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I'm unfamiliar with that rod, but if you're looking for a reel of similar size and function to the Calcutta then it's hard to beat an Abu Ambassadeur. Depending on what line capacity you need, either a 5500 or 6500.

If you need a reel that is considerably different to the Calcutta then we would need more info about what you want.

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15 hours ago, plankton said:

I'm unfamiliar with that rod, but if you're looking for a reel of similar size and function to the Calcutta then it's hard to beat an Abu Ambassadeur. Depending on what line capacity you need, either a 5500 or 6500.

If you need a reel that is considerably different to the Calcutta then we would need more info about what you want.

Actually what you said is what I was looking for as an answer,  was seeing  what other round style baitcaster is available  that I could live bait with a rachet.  

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Usually the Abu 5500 size doesn't have a ratchet, but all the 6500's will.

Although for livebaiting I would also strongly recommend the Penn Squall 12 which is about the same size as the Abu but comes with magnetic braking which can be quite handy when casting lighter livebaits. It also does away with the levelwind which is unnecessary on a bait reel IMO.

Both reels are excellent casters and have smooth, reliable drag systems. You can't go wrong either way!

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