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Old 08-08-2008, 02:19 PM
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Does anyone know of a conventional left hand retrieve reel for surf fishing? All the conventional reels I see are right hand retreive. I prefer to fight the fish with my right hand and reel with my left. I have a bait caster for fresh water and a Penn 3/0 for a boat rod but I have not seen one for surf casting.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:24 PM
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Most manufacturers also make left hand retrieve models. The model number will be slightly different. For example an Abu 6500 is a right hand retrieve, and the Abu 6501 is the left hand model. Was there a specific brand/model you had in mind?
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:48 PM
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I don't know. I am looking for suggestions for under $100. I don't have a rod for it either but figured that I could go to a shop and check some pairings for balance.
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You can also find lefty Squidders out there if you keep your eyes open.

However, I'd stick with the Abu, preferably 6500 size with a levelwind, for plugging.

I know abu does/did lefty 7000's but did they ever make a lefty 6500 size ?
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:52 PM
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This would be for plugging only.
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Abu 6601C4

Abu 6501TC

Abu RCN61
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Thank You. The C4 looks very nice. Light weight, high capacity, good drag, I don't see instant anti reverse though. I'll go check one out this weekend.
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It does have instant anti-reverse. Here's a link for more details... Price is nice, too
I'd put a power handle on it though.
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6.3:1 or 3.6:1 The latter would be too slow correct?
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The higher gears are for speed the lower ones for power.
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6.3:1 or 3.6:1 The latter would be too slow correct?
I just picked up a Newell 229, with a 3.6:1 ratio. I wanted the slower retrieve for casting eels, and yes the power. Ya gotta have the power!
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Yup, if you're plugging for bass you want slow and powerful

If you think you're reeling too slow, slow down you're going too fast
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