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Gear ratios on reels... #12830902
07/17/18 02:39 AM
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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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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12830907
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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

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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12830920
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7 to 1 on all of those except 6xd.
6xd I use 6 to 1.


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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12830924
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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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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12830931
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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

Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12830935
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6:4 for everything...

Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831041
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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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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831096
07/17/18 12:05 PM
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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

Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: K.D.] #12831101
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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.

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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Ken A.] #12831110
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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.

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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831115
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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

Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831116
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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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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831118
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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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Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831174
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8:1 on everything except deep cranking. 6.3:1 on those

Re: Gear ratios on reels... [Re: Mike Keenan] #12831220
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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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