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Consider this our rebellion against todays ''throw-away'' mindset. We think a high-performance reel should last awhile! And it starts right here. The Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series JM Spinning Reel not only retains the awesome performance profile of the original award-winning version, but locks it in with our sealed aluminum body construction. The frame and side plates are as light and strong as ever, but dust and debris can't get in, so the lube retains its viscosity, wear is reduced, and interior parts continue to function crisply. (We still recommend regular maintenance, of course.) To double-ensure durability, we added our sealed carbon fiber drag. Carbon is unmatched for dissipating drag heat, and our six-washer system is sealed tight for ultimate smoothness at all times. With its die-cast aluminum chassis, stainless steel main shaft, zinc-alloy drive gear, and hardened brass pinion gear, it's obvious this reel will be around awhile! Other features include Mag Spool Technology package with Ti-coated bail wire and oversized roller, premium 11-bearing system with shielded stainless steel ball bearings and Powerlock instant anti-reverse, forged aluminum spool and handle, and a FREE aluminum spare spool.
Sealed aluminum body construction
Sealed carbon fiber drag
Forged aluminum spool and handle
Mag Spool Technology™
Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
11 bearing system includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse
Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series Spinning Reels
This reel is the best open face reel I've ever used. The action is as smooth as silk, no hard cranking to close the bail wire just start reeling. The larger spool is definately a plus, almost no memory on line and it outcasts any reel i've ever used. It casts twice the distance of other reels with same effort. The drag system is so good you could set it right down to the ounce, quick and easy to get too as well. We go to Michigan for the Salmon runs every fall and last year took this reel and limited out every day bringing in 16 -28lb fish. Worked Flawlessly. Buying a second one for my daughter for her first yr of Salmon fishing. THE BEST!!!
September 21, 2012
I own (2) JM20's...the first one lasted 1yr before it needed repair...I purchased a second one while the first one was being repaired...the second one did not perform out of the box...while the first reel was in good working order I loved to fish with it...the line laid even on the spool and the oversized spool did eliminate some line twist. BPS needs to implement a better quality control on the parts they use on all of their reels. It seems they do not care when it comes to selling a defective reel when the problems are fixed at their reel repair shop.
August 5, 2012
More than expected
I needed a new reel and I wanted to buy cheap so I decided to try this JM reel. I do believe you get what you pay for so I thought the reel would be of lower quality and lacking performance. But I have been quite surprised, It looks nice, it is as smooth as butter. The drag performs flawlessly. So far it as been a very good item, maybe it will lack durability since I have not used it very long but for now I will enjoy using it and give it praise.
July 20, 2012
Got the gift card for father's day. Already had the reel picked out. Wanted the big one that reels in 40 inches of line a turn. It is somooooothe as silk. Casts and reels like a dream. I love it. It is like everything else, it costs too much but it may be the best gift you can get in a reel box.
July 14, 2012
Whenever I hold this reel horizontally, it is very quiet and smooth. I whenever I hold it verticallly (for example, when jigging), it makes a clicking/grinding sound approximately every other turn of the handle. Any idea what may be causeing this, and how to fix it?
The JM 40 spinning reel is a "horse" with a MH 6'6" spinning rod - check out attached photo, fish caught with JM 40 - Pro Qualifier MH rod and 30# braid with fluorocarbon leader, SON. I wouldn't want a bass over 5 lbs. on the 20. The MH rod is too much for a 20 size. I have both sizes. Pair the 20 with a Carbonlite M or even ML.
if you're putting it on a mh rod, i would assume you will be using a wider range of baits with this particular setup. if that's the case, i would suggest the 40 size. it's obviously going to be bulkier than the 20 and will hold more line (and more larger line). i actually own the 20 size, but i use it specifically for dropshotting. i do have the 40 size in the extreme, and it is more of an all purpose reel in my opinion.
