And if it is a 7.0:1 that can also be read as 7:1 meaning that there will be 7.0 or 7 (which is the same thing) turns of the spool per 1 turn on the reel handle.
Generally, higher gear rations are best for soft plastics and lower gear ratios are used best for lures with trebles. This doesn't necessarily mean that if you want to throw a crank bait you will have to do so on a lower gear ratio reel like a 4.6:1 or a 5.1:1 (those are just example ratios). Or if you want to throw a Texas Rig you will have to do so on a 7.3:1. You can experiment around throwing different types of lures on different speeds and see what you feel is best for you. I personally just bought myself a 5.1:1 reel to use specifically for throwing deep diving crank baits. However, Keith Combs, a professional bass angler likes to use high speed reels for this. It all comes down to personal preference.
Edited by serg1001 (06/02/15 01:11 AM)