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PQX10SD

Right

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
12/150

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
21" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
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PQX10SLD

Left

5.2:1

Line Capacity:
12/150

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
21" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
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PQX10SSD

Right

4.7:1

Line Capacity:
12/150

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
19" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
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  • SKU: 1650488

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PQX10SHLA

Left

7.1:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
29" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
  • $99.99

  • SKU: 1534035

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PQX10SHD

Right

7.1:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
29" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
  • $99.99

  • SKU: 1521962

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PQX10HD

Right

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
26" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
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  • SKU: 1521963

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PQX10HLA

Left

6.4:1

Line Capacity:
12/120

Ball Bearings:
6+1

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
26" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8
  • $99.99

  • SKU: 1534034

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"It never ceases to amaze me...almost everyone who fishes in my boat comes away in awe of my Pro Qualifier baitcasters. They thought they were fishing with $300 reels!"
Edwin Evers
13-Time Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier


The Pro Qualifier® Baitcast Reel has become a fixture in Bassmaster Elite pro Edwin Evers' boat. Overall, we'd have to say that he's done pretty well with his Pro Qualifier baitcasters, and no wonder. We build the Pro Qualifier to fit the way tournament anglers fish. Whether you're fishing a weekend buddy bash or the Bassmaster Classic®, this reel will put you at the top of your game. From its one-piece machined-aluminum frame and double-anodized, machined-aluminum drilled spool, to its Recurve handle and drag star, the design is sleek, light and functional. And every feature is geared for performance, including the quality 7-bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse; our Dual Braking System with click-adjustable magnetic and 6-pin centrifugal cast control systems working in concert; a hard titanium-coated line guide. A pin-release side plate for quick brake adjustments on the fly. Soft touch thumb bar. Built-in lube port. Yep—you're gonna love this reel!

  • Built to put you at the top of your game
  • One-piece machined-aluminum frame
  • Double-anodized, machined-aluminum drilled spool
  • 7-bearing system with Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse
  • Dual Braking System™  
  • Pin-release side plate for quick brake adjustments
  • Built-in lube port      
Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 865 reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Good Short term Solution I bought 6 of these reels over the past 3 years. I bought these reels with the hopes that they could be used for years and years but that has not turned out to be the case. I have purchased two of these reels every year for the past 3 years and if you lined them up you couldn’t tell which ones are new. The reel cap are discolored, not a big deal but they look like antiques versus reels that are newer style. Another issue is that all 6 reels went to BPS reel repair and all came back with parts that need to be replaced. Not a big deal but 2 reels were 9 months old. I don’t know which ones but regardless the bill was $198.00 for 5 reels to be repaired. So my point is expect that 25-30% repair expense per reel to keep these going. I attached a picture of one of the "newer" ones but they all look like this. September 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Purchase Great reel - solid construction, easy to use and feels great. This is my first baitcaster and I was worried it would take a long time to get used to. After getting it set up, I was casting consistently within 5 minutes. I highly recommend! August 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Loved it right away I went fishing my first day of owning this reel and was immediately won over by it. I had never used a baitcaster before, but watched a lot of videos and read some 'how to' articles which really helped. I caught a few four pounders, two five pounders and a bunch of smaller fish on the first day. Admittedly, I did birdsnest for probably the first 20 casts, but after that all was well. Not too bad of a learning curve I feel. The drag was smooth and I honestly like bringing in fish on the baitcaster more than my spinning reels. I shouldn't have waited so many years to make the jump to a baitcaster! I got the 6.4:1 reel in a right hand retrieve and am looking forward to continuing to use it for many years. August 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great beginer real Great beginner real for someone who is just learning how to use a bait caster. Very minimal backlash and easy to cast. Not completely satisfied with the durability as the real only lasted me one season, but was a decent buy at half price. Great real for someone that only fishes a few times a year. August 16, 2014
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Brakes How Many ?

