Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series Bass Caster Reels

   

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JMX10HD

Right

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
10+1

Max Drag:
14 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.6

JMX10HLD

Left

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
10+1

Max Drag:
14 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.6

JMX10SHD

Right

7.1:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
10+1

Max Drag:
14 Lbs.

Recovery:
31" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.6

JMX20HD

Right

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/160

Ball Bearings:
10+1

Max Drag:
14 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
9.6
  • Diecast aluminum frame and side-plates
  • Black carbon-titanium deposition finish
  • Double-anodized-aluminum spool
  • Premium Japanese stainless steel ball bearings
  • 100% double-shielded 10-bearing system
  • Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse
  • Duralumin drive gear
  • Dual Braking System
  • Beefed-up, super-smooth carbon drag system
  • 10 bearing system
  • Lightweight carbon-fiber Recurve handle with ribbed silicon knob
  • Padded clutch bar
  • Titanium nitride coated line guide

Our top-of-the-line baitcaster puts the power of carbon into your hands, to revolutionize your fishing. You won’t find this kind of value anywhere else!

Bulletproof inside and out: With its tough diecast aluminum frame and side-plates and lustrous black carbon-titanium deposition finish, your reel will still look awesome years from now. The double-anodized-aluminum spool floats on premium Japanese stainless steel ball bearings, part of a 100% double-shielded 10-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse. The hardened Duralumin drive gear is flanked by three special-purpose carbon washers to ensure perfect meshing, for totally smooth winding power with no torque, ever.

Performance plus: Our popular Dual Braking System delivers virtually backlash-free casting. Top-drawer features include: a beefed-up, super-smooth carbon drag system; lightweight carbon-fiber Recurve handle with ribbed silicone knob; padded clutch bar; and titanium-nitride line guide.

''Don’t be afraid to fish these reels hard. They take the fight to the fish and come out on top every time. The retrieve and drag are the smoothest you’ll ever fish!''
Johnny Morris
Bass Pro Shops® Founder
5-Time Bass Master Classic® Qualifier

DBS Dual Braking System
The best of both worlds...six-pin centrifugal brake maintains control during the beginning of the cast; as the spool slows, the magnetic brake takes over to ''feather'' your cast perfectly!

Padded Custom Reel Case
FREE Padded custom reel case included with each Signature Series reel.

Sleek Recurve handle and Star Drag design sits closer to the body for more leverage and further weight reduction!.

The spool shaft rides on two premium, double-shielded ball bearings specifically treated to resist corrosion even in rugged saltwater conditions.

Line recovery in inches per handle turn.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 120 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Reel I was a more avid fisherman before children. When a trip to Canada with friends presented itself, I jumped at the chance. I used to fish predominately with Abu Garcia and Shimano reels. I decided I was going to buy a new reel for the trip and researched many but chose this one for two reasons. The specs were similar to the high end reels and the price was significantly less. When I saw a sale, I ran out and bought one with several months before the trip. I was first impressed with how smooth the reel was. The bearing system made this feel nothing like my old reels. Since it had been a while between fishing trips, I experimented with the reel for a while and tried several of the newer lines available. I was amazed at the dual braking system and experimented with the settings and style of casting that I used to eliminate backlash. It took me a little bit as the instructions with the reel are minimal but I determined how to set up the reel properly for my style of cast. The dual braking works for the beginning of the cast as well as the end. After a few nights at a local lake, I liked this reel so much I bought an extra one for the trip. I spent almost a week secluded on a lake in Ontario with my group and both reels performed flawlessly. I did bring the Shimano as a backup but never pulled it out. I hope they continue to perform like that for a few years as my children are older and I plan to spend more time on the lake. February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Reel Took this beast out for the first time spooled up with 65 lb braid & muscled a 3 lb bass out of the Kissimmee grass like a boss. Extremely smooth & looks great. November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hesitant, but in love Any time I have to spend over 50 bucks on fishing gear i get nervous. This reel is worth the money for sure. I fished 2 days in a row wit this reel and it only back lashed three times. Each time it was my bad cast that caused it. I didnt have any problems casting light crank baits into the wind, and this reel casts a mile. I am very happy with this reel and I know if anything goes wrong with it i have bass pro shop to help me out. November 3, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor performance and finish After just a few months, spool tension knob became very difficult to adjust. Finish began pitting and flaking off. Looked like it was 6 years old instead of 6 months and I fish fresh water. BPS pro qualifier reels that I have worked better lasted longer and cost less. I returned this reel and picked up a couple more BPS pro qualifiers. October 21, 2013
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Salmon Fishing Alaska

