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I.G.F.A. Admiral /ABU Reels
Many of the Ambassadeur reels are very suitable for game fishing.
Unfortunately I have not had the pleasure of actually using an ABU Big
Game reel like the ABU 12, 20, 30 or the Admiral 7.5/0 , 6/0 and 4/0
pictured above. I have just given away my Penn
International 20 to a kind soul who send me some ABU products. This
procedure has now permitted me to "purify" my reel collection for a
full cousin to
Admiral 4/0 or 7.5 /0.
I have enjoyed using this Penn Inter 20 for thirty years for heavy duty fishing, as
it is sneekily peering out from under my shirt in these photos of a
Bronze Whaler Shark
and release. (estimated at 1.8m and 100kg on 15kg line for 25minutes )
Now it rests in Dick's display cabinet in New Zealand along side 4 other big
Penn Internationals. Due to a recent acquistion , I will be using a big red
6/0 Everol Admiral Garcia ABU reel from my boat! It is the same reel as the
other except it sports only the Everol label rather than the other. parts
image pages here)
The guys from the USA
responsible for these beautiful big red Admirals coming to my collection
Supersize images here;
Update (21.10.05), Today I found out that a friend in USA is allowing me to
become custodian of his Garcia Admiral 7.5/0 game reel. He wants me to show it
to the world via this website. Stay tuned for lots more details and photos.
(15.11.05), I became the custodian of the famous Admiral 7.5/0
reel made by Everol of Italy for ABU Garcia. Thankyou so much to
(Importer of Everol Reels USA) for selling this beauty to
me. Mike and I negotiated a price and after he learned Fintan, my
son, who is the designer of this website, suffered from Duschenne
Muscular Dystrophy, made an incredible gesture which should be known
to all. He told me to pay just half the agreed price and donate 50%
to the DMD charity of our choice. It has been done today Mike! We
are both deeply
grateful for both these thoughtful acts.
Keith Wichmann is the now current
owner of the USA Evrol franchise.
From my research of two
legitimate sources, I have discovered that ABU did not have a reel
sufficiently robust to handle the huge schools of Tuna that appeared of the
Swedish southern coast in the 50’s. ABU apparently commissioned
Everol Reels of Italy.
I have now become good friends with Paolo, owner and manager of Everol
Reels today. He is most helpful at sourcing and even manufacturing parts for
old reels when needed. Paolo enjoys putting his creations to test on board
his boat moored in the local marina. He is genuine enthusiast and avid
supporter of this website aiding in the documentation of these old reels.
(ciao Mate, Wayne)
Remember that ABU
had past experience filling their product line from reputable Italian and
Swiss manufacturers when they had a need. Today we call this badge
Daniel Skupien points out that these beautiful bright red anodized mega
reels were manufactured in 4/0, 6/0, 7 ½ /0 sizes. I have since found out
on a Swedish website Fiskejournallen that a prototype was also made in 9/0 size as
well. There are also excellent photographs here of these elusive reels.
Some years ago Daniel Skupien valued them at US$500 but I suspect they are so rare that the sky is
the limit for these beauties in good condition. I would love to own one to
use carefully when out trolling for Spanish Mackeral (King mackerel in USA),
and later to reside in my display cabinet. It is understood that Everol
Reels can still supply some parts for these 50 year old reels from Italy. A good friend of
mine, Uffe Edefuhr from Sweden, told me he has never seen one in forty years
of collecting. His advice “It will break your heart and budget trying to
locate one to buy”. Whilst accepting his advice, this reel will always be in
the back of my mind. Priceless it may be, but one can dream for free! You
can now see I have lived this dream twice now with 2 in my display case.
Due to a chance meeting I am now the owner of
3 Admirals branded Garcia,
thanks to the generosity of
John H Heil
From Cudahy, Wisconsin
collects Game fishing reels and felt the 4/0 Admiral needed to sit in my
collection along side the 7 and half /0 big brother. So one can imagine the
excitement when Bob offered me the 6/0
size now I am trying to locate. Soon I will have links to his awesome Big
Game Reel collection of rods, reels and lures. You can
if you have any Penn Game reels that might interest him.
