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Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Spinning Reel

   

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JCL2500

Left/Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
8/190

Ball Bearings:
7+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
34" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
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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 Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Spinning 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.

  • 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

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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Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Spinning Reels 2.3 5 15 15
Poor product Bought this reel to use on a light drop shot rig. Drop shot requires a light line set up and a drag that works. This reel has the worst drag I've ever encountered. This in itself makes the reel useless. September 18, 2012
Bad bail mechanism I initally loved the reel, but after a few times out the bail mechanism failed. I returned it & it was placed on backorder. Just got off the phone with BassPro to check status. They ended up crediting my visa & paid for the shipping. I guess it's time to find a new reel. Maybe a Pflueger President. At least they are smooth & trouble free. September 2, 2012
looks good but looks aren't everything i too bought this reel during the spring fishing classic. it looks and feels nice. i bought the 500 and had the 750 0n order until a month or so ago when bass pro refunded my money. i'm not worried though bass pro has the best customer service in the world. this 500 has only been used two times and so far i'm on my third spool of line i use p-line no matter what i put on it twists so i hope they rework this line and it comes out better. i just think about the money i'm out on the line. good thing i keep extra line in the boat. August 31, 2012
Bail problems As other reviewers have reported on about my 3rd time out with this the bail malfunctioned and would neither open or close properly. While I am completely out on this purchase, as least I bought it on sale so I did not lose the full 80 bucks. I have bought many many Bass Pro reels over the years and this was the first one that is truly a lemon. August 7, 2012
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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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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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