I suggest you get the 5.1:1 gear ratio. I'm strictly a Shimano guy but I have to have this reel for deep cranking. It's a powerful, heavy duty, and light weight reel. It holds up well to rigorous abuse and they're easy on the wallet. Great reel for cranking!
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