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It says its best to start with 2 brakes on but they are shipped with 4 brakes on . What should I do ? I am not getting the range out of them that I am my Tourney Special's .
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Follow the instructions that the other customers have suggested, could not tell you anyting different then what the have said. Also may I suggest a visit to our BassPro1Source, the link below will take you there.
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Practice and patience.
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the more brakes on = more restriction. taking the brakes off will allow the spool to spin more freely, therefore potentially a further cast. This does require more manual control by you to keep from backlashing however.
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set it to 2
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forget how they are shipped. Set the right side knob so your weight slowly falls. then set the left side brakes to 7,8,9 and cast with moderate power to see how far it casts without a backlash. Then reduce the number until you find the right combination so you're casting with distance and no backlash. Lite lures will not cast as far as heavier ones. Under 1/4 oz. is tough
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How do you engage or disengage the number of bakes ? And do you need more or less brakes for lighter baits ?
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What I find works best is to loosen the spool tension knob all the way turn the brakes all the way on and slightly adjust the brakes per lure. A windy day will headache you to death and a calm day it will through like a champ. You have to do some work, find a baseline and then small adjustments for wind and different lure weights.
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more for lighter
move brakes with your fingernail
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On need to answer . Read the instructions and watched a video . It has 6 brakes , shipped with 4 on and says to start out with 2 on . It will cast anything now . OUT OF SIGHT .
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I have had the Pro Qualifier for a couple of years, but have not been able to consistently eliminate backlash at the end of a cast. Recently i have done a lot of reading in the Q & A section and in the manual that came with the reel. Plus i have looked carefully at the centrifugal (the six pins) and magnetic brake systems (external dial with 0 to 10 settings) to better understand how they work. My first question is, even with these modern baitcasters like the PQ, do you still have to apply well timed thumb action to stop the spool at the end of a cast? A massive bird's nest results if i don't use my thumb, a moderate backlash results if i'm too late in applying thumb pressure, regardless of spool tension, centrifugal brake, magnetic brake settings? Secondly, the spool on this reel appears to be aluminum and aluminum is not magnetic. When i touch a pencil magnet to the spool i do not feel any attraction, not even a little. So how effective (at braking) can the magnets in the side plate of this reel be if there isn't any magnetic material (iron, nickle, cobalt) in the spool?
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The magnetic brake systems should help with backlash at the end of the cast , set it to 10
to check if the system is working see how long the spool spins when set to 10 then 0 when you spin an empty spool with your finger
don't cast into the wind until you train your thumb
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You're putting too much power into the cast if you have it set up right. And yes, use your thumb. Practice with practice plugs or crank baits without hooks
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It has a ring in side it that I think may be carbon or still . They are shipped with 4 brakes on you just want 2 like the instructions says . I have 2 of them . When I got them I had a hard time with them until I reed the instructions and took the cover off and seen there was 4 brakes on shut 2 off adjusted the magnetic nob with a bait on it, then turned the dial two 5 . it went out of sight . Then started turning it down till it started to backlash , then turned it up 1 click .
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I have had this reel for a few months now and am getting fairly comfortable with casting it. My current settings are Magnets on * and all 4 brakes are on. I experience VERY minimal backlashes and when i do they are fixed with a quick pull of additional line. I cant cast as far as i can with my spinning rods but I can get a fair amout of distance on them. what settings should i pull back on to increase my casting distance but keep my backlashing likelihood to a minimum?
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spool tension knob completely loose.
start at max braking and slowly disengage the brakes until you find your best distance without backlashes. You just have to play with it. Every lure you use will cause the reel to perform differently.
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2 brakes on
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back off on the magnets until you start getting a mess
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If you asking about the Pro Qualifier ,it has 6 brakes . You just want 2 on . Set the dial to O ,titan the magnetic nob down snug with your bait on the line. Hold the rod tip at 2 a clock release it tern out the nob till the bait falls, when it hits the ground the spool should tern know more then 1 tern , then tern the dial to 5 when you get the hang of it loosen it up a little at a time .
