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Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel

   

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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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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 Reels 4.8 5 637 637
Great reel! This is a great reel! It's cheap easy to use, and super smoth. If your looking for a great reel decently priced it the ne for you. So many workers recommended it to me that i couldn't turn it down! September 29, 2012
Awesome Reel For The Price I love this reel. I only had one backlash the first time I took it out. It's east to adjust and palming is easy. I plan to buy a couple more. Works great with my Lew's Speed Stick. September 26, 2012
Pro Qualifier Good reel.... Quality seems very good no issues whatsoever, a good selection of gear ratios, price is acceptable not overpriced...I own many different brands of reels and these reels hold up just as good.Tournament fishing can take its toll on a reel so time will tell more about the longevity of these reels. September 25, 2012
Best reel for the money I have used these reels for many years. They perform as well as reels costing twice the money. Currently I have seven of these reels that I use 2-3 weekends a month fishing club and open tournaments. When matched up with the proper rod and line size/type, they can be used for any technique. Just clean and lube them properly and they last a long time. September 17, 2012
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Is 15 pound stealth braid to thin for this reel? Im gonna use it for smaller cranks, some topwater, ect. and was wondering if it would get to many birds nests when i hook into bass
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If I were you I would get at least 25 or 30 because the smaller ones cut them selfs a lot and you lose the fish and the lure.

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Yes, its way to small of a diameter. You want to stick with no less than 8-10 pound mono diameter for a bait caster. 15 pound as the diameter of 4 pound mono
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 - Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, NY and Astoria, NY
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Your gonna want a higher ratio reel for deep cranking to get it down faster then slow it down yourself after your depth is reached ...the lower ratio reels are excellent for normal cranking and slow rolling spinnerbaits....you will work yourself to death trying to get a deep diving crankbait deep with a low ratio reel
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This reel has plenty of drag for any type of cranking. The 4.6:1 allows you to crank all day.
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I personally wouldn’t go that slow. The 10 lb drag on this reel is more then enough for setting the hook with a crank bait. The advantage to the faster ratios is that you can catch up to a fish if they run towards you. With the 4.6:1 you would have a very hard time doing that.
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The lower the gear the stronger the gear. 6.4:1 is stronger then the 7.1:1 simple because of the gear size. Now I would try the Lews Bait cast reels over the BP Pro Qualfier. I owned two of them and after they give me problems I went back with the abu Garcia and lews. I have some that are 10 years old and still casting. The longest any of my BP reels laster was 16 months. I'll never purchase another one. 2 were repaired under warr. the others are in the trash after the 1 year pasted.
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Reels with high-speed gear ratios are better for working lures (buzzbaits and crankbaits)quickly back to the boat, or gaining line in a hurry when a fish charges toward the boat. Models featuring lower gear ratios don’t offer as fast a retrieve, but provide the greater cranking power (torque) ideal for bottom fishing, trolling or when fighting large fish.
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Looking for another cheap all purpose reel.
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I don't know about the Lew's, but I'd say this is one of the best reels in this price class. I've fished it harder this year than any other reel I own and it's been great. No issues.
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I cant compare it to the Lews as I have never used one, but this is by no means a cheap reel.

Probably the best 100 dollar reel in its class though. 600 plus people cant be wrong.
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GO with the Lew's I wish I would have. I have sent one of my 2 back to Bass Pro's repair shop 2 times and now they both crossed the one year mark. I expect them to last more than one year and so far they are 50/50.
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The guy that designed the lews used to design bps reels. They are both awesome reels, but I think the lews reels are slightly more refined.
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I havent used the citica, but I will say I have been running 30 pound braid with this reel and since then I have had ZERO bird nests. This is my first bait caster and I can smoke a bait across the lake with no tangles. Well worth it.
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I perfer this reel when flipping soft plastics abd jigs and the citica for crankbaits.
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I would go PQ for the dual breaking system. Both are high quality reels.
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The Citica is a great reel, but the dual braking system on the Pro Qualifier gives it the advantage.
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I'm not familiar with Citica. I now own 5 of these reels. I fish Ontario (n. pike, walleye, lake trout) and this is a "no brainer" reel. I cast weed beds for N. Pike and troll for others. I am 110% satisfied. I've never used a $400 reel, but I can't see how it can perform any better than this Bass Pro reel.
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i have tried both i feel the qulifier is better it is easyer to use also the price is better and i belive it out performs the citica.
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no....it does come with a cover, but I don't see why it would be necessary. Personally, I breakdown my rod and store the reels in their original boxes when not in use. I"m sure you can buy aftermarket if you really want them.
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No. The covers that come with some BPS reels aren't very good anyways as they are exposed on the sides and are harder to put on. The BPS reel covers that you can purchase separately are much better. Not only are they easier to put on, but they fully seal your reel from dust as well.
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No it does not, but you can buy one from bass pro for 5$. I like the bass pro ones, alittle hard to put on, but I like to protect my investments
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No Reel cover that comes with that Reel
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I have had one for several years, as a gift from my father but it never works right. I find it is a constant backlash and a mess. So if I could get help as to how you set this reel up I would be much appreciated.
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crank down the knob on the on the retrieve side of the reel and then loosen until you find the sweet spot. That will reduce some of your backlash issues.
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Start with good line. I use trilene XL 10lb. Also if you're new to these reels, start out casting heavier spinner baits. Don't try to cast light lures and don't cast into the wind. Attach a lure and hold the rod parallel with the ground. Push the spool release and adjust the spool tension knob (on the right side of the reel) until the lure barely falls to the ground. Set 2 or 3 of the internal brakes to "on" .Set the mag brake on the left side to about 6 or so. Keep your thumb over the spool as you cast and get ready to stop it as your lure hits the water (there are no magic reels, you still have to do that part). You don't want the spool to keep turning after the lure stops. After you get the hang of it, you can tweak the spool tension and brakes for better casting distance.
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first: read the directions. It will show you how to set the internal clutch system. PersonalIy, I think factory settings are fine and you should have to mess with them. To set the reel, first set the left side DBS dial to 10 on the reel. You can play with this later if you wish. Put whatever bait you plan to cast on you line. Press the release button like you are going to cast. The bait should drop very slowly from the tip of your rod while in "free spool" mode. If not, adjust the right hand side dial that is just inside the star dial which adjusts the drag until the bait just barely moves down in free spool mode. Now you are ready to cast. When you cast, keep you thumb just barely on the spool as the line goes out. It easier to cast heavier lures than it is to cast light lures. You will need to adjust the reel each time you change lures and set according to that lure's weight. You should get no backlash. This is a no brainer reel when set properly. I avoided using these reels for 20 years while the rest of my family used them. Now I believe technology is better and I'm a FIRM believer in this baitcast reel....I own 5 of them.
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open up the cover and set the breaks with 2 on the rest off across from each other. then make sure you tighten down the drag by turning it clock wise till you can just pull the line by hand. then take the small knob and tighten it. engage the reel and loosen the small knob until the lure starts to drop.
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What kind and weight of lure will matter. What rod length and action will matter.

