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#11277732 - 12/12/15 08:56 AM Reel ratios
SRitchey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/13
Posts: 724
Loc: McKinney, TX
Looking at buying a Lew's Tournament MB 8.3:1 reel and just curious if there any advantages, disadvantages over their 7.5 reel for pitching jigs, t-rigs etc. I have a 7.3:1 and a 7.1:1 I'm using for plastics and jigs now and they seem to work fine...just adding another to the arsenal.

#11277797 - 12/12/15 09:34 AM Re: Reel ratios [Re: SRitchey]
Mark Perry Online   content

Registered: 01/09/04
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Loc: Highway 1
You probably use the rod to hop or jig the bait more than the reel so I doubt it will affect that at all but where the faster retrieve pays off is that dead/slack water away from cover and back to the boat. It will help you get the bait back in and make another cast. Also helps when taking up slack on a hookset. All in all I truly feel like the 8.1's I use on bottom techniques fit me better and the way I choose to fish.

Realistically you will not see a huge difference from 7.1 to 7.3 if IPT is close. Also IPT is the biggest factor as well.

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