Abu Garcia 6500 Power Handle: Built for the Toughest Conditions

Abu Garcia 6500 Power Handle: Built for the Toughest Conditions

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle is a heavy duty fishing reel handle built to withstand the most extreme fishing conditions. Anglers looking for a reel handle that can handle big fish, strong currents, and rough terrain need look no further than the Abu Garcia 6500.

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle is made from durable stainless steel and composites to give it incredible strength without adding unnecessary weight. It fits Abu Garcia round profile and low profile reels, providing smooth power and leverage when fighting large fish.

Key features of the Abu Garcia 6500 power handle include:

  • Durable stainless steel and composite construction
  • Ergonomic design for comfort and leverage
  • Extended grip length for increased torque
  • Corrosion resistant coating for protection in saltwater
  • Available in right and left hand models

Benefits of the Powerful Design

The Abu Garcia 6500 handle is purpose-built for anglers targeting big, powerful fish that make long runs and put rods and reels to the test. The oversized design gives you the leverage needed to put maximum pressure on hard fighting fish.

Extended grip length lets you reel with your whole forearm rather than just your wrist for more winding power and less fatigue. This is crucial when playing fish for extended periods of time.

The curved, ergonomic design ensures comfort, even during marathon fights with huge fish. The grip fits nicely in hand and reduces hand and arm strain.

Made from a blend of stainless steel and composites, the 6500 handle is ultra strong but still lightweight. It strikes the perfect balance between heft and reduced mass. You get incredible strength without tiring yourself out cranking a heavy handle.

The extended, exposed reel stem provides more contact with the palm for increased winding power. The curved design also improves free spool modes.

Superior Drag System

The Abu Garcia 6500 also features Abu's Power Stack carbon matrix drag system. The multiple disc drag maintains smooth, steady tension when huge fish make blistering runs.

The carbon fiber drag washers dissipate heat and are carbon-coated to eliminate stickiness. They provide over 20 pounds of max drag for stopping brute power head shakes and runs.

The drag is highly tunable with micro-click adjustments for precision tension control. You can easily set it just right for the species you’re targeting and conditions at hand.

Corrosion Protection

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle undergoes specialized corrosion control treatments for longevity when fishing in saltwater.

The stainless steel and composite materials resist rust, salt buildup, and degradation from saltwater exposure. They retain their strength and appearance over time.

The surface treatments leave a slick, hydrophobic barrier that scuffs off water and slime so sand and grit can’t adhere. This reduces grinding abrasion on internal components.

Built Tough for Tough Fisheries

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle really shines when targeting large, powerful gamefish known for their runs and surges. Species like:

  • Tarpon
  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Striped bass
  • Tuna
  • Sharks
  • Muskie
  • Giant trevally
  • Mahi mahi
  • Wahoo
  • King salmon

It has the brute strength and drag pressure required to stop fast runs and put maximum heat on these hard charging fish.

The 6500 excels in tough fishing environments too. It holds up to rocks, reefs, wrecks, heavy cover, and abrasive sand.

The extended grip length gives you the extra leverage needed to pull hefty fish from heavy cover and break them off structure.

Available Models and Sizes

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle comes in both left and right handed models to accommodate all anglers.

It’s available in these sizes to fit various Abu Garcia low profile and round profile reels:

  • 5.5 inch handle for size 50 and 60 reels
  • 6.3 inch handle for size 70 and 80 reels
  • 7 inch handle for size 90 and 100 reels

Some suitable Abu Garcia reels include the Revo Toro Beast, Revo Toro NaCl, Ambassadeur C4, and Ambassadeur 6500C4.

Customer Reviews

The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle rates very well with fishermen who have put it to the test. They report it standing up to all kinds of big fish and harsh saltwater environments.

One customer used it to land multiple 40+ pound striped bass from the surf, saying it allowed him to keep maximum pressure to turn their heads.

Another said the extended grip was the only way he could put enough torque on 40+ lb king salmon in heavy current to break them off rocks.

Owners praise the handle for being strong enough to hold up to shark and jack crevalle runs without any flex, fatigue, or discomfort.

Most agree the Abu Garcia 6500 power handle is a worthwhile upgrade for anyone planning to target large, powerful fish. It gives them the extra leverage and winding power needed to ultimately gain control and land more of these brutes.


The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle lives up to its tough and rugged reputation. Built to perform in the most extreme fishing situations, it provides exceptional winding leverage and torque. Large fish that strip line and make long runs are no match for the brute strength of the 7000.

With comfortable ergonomics, ultra strong construction, a smooth powerful drag, and corrosion resistance, the 6500 has everything needed in a power handle. Anglers targeting big powerful gamefish and facing down harsh saltwater environments need look no further. The Abu Garcia 6500 power handle can handle it all.