Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Spinning Reels
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- CMC (Computer Molded Carbon) frame
- Machined aluminum and carbon pipe handle
- 7 ball bearings and a Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse bearing
- Ported spool face
- Super-smooth seven-part drag stack
- Carbon and stainless steel washers
- Powerlock instant anti-reverse
- Hardened brass and zinc alloy gearing
We believe that no finer spinning reel has ever been built for the fine art of finesse fishing. The featherweight, inflexible nature of the CMC (Computer Molded Carbon) frame transmits every vibration. These reels are ideal for braided microlines and the intimate contact fishing that truly puts you in touch with the fish—you’ll feel every tick and bump, and missed hits will become a thing of the past. So if that fat bronzeback even thinks about eating your drop shot worm, or if a 30" walleye picks up your rig and runs toward you with it, you’ll know. And it’s not limited to lightweight lures; it’s got enough middleweight punch to handle structure-oriented largemouth on mid-sized lures as well. The reel has 7 ball bearings and a powerlock instant anti reverse bearing. It also features a ported spool face; super-smooth seven-part drag stack with carbon and stainless steel washers; Powerlock instant anti-reverse; and hardened brass and zinc alloy gearing. One thing’s for sure: when you lock this reel onto your favorite rod, you’ll never want to take it off again.
Machined Aluminum and Carbon Pipe Handle:
A synthesis of aluminum and carbon gives super cranking power and the lowest possible mass.Forged, Ported Spool:
Cold-forged and double anodized-aluminum spool with chamfered ports to reduce weight and increase efficiency.
Carbon/Stainless Drag Stack:
Powerful seven washer drag stack alternates carbon and stainless steel for outstanding fish-stopping power and long life.Computer Molded Carbon (CMC) Frame:
With our revolutionary new CMC technology, the frame is precisely formed from a reinforced graphite composite for exceptionally low weight and extreme strength.
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Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 34
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
Rated 2 out of 5 by sexyharleyguy1 Light but bad drag
I purchase this reel in combination with a carbonlite rod. It is very light which prompted me to by it. It reels smoothly. One huge flaw is the drag. You reach a point when tensioning that there is no fine adjustment. the drag becomes jerker and unreliable. I lost 3 5 lb class bas in 2 days. I am very disappointed. I think I'll go back to the shimano symetre. I fish 10 to 12 lb test on the reel
May 13, 2014
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