Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite A Baitcast Reel
Weighing in at less than 6 ounces, the Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ A Baitcast Reel fuses carbon-fiber construction with machined aircraft-grade aluminum, but weighs little more than an average apple! Built on a one-piece aluminum frame, with Duralumin gears and shaft, this bantamweight fighter bristles with pure power. The CarbonLite baitcaster is packed with features, including a V-grooved, ported, machined Duralumin spool; 9 stainless steel, double shielded ball bearings and a powerlock anti reverse bearing; our time-tested and tournament proven Dual Braking System™; titanium nitride-coated line guide to virtually eliminate line friction; carbon fiber Recurve handle; and our smooth, powerful drag system with six alternating carbon fiber and stainless washers to help you tame the most vicious fish in the water.
- Weighs just 5.9 ounces
- One-piece machined aircraft-grade frame
- Duralumin gears and shaft
- V-grooved, ported, machined Duralumin spool
- 9 stainless steel, double shielded ball bearings and a powerlock anti reverse bearing
- Dual Braking System
- Titanium nitride-coated line guide
- Carbon fiber Recurve handle
- Drag system with six alternating carbon fiber and stainless washers
"Absolutely the lightest baitcaster we’ve ever built, and it’s still strong enough to beat the biggest bass! You just won’t find this level of technology at this price anywhere else!"
Bass Pro Shops® Founder
5-Time Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier
“Take my word for it—this reel may weigh next to nothing, but it has loads of power to spare!”
9-Time Bassmaster® Angler of the Year
25-Time Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier
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You cannot adjust it...!!!
The inside dial controls the beginning of the cast when you launch your bait. Same thing, higher setting more drag. Just experiment so you use the lowest settings without back lashing. Lower settings equals longer casting distance.
I have been using casting reels for three seasons, and only now , am I able to cast without birds nests. BUT I still get some, it will happen, there's no avoiding it, it happens, just a lot less as you get used to it! Even the pros have em!
But the dual braking system is wonderful, I can cast in the wind a lot easier, my distance is greatly improved, it's just an awesome system!
But I must say that educating your thumb is of great importance, that is your real brake, it's a must! No mater how good a braking system on a reel is, you still have to learn how to thumb the spool! It seem hard at first, but if I can do it, anyone can!
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That said, I am relatively new to baitcasters. I have used them for a couple of years, but I fish ALL the time, so 2 years for me might well be 10 years for many others.
I have 2 of these reels. I waited to buy one as the first run, IMO, had obvious gear alignment issues.Several shipments later, my BPS had reels which had this issue corrected.
I can set these up so that they are fine, but it does take a little more tinkering at times than say the gold carbon lite, which I wish BPS had used as the starting point for this new reel.
I'd recommend the new metal framed Enigma. If you set the brakes 3 on and 3 off, and the store employees will gladly help you do this, it is nearly impossible to birds nest. I think some stores have the older graphite reels left, so be sure you get the aluminum frame model as the graphite reels will give more and tend to lack strength.
For a few more dollars though, you can get a Revo-S, which is a REALLY nice reel for the money, and that would be what I would recommend for those who believe they can live through some serious birds nests. If birds nests really worry you though, the Enigma is a very nice reel, it's just not a Revo-S.
If money is no object, get a Shimano Chronarch. They made the new Curado a dumbed down version of the Curado "E" series, so the Chronarch is the new go to for life Shimano baitcaster. You may need other reels for other purposes, but the Chronarch is one of the best all round reels you can buy. At $80 or so more than a Revo-S, some may well argue that they are not really worth the extra money, and I think that is something each purchaser has to decide for themselves.
I own or have owned 3 Daiwas, and two of the three were great, the one was trash, it was a BPS exclusive which is no longer sold. I have Carbon Lites, the new JM Carbon Lites, a Revo-S, and one of my boys has a Chronarch, and I got my wife one of the older Enigmas, so other than the newer metal frame Enigma, I have used all the reels I have spoken of here quite a lot.
As for casting, the dual breaking system that is featured on this reel is actually excellent in helping you to fine tune the spool for casting. Longer rods in the medium range will allow you to cast lighter lures, however, as has been previously stated, baitcasters generally are thought of as using heavier baits. With a lot of practice, you would be able to throw as light as an 1/8th ounce (this is coming from personal experience), however, crappie and bream jigs will be far too light even for this reel's capacities.