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One reel ratio to own
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:03:44 PM »

If you could only use 1 Baitcaster what gear ratio would you use and why?


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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 04:08:25 PM »

The one with the most line pick up per handle turn.

You can always slow down with a fast reel but you can't make a slow reel go any faster.

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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 04:10:20 PM »

If it was me and could only have one the speed would 8:1
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 04:10:39 PM »

I get your point Smallie but itís easier for me to speed up than slow down but Iíd go with a 7:3:1


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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2018, 04:40:18 PM »

I get your point Smallie but itís easier for me to speed up than slow down but Iíd go with a 7:3:1


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I apologize. I have a bad habit of what I'm trying to say not coming out right. Let's see if I can get it this time.

What I'm referring to is a matter of the mechanics of the reel and not an angler's ability to speed up or slow down.

I believe line pick-up per turn of the handle is more important than gear ratio. IMO you always want to have the option of picking up as much line as possible on each cast because if, say, a fish hits a spinnerbait and runs straight at you, you need to be able do catch up with that fish by taking up as much line as possible.  If your reel takes up 35 in. of line per turn your going to have a better chance of catching up with him than if your reel only takes up 24 in of line no matter how fast you turn the handle.

I hope that explains it better and again I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.

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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2018, 04:45:46 PM »

You didnít have to elaborate; I was pretty sure what you meant and like I said I get your point. The one thing Iíve learned in bass fishing is the bass can always outrun whatever either me or the reel is doing   but you are correct in that sometimes more speed doesnít suck


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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2018, 05:12:08 PM »

For the way I fish most I'd go with the 6.3 +/- ratio. 
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2018, 05:34:28 PM »

My pick is a 7 speed, it's very versatile ratio.
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2018, 05:35:52 PM »

8:1 as well
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2018, 06:29:42 PM »

You mean reels come in speeds  ~shade  lo lo I never looked at mine but I think it would be a 7 also.
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2018, 06:46:29 PM »

Fast, you can always slow down by manual manipulation. :-*
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2018, 08:57:11 PM »

For bass fishing with many baits I use, I like low to mid speeds, 26-30 IPT.
Reason why is because it's not easy for me to slow down my retrieve, I'm too impatient.
But some lures just need more speed!
I'm very happy with my Curado XG, 8.1:1 and 36 IPT, but I just go too fast with it for certain applications and can't help it.

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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2018, 12:02:01 AM »

A good 26 to 30 IPT is a good "all around" speed. Will put you into the mid 6 to low 7 gear ratio in just about any reel.

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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2018, 06:21:36 AM »

A 7.
This way you are in the middle. You can slow down or speed up.
A 7 is plenty fast for most applications and can be slowed down enough for slower applications.


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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2018, 06:27:24 AM »

A good 26 to 30 IPT is a good "all around" speed. Will put you into the mid 6 to low 7 gear ratio in just about any reel.

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I agree with LMG, if you need to work a bait at a slower speed then it's easier to do than with a high speed reel but if needed you can turn the handle faster.
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2018, 08:55:14 AM »

Medium. 6.3 up to 7.0,  because fast ratios use very small pinion gears and don't have much torque. When the pinion gear has to turn 8 times for every one turn of the drive gear they get 8 times the stress and wear put on them, but then once they develop that wear they transfer it to the drive gear. I replace a lot more gear sets on higher ratio reels. One of the reasons the old greeny curados were so popular and so durable was the slower , stronger gear ratio.
Yes, I probably have lost a fish or two that swam straight at me, but I'm also pretty quick about pulling the rod up and sweeping it to keep the line tight, and, no mater what the ratio or line pick up per turn is, the faster you turn the handle, the faster you pull in line.
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Re: One reel ratio to own
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2018, 12:49:51 PM »

I'm with a 7.something to 1.  I actually don't own an 8 to 1 ratio but have several 7.3 to 1, a good selection of 6.4 to 1 and two 5.4 to 1 for deep cranking.  Don't forget to consider handle length.
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