The BASS PRO SHOPS PRO QUALIFIER POWER CRANK BAITCAST REEL – Model PQX10SSD was purchased as part of my Frog combination discussed here. The reel is pretty much designed for the type of tough fishing I selected it for. Now because I bought this reel based on a limited budget I spent a reasonably small amount of money, about $79. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a house branded, made in China baitcasting reel. Well I must say that out of the box I am pretty floored by the quality the reel appears to exhibit. The fit and finish are flawless, the function is smoother than I would have expected. The level of smooth in the crank and drag while not as fluid as my Shimano Curado or Shimano Core MG it’s still very good especially considering the price point. The drag smooths out at heavier settings and where this reel will be used.
Anyhow I usually avoid house branded casting reels but I think I will have to reconsider that silly notion.
Look for a complete follow up in the next few weeks