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I do not have a bass pro near me or know anyone with there brand rods so I won't get my hands on them☹ and I am looking for a all around MHF rod. What i want to know is your thoughts and comparisons on the pro qualifier 2 and the carbonlite 2.0

I have also thought about dobyns fury 

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I use the Johnny Morris signature series and love them. Never broke 1 in over 15 years. Looked at the rods you mentioned in the store and they look good also I just haven't used them. My wife has a bionic blade and so do some of my buddies. They are all good values.

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Mass production rods, you are the quality control with no customer service.

If you are considering Dobyns, the Colt and Fury series are competitive priced with excellent customer service. 703 or 704 would be a good starting rods depending on how you bass fish.

 

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i have a bionic blade 7'6" h that i throw some glidebaits on i have no problems with it, i also have no problems with me graphite series rod 

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I have owned a Pro Qualifer for a couple years and it's as good as my other rods such as St Crouix & Fenwick. I wouldn't be afraid to buy one.

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I love the OG CarbonLite (black) rods. It just feels right and light. 

I have pulled up some big hawgs on it. I just wish that they would get rid of the white colors. 

That's the only reason why I'm a Dobyns fan :) 

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Not knowing your skills and just going by the information and question you gave;

both BPS rods are decent and reliable. The PQ2 being a little heavier.  I’ve only broken one rod in the last twenty years and it was a six year old MicroLite. Took it to Bass Pro and they replaced it on the spot. 

I’d never recommend purchasing a rod without mounting the reel you intend to pair it with and holding it in your hands. I’d find a local SG dealer and spend a few extra bucks to be able to do just that.

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I’ve tried Extremes and Tourney Specials, felt good but I really hated the PowerHumpGrip.

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Private labeling!  Just helps companies make higher profit margins!  If Bass Pro was the cheapest on a particular product, they wouldn't waste the money to hide "change the name" of the product.  Instead they would spend the money in advertising saying hey, we are the best price period.  Compare our price to everyone else's on the product for sale.  Shell game

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I have absolutely no issues with bass pro rods. I've never had one break, loose and eyelet, or not function above its price range.

The pq 2 is going to be a little heavier in weight than the carbon lite. It will also have a slightly slower action; which can be good for a general purpose rod. 

There is kind of a negative stigma with house brand rods; that the quality is off or its "cheap". I own and like rods from g loomis and St Croix and many others. I use some bass pro stuff too and it doesn't skip a beat. Especially for its price. i use and fish with extremes that I bought in 2003. I've caught more bass on those rods than I can count. Throw a nice reel on one and you'll be good to go. 

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11 hours ago, papajoe222 said:

Not knowing your skills and just going by the information and question you gave;

both BPS rods are decent and reliable. The PQ2 being a little heavier.  I’ve only broken one rod in the last twenty years and it was a six year old MicroLite. Took it to Bass Pro and they replaced it on the spot. 

I’d never recommend purchasing a rod without mounting the reel you intend to pair it with and holding it in your hands. I’d find a local SG dealer and spend a few extra bucks to be able to do just that.

Did you break it 6 years after buying it and then you took it in, or is it just overall 6 yrs old?  That would be amazing if they replaced it like that after 6 yrs. 

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I have been on Carbonlites now for five years and really like them. I just picked up a 2.0, but no fishing for a while. My grand son broke one of his Carbonlites in his truck door and our store just gave him a new one with no fuss.  That may the store, but who knows.  I really like how light they are and at sale prices (which I wait for), they are hard to beat.  I have never had a problem with mine and they really take a beating on the massive grass mats on the Tidal Potomac.

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I have used Tourny Specials, Bionic Blades, and Extreme rods. Never had any issue with them. A PQ2 will probably be my next reel purchase. Personally I won’t by the low end BPS reels. I have had issues with them in the past. 

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On 1/27/2018 at 6:01 PM, dodgeguy said:

I use the Johnny Morris signature series and love them. Never broke 1 in over 15 years. Looked at the rods you mentioned in the store and they look good also I just haven't used them. My wife has a bionic blade and so do some of my buddies. They are all good values.

I absolutely JM signature series rods but either you have had really good luck or i had bad luck.  I had one break on me from fighting a three pounder.  I was so upset but i took it in and they replaced it so i am back to loving the rods.  I don't know if mine had previous damage or what but i took really good care of it so it's not like i stepped on it or anything.

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I think most if not all house brand stuff has a lifetime guarantee from big boxes like BPS and Cabela's. 

 

I couldn't buy a rod sight unseen unless I was ordering a duplicate of the same Rod. 

 

From mfg. to mfg. power and ratios are not same. Abu's fast or Xfast may not be equal Daiwa or St. Croix. As someone else had said have the rod with you to pair the reel. If you are not in a big rush take your time and it will come together nice for you. 

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BPS rods seem to be a good value, I used a Bionic Blade (most recent model) 7' MH/F as an all-around rod last year. The tip was soft, acted more like a mod-fast which I found perfect for multiple applications. 

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Well if you are looking for a rod that floats, it seems that the Carbonlite rod and reel does.

 


 

Anyways, for my opinion on the BPS rods, I have an older Bionic Blade 2 piece rod that I use for mainly top water lures since I have straight braid on that reel.  It's a decent rod, has a lot more action on the tip than I like and I really don't like the power hump thing in the cork handle, but for what I use it for it's not bad.  Has caught lots of fish for me.  I mainly got it because it was on sale at the time and I needed a 2 piece rod since I only had a car to transport it in.

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