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Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? #14548754 11/28/22 07:42 PM
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Do you prefer a higher or lower gear ratio?


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14548779 11/28/22 08:07 PM
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High and low is relative.

I use both 6.0 :1 and 5.2 :1. Depending on the lure weight. With the 5.2:1 being my lighter lure rig.

I personally don't find there's that big of difference. I reel both fast or slow enough to where I can feel the spinner blades, 'Hum'. Not too fast to where the blades feel erratic or too slow, where the blades have a flop feeling.

The feeling of proper harmonics as it's running.

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14548781 11/28/22 08:09 PM
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I prefer lower. Something like 5:6 - 6:5 ratio. Keeps me from going too fast plus help with the torque on bigger spinnerbaits.

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14548866 11/28/22 09:52 PM
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I have 4 5:0 ratio for them, also use my 6:3 sometimes in warmer water for faster action.

I much prefer to slow roll the chatterbaits and use a jigging motion most of the time on retrieve. raise tip and take up slack then slow roll a few turns and repeat.

spinners same, can slow roll them easy with a 5:0


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: hopalong] #14548901 11/28/22 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by hopalong
I have 4 5:0 ratio for them, also use my 6:3 sometimes in warmer water for faster action.

I much prefer to slow roll the chatterbaits and use a jigging motion most of the time on retrieve. raise tip and take up slack then slow roll a few turns and repeat.

spinners same, can slow roll them easy with a 5:0


Interesting will try that.


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549013 11/29/22 12:48 AM
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The highest gear ratio reel canโ€™t keep a bait away from a hungry fish !q

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549027 11/29/22 12:56 AM
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I use a 6.3:1 ratio

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549041 11/29/22 01:12 AM
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7:1, i use the reel handle to make the chatterbait hunt and pop around.

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549045 11/29/22 01:14 AM
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Pay more attention to inches per turn, ideal retrieve for me has always been 25 ipt.


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: 4Weight] #14549413 11/29/22 01:46 PM
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I have 4 5:0 ratio for them, also use my 6:3 sometimes in warmer water for faster action.

I much prefer to slow roll the chatterbaits and use a jigging motion most of the time on retrieve. raise tip and take up slack then slow roll a few turns and repeat.

spinners same, can slow roll them easy with a 5:0


Interesting will try that.



they will hit on the drop but you hardly ever feel it, just a weight when you go to pick up the slack. gotta be quick on the set or they be gone.


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549434 11/29/22 02:00 PM
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I dont get wrapped up on gear speeds, but I do more so with the rod Im throwing a particular bait on.


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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549512 11/29/22 02:36 PM
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Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549525 11/29/22 02:44 PM
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The spool size makes a bigger difference.

A small 1000 sized spool moves slower then a bigger 2000 or 3000 spool. Hence, why you'll find lower gear ratios on a 1000. Higher on the 2000-3000.

Picture a wheel on your vehicle. The outside circumference of the tire is moving faster then the hub bearing. The bigger the wheel, the more torque it takes to rotate it. The smaller the wheel, the easier.


Gear ratios are matched to the specific size of the reel spool.

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549528 11/29/22 02:46 PM
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I prefer a high speed on almost everything. That way once it is through the strike zone I can get the lure back in and make more casts per day. But do have to consciously slow things down - some people don't like that.

Re: Gear Ratio for Chatterbait and Spinnerbaits? [Re: LeonSulak] #14549971 11/29/22 08:51 PM
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It all depends on how you use them. I use a 6:3:1 on chatter baits and spinner baits when I'm wanting to slow them down. I like to wake spinnerbaits and that's how I fish them the majority of the time so a faster reel is usually helpful.

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