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Pros and cons of the BPS extreme casting reels?

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Whay are the pros and cons of the BPS casting reels?

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With mine I am able to cast 1/4 ounce crankbaits straight into pretty strong winds with no backlashes at all. That's a huge pro. The inertia brakes on this reel are incredible.

Also I am able to cast it most of the time without even thumbing it until just before the lure hits water and can get 60 feet or longer casts that way. Same lure as above, I use it mostly for cranking and T-rigs. Again, this is due to the braking of it.

It's very user friendly, has a quick lube port that enables you to add a little gear grease in the event that it begins to feel a bit rough on the retreive. All you need to do is remove it from the rod and take one single phillips screw out on the inside of the frame and the port opens right up exposing the main drive gear. That lets you get another trip or 2 fishing out of it before you have to really disassemble it to clean it and relubricate it again. Very nice feature, never seen that on any other reel at all. Also you can remove the side plate and oil the bearings on the spool shaft with no tools at all. By the way, I've already completely torn mine down and relubed it, reassembled it again, and it's as slick as glass again. I've heard that these reels, once they begin to feel rough that you can't bring them back again, but my experience with mine proves to me that this is not the case at all.

It's overall profile is very small and lets you palm it super easily. Very comfortable to grip. I love the oversized paddle grips it has for cranking too, just very comfortable to use.

It's available in a lot of different versions, 3 different gear ratios, a wide spool version, and even a super small finesse model is available, even left handed models, and some with flipping switches, some without.

Really the only con I can think of is the color of it keeps it from being matched to a lot of rods. There aren't too many green rods out there with gold trim. I don't like the Extreme rod it was made for, only just the reel itself. Cabela's makes one, the Fish Eagle II, but they're $80 and only IM-6 graphite. If I'm paying that much money for a rod, it's gonna be a Shimano Compre, whether it matches the reel or not. Come to think of it, that's probably the rod I'm getting for mine. Right now it's on a red rod and looks like Christmas with the red, green, and gold colors. ;D

My reel fishes strong, that aluminum frame reassures me everytime I pick it up. It probably would be OK if it was graphite framed but I like knowing it's aluminum. Hard to find a reel with so much going on for the price it is, and if you wait a bit, sometimes they go on sale for $60. At that price it's like giving it away, and I'd be tempted to buy 2 of them. Next time they go on sale like that I am!!!

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I can't argue with Rooster at all.  I've got two Extreme reels and I love them both.  Haven't had a lick of trouble from either one, they are smooth operating and if you buy them on sale, they are a great value.

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I have two of the high speed models, one is a burner, the other is a 631 speed that work fine under any condition. My wretched reel is the cranking version.

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The only con would be if you needed service.  You will have to go to BPS since most reel repair places won't touch BPS reels due to parts availability.

Otherwise, the Extremes are good reels for the money especially if you catch them on sale.

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