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#11452857 - 03/02/16 08:42 PM Gear ratio
High wide and heavy Offline
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Registered: 02/11/16
Posts: 57
Loc: Whitewright, Texas
Someone give me run down on gear ratio/reels for crank bait. Is slower better like 6.4:1 or does it really matter? Most of my reels are 7.1:1. Couldn't you just slow down rate of crank? Also any difference on square bills vs deep?

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#11452882 - 03/02/16 08:51 PM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
Tony Maynard Offline
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 962
Loc: arp,tx
I like a 5:1 for my deep cranks. The lower gear ratio takes way less effort and way less fatigue when I crank several hours at a time. I like the high speed reels with t-rigs and such.

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#11452997 - 03/02/16 09:41 PM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
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Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
Grear ratio determeines rate of retrieval, inches per reel handle turn. A 3.8:1 gear ratio gives about 15" per reel handle turn. A 5.1:1 gives you betwween 18 and 22" per reel handle turn. Many people believe they can reel a fast reel slow, but I have never seen it happen, especially after catching a fish, it is nature to reel faster after that. Your 7.1:1 gear ratio probably retrieves about 30-33' per reel handle turrn, so you are moving the bait a lot faster. I, myself, sue a 5.1:1 gear ratio fo rdeeper crankbaits. It tires me otu a whole let less than trying to reel with a faster reel. I use a 6.3:1 for my square bills, if I do not use my 5.1:1 ratio, something to be said for slow retrieves sometimes. If the wind is high, I speed crank a 6.3:1 gear ratio to get the active fish. This beats and bangs off all the brush/rip rap, etc.... You have a LOT more torque on the slower reels as well, that is one reason I use my 5.1;1 RATIO. Just an opinion, some pros use 7.1:1 for everything, but I am not a pro and like to keep my shoulder from dropping off after a day of cranking. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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#11453086 - 03/02/16 10:59 PM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
High wide and heavy Offline
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Registered: 02/11/16
Posts: 57
Loc: Whitewright, Texas
ThAnks I get it now

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#11453509 - 03/03/16 08:37 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
Jkrez Offline
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Registered: 01/19/14
Posts: 241
Loc: Kingwood, TX
I picture it like low gears in a truck.

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#11453576 - 03/03/16 08:57 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
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Registered: 03/24/14
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Loc: North Texas
If had the same question recently. After reading Thad's post, I remember seeing the same advice on here before. Good post, Thad.
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#11453601 - 03/03/16 09:06 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
Neal G Offline
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#11453611 - 03/03/16 09:10 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1631
Loc: Allen, TX
For big cranks (like XD 10's) I use an 8' Dobyn's rod with an older 4.5:1 Lew's BB1. Like Thad says does not wear me out as much.

There are times I use a fast gear ratio like when fishing lipless cranks over grass. I want to burn it over the top of the grass. Lot easier with a 7.1:1. Also sometimes with small cranks (like square bills) I'm fishing over rip-rap.


Edited by Allen Bass Fisher (03/03/16 09:58 AM)

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#11453722 - 03/03/16 09:40 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
big fish2 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 926
Loc: Texas
Am I the only one that uses a 7.1 for my square bills ?

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#11453747 - 03/03/16 09:49 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
bassmasterffej Offline
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Registered: 11/15/12
Posts: 76
Loc: Alabama
cool I use a 7.1 for square bills
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#11453829 - 03/03/16 10:19 AM Re: Gear ratio [Re: High wide and heavy]
Ryan Somerville Offline
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Registered: 02/18/09
Posts: 295
Loc: Belleville Ontario Canada
Slow for deep cranking like your 10XD's and 6XD's. For your mid range cranks like squarebills and down to 10 feet a 7:1.1 would work.
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