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JCL500

Left/Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
6/120

Ball Bearings:
7+1

Max Drag:
9 Lbs.

Recovery:
27" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
6.3

JCL750

Left/Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
8/150

Ball Bearings:
7+1

Max Drag:
9 Lbs.

Recovery:
30" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
6.6

JCL4000

Left/Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
10/215

Ball Bearings:
7+1

Max Drag:
11 Lbs.

Recovery:
34" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.9

JCL2500

Left/Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
10/215

Ball Bearings:
7+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
34.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
8.9
  • 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 2.9 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bad Bearings? I bought the JM10 a couple of years ago. Until now, I loved it. Now it makes a loud grinding sound on retrieve when under load. April 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Okay Bought 2 for guests to use instead of my good gear.Its okay for the money, but I would go with a shimano spirex over them next time. March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice Smooth Reel The performance of this reel is comparable to the Shimano Stradics that I own. Nice and smooth retrieval and seems well ballanced. The thing about this I like more than the Stradic.....the price December 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Carbonlite Reel I have use the reel for bass fishing throwing a Shad Rap with great success bundlkes with Stren 8 lbs line.. The reel when using soft baits has been a disappointment snarling terribly. November 18, 2013
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Yes, but very light action,more of a bass/walleye reel.Reel is excellent and durable.
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Hi, per the online Owner’s Manual it states, “After each trip, the reel should be checked for dirt or sand. If it has been exposed to saltwater, the spool should be removed and the entire reel rinsed in freshwater. Dry with a soft cloth and lubricate the reel as described above”. However, we do not recommend using this reel for saltwater purpose. Thank you for your question!
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Just wondering if anyone has heard through the rumor mill if there are plans to redesign this reel after such poor reviews and after such success with the "Gold" CarbonLite baitcaster. Also, I have the Gold and love it and would like to scale down all of my reels to the light weight variety and while I have one Stradic, I can't spend the $$$ on too many more.
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according to the Bolingbrook store the 2013 models have been redesigned . The one i purchased a few months ago is working flawlessly
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The following if from the Fishing Merchandiser:

The bail issue with this reel has been resolved and new inventory will be arriving shortly.
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i was in the hampton, va bass pro shops today and talked to a sales associate about this very topic. he said that the real is changing to an Abu Garcia manufacturing plant. with his, he believes they will be a better product. hopefully, this will correct their problems.
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I haven't heard anything yet! But I do hope they take the time to fix this reel! I really love BPS rods and reels, and I hope they keep up the quality of there products! I think this reel was just put on the market to quick, not enough field testing! Just a glitch! BPS stands behind there products, and I am sure this will be fixed!
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New model 750 carbonlite spinning reel
more line wraps at back of spool than front. Can I fix this ?
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I ran into a similar problem on my model 500. The local BPS fishing mgr. reccomended that I have it spooled in-store which they can do with my line...6lb crappie maxx camo.
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You should be able to fix this problem! All you need to do is remove the spool, then look on the spool shaft at where the spool rests. There should be some type of little disc or gear whit some plastic washers, may not be plastic. remove one to start with, if that doesn't work, remove an other. There should be at least two. What that does, is it allows the spool to sit further back on the shaft, allowing the the line to go further up on the spool. So by removing the plastic spacers should cure the problem with the line on your spool. Sometimes these little spacers are red,black,clear. Don't remove the metal one, just the plastic ones! Hope this helps you whit your reel!

Tight lines,and be safe!
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No spare spool...
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I don't know about the size differences between the two, but I can tell you that it does not come with a spare spool.
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I ordered the larger model and it didn't come with the spare spool. I would recommend getting the larger model because its very tiny and compact. I can't imagine how small the 500 reel is
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I believe the 750 and 500 are seperate sizes although they are pretty close physically. They do not come with a spare spool but I imagine a replacement would be available through the parts dept.
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That is correct, both modesl have the same gear ration and ball bearings. It does not come with a spare spool.
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I'm looking to pair a lightweight spinning reel to my Carbonlite rods. Just wondering about the weight of these two models.
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I bought the 500 which is about 6 ounces...6.3 if I remember the spec sheet. I find mine to be very well balanced and anyone else picking up the combo (500 model on a 5'6' light IM7 rod) coments on how light it is.
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Model JCL500 weighs 6.3 ounces and model JCL750 weighs 6.6 ounces.
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the 500 is 6.3 and the 750 is 6.6
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6.3 ounces
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The 750 is half the size and not very smooth!! Get a Abu Garcia Orra S if that is your price range.
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I replaced a Shimano Spirex 2000fe with the 750 model and I got to say I am diggin' it. Spooled it with Berkley NanoFil in 8lb test; It is paired with a 7'2" ALX rod and this rig is the lightest combo I own. Had it out two weekends ago and I can't wait to use it again!
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Yes it does have a wide spool(though it is still small) for its size.
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It can cast a 1/100 oz. jig, Good enough for me.
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No, it does not have a wide spool like the Johnny Morris series reels.
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