Bass Pro Shops® Tourney Special® Baitcast Reel
- Recurve handle and star drag
- Magnetic brake system for virtually backlash-free casting
- Lightweight graphite frame
- Machined aluminum spool
- 5-bearing system
- Instant anti-reverse
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 185 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by DANOb Amazing reel for the money This reel took me longer than usual to get the brakes set up and I am still fine tuning it, but after having used it on the water for 5 trips now I am very impressed with it. Fishing partner got one and could not get brakes adjusted with braid, but went back to mono and has not had a backlash since. Would be a 5 star if it was easier to adjust. May 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by BORNTOFISH12 BPS Tourney Special This reel is a solid choice for a beginner fisherman who is learning how to use a baitcasting reel. This reel has a lot of the features that you are looking for in a budget friendly reel. However, once you start competing and really start fishing day in and day out this reel starts to look like junk. The magnetic breaking system is nothing to get excited about and its cheaper feel really makes you question the build quality. However if your looking for a budget friendly backup reel or a reel for a pole you doesn't use a whole lot, then this is the reel for it. If you want a BPS reel, go with the pro qualifier. May 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by ksbassman1976 Good reel for the money I ratted this reel a 4 star only because the brake on it isn't very durable. It slips and has coused backlashes on me and I have learned to control my thumb on the line to reduse that. It dosnt happen all the time and it isn't that mutch of a hassle with me. Other than that this reel is very good quality. Deffanatly worth 50 dollars. April 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by outdoorsmanusa Great Reel I received this reel as a birthday present several years ago and am amazed. I thought the person who bought it for me spent mega bucks on it, but its only 50 bucks! This is a really smooth real with no complaints at all. It has lasted three years now and is still working great! April 6, 2013
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Details:I've had this reel for 3 months and its worked perfectly. Tonight while I was fishing on a couple of my casts the handle spun as the line spooled out, then when I engaged the handle and checked it I was able to turn it freely backwards about 1/4 of a turn before it stopped.
I took the spool out last night and greased the bearings etc....
Has anyone else had this issue, is it some thing I've messed up when cleaning the reel?
Any help or advice would be appreciated...
A:it appears to me you have taken this reel apart and have not placed the paul in the right position.take it out ,move it over a quarter of an inch and see if this fixes your problem.if the reel turns backwards even more move the paul the other direction.good luck.
Details:I was fishing in some rain and that may have caused it. Also when I tighten the spool release it does not squeak, but when I loosen it to fit te lure it squeaks very loudly. And it will ocassionaly squeak while reeling in as well.
A:Use a good reel oil to lubricate the gears and moving parts of the reel. Sometimes, a heavy amount of water on the reel, such as in a good rain, will cause a squeaking sound. A good cleaning and lubrication should help to correct the issue. Refer to your user's manual for the schematics and other details.
Details:what is a good test of braid to use with this reel and a 6'6" rod for everything from flippin cover to cranking?
A:I like 30lb Spider Wire stealth or the new Spider Wire Flouro-Braid in 30lb or 40lb test. Small diameter and it sinks for cranking with all the strength you need for flippin.
A:30lbs thats what i use and seems to work great!! hope this helps
A:I'm using 30 lb. test. Here in Florida that works the best in the weeds!
Details:Having backlash problems casting too. Do I just need practice. This is my first Bait Cast Reel and Rod.
A:Set up the lure then hold the rod out in front of you, then turn off the brake and the lure fall to the ground. Adjust the brake so your lure just barely falls on its own. When you get it set so that your lure is creeping downward at a painfully slow rate, you should be good to go.
As far as the actual cast goes, your thumb will eventually learn what it is doing. The key is to place your thumb back on the line right as your lure is about to hit the water.
The reason backlash happens is because the reel is spinning faster than your line is being pulled out. So, if your lure hits the water, it is going to virtually stop pulling line, while your reel is still spinning. Keep this in mind and it will help you judge when to use your thumb and how much pressure to put on the line.
A:the brakes should be set somewere around 5 to 7... you need to adjust your line tensioner the knob right beside the brakes snug it up a little.. also make sure when the lure is just hitting the water your putting you thumb on the spool to stop the line from slacking... hope this helps
A:I'm a beginner too. I did the same thing had the brakes set at 10. I found that if I moved it to 3 and held my thumb on the spool a little it worked better. Also I found that casting with a bait cast reel is more arm than wrist. You will still get some back last some times. But that will get better in time as you do it more. good luck
A:I had exactly the same problem with this reel. Finally bought the BPS Extreme reel and can now cast a 1/4 oz lure a mile with no backlash. Take the Tourney Speical back for a refund if it's not too late.
