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Sguarebill reel #12336090
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Hey guys, I like to throw a squarebill ,wanting to upgrade from a h2o reel to a better reel. I really like the lews. Just wondering which model, gear ratio, line size, etc. I appreciate the help.

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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336095
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I throw a 7:1:1 Citica 200g7 on 14lb floro, casts a mile. Id suggest looking into a E or G series shimano reel for sale on the trading forum.

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336096
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6.3:1 or less is my favorite for all crank baits. 12lbs to 15lbs floro is all I use for crankbaits. I have no experience with Lew's, but know lots of folks that really enjoy them.

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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336138
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Lews Super Duty - 7.1:1 is all you need...

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336148
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REVO STX 6.4 or 7.1.

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336149
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I like a low gear ratio reel for square bills as well as deep divers. I can burn with it if I need to. I use the Lews MB in the 5.6:1 gear ratio and I love it. Affordable too with a 139 price point. Here's a link.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lews_Tournament_MB_Speed_Spool_Casting_Reel/descpage-MBS.html

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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336166
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I like to use a 7.1:1 because i am on my trolling motor going down the bank and i am driving at the bait so with a slower reel i have to reel alot faster to get the bait to move so i am not just taking up slack the faster u fish the faster the reel needs to be.
if it is brand u r asking about i use bass pro shop pro qualifiers a lot of bang for the buck.

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336180
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I use a 6.3:1, on 12-15 # mono or copoly.


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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: SoCal Tom] #12336282
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Originally Posted By: SoCal Tom
I like a low gear ratio reel for square bills as well as deep divers. I can burn with it if I need to. I use the Lews MB in the 5.6:1 gear ratio and I love it. Affordable too with a 139 price point. Here's a link.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lews_Tournament_MB_Speed_Spool_Casting_Reel/descpage-MBS.html


This ^^ I like the 6.8:1 ratio too. I just ordered another last week.

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336443
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I personally didn't like the first lews I bought, but it was a cheaper reel($90). I let everybody talk me into a higher end Lews and spent 179 on a BB-1 Pro. Hated it just as much as the one half it's price. I carry mainly Shimano Citicas, Curados and Casitas. Plus a couple Quantum PT Energy's. I like the Casitas for fishing weightless or light weighted soft plastics, probably wouldn't use them specifically for a squarebill. You cannot go wrong with the Citica or Curado though in my opinion. Look on ebay for the best deal on a new one and you'll save 50 bucks or more compared to store prices. I prefer a 6.3:1 with sqaurebills and throw it on 12-15 lb test Fluorocarbon, occasionally even down to 8lb in the right situation.


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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336544
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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336581
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Get the Lews BB1 Pro in whatever gear ratio you like. Fantastic square bill reel.

I would NOT get a G series Shimano or the I series either.

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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336590
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I use a Lews Tourney Pro in 6:3:1 and 12lb. Mono.

Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12336775
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I am an old Shimano guy, still using the 200 B series for all my cranking. I am using the original 200 at 6.3:1 and the 200B5 at 5.1:1 ratio. I am way different than all these guys, fishing my square bills on McCoys Mean Green 10-15# test for square bills. Mostly 12 #, but sometimes, if I am burning the bait back in and amongst brush, I go to the 15. Smaller diameter line lets it get deeper than using mono, so I am happy with that. If I were buying a reel for square bills, it would be a 6.3:1 or so reel, for spinnerbaits and square bills. But what do I KNOW, I have only been throwing square bills since 2000. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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Re: Sguarebill reel [Re: Gregg R] #12337012
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What color of squarebill will you be throwing? You might as well consider lure color when selecting a reel as well.

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