My 2007 Collection of ABU Garcia IGFA Game reels.
My 2009 Collection of ABU Garcia IGFA Game reels.
The ABU 12 was a beefed up model based on the design
of the beautiful blue non-export Ambassadeur 8500 (USA model 8600 Striper)
This reel whilst nominally included in the IGFA series was apparently not
advertised as such. Several much larger prototypes called the 50, 80
and 100 do exist. The 8600 was produced in the blue coloured sideplate form
but is considered as tough as the Black record 5000 to find.
The downloadable PDF manual for
servicing the big red ABU Everol Garcia will
be created soon by my friend and reel wizz Tim Parratt
Alex my friend from USA also has two fine
Garcia Admirals in 7 half/0
and 4/0 size.
ABU Ambassadeur I.G.F.A. Series
(Owning an Admiral 7.5/0 and 4/0
NOW, I feel they need an Admiral 6/0 as they sit along side the ABU 30, 20
&12 the other original ABU Big Game reels)
From 1975 to 1985, Abu did make some fine heavy duty big game trolling reels called the
ABU Ambassadeur IGFA Series.They were named the 12, 20 and 30. I had the good
fortune to purchase a mint
from friend Steen in Denmark and thanks to Peter Harrison, my Aussie mate from Melbourne, I now have a
beautiful new ABU 30 IGFA reel gracing my display shelf, sitting between the
Admiral and the ABU 12. I have only just located and bought my almost mint
ABU 20 , thus completing the set of ABU I.G.F.A. reels. The ABU or Garcia
Admirals are the priceless rare big brothers that no price is high enough to
cause me to part with them..
The manual of the IGFA Ambassadeur 20/30 reels can be found here.
Proof of existence of the prototype ABU 50/80 is below.
big reels, whilst very strong are extremely heavy in both spool (stainless
steel coated brass), and I have it on good authority that a world authority
Jack Erskine, on Fishing equipment based in Cairns, Queensland Australia.,
has actually spun up some custom spools for these reels making them much
more viable reels for fishing fast running billfish. (It's not a plane so I
can say "Hi Jack!" ) When I broke the glass in my ABU Diplomat 662 double
handed baitcaster, he rebuilt the fantastic speedlock handle into a fine
Fenwick based 10kg baitcaster.
Another anomoly or Strange IGFA ABU 20
A Dutch friend has sent images of his big ABU ie aBU 20 which has some strange variations
Hi Wayne, Here are some pics from the abu 20 frame, I hope you can see it but there are on both side of the frame the numbers 1 2 and 3 and also x. The foot is only marked with sweden, no number. You can also see the holes drilled in the frame and the welding. Best regards from Holland, Jeroen
We would appreciate any ABU fans who can explain these numbers and drill marks? Another early prototype example perhaps?
Much more recently, we
see the new ABU Garcia conglomerate PURE FISHING have released a reworked
series of Ambassadeurs 6600 to 10000 sizes under the label Game Fish. I know
nothing at all about these but I do see them rather inexpensively ie US$
100/130 (NIB) from Asian E-bay webstores.
One again , draw your
own conclusions, as I believe one gets what one pays for when buying new. I
would love to hear comment from those that have used both and are thus able
to compare the early bigger Ambassadeurs with these. There is some
conflict of opinion as to where these reels are actually made. I saw a 6600
BIG GAME reel at my local fishing tackle store and the box said “Made in
Sweden”. I’m confused at I was told all manufacturing of Ambassadeurs (and
sadly the Morrum reels too!) ended in Sweden this year(2005). Maybe it is
at the year’s end?
To my mind any finely tuned ABU reel can be considered a Game-fish reel.
One must pardon my inclusion here my latest
acquisition, Everol Vertical Jigger J 12, almost an ABU and from the same pedigree which started over 50
years ago when Everol made the Admirals.
My collection in this department is now complete
but I guess I'd like to get a used or marked version of ABU 20/30 to
actually use in trolling from my boat.