A:you need too set your spool control knob tighter .and pratice .the 1 - 10 brake is for fine tunning and casting into the wind .
Details:Frustrating this has been. I adjusted per the instructions and every cast it bird caged. Physical adjustment was either too strong and no cast, or too weak and bird caged. Magnetic adjustment set at various positions 1 through 10 did not help. Just how are magnets supposed to help slow down an aluminum spool ? Just exactly what is the trick to casting these baitcast reels, because it's not working for me. I gave up trying after 6 bird cages and over an hour of stripping it all out...HELP
A:set the reel pressure knob until the bait you are using just slowly drags out line whilst holding the fishing rod parallel to the ground. set magnet to 8/10 setting. cast with light thumb pressure. usually, no thumbing is required with this setting and no backlash occurs
A:With the rod and reel in your casting hand ready to cast, canter your wrist to where your thumb of the right hand in the 10 to 11 0clock position and cast. Left wrist and thumb position would be 1-2 oclock position. As a beginner start with magnet at 10 useing 3/8-1/2 oz lures . As time goes by you will get better and more confident. 12 lb florocarbine P line
A:keep yout thumb on it you will get the hang of it soon or later
A:try not to cast so hard, this reel cast real good, slow down and cast it easy and you will be surprised on how far you can cast.
A:try adjusting the knob to where the lure will drop when you press the button and set it to 10 should throw like a dream
Top 250 Contributor
A:NO ITS NOT, SAVE UP & BUY A BETTER QUALITY BAITCAST REEL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND QUANTUM CATALYST BAITCAST REEL, ITS A LITTLE OVER TRIPLE THE PRICE OF THIS REEL. BUT ITS WAY WORTH IT THOUGH OVER TIME.
A:Yes, this reel is worth the money. I enjoy using mine, its smooth casting and easy to set.
A:This is the best bait casting reel that I've ever owned. Not that I've owned very expensive reels, but this one is the best one out of the 5 reels that I now own.
A:You should get something else.
A:In my opinion, this reel is worth the money, but if you can spare the extra 30 dollars or so for a more expensive reel, go ahead and do it because you get what you pay for. But if your on a tight budget, this is the best cheap reel out there.
A:Id say spend the extra 10-20 bucks and get a higher quality reel if youre wanting somthin thatll last u a while.
A:The answer to this question really depends on how much you fish. If you are a once a monther at best then this might be the reel for you. If you fish any more than that I would shy away from this reel. Overall you get what you pay for.
Details:How are you supposed to lube this reel? I can't get it apart. Am I supposed to use it once and throw it away?
A:To get it apart there is a little black botton on the side press it and twist up and when it moves pull outward.
Top 1000 Contributor
A:To take this reel apart. 1st unscrew and remove the spool tensioning knob. (Watch out for the bearing in there it may fall out.) Next find the little black release on the magnetic brake side. Push that and turn the side plate at the same time. Remove the plate and then the spool. Now you have access to clean and lube. I don't suggest you break it down any further than that. Just asking for trouble unless you really know what you are doing. Not for you? Then I would have a proffesional clean and lube it for you.
A:If you toss it away I will take it. If you have someone close to you that works on reels ask them for help or service. I bought 2 reels and one was noise and sounded dry, so I sprayed it with a product from Bass Pro and it caused the factory lube to work and it quieted down instantly and I think they are great. Every product made has a lemon out of thousands made, if this doesn't work then contact Bass Pro for possible replacement or credit on another of your choice. Good luck and hope my suggestion works for you, it did for me.
Details:would like to catch a pike...would this work, and will a spinning reel work?
A:any type of reel will work, if you are looking more to cast often use a bait caster, only if you know what you are doing with it, if not get a spinning reel.
A:This reel has been used on pike with braid line and works perfectly.
A:It works very well for pike and bass. I caught these fish with it. The bigger Pike was 5.5Lbs
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A:yes i have caught many pike on this reel and on spinning reels just have good line and a leader
Top 100 Contributor
A:Yes it seems strong enough, a spinning reel would work too.
A:yes it is, hard to find american made quality
A:Yes, this reel is made in China. Thank you!
Top 250 Contributor
A:MOST OF THESE REELS ARE EITHER MADE IN CHINA OR KOREA. AS FOR THIS BAITCAST REEL, IT IS MADE IN CHINA. IN MY OPINION, I BELIEVE THE MORE EXPENSIVE THE REEL IS, IT MAY EITHER BE MADE IN JAPAN OR USA.
Details:i usually use spin-casters so this would be my first one and I'm used to reeling with my left hand
A:This reel is only availalbe in the right hand model.
A:not as of now no left handed reel avil but next year it will.