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#10771380 - 04/15/15 11:15 PM Preferred Gear Ratio
CLedbetter Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
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Loc: DFW
I am still pretty new to LMB fishing and working on buying more rods and reels. All I have in my boat so far are at least 7.1:1 reels. Everytime I buy a new one I'm drawn to the fast gears...is this a problem? Should I have at least one 6.4:1? I find myself finesse fishing plastics a lot and throwing crankbaits, spinners, and chatter some too.

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#10771415 - 04/15/15 11:42 PM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
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I prefer 6:4 for an all around reel, very good for what you have mentioned above. I do like a 7:1 but not for cranking... Wears my shoulders out and eventually the reel
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#10771445 - 04/16/15 12:12 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
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I don't use anything over 6.4:1 for moving baits, it makes me work them way too fast. The only reels I have that are 7 or over are my hand to hand combat rigs, flipping sticks mostly. I like the high speed reels for fishing heavy cover so I can get the fish out of the crud as quickly as possible. Basically I use a 5 to 1 for cranking, 6.5 to 1 for general use, and 7 to 1 for heavy cover.

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#10771469 - 04/16/15 01:09 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: timwins31]
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Originally Posted By: timwins31
I don't use anything over 6.4:1 for moving baits, it makes me work them way too fast. The only reels I have that are 7 or over are my hand to hand combat rigs, flipping sticks mostly. I like the high speed reels for fishing heavy cover so I can get the fish out of the crud as quickly as possible. Basically I use a 5 to 1 for cranking, 6.5 to 1 for general use, and 7 to 1 for heavy cover.


^^^^^^^^what he said!

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#10771471 - 04/16/15 01:25 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
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I use 7:1 + gear ratio reels for everything with the exception of magnum deep diving crankbaits (10 XD's). I use 8:1's for flipping, pitching, frogging and ripping traps out of grass. I prefer high speed reels because they make me more efficient and allow me to quickly move my bait out of dead water for the next cast. If they made 10:1 reels I'd use them. You can always make yourself slow your reel handle down, or use your rod to move your bait slowly, but you can't make a slower reel move your bait faster.
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#10771640 - 04/16/15 07:30 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: timwins31]
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Originally Posted By: timwins31
I don't use anything over 6.4:1 for moving baits, it makes me work them way too fast. The only reels I have that are 7 or over are my hand to hand combat rigs, flipping sticks mostly. I like the high speed reels for fishing heavy cover so I can get the fish out of the crud as quickly as possible. Basically I use a 5 to 1 for cranking, 6.5 to 1 for general use, and 7 to 1 for heavy cover.


This.

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#10771670 - 04/16/15 07:42 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: Harleydude]
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Originally Posted By: Harleydude
Originally Posted By: timwins31
I don't use anything over 6.4:1 for moving baits, it makes me work them way too fast. The only reels I have that are 7 or over are my hand to hand combat rigs, flipping sticks mostly. I like the high speed reels for fishing heavy cover so I can get the fish out of the crud as quickly as possible. Basically I use a 5 to 1 for cranking, 6.5 to 1 for general use, and 7 to 1 for heavy cover.


^^^^^^^^what he said!
another vote for the above!
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#10771896 - 04/16/15 09:05 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
CLedbetter Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 167
Loc: DFW
Thanks for all the advice! I think I will go ahead and pick up a 6.4:1 reel. Seems like based on what y'all are saying and what I have read, I should be using the lower gear ratio for my moving baits going forward.

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#10772209 - 04/16/15 10:58 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
Jigfish Offline
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Registered: 02/28/03
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for cranking deep I like the 5:4:1. Slow gear.
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#10772233 - 04/16/15 11:05 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
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Loc: Houston, TX
7.9:1 for flipping, pitching, crig and bed fishing
6.3:1 for most moving baits and topwater
5:1 for deep cranking, strolling
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#10772263 - 04/16/15 11:17 AM Re: Preferred Gear Ratio [Re: CLedbetter]
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I still use the old Curado B200B5s for most of my cranking, because I am trying for a different reaction strike than what Keith Combs does. When you bounce it over cover and let it set for a 1/2 a second, you can get slammed. Keith is trying to get a reaction strike by reeling fast and present a fleeting bait fish, to each his own. Hope this helps. I KNOW I feel better at the end of the day of cranking with the 5.1:1 vs. the 7.1:1 reel. Tried it and don't like it. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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