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BPS Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel - New Ratios Available

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I'm a fan of this reel and have three of the 2009 models with dual braking. However, so far they have only had two gear ratios - 6.4 and 7.1. I visited the BPS web site today and just noticed that they added two new ratios - 4.7 and 5.2. They have the line recovery rate wrong on the web site but I would expect these reels to be down in the 19" to 21" range. I'm not trying to reopen the argument as to whether you really need a slow reel for cranking ... but if you like slow reels, here's another option.

Now, I have to wait until they mark them down to $80 (they're at full price right now - $100).

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I'm a fan of this reel and have three of the 2009 models with dual braking. However, so far they have only had two gear ratios - 6.4 and 7.1. I visited the BPS web site today and just noticed that they added two new ratios - 4.7 and 5.2. They have the line recovery rate wrong on the web site but I would expect these reels to be down in the 19" to 21" range. I'm not trying to reopen the argument as to whether you really need a slow reel for cranking ... but if you like slow reels, here's another option.

Now, I have to wait until they mark them down to $80 (they're at full price right now - $100).

The 7.x & 6.x is $79 online and thats a great deal, that reel is very smooth.  Feel like a much more expensive reel.

I bought one back in the summer for my son to learn on, its a great reel, the dual braking system is great for learning, with both braking systems set to the max it is almost impossible to backlash.

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Thanks for the heads up. I have two and plan on adding a couple more. I might have to add a slower speed...

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I am looking into buying a P.Q. I currently use revo's but am tired of paying the price. How big of a drop off in performance should I expect with the P. Q. I bought an extreme this spring and do not like it.

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I haven't used a Revo or an Extreme so I can't help you on this one. When I was shopping to upgrade my BC reels from a couple of mid-80s Shimanos that I had, I did some catalog browsing, some reading on the forums, and just jumped on the PQ. The reels has features, like dual-braking, that are usually only found on higher priced reels so the PQ seems to be a good value for the money. I'm committed to these now - I now have 4 PQs with 2 more planned ...

Otherwise, perhaps someone else with experience with all the reels that you mentioned will pipe in. One thing for sure, if Steezy thinks it's a pretty good reel, with his perspective, it must be so !

BTW - the 6.4 and 7.1 ratio PQs are still on sale on the BPS web site for $79.

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I haven't a clue. If you miss this sale, they may end up on sale again during the big BPS Spring sale.

I'm waiting for the 4.7 ratio PQ to go on sale and I will grab one.

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Just curious, why do you want a 4.3 ratio reel? I used to think I needed the slow gear ratio's for crankin' but that was a mistake. It smokes your wrist and elbow with all the extra revolutions. Now I just use a 6.4 for most of my crankin', just slow down a bit. But, I rarely crank more than 8 foot deep. I have several 3.8 and 4.4 reels gathering dust. 

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Just curious, why do you want a 4.3 ratio reel? I used to think I needed the slow gear ratio's for crankin' but that was a mistake. It smokes your wrist and elbow with all the extra revolutions. Now I just use a 6.4 for most of my crankin', just slow down a bit. But, I rarely crank more than 8 foot deep. I have several 3.8 and 4.4 reels gathering dust.

All my BC reels right now are either 6.4 or 7.1 - I want to try one slow reel for DEEP cranking. Otherwise, I'm with you - I think the 6.4 works pretty well.

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Well this settles it for me. I'll pick up a 5.2:1 this spring for deep cranking.

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I am looking into buying a P.Q. I currently use revo's but am tired of paying the price. How big of a drop off in performance should I expect with the P. Q. I bought an extreme this spring and do not like it.

I have both Extremes and PQs. I like the Extremes for the money, but the PQs are much smoother reels, and the dual braking system is great. The 6.4:1 ratio is 26" Inches Per Turn which I find to be perfect for most of my fishing.

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I am looking into buying a P.Q. I currently use revo's but am tired of paying the price. How big of a drop off in performance should I expect with the P. Q. I bought an extreme this spring and do not like it.

I reviewed a PQ in another thread after stripping one down and comparing it to a Revo and a Pflueger reel. I don't think you'll notice much difference fishing between the Revo's and the PQ. The frame is nearly identical as is the guts except the dual braking. On sale at $80, with a multitude of gear ratio's, This is easily the sleeper, bargain reel of the year.

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I've fished both the revo stx and '09 pro qualifier. I sold the stx and kept the PQ. Really nice reel for the sale price I paid.

