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#11436975 - 02/24/16 04:45 PM High Speed Bait Casting Reels
befuddled Offline
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Registered: 08/17/03
Posts: 529
Loc: Sulphur Springs, TX, USA
Years ago, I purchased a 7:1 gear ratio bait casting reel and was totally disappointed. It had very little cranking power - even reeling a spinnerbait caused the reel to labor.

Now many reels are being made and sold with gear ratios in the 7:1 to 8:1 gear ratios. Do these newer bait casting reels have the ability to easily reel in spinner baits, smaller crankbaits, rattle traps, etc.(don't require hard reeling, seemingly straining on retrieve,)or are they more geared to pitching and flipping?

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#11436997 - 02/24/16 05:01 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4481
Loc: somervell county
I have a Revo Rocket (8-1) and with the exception of big/deep cranks it seems no different than all the 7-1 or even 6/4-1 reels I have and I love it for lures I retrieve fast or even "burn" like buzzbaits, rattletraps... Just makes it easier to retrieve the lure fast when fishing them for long periods. Not necessary but nice.
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#11437033 - 02/24/16 05:20 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
RiveraTackleCo. Offline
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Registered: 02/29/08
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You missed one..Daiwa 9.1 zillion with TWS. Yes, they are better than the rest. Engineered to outcast and out retrieve the competition and built solid. Not just for flipping/pitchin but for everyday burning back!

Zillion TWS


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#11437042 - 02/24/16 05:27 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
Rickmb Offline
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Registered: 07/07/12
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Loc: San Antonio
I use 7:1 and higher for my lipless cbs and squarebills. No laboring with the Lews.
I burn them fast too. It may be the rod more than the reel.
You need to pair the reel up with a 7' MH moderate tip for these, less fatigue and it holds fish better.
For bigger cbs I use a 6.4:1 or a 5:1.
Spinner baits I use a 7:1.
Plastics I use 7:1 or higher.
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#11437050 - 02/24/16 05:31 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
shiv Offline
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Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 132
Loc: Flower Mound TX
I now own two of the Quantum smoke speed freaks 8.1 reels and love be them. Smooth, fast and an excellent drag system.
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#11437087 - 02/24/16 05:52 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
T54 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 3296
I recently read that Aaron Martens has 25 baitcasters in his boat and 24 of them are 8.5:1 Metaniums.

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#11437109 - 02/24/16 06:03 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 7798
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
Higher speed equals less torque that's why ur having issues and they do have plenty of power all the pro flip and pitch with fastest reels they can get

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#11437156 - 02/24/16 06:26 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
Thad Rains Offline
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Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2789
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I have a Revo S reel that I have had for 5 or 6 years in 7:1. It is my trap rod, on a 7'3" MH rod with a fast tip. No fatigue here, but it IS fun to catch 5 and 6 lbers on it. There is a little bit less torque on those bigger fish, but WHO CARES????????????? Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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#11437174 - 02/24/16 06:37 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 4203
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
I have a few 7.9:1 reels. They have 100mm handles to offset the eaxtra effort it normally requires. The trade-off, I guess, is a larger circumference with regards to the motion of your hand. Lol. I dunno. I don't notice any increased effort required. In fact, I find my slow cranking reels to be a pain in the [censored]. Feels like my wrist get tired cranking it 200 times per cast. Haha.
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#11437524 - 02/24/16 08:49 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
GERRY GARRETT Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 369
Loc: FORT WORTH ,TX
i have 3 CURADO 200 DHSV WITH BEARING UPGRADES 7-1 reels and love them !!!!

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#11437788 - 02/24/16 10:02 PM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: 361V]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Originally Posted By: 361V
I have a Revo Rocket (8-1) and with the exception of big/deep cranks it seems no different than all the 7-1 or even 6/4-1 reels I have and I love it for lures I retrieve fast or even "burn" like buzzbaits, rattletraps... Just makes it easier to retrieve the lure fast when fishing them for long periods. Not necessary but nice.


Actually the Rocket is 9.0:1 gear ratio. There is a model of the STX that is 8.0:1. I have both and won't have anything lower except for a couple for cranking deep divers.

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#11438061 - 02/25/16 07:13 AM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
JWalls Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/26/14
Posts: 118
Loc: Glen Rose
Here is a link to the Aaron Martens Video.
High Speed Gear Ratios for Everything Bass
I have a couple of the high speed Metaniums and they are my favorites to use. I use them for most applications with the exceptions of deep cranking. I can cast a large rattle trap close to the bottom of the spool.

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#11438332 - 02/25/16 09:03 AM Re: High Speed Bait Casting Reels [Re: befuddled]
chas1 Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 359
Loc: Stephenville tx.
I love my Revo STX 8.0:1.

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