While rigging up my medium power, fast action rod set up about a week ago, I noticed one of the screws was missing on my reel. I bought 2 of these pro qualifier reels the month prior when they were on sale, so rather than make a special trip I was just going to match it to the one in the other reel, as long as the threads on the case were still good. This didn't happen though, because when I went to take a cast with the rod at Lake Highland, I now noticed that the retaining cover for the handle nut was also off. My neighbor told me I was pretty much out of luck, but I took it back to the store anyway.
I hate having to return something, especially when I can't find the receipt, and so I anticipated having to pay for repair shipping. When I arrived at the store though and explained the situation, and told the lady behind the counter that I had just bought the reel on Valentine's day, she asked me for the receipt. I hung my head down and told her I did not have it, and then she asked me if I had a Bass Pro card. "Yes, I do," I was at least that prepared, but I always have that in my wallet. She took the rewards card, and from that was able to pull up my receipt from that day. I was directed back to the fishing department to pick out another reel, while she held the old one.
While I was there, I decided to pick up some line for the new reel, and I have heard a lot of good things about Sunline Super natural. I originally had the house line in 12 lb. test on both bait casters prior to this, and though it held up to some abuse, it really didn't handle that well, plus there was a lot of stretch. When I switched out the crank bait rod to Suffix Elite in 10 lb, I immediately noticed some bonus yards on my cast. This is very important, especially since most of my fishing right now is from the bank. This lets me reach out a little further towards the humps and weed lines in the open water. I did lose a very large fish on this line, but the drag on the reel was turned all the way up, and it seems to hold up well pulling through weeds and I have wrestled it off pads several times without a break. It may have been the position in the bass's mouth, the tight drag, or a bad knot, but I can't say for sure and I have not tangled with anything that big since. So, moving on to the Sunline and the other reel, wow, Super natural makes a ridiculous difference in the casting distance. I went with the 14 lb., but the diameter feels smaller, and it is noticeably more sensitive on the bite. Well, I took a few smalls on it, but then I hung up in the pads, and without nearly as much force as I normally put on line in this situation, it snapped. Well, that is a definite cause for concern, because I tend to hang up a lot while probing the pads. As sensitive as the line feels, compared to other mono, probably indicates that there is a lot less stretch. I was using a polamar knot, so I will try some other knots and maybe experiment with them fixed to my scale, and that should give me a better idea of the braking point, and whether on not this can be addressed with a different knot. It was only one time so far but I have not had to pull any big fish from cover on it yet. I hate breaking off on the set, and I will be looking for the big girls this weekend. My hope is that this line holds up, because handling wise it is easily the best mono I have used so far. I can cast a small senko with this, no weight and into the wind, without a back lash and further than I could with the old line and 1/8 an ounce added. I love the sensitivity, but I think I'm going to take my hook set down a notch, just in case. All in all though, it was a great experience at Bass Pro and they handled the return very professionally. So, remember to have your rewards card with you, it can really save the day.