Abu Garcia is a respected name in the fishing community, so I was very excited about the prospect of reviewing one of their new fishing reels. The Cardinal 500ALBi spinning reel boasted top-notch features, and I intended to find out just how well it was made.

I began my review on the choppy waves of Lake Mille Lacs. I was very pleased with its smooth reeling, even when the line was mucky. The drag seemed flutterless, and very consistent. I didn’t feel that “wavy” feeling you get from cheaper fishing reels.

I especially enjoyed the Abu Garcia Cardinal 500ALBi fishing reel’s light weight. Jigging for Walleye for 8 hours can take a toll on your wrists, but not with the Cardinal 500ALBi. Here are the specifications according to the Abu Garcia website for the Cardinal 500ALBi fishing reel:

“Designed to be more durable and dependable than ever, the Abu Garcia® Cardinal® 500ALBi Spinning Reel’s rigid body and reel stem cover are made from corrosion-resistant X-Craftic™ aluminum alloy. The Cardinal 500ALBi features include a super-smooth 10-bearing system, heavy-duty Carbon Matrix Drag™ System, corrosion-resistant Duragear™ brass gears, Everlast™ Bail System, Instant Anti-Reverse™, and a spare spool.”

Overall, I would rate my review of the Abu Garcia Cardinal 500ALBi spinning fishing reel as a 10 out of 10. Abu Garcia really lived up to their reputation with the Cardinal 500ALBi spinning reel. I hope I have the opportunity to review more Abu Garcia fishing reels in the future, and I hope they continue to contribute innovative technologies to the fishing market.

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Written by Ripley Hunter

Ripley Hunter enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and adventure sports. From kayaking to rock climbing, Hunter's real love lies in fishing, whether on the water or ice. Among his great adventures is deep sea fishing in New Zealand. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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