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Sure are pretty Daiwas!  Look like the Procyon of a few seasons ago (body, weight and ratio wise). Finally a good BPS spinning reel.

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They were making the reels for Cabela’s. Now they’ll be making the spinning reels for Bass Pro, I assume partly due to the merger. 

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Wise move for BPS, IMHO....

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New individuals that are taking up the sport of bass fishing will purchase the BPS line of rods and reels.

 

So it is imperative that BPS have a good selection of quality tackle or they will turn off the new members of our sport as time goes on, forcing them to purchase other name brand rods and reels.

 

The BPS Extreme rods were fantastic for the price. So those of us who purchased the Extremes have no problem purchasing other BPS branded rods.

 

However, I had lots of problems with my Johnny Morris baitcaster I purchased to fish ponds and when I returned it to my local BPS store the guy in the fishing department told me to go with Shimano and skip the BPS brand.

 

I already was a Shimano believer so I had no problem going with that brand. And to this day, I will not purchase any Johnny Morris baitcasters although they are probably improved greatly.

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3 minutes ago, Sam said:

However, I had lots of problems with my Johnny Morris baitcaster I purchased to fish ponds and when I returned it to my local BPS store the guy in the fishing department told me to go with Shimano and skip the BPS brand...

That is interesting, I had the same exact experience with a JM baitcaster I bought a few years back, to the point i thought it was me.  It seems like a well built reel, bu it just doesn't cast well, so I now use it for punching or throwing real heavy baits (big swimbaits or umbrella rigs).  I have a couple of Pro Qualifiers that are better, but I found I prefer my old Curado and new Revo S substantially more.

 

The same doesn't apply to the BPS rods, I have both spinning & casting rods of theirs that I like.

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Just checked some of the spinning reels. Definitely previous year

models, not sure which as I haven't investigated deeply. They

weigh a bit, esp. in comparison to the LT reels. JM 1500 weighs

9.2oz! 6.0 ratio.

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What's the new reel called?

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12 hours ago, volzfan59 said:

What's the new reel called?

There are several, all have the Daiwa paddle handle.

 

JM Signature and Platinum Signature are the "high end" models.

 

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/spinning-reels?cm_sp=FsRlSpnJul2018_GNB#facet:-7000000000000000067669711511532801141113283104111112115&productBeginIndex:0&facetLimit:&orderBy:&pageView:grid&minPrice:&maxPrice:&pageSize:&

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Another story.  When I got into bass fishing 18 years ago the first spinning reel I bought was BPS 2500 size on sale for $60 and fished it for 15 years until my brother came to visit and bent the bail big time by stepping on it.  I still wonder how long the reel would have lasted.

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3 hours ago, Darren. said:

Thanks Darren. This is interesting. When I was working there, they didn't make a Platinum spinning reel. Looks like the JM signature has bee redesigned.

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Gonna check them out,Been using spinning setups more and more.Alot more finesse fishing.

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18 hours ago, Darren. said:

Just checked some of the spinning reels. Definitely previous year

models, not sure which as I haven't investigated deeply. They

weigh a bit, esp. in comparison to the LT reels. JM 1500 weighs

9.2oz! 6.0 ratio.

Wow that is heavy for a 1500 size

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1 hour ago, stratoliner92 said:

Wow that is heavy for a 1500 size

Indeed, tank-like weight for a small reel.

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Some of those BPS spinning reels are built very well. I caught a 42 inch trophy snook on a size 4000 BPS spinning reel and many other hard fighting fish. The reel eventually broke down after a couple years of hard abuse which is expected since I caught fish much larger and stronger than what the reel was originally designed for. With that said Shimano and Penn makes much better reels that last longer and have better components.

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