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#12830902 - 07/16/18 09:39 PM Gear ratios on reels...
Mike Keenan Offline
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Whatís the preference for these baits
Squarebills
Jigs (pitching / flipping mostly)
Crankbaits (5XD / 6XD)
Spinnerbaits

Letís hear from the experts
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#12830907 - 07/16/18 09:42 PM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
dk2429 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/16
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Loc: Pearland, TX
All my reels are 7:1 except a few 6:1's.

I saltwater fish too so it makes more sense to me to just buy reels that I'd use in both waters. I know a lot of guys have specific ratios they like for different baits but it doesn't make a difference to me.. I'll still catch as many fish as the next guy.

If I'm not mistaken though, the idea is to have slower ratios for crankbaits/divers, faster ratios for jigs/finesse stuff


Edited by dk2429 (07/16/18 09:43 PM)
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#12830920 - 07/16/18 09:52 PM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Brent S Online   content
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7 to 1 on all of those except 6xd.
6xd I use 6 to 1.
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#12830924 - 07/16/18 09:55 PM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
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7.5 for most moving, shallower baits. 5.3 on deep moving baits. 6.3 on top water. 7.9 on frogs and flipping stuff. 7.5 on most bottom baits.
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#12830931 - 07/16/18 09:58 PM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
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Iím amazed at the guys using 6:1 for deep cranking. Back in the day everyone said you couldnít crank with that fast of a reel and had to have a 3.8:1. Fastest Iíve used for cranking is a 5:1

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#12830935 - 07/16/18 10:03 PM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Mayo Offline
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6:4 for everything...

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#12831041 - 07/17/18 04:30 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
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7.3.1 small squares
6.6.1 regular squares
6.6 or 7.5 for spinner
7.3 or 8.1 for jigs
5.3 for deep cranks
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#12831096 - 07/17/18 07:05 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Ken A. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mike Keenan
Whatís the preference for these baits

Squarebills 6:1
Jigs (pitching / flipping mostly) 7 or 8:1
Crankbaits (5XD / 6XD) 6:1
Spinnerbaits 6:1

Letís hear from the experts


I like fast reels for baits like worms & jigs. I like slower reels for moving baits like spinners & cranks except for lipless rattling baits. Buzzbaits & frogs I like 7:1

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#12831101 - 07/17/18 07:11 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: K.D.]
Ken A. Offline
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Originally Posted By: K.D.
Iím amazed at the guys using 6:1 for deep cranking. Back in the day everyone said you couldnít crank with that fast of a reel and had to have a 3.8:1. Fastest Iíve used for cranking is a 5:1


I used to be one of those guys. I bought one of the Calcutta DC's in a 5:1 but it is too heavy. I am using a new 6.2:1 Curado K for cranking now on a composite rod specific for bladed jigs & big cranks. I like the new Curado due to its larger line capacity.


Edited by Ken A. (07/17/18 07:16 AM)

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#12831110 - 07/17/18 07:21 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Ken A.]
Fishinfellow Offline
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Loc: North Richland Hills, TX
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Originally Posted By: K.D.
Iím amazed at the guys using 6:1 for deep cranking. Back in the day everyone said you couldnít crank with that fast of a reel and had to have a 3.8:1. Fastest Iíve used for cranking is a 5:1


I used to be one of those guys. I bought one of the Calcutta DC's in a 5:1 but it is too heavy. I am using a new 6.2:1 Curado K for cranking now on a composite rod specific for bladed jigs & big cranks. I like the new Curado due to its larger line capacity.


+1
That Curado K in 6.2:1 is the best cranking reel out there. I throw 5xd's up to 8XD's on it.

I use 8.5:1 gear ratio for all my pitching/flipping/jig/worm/c-rig rods.


Edited by Fishinfellow (07/17/18 07:21 AM)
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#12831115 - 07/17/18 07:26 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
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Pretty simple for me, on top or bottom I use a Metanium MGL XG 8.5:1, all moving baits get a 6.2:1, 10XD on a Curado 5.5:1

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#12831116 - 07/17/18 07:30 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
SoCal Tom Offline
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8:1 for all plastics and jigs. TX rig, C-Rig and flip/pitch. 6:1 or 7:1 for spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and top water. 5:1 for all crankbaits including square bills. Occasionally I'll go to 6:1. I know it seems to be getting more popular to use faster reels on shallow divers, but if it's good enough for the master (KVD), it works for me. I can always burn it
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#12831118 - 07/17/18 07:32 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Jeff From Iowa Offline
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Registered: 01/07/18
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6.2 cranks, chatter, spinners
8 - 8.5 top water spook, buzz, frog and all plastics you work or drag slowly.

5.3 deep crank and often smashes them with spinner baits and square bills
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#12831174 - 07/17/18 08:24 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
8:1 on everything except deep cranking. 6.3:1 on those

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#12831220 - 07/17/18 08:59 AM Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 870
Loc: Palestine, TX
I've tried the 5:1 thing for deep cranks and it doesn't work for me. I've fished a 5:1 and a 6:1 side by side with the same deep crankbait multiple times, and the 6:1 will get the bait deeper and get more bites for me every single time. You can always slow the retrieve with a 6:1 to work it over the top of brush piles. I know everyone fishes a little different but that is one recommendation that makes me scratch my head every time I see it. I have a nice Lews left handed 5:1 reel that I never use. Nice smooth reel. Just has no place in my boat.

Crankbaits (deep and squarebill)- 6:1
Other moving baits (spinnerbait, chatterbait, etc) 7:1
Flipping, jigs, topwater- 8:1 or faster

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