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Re: 6.3:1 ratio reels [Re: Diezel_Rocker] #14100574 08/19/21 12:35 PM
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I could be totally wrong, but I dont get caught up in reel speeds and ratio. 6.2:1 and 6.3:1, is there really that much difference that it matters? Now I can see a huge difference between 5. and 8. speeds, especially when you are reeling like heck trying to catch up to the big girl whos speeding towards the boat! JMHO.


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Re: 6.3:1 ratio reels [Re: 1bas] #14100581 08/19/21 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by 1bas
Only old guys will remember when the standard was 3.6:1. high speed was 4.7:1, and 5.1 was blazing fast. I don't remember for sure , but the 6+ gear ratios came along in either the late 80s or early 90s. But for all around use you cannot beat a 6.3 or 6.4:1.


The other day my son and I were practicing pitching in the back yard. He had a 6.3:1 and I had an 8.1:1. No doubt I could get the bait back a lot quicker and make more pitches in an hour if it was a tournament. That is partly why I asked the question.
Very interesting to hear other perspectives. I probably won't hesitate to throw a worm on a 6.3:1 now.

Re: 6.3:1 ratio reels [Re: Diezel_Rocker] #14102058 08/20/21 03:06 PM
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I still like 5.0 for cranking especially deep and for slow rolling big spinnerbaits. 6.3 for most other moving baits. and 7.3 for plastics/jigs

Re: 6.3:1 ratio reels [Re: Diezel_Rocker] #14102242 08/20/21 05:15 PM
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I use 6 speed ratio for spinnerbaits/chatter baits and square bills. 5 speed for most all crankbaits and 7+ for all bottom contact and topwater baits.

Re: 6.3:1 ratio reels [Re: Diezel_Rocker] #14102506 08/20/21 08:38 PM
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For someone like me who is still learning, this is great info.
I just bought a 8 ratio reel for my jig rod. You can definitely tell a difference when burning it back. Not sure if it's necessarily a good thing.
I probably won't need to buy another, since i have plenty of 6 and 7 ratio reels.

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