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I would suggest a few things to improve your cast length. 1 makes sure you’re using a good smooth line, I prefer super slick braid. 2. make sure your bait is weighted correctly and 3. I keep my exterior setting at about 2-3 depending on the wind. And I only have 2 magnets set. And I can cast a country mile. But now I am using that setting for spinners and buzz baits 1/8 to 3/16 oz. If you’re not comfortable with the reel yet take your bait and just play with it. You shouldn’t have to cast hard to get it to go far it should spool off nice and easy. Hope that helps.
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you need to look at the box of line. where the lb test is listed on the box they also list the diameter of the line. The physical diameter of the line dictates how much the reel will hold not the lb test. The rating of line capacity is usually based on a standard monofilament line. It's an average not any one specifically.
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It will hold 120 yards of both. Spool some cheap line on first and then put 40 to 60 yards of good line over that. You will only use around that much, even on long casts and you will save money.
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The best advice I have ever received and would like to pass on is to use a braid backing. This will eliminated the issue of how much line to put on and saves you money in the long run. By using the braid as a backing you only need to tie which ever line you want (mono, fluro) to the braid and reel in as much as you need approx per long cast. This way there is less chance of back lash and if you ever want to switch out line you are only required to remove up to the braid ultimately using much less line. By doing this you can use whatever test you want. There are great videos with more in depth discriptions on you tube if needed.
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The 120 is for mono. The reel will hold a little more fluorocarbon due to the smaller line diameter.
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Check the website for the parts department.
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Both parts are available. The frame is rather spendy. Might be better to order a new reel and use the spool from the broken one.
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Will 6lb or 8lb line work well on this reel?
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You could get away with 8lb but now you are getting into diameters that should be used on a spinning reel. The smallest I have gone is 8lb and that was for lighter jerkbaits. I always run 10lb for deep crankbaits to get them deeper.
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Both will work, it simply depends on what and how you are fishing.
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Yes, I use 8lb. a lot for cranking, 6lb would also work, just match your rod with the line size and you want have any problems. Maybe med. to med. light action for 6lb. Med. action for 8lb.
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6lb is pretty light for a bait caster and could cause backlash problems, even 8 is still light but would work better than 6lb, for lines in this weight class get a
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should work just fine as long as it isn't braid
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12 pound test recommended, should not use more than 5# test less than recommended. 8 pound would be okay.
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They were bought new last Nov. in a combo.
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BPS PQX10SHD is 7.1:1 high speed.
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SHD 7.1 HA 6.4
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PQX10SHD is a 7.1:1 as listed on the web site. I am not able to find a model 10HA for the gear
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I have a pro qualifier silver edition purchased black Friday and I just went to put line on it. I can't seem to push the silver button at all to remove the side plate. Is there a way to get this unstuck?
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There is a metal pin that goes across the reel in front of the spool. On the side, the head of the pin can be pulled out slightly. While doing this, rotate the side panel to unlock it and then pull it straight off.
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U don't push u pull the button on the top crank side.
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Pull the cross pin from the right side of the reel and twist the opposite side plate.
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You don't push it in. You pull and hold it out while twisting the side plate away from you...
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you have to pull, not push.
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Hi, thank you for your question. To remove the palming side-plate, twist the palming side-plate in an upward direction while pulling the plunger located on the gear side-plate out.
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Just purchased the PQ. Specs in catalog and website state 6+1 bearings. Parts list that came with the reel only shows 3.
Can someone explain to me what happened to the other 3+1?
Or is this the # of balls in each bearing?
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1 on each sideplate, 1 on the spool shaft near the spool tension knob, 1 on the crank shaft, and 1 per handle knob. 6+1
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Company's usually list every single bearing in the reel as a selling point. The "+1" is usually the anti-reverse bearing ("one way clutch" in the parts list). The Pro Qualifier diagram or parts list only shows replaceable parts. There is a bearing in the side plate, one under the cast control knob, one pinned to the spool, one under the crankshaft/idler, and usually one in each knob on the handle. That would be 6+1.
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