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Old 03-23-12, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default BPS Carbon Matrix reel?

I've been set on heading to bps in the next day or two to pick up a pro qualifier and a decent rod, but I just noticed the Carbon Matrix combos on the website for $100. Anyone have any experience with the matrix reel? How does it compare to the PQ? The matrix has 9+1 bearings, aluminum frame and specs seem close to the PQ. I don't get to fish near as much as Id like to so Im sure either would last me for years, just wondering if its worth trying a new reel with 1 online review over the PQ.
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Old 03-23-12, 11:51 PM   #2
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I owned a reel with the same frame and internals of that one and it was called the prolite special. I got it last march on sale for $60. I loved it untill the anti reverse bearing went out on it, and I lost a 5lb bass. The reel was great while I had it, but I think that the PQ is definately a better choice. The PQ is tried and true; it has been tested by touring pros, as well as the thousands of weekend anglers who own them. I would choose the PQ if I were you. It's a great reel. BFK
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Old 03-25-12, 09:18 PM   #3
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What components are different on the two reels? (Im assuming the matrix is a glorified extreme with a couple extra bearings). On paper the PQ and matrix seem almost identical (alum. Frame, 12lb drag, dual brakes, powerlock anti reverse, etc). Im torn between the matrix combo for $100 or a PQ for $80 and a bps rod (tourney special, graphite series,____________). Id like to keep the price of a combo as close to $100 as possible to allow for some new tackle. I've done my share of research on the PQ and have fished them before but just curious of the differences in the new matrix reel. The original extreme has pretty good reviews too (alongside the PQ which we all know has great reviews)
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Old 03-26-12, 12:01 AM   #4
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If you like the carbon matrix, then by all means try it. Just be sure to save your recipt in the case that something happens to it. I just reccomend the pq because it is a proven reel. The specs can be the same, but the quality of parts and bearings could be different between the two.
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Old 03-28-12, 02:36 PM   #5
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I looked at the carbon matrix and liked it a lot, until you put it beside the pro qualifier. I went with the PQ and a graphite series rod for almost the same money as the matrix combo. They appear very similar but there is no comparisson between the two reels.
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Old 03-28-12, 09:20 PM   #6
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Well, that's great that you found a combo that you like. Good luck fishing!
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