Johnny Morris Signature Series vs. Pro Qualifier?
What are the differences between the JMS & the PQ? The only difference seems to be 11 bearings versus 8? All the specs are exactly the same (i.e. weight, drag power, line capacity, gear ratio, etc.). In fact, they look like the same exact reel on the outside with the only difference being the color. The only other unknown: Does the PQ have the same gear hardness and the sealed body that the JMS has? Anyone know for sure?
I am looking for two reels for my new CarbonLite 7’M & 7’MH. I will buy the PQ if it has the same sealed body & gears and the only difference is the bearing count…
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
on Bass Pro Shops® Pro Qualifier® Spinning Reels
I can't answer about the gear hardness and sealed body but i have owned both and used both alot. Both are great reels and function the same to me. Only difference i have found is $ for the JM!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Ah hah Grasshopper ,You seek the answer to the age old question good over even better. Let me start by saying I often don't have the answer myself,but in this case you can't go wrong either way you go.Yes they are the same in every way except more bearings on JMS model.I have both models and love them both.I use the pq 20 for whitebass and the JMS 10 for crappie fishing and both have made me look like a pro, even if only in my own mind. My advise is if your only going to buy these two and it is for bass,crappie,or walleye or someother type of species that often requires a lot sesitivity to detect the light bite get the JMS.If you are buying for less sensitivity required fishing techniques then go for the PQ model. Again I'd like to reiterate that both are good all around reels. It's just that my experience tells me that out on the water I like to give Myself every advantage I can. Ultimately this gives me all the confidence I can get from my gear.That might sound a little crazy but for sure I know lots of other fishermen that feel the same way. Hope this helps you but if your like me you'll have to answer this question again a few more times before your convinced of a strategy of choosing that you have confidence in. By the way those rods are very good choices for these reels . I would choose a 20 size model for both of these rods . The 20 size is all you need for these rods .Lots of people use more reel than is needed on spinning rods. Good Luck and Happy fishing!
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answered 3 years, 5 months ago
I can't answer the question about gear hardness & sealed body, but I use both the PQ & the JMS and honestly can't tell the difference!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
- Des Moines, IA
Yes it is sealed, I use both. Enjoy
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
I cant speak for the JM reel but i can tell you I have never had any issues with pinion gears at all with the PQ reels using them in saltwater for tarpon and snook ,I feel these reels will set off your carbonlite rods , example from archery to take vibration out of your compound bow you add weight or mass like a stabalizer , the same effect happens to your graphite fishing rods , If you take a high end rod you paid for that feel and sensitivity . you add a heavy reel such a saltwater over built reel and alot off that goes away ,
I hope this helps with your decision
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
- Florida west coast
The JM is stronger... Not sure about the gears, I've taken them both apart and they look the same... but little things like the rear accent & line roller/bail assembly are graphite coated to look like metal on the PQ and are actual metal on the JM... I'll put it too you like this I bought a PQ during the classic on sale... 3 hours into my first day fishing with it I was in love... that night I noticed a chip in the finish on the roller/bail assembly... Which was created by the back of the handle when walking with it folded down... The Handle is super strong almost like raw metal on the PQ... I drove 3 hours to take it back a few weeks later... But they had neither the PQ or JM available so I kept it... I know the chip is there but nothing has happened since and I still fish my PQ20H every day... I now own two JMs and have bought another PQ... Are they the same no... You get what you pay for... But they should both cost WAY more... My advice if you can afford the extra $$$ go with the JM
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answered 3 years, 10 months ago