As a basic rule of thumb, take the magnetic break on the left side of the reel and turn it all the way to zero. Then tighten your spool tention knob all the way down.

Next, click the thumb release and lower your lure about 7 inches. Slowly back off the tention knob until your lure begins to fall. Not super fast but about 8-10 inches a second. Last turn your magnetic break back to 5-6 for a beginner or 3-4 for an experienced User.

Do not over spool. Leave about 1/8" of space from the top of the spool to the line. Use tention when spooling the reel. Don't go any less than 10 pound test line and unless your using braided line, no higher than 17 pound test.

Make sure the reel is oiled per the owners manual.

Hopefully all of these tips should make for a more pleasant outing. I have the reel, love it and use it all the time. Its a great reel and when its set up correctly, makes for a great baitcaster.
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Take the lure you want, and do this each time. Hit the trigger and if the lure drops you want to tighten the nob on the right(not the star). You want to find a medium, where the lure drops at a pace that's slow, almost like a sloth movement. Losen the nob if it doesnt move. As for the automatic brakes on the left of the real, put that half way turned. Best of luck!
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I run 30 pound braid without a single tangle or issue.
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It works well with line sizes between 8 and 20 pounds.
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I am running a 30lb sufix braid. I was worried that the reel couldn’t handle it at first but I have had no problems with it at all.
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I have good luck with Trilene XL 10lb.
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12 lb test
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Ive used 10-14 lb test mono or fluoro with success. I have settled on 12lb test as this seems to work best for me.
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Can I use this reel for saltwater? (i want to use it for Reds and Specks) Also,if it has double shielded ball bearings, is it more corrosion resistant? Thanks
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i use mine all the time to fish in the gulf!
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I use this reel as my Carolina Rig setup. I am sure saltwater would be fine but you may have to clean it more frequently. I have taken mine apart to clean it but really didn't pay too much attention to the bearings to see if they were double-shielded. I have had this reel over two years and have no complaints. I usually clean all my reels in the winter but again, fishing in saltwater would make me clean them at least 2-3 times a year. Hope this helps you out.
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I wouldn't but its easy to take apart and clean
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I already have a 7:1 reel and I'm thinking about getting a new one. What would be the best ratio
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Depends on how you plan to use it. 7.1 works well piching soft plastics and jigs. The lower ratios are easier if you mostly crank.
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I have the 6.4:1. I think it's a good overall choice for me. I fish worms, topwaters, and spinnerbaits, no problem.
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I love the 7.1 but have the 6.4 also
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Depends what you fish for,
The 4 and 5 ratio number = musky or heavy
The 6 ratio number = all around
The 7 ratio = is fast and more for bass

I would say a 6.4.1
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I prefer 7:1 ratio. I like to be able to keep tension on the line when the fish is swimming towards you. Some times you just cant seem to reel fast enough with the lower gear ratios.
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I have 2 baitcasters in the 6.3 to 6.4 ratios. They are plenty powerful for any situation I fish. I like the faster ratios because you can cover all the speeds you need. Unless you're using really heavy test line you won't be able to take advantage of the lower gear ratios since the drag will spin if you have it set right for a lighter line.
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I have all my reels paired with shimano rods. They have an excellent lifetime warranty on their rods. I like being able to fish with confidence.
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Carbon lite
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I actually picked up the Pro Qualifier Rod with this Reel for only $100 for both! They were reconditioned, which means someone brought them back. No problems with it at all. The Extreme rod is also very comfortable, but the PQ is just amazing.
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Bps extreme 7-71/2 ft
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bionic blade on sale now for $54.98 now I believe great rod I own two 7' MH and H love them
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I own three BPS rods: 7' crankin stick, medium action (2), and a 7' extreme, medium heavy (1). I absolutely love the crankin sticks for fishing crankbaits. The extreme is ok, but doesn't compare to my G Loomis, Kistler Heliums, or Duckett mircro's. (neither does the price) I had a BPS Carbon Lite and broke it the first morning out with it, may have been a fluke, but I won't buy another one.
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