Quantum® Smoke™ PTs Inshore Spinning Reels
I have the 40 and it has served me well on striped bass and peacock bass. I like this reel because it is strong and lightweight. It looks sharp and the drag is smooth. 2 things I have against this reel:1. would have like to have a solid 1 piece handle. The reel handle is held into a base with a screw. After a lot of casting the screw becomes loose and you need to take the handle blade off to tighten screw. The screws are torque head screws so if you don't have this type of screw driver, you're in trouble(I found this out the hard way on vacation. 2. The spring that controls the drag clicker is not stainless steel and rusts quickly#not good for an inshore reel) You can't get the spring as a separate piece if it rusts..you have send in the entire spool.
October 4, 2014
It was either this or the CI4+
I couldn't decide on this or the Shimano CI4+ so I purchased both of them. =) I would definitely say that quantum has stepped up HUGE over the last several years. I am big on lightweight products since I mainly fish from my kayak throwing artificials constantly all day on the water. I am die hard Shimano but I decided to try this guy and I must say it keeps right up with my CI4+
July 9, 2014
I bought this reel and paired it with the Shimano Crucial 7'2" Med Inshore Rod and this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE Rod & Reel combo now! The reel is super light which makes it easy for throwing artificial bait all day long. I bought the 40 size reel and spooled it with 15lb power pro braid and it casts small soft plastics super far. I used this combo on my fishing kayak on the saltwater flats and landed 6 slot sized reds and the reel handled them all flawlessly! If you are looking for a good inshore reel and like to cast artificial baits then this is the reel for you. Trust me when I say you will NOT be disappointed with this reel. Quantum makes an inshore smoke rod to pair with this reel, but I love this reel paired with the Shimano Crucial Inshore fishing rod, as it is super light too and looks GREAT with this reel.. can't wait to get it out again this weekend and test it in freshwater for some lunker bass!
May 24, 2014
Paired with my 7' Med Action Surf rod, the Smoke PT 4000 has performed flawlessly as a surf/ bottom fishing rig. In the past two days, it's handled 1-20 pound sharks, black drum, blues, blue runners, flounder, whiting, lady fish, stingray and a very large cow-nose ray.
The only issue I have with this reel so far is when it's being used with artificial lures. When the wind is just right, the braided line snags on the bails arm leveler cover. There is a small gap between the parts and frame causing problems when retrieving.
The drag is very smooth and easy to work, especially when your catch begins to run. Its been dumped in the sand and some salt water splash and zero problems...so far.
May 17, 2014