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Reel Review


Performance at a professional Level? Bass Pro Shops' Pro Qualifier Casting Reel (continued)

Brakes: Like all Pro Qualifier reels, the PQX10HD comes standard with the Dual Braking System. There are both centrifugal and externally-adjustable magnetic brakes to help prevent dreaded backlashes. The centrifugal brake system consists of six brake shoes located within a flat disc on the spool side. After these are tweaked to personal preference, the outer DBS brake dial may be adjusted to apply added magnetic force to fine-tune spool speed.


The clean design continues on every side of the reel.

Performance Ratings for  PQX10HD Pro Qualifier Casting Reel

 
Retrieve (1-5)


Drag(1-5)


Power (1-5)


Casting  Range (1-5)
 


Brakes
(1-5)

 
Total

 
Possible


Rating(= Tot/Pos* 10)

4

2

3

3

4

16

25

6.4


Under each handle knob you'll find one bearing and one bushing.

Features: While I've already mentioned the cast control systems in place, it's necessary to mention that the cast control knob doesn't click, but the Dual Brake System dial does. The drag star also clicks for confident adjustments if you are so brave to actually utilize this lumpy drag system. You'll find one bearing and one bushing per handle knob, while the levelwind is void of any. A reel cover and complimentary oil bottle are also nowhere to be found.


There are no bearings to be found on the worm shaft.

Features Ratings for PQX10HD Pro Qualifier Casting Reel


External Brake Adjust (1-2)


Levelwind
Bearing(1-2)

 
Knob   Bearings(1-3)

 
Micro
Clicks (1-3)


Reel Cover (1-2)


Oil (1-2)

  

Total

  

Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos* 10)

2

1

2

2

1

1

9

14

6.4


The gear box hangs down slightly, however it never bothered me a bit.

Design and Ergonomics: This reel is far from being uncomfortable, but its ergonomics are not quite as good as others. It palms well but is slightly bulkier than average and sits just a tad higher on the rod than what I'm used to. Weighing in at a measured 8.7 ounces, it also has noticeably more heft than I prefer in a bass reel. The handle knobs are basic and comfy, yet they could benefit from added size and/or texture.

Design and Ergonomics Ratings for PQX10HD Pro Qualifier Casting Reel


Handle Length(1-5)


Knobs(1-5)


Palming (1-5)


Overall Weight (1-5)


Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
 


Total

 
Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos *10)

3

3

3

3

3

15

25

6.0


The PQX10HD is comfortable to palm, but is a little bulker than other reels.

Application: The PQX10HD will work to some degree for just about any technique you choose. I mentioned earlier how there are better reels out there for more demanding applications like deep cranking and such, but it will certainly get you by. For true finesse techniques I would advise choosing a more finesse-friendly offering, while a true big-bait angler would fare best picking a reel with higher line capacity, beefier handle setup, and a nicer drag system.

Application Ratings for PQX10HD Pro Qualifier Casting Reel


Horizontal (1-5)


Vertical(1-5)


Finesse(1-5)


Big Baits (1-5)
 


Topwater (1-5)


Total


Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos *10)

5

5

2

3

5

20

25

8.0


Note the small lube access port adjacent to the reel handle.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

PQX10HD Pro Qualifier Casting Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This reel seems well made with only a couple minor imperfections in out of the way spots. 8.0
Performance Casting performance is okay, but the drag smoothness is not. 6.4
Price The hundred-dollar price is competitive, but there's better overall performers out there for around the same cost. 7.0
Features The PQX10HD lacks some of the features I like in a reel. 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) This reel is a little heavy and is not as compact as I prefer. 6.0
Application If you want a finesse or big bait reel you'll want to look elsewhere, but this reel is capable for a lot of day to day general bass fishing duties. 8.0

Total Score

6.96
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Pleasing build quality - Heavy
+ Strong maximum drag setting - Drag lacks smoothness
+ Handles most general bass fishing duties - Could be a bit more compact
+ Affordable price  



A healthy Lake Chickamauga largemouth taken while using the PQX10HD.

 

Conclusion: I'm no stranger to tackle from both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. I have owned several bass rods, fly rods, and casting reels from both companies in the past. Some of these products have been downright impressive, while others have left me wanting more. After spending some time with the Pro Qualifier PQX10HD, I can confidently say it sits somewhere right in the middle of that broad range.

 

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