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I bought the PQ yesterday,put line on today and threw it for a while. It is a good reel for the money,but it is no Revo. I do think it will have a home here in my arsenal though. I think I will open the side up and shut off all of the centrifical brakes and I will probably like it much better. It might cut down on the slight noise it makes while casting. All in all it is a good reel for the money!

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I just ordered one of these online the other day. I got the 7.1 with the left handed retrieve. This is my first baitcaster, os is this actually as good of a reel as the reviews say?

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I bought the PQ yesterday,put line on today and threw it for a while. It is a good reel for the money,but it is no Revo. I do think it will have a home here in my arsenal though. I think I will open the side up and shut off all of the centrifical brakes and I will probably like it much better. It might cut down on the slight noise it makes while casting. All in all it is a good reel for the money!

Did you check the spool shafts - I got a reel in that had grease on the shafts - I cleaned that off and put a drop of oil on each shaft, as well as a drop of oil on each of the three spool bearings and it made a difference...

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I bought the PQ yesterday,put line on today and threw it for a while. It is a good reel for the money,but it is no Revo. I do think it will have a home here in my arsenal though. I think I will open the side up and shut off all of the centrifical brakes and I will probably like it much better. It might cut down on the slight noise it makes while casting. All in all it is a good reel for the money!

Did you check the spool shafts - I got a reel in that had grease on the shafts - I cleaned that off and put a drop of oil on each shaft, as well as a drop of oil on each of the three spool bearings and it made a difference...

Is this a complicated process? I hope not and what kind of oil did you use? I have gun oil(CLP I believe) and some light GP oil.

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You will do all right with it. It is a nice reel for the money and I will probably get another one.

Thats what I figured. I was going to get the tourney combo, but I had some extra cash so I went for this reel, and got a 6' Ugli Stick for it. I don't suppose you know if it would work alright with 10 lb line instead of 12?

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I just ordered one of these online the other day. I got the 7.1 with the left handed retrieve. This is my first baitcaster, os is this actually as good of a reel as the reviews say?

It's gotten some good reviews from forum members here, it has a 4.8 star rating (with 88 reviews) on the BPS web site (FWIW), and those that actually own them usually say they are a good value. Right now, the right-hand models are sold out on the BPS web site. I've got 4 PQs and will be getting probably 2 more.

One thing for sure, the dual-braking feature sure makes learning a BC reel much easier and you will have fewer backlashes. With most baits, just turn on 2 of the centrifugal brakes, set the magnetic to 5-7 to start, and you will have a pretty conservative initial set-up. Don't forget to adjust the cast control/spool tension knob per the instructions.

Is this a complicated process? I hope not and what kind of oil did you use? I have gun oil(CLP I believe) and some light GP oil.

No, not at all - see the instructions. It shows you how to remove the palm-side plate and to remove the spool and also gives lubrication instructions. Reel oil is best. Some gun oils are probably light enough - like RemOil or equivalent. Not sure I would use BreakFree...

  I don't suppose you know if it would work alright with 10 lb line instead of 12?

Sure - I have had 8, 10, and 12 lb line on my PQs.

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I'll try that goose 52,thanks. Opening up the side is easy just read the instructions that come with it. Maybe I was to harsh on my post on this reel. It is a nice reel folks,real smooth. They are selling them fast, I got the last one yesterday at BPS.

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I just ordered one of these online the other day. I got the 7.1 with the left handed retrieve. This is my first baitcaster, os is this actually as good of a reel as the reviews say?

It's gotten some good reviews from forum members here, it has a 4.8 star rating (with 88 reviews) on the BPS web site (FWIW), and those that actually own them usually say they are a good value. Right now, the right-hand models are sold out on the BPS web site. I've got 4 PQs and will be getting probably 2 more.

One thing for sure, the dual-braking feature sure makes learning a BC reel much easier and you will have fewer backlashes. With most baits, just turn on 2 of the centrifugal brakes, set the magnetic to 5-7 to start, and you will have a pretty conservative initial set-up. Don't forget to adjust the cast control/spool tension knob per the instructions.

Is this a complicated process? I hope not and what kind of oil did you use? I have gun oil(CLP I believe) and some light GP oil.

No, not at all - see the instructions. It shows you how to remove the palm-side plate and to remove the spool and also gives lubrication instructions. Reel oil is best. Some gun oils are probably light enough - like RemOil or equivalent. Not sure I would use BreakFree...

I don't suppose you know if it would work alright with 10 lb line instead of 12?

Sure - I have had 8, 10, and 12 lb line on my PQs.

Thanks, that s all great. Now I don't suppose you have any experience with the BPS Stampede? :D

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