Quantum's Smoke PT Baitcast Reels are lightest all-aluminum reels in their class, built strong and responsive and ready for full days on the water. All critical components have been lightened, yet the strength and durability you count on remains intact. Smoke PT Reels are Performance Tuned to ensure smooth operation at every turn, with a premium aluminum frame and sidecovers, ACS™ cast control system, ceramic PT drag system, permanent Hot Sauce™ lubrication, lightweight EVA handle knobs, and an aluminum main gear and driveshaft.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tucson Smooth, strong and light
This reel is great. I own 20+ Quantum reels dating back 15 years. This is the best. My first trip with it was to Lake Amistad, TX in the sping. Lots of 4 to 6 lb bass. This reel performed flawlessly. It is lighter than others and the 100 series has a smaller line capacity but plenty for most bass fishing situations. I used 17 lb florocarbon line for this particular situation but will not hesitate to change to any line necessary.
May 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by rooster061 Just What I Was Lookin 4
I normally dont review products due to the fact that your equipment is what you believe in. And as they say about opinions................... but here goes my 2 cents. I scored a G-loomis GLX 781 CBR M/L Crankbait rod at half retail, And it took several months to decide on a reel for this Gem. I fish for smallmouths in creeks mostly and wanted to use a Moderate action rod. My baitcastin experience is minimal so after reading reviews and comparing prices I settled for the sl100Spt, Loaded it up with 8lb Mono 3/16 oz crank and went to the creek and literally blew it up.. it was an eagles nest. Respooled it put the ACS in the middle tightened the spool a fuzz and cranked in the drag. Next Cast Perfect and the next and the next. Outstanding!!! Good Job Quantum. 75 smallies(not in one day) later and Im lovin it. Absolutely perfect for the rod. Its small its light its RIGHT And It Looks Awesome!!!
May 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bellfishingspot Great reel
I have always used Quantum reels. I have several of the cheaper Accurist reels. I could never imagine paying $200 for a reel. Now that I have I cannot imagine buying a cheaper real again. The smoke I chose is only 6.2 oz. and makes a huge difference when fishing all day. It may be a while before I am able to buy another one of these, but I will buy again. Once properly tuned a backlash is basically a thing of the past.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BassnBear Smooth as smoke
Of the many baitcast reels I have used, I especially like the way the Smoke fits in my hand and how light weight it is. I generally fish it with 12lb fluorocarbon line and it comes off smoothly to give great casting distance. So far, no complaints.
April 3, 2013
I bought two of the Quantume Smoke PT Baitcast reels (100 & 150 Series). I noticed that both have very loose drag settings compared to my Pro Qualifiers. I can either have loose or very loose (free spooling essentially), I can't stop the drag at all. I am afraid this would affect my ability to reel in larger bass since they could just strip off line without me having to thumb the spool to stop them.
I currently have on 30lbs braid.
Is this part of the reel design or did I have bad luck and get two lemons?
I use this reel with a 7' medium action G. Loomis GL-2. It is not the best choice for baits under 1/4 ounce. I often use Senkos and lighter spinner baits, and I get frequent overruns, even after adjusting the brake and spool tension.
My Abu Garcia Revo SX and Orra handle the lighter baits better.
My Smoke is paired with a G. Loomis GL-2, and it casts medium and heavy baits far, once you properly adjust the centrifical brake and spool tension. It does not handle baits 1/4 ounce or lighter very well, leaving you with overruns if you cast with too much force.
I can cast basically any bait that's an 1/8oz or higher (depending on your rod action it will be easier/harder). The ACS works great. Good rule of thumb, backlash starting in the beginning of your cast, you need to turn up or down the cast control. Backlash at the end of your cast, you need to adjust your brake (usually slightly tighten)
for the most part, it weighs next to nothing, but IMHO I think you lose the anchoring piece in a rod and reel setup when you lose that much weight in the reel. I would want a lighter rod before I would get a lighter reel.
It either has an ACSII or ACSIII breaking system which is entirely centrifugal....no magnets. If you have a reel that is magnet, the knob adjusts the distance the magnet poles are away from each other. The closer the poles the more resistance = more braking power
the switch you see on the side helps with the spin of the spool when casting. ie. when casting a heavy lure turn the dial to min and a lighter lure to the max to help preven back lash and a ruined trip for the rest of the day.