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#11189580 - 10/27/15 12:32 PM High-speed Reels for Frogs
phototex Offline
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I dearly love to fish both Ribbits and HB frogs, but I know that I've been handicapping myself by using a reel with a fairly low retrieve ratio. I'm in the market for a high-speed baitcasting reel, but am undecided between a 7.1:1 and a 9.1:1. What do you "frog experts" use and recommend, and why?

Tom
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#11189592 - 10/27/15 12:38 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
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There's only like 1 9.1:1 on the market right? That's blazing fast...

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#11189601 - 10/27/15 12:41 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
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Shimano Metanium XG


I personally use this reel. If I'm paying $400+ for a reel it better be worth it. And this reel is definitely worth it! It has a Micro Module Gear System which makes this reel smooth as butter. It casts light frogs very far and the super high speed really helps take up the slack line. I'd say it handles big line and braided line better than any other reel I've ever owned. Definitely worth the money!
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#11189619 - 10/27/15 12:48 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: bigbass94]
phototex Offline
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Originally Posted By: bigbass94
Shimano Metanium XG


I personally use this reel. If I'm paying $400+ for a reel it better be worth it. And this reel is definitely worth it! It has a Micro Module Gear System which makes this reel smooth as butter. It casts light frogs very far and the super high speed really helps take up the slack line. I'd say it handles big line and braided line better than any other reel I've ever owned. Definitely worth the money!


Thank you for your recommendation, but that reel is available in 3 gear ratios - which gets back to my original question: Which one?
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#11189639 - 10/27/15 12:57 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
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When you finally set your mind on one...give me a call or shoot me a pm. We can definitely save you money. Btw, Here's my input on your subject...9.1 Daiwa Zillion...smooth meshing gears...oversized handle...TWS system for xtra long cast....great drag system that is easy to use...

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#11189672 - 10/27/15 01:14 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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I find that I love Shimano Curados for frogs. The new Revos did not hold up to the abuse. I Like the lews heavy duty, but the handles bend easily on hooksets. The aluminum or brass screw on the Curados will strip out sometimes. I have spares, but I have been meaning to look for a Stainless alternative.

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#11189675 - 10/27/15 01:15 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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7:1-8:1 are the only speeds I have tried. The 7:1 is easier to walk a spro on a 8' rod. It is impossible to get a reel to fast for the Ribbit.

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#11189698 - 10/27/15 01:29 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
JakeOFF Offline
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Lew's has a super duty in 8:1 now, $140 on Ebay

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#11189748 - 10/27/15 01:57 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
lipjerk Offline
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Originally Posted By: phototex
Originally Posted By: bigbass94
Shimano Metanium XG


I personally use this reel. If I'm paying $400+ for a reel it better be worth it. And this reel is definitely worth it! It has a Micro Module Gear System which makes this reel smooth as butter. It casts light frogs very far and the super high speed really helps take up the slack line. I'd say it handles big line and braided line better than any other reel I've ever owned. Definitely worth the money!

The Metanium XG is 8.5:1

Thank you for your recommendation, but that reel is available in 3 gear ratios - which gets back to my original question: Which one?


The Metanium XG is 8.5:1


Edited by lipjerk (10/27/15 01:58 PM)

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#11189867 - 10/27/15 03:21 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
361V Online   content
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Revo Rocket @ 9:1 is a great reel and you can find deals on the Internet for WAY less than retail. I use it on a frog rod but where it really shines for me is throwing a buzz bait.
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#11189916 - 10/27/15 03:44 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
Burgerboy Offline
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Registered: 03/27/14
Posts: 92
Loc: Aubrey
Johnny Morris Signature Series for me with a 7.1.1 on a St. Croix Frog Rod. 65 Power Pro Slick for line.


Edited by Burgerboy (10/27/15 03:45 PM)

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#11190078 - 10/27/15 05:02 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
bell0347 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/12
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Loc: Montgomery,TX
Lews tournament MB or super duty in 8:1. The first being $115 on eBay and later is around $140 or so I believe. I was going to use a speed spool model but the two I mentioned have stronger drags which you'll need on a frog rod. I went with the MB 8:1 and love it.

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#11190398 - 10/27/15 08:01 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
timwins31 Offline
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7:1

If you've never used more than that, it will be very awkward at first. And 8:1 reel cranks that bait in damn fast.

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#11190499 - 10/27/15 08:31 PM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
phototex Offline
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Thanks to each of you who responded to my question. I think I've almost decided to get the Lew's Tournament MB. At my age (73), I doubt that I'll wear it out fishing 2 days a week max.
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#11191260 - 10/28/15 08:34 AM Re: High-speed Reels for Frogs [Re: phototex]
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Loc: Wylie, TX
For the record I've tried a ton of different reels out there and different ratios. I've stuck to the Shimano Curado 200 DHSV (7:1). I did change the handle to a larger handle which helps a lil I think.

The Lews MG just doesn't have strong enough drag system for fishing in nasty stuff IMO. I used the Diawa Zillion for a while as well but I didn't see any major difference in performance to my curados so I sold the Zillion and bought 2 more Curados with that money.
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