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How to Thread the Abu Garcia 5600 AB Anti-Backlash System

Updated July 20, 2017

The Abu Garcia 5600 AB is a round baitcast reel made by the Abu Garcia fishing equipment company. The reel is similar to other baitcast reels, except that it has a special system designed to minimise backlash, which occurs when the spool keeps spinning even though line no longer is going off the reel. While the anti-backlash system sets it apart from other reels, the process for threading line onto the reel is no different.

Attach the 5600 AB to a baitcasting rod, which are rods that have a trigger grip beneath the handle.

Select a fishing line. The 5600 AB can handle 205 yards of 12-pound test line.

Thread the fishing line through each of the guides on the fishing rod, beginning with the tip.

Thread the line through the hard plastic line guide on the front of the reel.

Slide the line underneath the spool of the reel and then wrap it around the spool twice. Secure the line to the spool with an overhand knot.

Turn the handle of the 5600 AB clockwise to wind line onto the spool. Continue adding line until it is 1/4-inch below the top of the spool.

Snip the fishing line about 10 inches beyond the tip of the rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
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Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.