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BPS Pro Qualifier or BPS Extreme

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Im planning on stocking up before the spring and I need a new baitcaster. Looking to use what I get for cranking . Ive compared the details and specs of both reels that the catalog gave me, all i could really see is the Extreme had different braking. The Pro Qualifier appealed to me cosmetically. But the Extreme appealed because of its price difference, but I would rather spend the extra $20 for a decent reel, im tired of wasting my money on junk. I liked that the Extreme reel comes in different model that are technique specific also. I was looking for yall's opinions on both, anything specifically positive or any negative. If you have any other reels in the $110 and under range, id appreciate your suggestions. Thanks, Brian.

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I honestly think the Pro Qualifier is worth the extra money. They are very similar in construction, with almost all parts interchanging.

The PQ comes with better bearings, and IMO better ergonomics. It's just a little smaller.

You could always pick up a used Revo S, and swap BPS Extreme gears in 5.4.1 into it for a centrifugal Revo for crankbaiting....Much cheaper than the Winch.

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I honestly think the Pro Qualifier is worth the extra money. They are very similar in construction, with almost all parts interchanging.

The PQ comes with better bearings, and IMO better ergonomics. It's just a little smaller.

You could always pick up a used Revo S, and swap BPS Extreme gears in 5.4.1 into it for a centrifugal Revo for crankbaiting....Much cheaper than the Winch.

good idea!

also.. pro qualifier and extreme r nice reels.. id go with a revo S though for the price you're lookin at..  im sure your gonna see 5 million people on here tell you to look at a shimano citica too

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In addition to the points made by Sanother siteBASSER, the PQ has dual-braking (both magnetic and centrifugal), giving more control over all periods of the cast, while the Extreme has magnetic braking only. Well worth the price difference IMO. Also, the PQ is now available in 4.7 and 5.2 ratios, in addition to the original 6.4 and 7.1 - giving a product range nearly as broad as the Extreme.

As far as other reels in the $110 or under price range - some of the other brand "posse's" will probably be along soon... :;)

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With the addition of the 4.7:1 ratio on the Pro Qualifier's side, it now covers a speed the Extreme does not. Could be useful for deep cranking and slowrolling spinnerbaits. 

I think both reels are excellent choices, I personally have 4 Extreme reels (one still in the box) cause I thought they were that good. But mine are the older ones before the magnetic only braking. I have the ITB braking in mine. I got 2 of the 6.4:1 ratios for general use of different baits, a 5.4:1 ratio for cranking, and a 7.1:1 ratio for jigging and worming.

If I were to get new reels today I'd get the Pro Qualifier just cause it has the dual braking and it's a sharp looking reel! But for a budget, the current version of the Extreme is a good one. That's as low in the BPS line as I'd go though.  Any lower and you give up the aluminum frame. 

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i havent tried either bps reel but i will give my support on the revo s i love mine

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Actually the bps extrem isn't bad for the $$$ I have one that's 2 yrs old and still works fine. Only thing is the friction adjustment knob needs to be adjusted alot compared to say, a JM model, or a higher priced reel. I'm not a big fan of magnetic brakes either..

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Id go with the pro qualifier! I have a few and really like them!

x2 The spring classic is coming up at the end of Feb. and you will be getting that reel at 80 bucks.

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Id go with the pro qualifier! I have a few and really like them!

x2 The spring classic is coming up at the end of Feb. and you will be getting that reel at 80 bucks.

And if they still have the reel trade in program you can probably get for even less. ;)

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Id go with the pro qualifier! I have a few and really like them!

x2 The spring classic is coming up at the end of Feb. and you will be getting that reel at 80 bucks.

At 80 dollars the PQ is a steal. It's an awesome reel for that much. I have a citica and personally for 40 dollars more it's not worth the extra money they both have very similar performances.  I would wait until it is only 80 though otherwise if you were to spend 100 on it you might as well get a Citica.

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Id go with the pro qualifier! I have a few and really like them!

x2 The spring classic is coming up at the end of Feb. and you will be getting that reel at 80 bucks.

And if they still have the reel trade in program you can probably get for even less. ;)

At $80 I'm thinking that is with the reel trade in, but they could have them on sale as well and get it for less than that.

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I have three Extremes and two PQs. I think both are good reels for the money. The PQ is smoother and the dual control is great. I will be buying all PQs in the future. Just my $.02

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I was a huge fan of the Extremes until they went to mag. brake. I have roughly 10 of the older ones with centrifugal system.

I just ordered 2 of the PQ and have not received them yet. However, I would go with the PQ for the dual braking.

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The new Carbonlite reel is basically a lighter version of the Pro Qualifer, 2 oz less weight and has the same features (dual brakes) of the PQ reel.  Downside is its only available in 6.4:1 ratio and costs $119 but it feels much lighter than the PQ.

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The new Carbonlite reel is basically a lighter version of the Pro Qualifer, 2 oz less weight and has the same features (dual brakes) of the PQ reel. Downside is its only available in 6.4:1 ratio and costs $119 but it feels much lighter than the PQ.

6.4 works for me as an all-round reel. I'm hoping the Carbonlite goes down to about $100 during the spring sale and I will grab one to put on the MBR842 :) BUT, I will still be getting another PQ in 5.2:1 as well. That will give me 5 PQs... ;)

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When they are on sale I think its very tough to find a better reel for the money!

Let's see - aluminum frame, 7 pretty good bearings, dual braking, an increasingly good reputation - all for $80 on sale. Seems like a good value to me.... ;)

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Thanks for all the replies/comments, im gonna go with gettin the PQ. You guys mentioned the reel-trade in, I saw this in the catalog for BPS too. Anyone ever do that before? What kinda discount should I expect at if I trade in an Ambassadeur 4600 CL3?

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Thanks for all the replies/comments, im gonna go with gettin the PQ. You guys mentioned the reel-trade in, I saw this in the catalog for BPS too. Anyone ever do that before? What kinda discount should I expect at if I trade in an Ambassadeur 4600 CL3?

Discount is based upon the value of the reel being purchased.

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Thanks for all the replies/comments, im gonna go with gettin the PQ. You guys mentioned the reel-trade in, I saw this in the catalog for BPS too. Anyone ever do that before? What kinda discount should I expect at if I trade in an Ambassadeur 4600 CL3?

I think you'll like the PQ

You might want to keep your Ambassadeur as a back-up reel or for another combo. If you do decide to sell it - check out the going rate on eBay - you will probably get much more for the reel in a sale on eBay or on the Flea Market on this board than as a trade-in at BPS.

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The new Carbonlite reel is basically a lighter version of the Pro Qualifer, 2 oz less weight and has the same features (dual brakes) of the PQ reel. Downside is its only available in 6.4:1 ratio and costs $119 but it feels much lighter than the PQ.

Has only an 8 pound drag too, where the Pro Qualifier has a 10 pound drag. 

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