smart Mag brake adjustment creates heavy resistance for backlash-free control when casting into strong breezes or, with a tiny touch of the finger on a side plate dial, can spin free as you use lightweight finesse baits. For me, under every kind of condition, the reel that I loaded with 12-pound-test Trilene line cast as smooth as silk.

It is the only reel on the market that can be dialed to absolute zero spool tension when you want to make super-long casts. The reel’s gear ratio is 5.3:1; the smaller of the two can hold an astonishing 205 yards of 12-pound testline. It weighs a little more than 8 ounces, and costs just under $95. In other words, it’s a great reel for a decent price.

Want to learn more about it or find the nearest retailer? Call Abu Garcia toll-free, 800/237-5539, or visit the Web at www.abu-garcia.com.

— Gene Mueller

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