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Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? #14492785 09/30/22 10:07 PM
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Looking to get a new reel specifically for cranks. What's yall opinion on best overall gear ratio? What about baits like XDeep? Thank you


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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14492786 09/30/22 10:09 PM
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I use 6.3

Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14492881 10/01/22 12:20 AM
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Really depends on your level of torture. If you have a low level of pain, find something in the 21โ€-23โ€ inch per turn. Not many reels made this low anymore. I think Abu has one in their winch model and the Shimano K has one (something like 5.0 ratio), but itโ€™s hard to find.

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Medium level of pain, puts you in the 26โ€ IPT range, typically 6.2โ€ishโ€ ratios. Lots of choices here.


If you love torture, go with something in the 7.0 gear ratio range.

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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493039 10/01/22 10:34 AM
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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493070 10/01/22 11:35 AM
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Bigger = slower for sure. I throw small cranks on almost anything and adjust the cranking speed to get the action I want, but for the true super deep divers I own a Quantum 3.8:1 Crankin' Reel base on the old 1310 platform that you can throw a 20+ foot deep crankbait all day long and never get tired. Anything else and I'm done in about 30 minutes. I've looked for a new low profile reel with this same ratio and so far nothing. 5.4:1 is the best I've found so far. I've thrown big cranks on a ABU Garcia 5000C @ 5.4:1 and 30 minutes and I'm done. I've also been told to look at not just the gear ratio on these newer reels but the amount of line retrieved per crank revolution. The less line brought in per crank rotation the better for big crankbaits.


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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: ogles824 (aka Lakewaydr50)] #14493074 10/01/22 11:44 AM
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Agree with Lakewaydr50 100%....................I currently use a Lew's BB1 5.1:1 reel.....................easy on the wrist/hand/arm. Not many manf options left.

P.S. I you ever want to sell those Quantum 3.8:1 reels- I'll take them- best cranking reel ever prior to BB1. Thanks.

Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: cajuncountryman] #14493097 10/01/22 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by cajuncountryman
Agree with Lakewaydr50 100%....................I currently use a Lew's BB1 5.1:1 reel.....................easy on the wrist/hand/arm. Not many manf options left.

P.S. I you ever want to sell those Quantum 3.8:1 reels- I'll take them- best cranking reel ever prior to BB1. Thanks.

Just went looking again for something low ratio. The ABU Garcia Revo Toro Beast is made in a 4.9:1. That is the lowest I've seen in a low profile reel so far. Looking at all the existing ratios in the new low profile reels has me wondering if they just can't build a reel @ 3.8:1 in this design. I wish someone would. I think there would be a HUGE oportunity to market a reel with a very high demand; especially if said company that developed a low profile reel in this ratio was the first to market with it.

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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493439 10/01/22 09:38 PM
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I have and use 3 5:1 I keep on deck, 2 revo winch and a curado 200 (I think that is the model) in 5:1

crankbait, spinners (especially 3/4 and bigger), chatterbait, c rig and t rig I will fish with them.

I seem to do best with the lower ratio, all my other reels are 6:3 or 6:4


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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493587 10/02/22 01:11 AM
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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493622 10/02/22 02:17 AM
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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14493627 10/02/22 02:34 AM
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6:2 - 6:4 for 5-10XD types.

7:1 -8:3 for anything smaller


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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14494526 10/03/22 03:10 PM
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Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14494989 10/04/22 12:41 AM
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Depends on the depth of the crank bait.

Re: Opinions on best crank bait gear ratio? [Re: IKELEVI] #14495278 10/04/22 12:18 PM
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6.3 is probably the best you can speed it up or slow it down. 5.5 is just toooooo slow for burning it.

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