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Author Topic: Bait Caster Gear Ratios  (Read 2743 times)

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Bulletproof

Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« on: February 03, 2006, 02:45:51 AM »

What type of gear ratios do you prefer for the following baits:?

-Cranks
-Spinnerbaits
-Soft Plastics
-Jerkbaits
-Top Water
-Jigs
-Carolina Rigs

I'm sure more then one bait mentioned may fall under just 1 choice.  Curious to see what you boys think is ideal for these baits?

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Re: Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006, 06:09:42 AM »

I use a high speed reel for every application (6.2:1)..you can always slow your retrieve down, but if you have a slower reel there is no way to speed it up..

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Re: Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006, 08:52:11 AM »

More importantly - inches of line recovery per handle turn.  That isn't always proportional to the gear ratio.  But typically I only use slower reels(~21"/turn) for deep crankbaits.  Fast retrieve(~25"/turn) for all others.  I am looking to get a Abu round reel for burning spinnerbaits though - they are also 6.3:1 but the line recovery is 30"/turn like the 7.1:1 curados.
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Re: Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006, 09:32:13 AM »

Cranks,Jerkbait and Top water 5.2:1
All others 6.2:1
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Re: Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006, 10:34:53 AM »

I'm with Blake on this one.  I stick with the high speed reel for everything.  (Incedently, so does Greg Hackney, if that means anything)  I figure I can always slow my retrieve which ends up being less revolutions of the handle over the course of a day anyway.  If figure, why use a slower reel, so I have to increase my revolutions per day?  It just creates more work for me an since I'm quite a lazy sluggard I want to avoid work whenever humanly possible.   ;D
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Re: Bait Caster Gear Ratios
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2006, 10:15:30 PM »

I'm with Andy...
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