A maufacturer out of China by the name of OEM manufacturing makes these and the rest of BassPro's reels too . They make most in S. Korea but some in China as well .This company also produces it own line of reels called Tica and many other comapanies reels for them also . They make Shakespear ( who owns Pflueger too and bass pro pays royalties to sell Pfluegers), Browning who really sells exclusively through BassPro ( BassPro pays royalties to Browning to sell reels in their name so basically these are BassPro reels too ), South bend , Pinnacle , some of Cabelas , and many others as well . They also manufacture many parts for other companies too . In all they will in a given year produce anywhere from 25-75% of the worlds reels for that year . Not all companies get the quality control that bass pro can demand because of its shear number of units bought or the discount on production costs as well for the same reason . BassPro as you have seen by their prices pass a portion of those savings on to us the consumer . Not all reels that look simialar are the same in qualitity but if you want to be sure go with basspro their machining tolerances are very demanding .
instant anti-reverse is helpful regardless if you had 1 arm or 10. All it means is there is no play in the handle that will allow the bail to give line to the fish when it hits. On some reels the bail will swing a half turn or so if line is pulled out. The anti reverse will ensure that once the bail is engaged the only line that can be pulled out will be depending on your drag setting. In other words the real has zero 'Play' in it. Think of it as a car steering wheel with no play.
Instant anti-reverse is where when you are reeling in a lure and the fish hits and you set the hook the handle will stay right where it is . In past years reels would have some play in the handle so that when you hooked the fish every time the handle would go in reverse a little ways before it would stop and start the drag system . They have a bearing in them now that only goes in one direction so that the handle will only go one way that is unless you turn the antireverse off ( this is called backreeling ) . Thats where the reel takes line in when you crank one way and lets line back out ( for a surging fish ) by turning the handle the other direction . Hope that helps you out in some way . Good luck and tight lines .
Yes. If you want a Johnny Morris reel for that rod than the JM 10 is for you. It's a light duty reel with plenty of drag power if you hook a big one and casts very well. You might also want to look into the Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite reels. I have two of the Micro Lite combos and love them for panfish.
Yes the 10 size model would complement any light rod you will buy . I own better reels ( you get what you pay for ) but this is one of the best at this price . They go sale pretty regularly so watch for a even better deal to come along . Hope that helps in someway . Good Luck and tight lines !
Yes it has a gasket on it . You will of course need to rinse off soon as possible all reels used on salt water . This is a must for all . You would however be better suited to go to saltwater fishing reels at top of page to find a reel that was meant specifically for saltwater . There a ton of reels in the same price range available that are very nice reels too . Hope that helps you out in some way .
i purchasing this as a gift and he fishes for strippers and bass and cat fish
1 year, 9 months ago
- lake anna
Depending on the size of the line you will be using will dictate what size reel you but. I bought the JM10 for my kids which is the smallest and fit better in their hands. They catch largemouth and stripers on it regularly. Granted the stripers have not been that big but the largemouth have. The reel does fine with 10lb test. You may want a JM20 or 30 should be fine unless it's for a yougster.
Any one have both the old '09 & the new '10 JMS reels? In your opinion, is the new reel better than the old one? What are the differences? Is the new model worth the extra cost, considering the clearance price of the old model?
the black carbon finish is the only real difference and yes its an upgrade. i bought the older model and the shiny finish began corroding within a year. and i have a sneaking suspicion thats why it looks different
no difference at all so don't' trow you money away i have the old one 09' and my brother in law got the new model 10' and there is no difference and all un less you prefer to pay more for a reel whit a new design whit the same performance that the old one so is up to you.
I have both, and from what I can see they are just about the same, only some styling changes to the spools. The '09 models work so good it's hard to imagine what's better about the '10 model. Maybe a pro could feel the difference? I liked the clearance price last fall, but the current "sale" price is still a good deal. Then again, if you can wait 'til fall...they're likely to go on clearance AGAIN.
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