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I am going silver salmon (Coho) fishing in Alaska this August. I plan on using Power Pro braided line (20lb/6lb mono dia or 30 lb/8lb mono dia) and would like to know if this reel can handle the fight and the line. I think that I require just about 200 yards of fishing line on the reel for the possible fighting runs and a 15lb drag would be nice. If this reel can not standup for the fight then what would be recommended and can handle braided line?.
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I own 2 of these reels. I replaced the bearings with jmp10h. Way smoother cast/retrieve. As for this reel holding up to a salmon fight, I have never used these reels to handle Salmon. I have landed a 7lb river smalley without an issue. If it doesn't handle it, you still have a great reel for other species. Not to mention, BPS reels have a great warranty. Just remember when tying braid onto the reel, start off with a feel layers of mono, then double uni the braid on. Best of luck.
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YES! When seastar (the Korean company that makes bass pro reels) tested this reel they took it out to fight the HUGE alligator gar weighing over 100lbs, in Texas. It can handle some silver salmon along with the Power Pro. This is a great reel
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cast distance? ,Quality of the build?, and the braking systems between the too of them?
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For the same price as the Browning, I would recommend the BPS pro qualifier reels. They work better than the Johnny Morris, or the Brownings.
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The cast distance varies to the weight of the lure. I use plastics and jigs, and I can pitch out 20yrds nice and soft. Long casts with the same weight, about 45-60yrds. The brake system on this reel is really stout. Hard to backlash and is perfect of skippin under docks. Great warranty on this reel as well. My only gripe about this reel is the bearings. I upgraded to the jmp10h and this competes with my higher end reels.
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Great cast distance with all types of line. Great build. The DBS braking system is top of the line. Great reel for the money
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I'd take the Browning Midas reels over these anytime !! They cast much further and can be easily adjusted depending on wind conditions.
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I have never cast the Browning Midas,but I do however have lots of experience with the Johnny Morris. The Johnny Morris is one of the smoothest casting reels I have used and probably the best reel you can get for the money . That being said, once you get in to the mid to high end reels, they all cast around the same distance and the difference in distance is negligible. I handled the browning in store and it seems to be of good quality, but the Johnny morris appears to be noticeably better. They both have dual breaking systems with both magnetic and centrifugal brakes. If you can, I would suggest handling both, but I am confident you will like the Johnny Morris better.
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Knob From Carbonlite

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have any one done it? (How Much?)
My rubber part ripped off. knob feels good (soft and non slip) but. when i was reeling the fish today rubber part of the knob came off!! and i know the carbonlite uses same handle.
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Never had this issue. I taped my grips with grip tape, and haven't had an issue. However, if you are looking for replacement parts, http://www.basspro.com/Fishing-Fishing-Accessories-Rod-Reel-Accessories/Type-Reel-Accessories/_/N-1z0uxa6Z1z0v4ej That should help you out.
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The carbonlite actually has a different handle. You can get a replacement handle or handle grips from BPS.
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you want to add oil to all (1-3) of the spool bearings. They are possibly located in the side plate, on the spool itself, and under the tension knob. Some reels use plastic bushings in these places instead of bearings. Its best to look at the schematics that came with the reel and go from there. Just add a drop of oil in the crevice towards the center of the bearing. Good luck!
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you can open the tension knob and add a drop of oil there.
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Pro Qualifier, Johny Morris Signature Series, Some of the Abu Garcia Revo Series, Shimanos (Citica and Chronarch)
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i sugest the new jhonny morris baitcast they are awsome reels and they are strong and smooth
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This reel works fantastic with braid. Ive used 50lb to 70lb braid on my johnny morris with success. I am currently trying out 65lb Powerpro super 8 line. I would recommend going with any 8 strand braid vs the 4-6 strand braids. It makes a big difference in both casting performance and smooth retrieval. I will never go back to using a 4-6 strand braid.
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How to set-up DBS on reel

