Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel

   

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PQX10SD

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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
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  • 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
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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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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
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The Bass Pro Shops® 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      

"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

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel 4.7 5 870 870
Found it I live at West Boggs Lake just north of Loogootee, Indiana. The lake was drained for renovation. While photographing structure, I found a ProQualifierPQX10HD reel on a Quantum KVD signature series rod. The rod and reel was buried in mud with just the tip showing. After cleaning the mud and slime from the rod and reel it worked and looked like new. Unbelievable!! I must have been underwater for a long period of time. December 8, 2014
old reliable Adding my two cents. I use mine (4.4:1) on a pistol grip casting rod. When I want to cover water along a shore line or rip rap I use this setup, I can hit just about every 3 feet of water. I always have a lipless crank or .5 oz spinner bai tied on. The other thing I use this reel for is for surface plugging a Zera Spook. The short med. act. rod really allows me to work the bait. Just a flick of the wrist, and you're in business. You can only fish like this with a predictable reel that never gives you any surprises….It's always the first rod/reel I pick up when I start fishing. Simple reliable drag, simple reliable brake, the whole reel is just simple, and reliable. November 5, 2014
Top quality reel Easily the best baitcaster I've ever owned. I absolutely love this reel. I plan on buying more. At least 2 more just to have multiple setups ready to go. Very fast, great feeling reel. You can tell its high quality instantly. November 4, 2014
Fantastic product! Picked this up last month and is a fantastic reel for the price! have no issues with it and am extremely happy with it. I would highly recommend this reel to anyone looking to get a great reel at a low price October 29, 2014
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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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I always start w/ the Mag brake turned off, and the cent. brake turned to full. Use the shaft knob to adjust the spool so it barely turnes while suspending a 3/8 weight OR the spool stops spinning when the weight hits the ground. Cast the rod and adjust the weights off until you get maximum distance out of this weight/tension setup. If not far enough, back off the weights, and start all over again.
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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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Baitcasting reel uses the weight and momentum of the lure to pull the line from the rotating spool; it normally requires lures weighing 1/4 oz. or more in order to cast a significant distance. For lighter lures, use fewer brakes. Try one brake out first then adjust the tension on the cast knob. This will also depend on windy days vs. calm days. If you remove the palming side-plate, you will see the flat disk attached to the spool assembly. Six brake shoes within a flat disk attached to the spool assembly function as a centrifugal brake. The brake is in the disengaged (off) position when the brake shoes are locked in place and cannot move when the spool spins. When the brake shoes are in the engaged (on) position the are free to slide out toward the spool ring that causes frictions. The frictions helps slow down the spool’s rotation, which helps, reduce potential backlashing.

It is best to start with 2 shoes in the one position that are opposite one another. You can also control the rotation of the spool by applying magnetic force to the spool with the dial located on the outside of the palming side-plate.
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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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i dont have any of the brakes locked in on my pq tighten your cast control have a lure tied on release the tension till your lure drops do that until the spool stops when the lure hits the floor then set your magnetic brake till you can cast without getting a blacklash just practice till you get the right setting for each set up should be able to get some 40 yard cast with these reels not a finest reel on the market have7 of them practice practice practice good fishing
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I'd keep two internal pin brakes pushed (opposite of each other to keep balance), then the spool tension knob to where the bait falls slowly, and then the magnetic brakes for at the end of the cast. And duh you need to put your thumb on it! It's still a baitcaster.
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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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Distance casting starts with tuning your tackle for top performance. Clean the factory grease from your baitcasting reel, replace it with light oil (except for the gears, which need light grease), and pay special attention to the ball bearings on which the spool revolves. Those should be cleaned in solvent, allowed to dry, then lubricated with no more than two small drops of low-­viscosity oil. The freely spinning line spool will now require more thumb-control finesse but will also cast a lot farther.

Basic technique in casting for distance is easy. Instead of the short-stroke snap cast that most anglers employ to toss a lure 50 or 60 feet, reach back farther with the rod. Use both arms and shoulders to put some muscle in the forward stroke, and use your left hand (if you’re right-handed) to pull the rod butt sharply toward your body as your right hand pushes the rod forward. This bends the rod more deeply and moves the lure faster.

Finish with an abrupt stop to transfer maximum energy to the lure as it departs the rod tip. Many anglers make an indefinite forward swipe when casting, with no defined end to the stroke. This just kills a cast. Start thinking Hard stop! to radically improve your distance.

Lengthening your overhang—the distance between the rod tip and the lure at the start of the cast—can also add distance to a cast. A normal overhang is usually about 4 to 8 inches. Try letting the lure hang down about 2 feet instead. During the cast, the lure will travel through a longer casting arc at greater speed.

Found here: http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/bass-fishing/2009/07/john-merwins-secrets-casting-farther or read http://www.outdoorlife.com/node/1005005170.

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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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For reel parts, please contact the Outdoor World Rod & Reel Repair department by calling (417) 873-5274 Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., see: http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=40. Thank you!
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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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Hi, our parts list only shows replaceable parts. Bearings: side plate, cast control knob, spool, crankshaft, and one in each knob on the handle making this a 6+1. Thank you!
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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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