There are times when every rod on my deck will have an 8:1 reel on it. From pitching to ripping traps. If it's not 8:1 I'm using a 7:1. Once past a strike zone I want the bait back to cast again.
I just like fast reels, I'll turn the handle slower if needed, but you have to remember to do so.
5. most are 7's. a few 6's. two 5's.
I should really sell the 5's. I just don't use them. I'd STILL rather have a 7/8 for cranking 'cause I can slow down (and 'feel my way' through cover)...but when I need speed, it's hard, much harder to get.
'burnin' a bait now describes the pain in my forearm. not the speed of the bait. when I use those lower geared reels.