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They dual brakes come out of the box applied. You will have to adjust them to your ability and comfort ability with the reel. Also varies with the line test and lure weight. The better you get with the baitcaster, you can slowly take the brakes off until you have almost no brakes. This gives you the greatest casting distance
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Here's what has worked for me. Open up the side hatch and have 3 brakes on (pull every other tab outward) and the other 3 brakes off (push the remaining tabs inward until it clicks in). Turn the magnetic brakes on the side to 0 and adjust the spool tension knob so that the lure falls very slowly when the thumb bar is engaged. I then set the magnetic brakes to 7 for everyday routine fishing...maybe 5 if I need a super long cast. This is an unbelievably great reel--experiment with the settings.

Keep in mind the fewer brakes you use...the more likely an over run if you throw it too hard. Pros know how to cast with no brakes. I'm not a pro. I want to fish...I don't want to spend Saturday mornings picking at back-lashes. I get plenty of casting distance with the set up I described. Best wishes.
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you can use the magnetic brakes on the side of the reel and then you pop the side open and then set the pin brakes. i recoment to disengage all your brakes by pushing them inward then engage 2 brakes and they have to be across from each other. and the magnetic brake i would set at 10 and then work your way down as you get comfortable.
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Compared to Revo SX

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I was wanting to buy thiws over the Abu Revo Sx bc everyone I know has the revo and they seem the same but does Anyone know why the Abu has such a stronger Drag System? Does that 10 lbs matter? ALSO, if anyone knows which one casts further please let me know. THanks!!
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The Revo SX casts a lot further, and the drag is better. But it is harder to dial in, and is tough to skip bait under docks and overhangs.
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No comparison. Get the Johnny Morris. The Abu Revo SX is very, very temperamental. For me, using the Revo SX is like shaving with a straight razor. It's a great reel that casts enormous distances, but it'll cut you badly once in a while.The same cast you were using all morning can result in an enormous backlash out of the blue.

The Johnny Morris DBS is the key. That's the difference between the JM and the Revo SX (magnetic only). Work on it and dial in those brakes. You'll be able to throw it to the point where you won't need your thumb for the landing of the lure...I don't recommend that...I'm just saying that's how good the Johnny Morris reel is. It's a work of art. I engage 3 centrifugal brakes and set the magnetic brakes around 6 or 7 and I can cast 30 yards no problem. I'm not a pro--that's plenty of distance for me. I find that the Revo SX casts further, but the consistency of the Johnny Morris far outweighs that strength.
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I have had the Revo SX and I found that it was hard to use! It has a steep learning curve, where as the Johny Morris is extremely user friendly! It sets up quick and cast like a dream, as for the distance it's about the same for me anyway. But I guess that goes whit experience!

You can get the Revo if you like, it's an awesome reel, I just found it hard to use.

My passe is more the Johny Morris! The dual braking system is super, but like any other casting reel, if your not careful it will overrun! Just a bit of practice. As far as the extra ten pounds of drag, it doesn't really mater, there are some casting reels that only have three pounds of drag and they work great. The trick is to have an educated thumb!
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Saltwater usage?

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I understand this reel is categorized under freshwater, and I have been using this reel for freshwater fishing. However, since I moved closer to the coast now, I was wondering if it will be fine to use this reel in saltwater? Maybe a quick rinse after?
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i have used this reel in the sanfrancisco bay for strippers and after am done i clean it with some reel cleaner or reel majic and the real works just fine.
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It should be OK. If you rinse and dry after each use, or as soon as possible! Also you WILL HAVE TO clean,oil,lube after every third or fourth trip out! It can be a bit of a pain, but that way you will be sure that your reel will last a long time! I have reels which I use for saltwater, that are four, five years old. They work just fine, but I take them apart and clean them every other week, or six trips to the saltwater!
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i bought a replacement from Bass Pro. Call their tech line.
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i wouldnt buy a new spool id save your money and buy a daiwa, johny morris are wastes
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Amount of line you can have on the spool. Some species fight hard, and run a lot of line. Also, if you change bait often, it is good to have that extra.
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the 20HD is a wider spool reel, holds more line.
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The difference between the two is that the JMX20HA holds more line than the JMX10HA!
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