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Bass Pro Qualifier Question: Adjusting Brakes

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I'm a Shimano lover mostly and have Chronarchs, Citicas, and Curados. I just got my first Daiwa in this week , the Lexa 300, got it for swimbaits and super excited to try it out. So this brings me to the reel I just ordered , the BPS Qualifier. I just wanted to finally try one out because I never have.

 

I see that it has two braking systems? I'm wondering what advantages this has or how it works exactly.

Say I set it with 3 pins on, 3 off....what does the magnetic brake do for this or how does it affect it?

 

Just curious....any BPS owners please chime in....

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I used to have a Johhny Morris, and a Pfleuger Patriarch. Both had the same dual braking system.. After a bit of experimentaion, my set-up was mag brakes off, and either two or three cent brake blocks in the on position. I then used the mag brakes to adjust, mostly for wind.

Give that a try. It may work for you as well.

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Thanks for the input, I definitely will. I'm looking forward to this reel, I think it will be a fun experiment in seeing what the hype is all about. I think it will be a nice addition to my collection.

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The dual braking systems work independently from one another. The centrifugal brakes may eventually be set-it-n-forget-it but you'll have to experiment. Starting with 1/2 on is reasonable. With the mag off, set the spool tension so that the bait drops slowly with no over run when it hits the ground. The mag brake can be turned up gradually if throwing into the wind or throwing non-aerodynamic baits that slow quickly, spinnerbaits for example.

 

Cent. brakes come on hard at the initial cast and then ease up as the spool slows. This is most effective in reducing backlash that results from the line feeding faster than the bait pulls it out. A mag brake exerts a constant drag on the spool speed. This is most beneficial in preventing over-run when the bait slows and the spool keeps feeding line. Neither by itself or together is a replacement for an educated thumb but between the 3 you should get good results.   

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I am another Shimano owner, but last year I bought a BPS Qualifier during a visit to our store at a sale price of $80. My curiosity got the best of me at that price and I have been well pleased with the reel. I started with two brakes on then added magnetic resistance a little at a time and have not touched it since I hit the right arrangement. A great little reel for the money and it does chatter bait duty for me with 14lb mono. I clean my own reels and found the interior to be pretty standard in configuration.

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I used to have a Johhny Morris, and a Pfleuger Patriarch. Both had the same dual braking system.. After a bit of experimentaion, my set-up was mag brakes off, and either two or three cent brake blocks in the on position. I then used the mag brakes to adjust, mostly for wind.

Give that a try. It may work for you as well.

 

I have several PQ's and the above is what I do, with pitching lighter baits the exception. There I use only one cent brake. Enjoy.

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I have 2 PQ's, I have mine set up with 0 centrifugal brakes and vary the magnetic brake depending on what I am throwing.

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