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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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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      
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!

''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

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 833 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ABSOLUTELY THE BEST Better than 130$ Shimano, better than 150$ Lew's. Bought 2 together a couple months ago. Flawless right out of the box. Used them about a dozen times, still flawless after at least 100 fish. Plan to buy more and wouldn't have anything else... April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by best out of the box I have bought reels from $50 to $250 this one taken right out box. then putting on line. then going bass fishing! is the best I have ever used !!!!!!!! smooth as butter !!!!!! April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super Reel Awesome reel. Bought one for my worm rod, liked it so much I got another one for jerkbaits. Now I'm in the process of changing all my reels to these. Super smooth. Nice drag and all around feel to them. April 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Cheap Bought two of these after reading such good reviews. Wish I had not. One throws ok but is not smooth at all and reeling in a 2 lb bass just feels like the reel is at its limit. The other reel's spool adjustment stop working with very little use out of it. No way would I buy another and I wouldn't recommend to anyone else either. Spend a little more for a Shimano, Abu or Daiwa Tatula. April 15, 2014
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Will 6lb or 8lb line work well on this reel?
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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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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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I need a reel that I can alternate between Bass nd catfishing.
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Yes. I've had mine for 4 years and have caught bass, crappie and catfish. Take care of it and it'll last forever.
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Yes. Super smooth. However, if there is a chance for a monster catfish then the Abu Garcia Revo series would be a better choice. Pro Q has about a 10 lbs drag system while the Revo series are all 20+.. Hope this helps.
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I didn't know where else to post this but I have developed an issue with the last three Pro Qualifiers I've owned. This past week was the first time this year that I really burned the square bills all day long on my cranking rod and I again started to develop a grinding that my partner could hear at the back of the boat. These reels start out like butter for me but soon get loud. It almost feels like they get dry inside. I lube them up and it doesn't help. The staff at my local BPS told me they buy the reel and immediately send them off to Boca Bearing for new bearings and they are fine. I wouldn't think one should have to do that with a new reel! Is ANYONE havng this issue? I've had the older Johnny Morris signatures and even some old Extremes back in the day that held up fine. I've been through 5 of these and granted I work them hard but shouldn't they hold up better than that?
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Going on 2 years with no issues yet - just keep it oiled and lubed and you're good to go!
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I use hot sauce oil in the bearings, and Phill Wood waterproof grease on the drive gear. No problems. The hot sauce oil is a thin oil, and as such, doesnt last as long as a thicker oil, but gives a lot more rpm's.
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check out another. There;s always lemons in cars , appliances, ect..
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no problems in 5 years.
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I have not had any problems with mine and neither has my father in law, been great so far. This is my first PQ, but my father in law has 4 or 5 different models that span over 25 years and they're all still working. Hate to hear of your experience, I would think the PQ would hold up as well. Maybe it's a sign to try a different brand reel, then you'll know if it's you or the reels. Good luck!
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I have a couple that I've had for the better part of 2 years and haven't had a lick of trouble with either one of them.
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What is a good gear ratio for using worms, spinners, and occasionally a crank?? And also what kind of line would you recommend? the strongest best line out there. thanks
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Like other's have stated, the best all-purpose ratio is 6:4:1, that is what I chose for myself as well. I use it for exactly the same styles you're inquiring about. You can always slow/speed up your retreive to work the lure appropriately. I use 12lb Trilene flourocarbon, that is my preference, works perfectly in any situation.
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I would go with the 6.3:1, seguar invisx line. The flourocarbon line will really help feel the worms better and provide a better hookset, also it will allow your crankbaits to run just a little deeper since the line will sink.
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6:4 is great for anything. there no best line just perferance of what brand.
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I would recommend 6.4:1, it is fast enough to get the fish in but not to fast to overwork your baits;
As for line I have mine with 17lb Seaguar Red Label and have had no issues. As for your use with worms, spinners, and cranks, I would recommend some 12 or 15lb Seaguar Red Label
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6.4 is probably your best all-around setup - i own 2 of them for exactly those purposes
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I use the 4.7 for worms, the 5.3 for cranks and the 6.4 for general purpose.

