Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 35
Rated 4 out of 5 by Turkeybuzzard45 Smooth reel
After I received my reel in the mail, I was dissappointed in how narrow the spool is. Spool is deep which uses up a lot of line before before it's anywhere close to where available casting line will be used. I decided to use other line to fill bottom of spool, & tied my preferred line after the halfway point. To me, the deeper the line is, in the spool, the more resistance your casting line has to overcome, during casting... Another thing I disliked was; closing the bail after a cast . It is too stiff and I have to muscle it, to close it with the handle crank. Closing the bail, I wound up jerking rod when I put the muscle to it, and creates for some awkward casting. My plan was to buy 2 more if I liked it, but I decided to stick with my older BPS spinning reels.
October 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by CFreeze Avoid - get a Penn instead
I've been fishing for over 35 years, primarily with spinning tackle, and this reel twists line worse than any other reel I've used. I chose the JCL500 at the Hampton, VA store because I wanted a solid ultralight spinning reel. Huge mistake. I should have read the reviews first.
I had to remove the red plastic spindle spacer to get the line to spool relatively evenly, and that hasn't completely solved the problem. I've never had to make this adjustment with other reels. I still get bird's nests every few casts and have had to strip off 50 yards of tangled line within the first two hours of use. Not with spinners or spoons, but Texas-rigged worms fished slowly.
I'm returning this junk and picking up a Penn to go with my larger reels.
August 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dren78 Worst reel I've owned
I bought this online while it was on sale. I thought it looked good, and since I have 4 other BPS reels so I didn't even bother looking at the reviews, and I wish now that I had. I originally spooled this up with Power Pro braid. The line would not stay on the spool, and then would birds nest horribly. I must have cut almost a hundred yards off of the spool by the time I just gave up on it. Next I tried some heavier mono, and had the same results, just not as frequent, and I could work out the tangles instead of having to cut them out. Now I have 10lb spiderwire mono on it and I only use a bait that will keep constant pressure on the line like a spinnerbait or crank bait. I haven't had a problem since, but I don't like being limited in what I can do with a reel. I think I'm going to try either a phluger or Mitchell next.
June 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by primatepirates Not great, not horrible
This reel has been ok.. It has reeled in some nice bass, but squeals a lot unless you give it plenty of reel oil. Doesn't do well in all weather conditions.
June 22, 2014