Personally I'm a Trilene guy when it comes to line!
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The best all-around baitcaster is a 6:4:1 as it allows you to cover all the techniques. If you purchase more than 1 you may want also get a 5:2:1 which is great for cranking. All of the techniques you mentioned would be handled well by the 6:4:1. I use 100% floro for most baitcasting applications except for topwater where you will want mono because it floats.
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rate of retrieve and location of crank handle
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The amount of line retrieved per turn of the handle & which side of the reel the handle is located on.

7.1:1 is the fastest retrieving model

All are available with the crank handle on the left or right - read the description and it will tell you the difference.
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Gear ratios. The lower the first number the slower the retrieve speed.
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Some have a deep spool so they can hold more line. As well as they all have different ratio like 5:2:1 and 6:4:1 etc. I like these reels because they come in left handed as well as right handed. Not many good brands offer both. I now own five of these and they are the best that money can buy. I have NEVER had a problem with any of them
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I don't understand the question. The only differance is the ratios, which refers to the amout of line retreived per full crank of the handle. Usually anywhere from 29 inches to 18 inches per revolution.
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The difference is gear ratio. The higher the gear ratio the more line is recovered per turn of the handle. Another difference is left hand and right hand models.
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Casting distance, and automatic breaking. Awesome reel.
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Stainless steel bearings.
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Stainless - what grade i'm not sure
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just your standard s/s bearings. One drop of quality oil and you are good to go
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Stainless and Cheap. This is a price point Chinese made reel of quality design/bargain components. The design is sound, the materials not so. Put $20 worth of ABEC 5 Bearings in it, give it a good cleaning, oil/lube and it should run ok for you.
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I have the setup down pat for braid, but am having a problem setting it up with 10 lb. fluoro. on a 7 ft. rod, sunline fc sniper. I have tried all different combinations of the magnet break and cast control tension and it still backlashes. Should I try adjusting the centrifigal brakes up to compensate for the added wieght of the fluorocarbon itself. I have already tried two and three of the pins set on, of course they are always equally opossed to each other. with braid I don't use any pins on at all, and the reel works like a dream. It is getting costly to use fluoro though.
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10lb flurocarbon migth be a little light. Have you tried 20lb test fluro? Have you tried braided with a fluro leader? Perhaps those setups would work better for you. Do you have line backing? Try that as well.
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Hey Squeaky might want to check your rod eyes. On some rods the braid will cut grooves or places in the rod eyes the fluorocarbon could be catching on those and causing you to backlash.Happy fishing.
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Get some line conditioner like ardent line butter, helps it come off smoother
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Set all your brakes on and adjust with side knob and wheel adjuster on the side. I run tons of flouro with no issues!
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I find that one of the DBS (dual braking system) reels lets me solve this problem with high density fluorocarbon line. It gives you both magnetic and centrifugal brake controls, along with the usual but necessary adjustment of the friction knob on the crank-side end plate. You'll quickly find a combination of settings that will let you cast smoothly for distance with fluorocarbon line, without backlashes. And don't forget that your thumb remains the key anti-backlash system component with all casting reels. You can find DBS reels at Bass Pro Shops in a range of prices. Good luck!
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I have Pro Qualifier reels set up with braid, mono and 12 lb P- Line Floroclear. I have 2 centrifugal brake pins "0n" in all of them. I have no problem with any of them as long as I set the cast control tension for my lure weight. I keep the magnetic brake at 4 or 5. I suggest you turn on 2 centrifugal brake pins, set the magnetic brake at 4, tie on a medium weight lure (1/4 or 3/8 oz) and set the cast control tension so the lure slowly drops when the thumb bar is depressed. Then cast and adjust until it works right. It sounds like you are doing everything right.
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