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Baitcasters...gear ratio.

Discussion in 'Tackle Talk' started by Rod Bender, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Rod Bender

    Rod Bender Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2016
    Hi all
    Just wondering what gear ratios (baitcasters) people choose for different applications. For natives, especially cod, I like it slow but I do have different speed reels. The slowest I have is a 4.9:1. On this reel I will use spinnerbaits amongst other things. Some larger minnow type lures I have I will use a bit faster reel. Because of the way I fish (sometimes on another planet and not paying much attention), I think it is important for me to choose a reel that you are happy with (the speed) as opposed to having a quicker reel but deliberately having to wind very slowly. Of course you may not be able to afford more than one reel so you make do. As well as choosing a relevant speed for the fish you are chasing, is the ratio important to the lure you intend using? So...what ratio baitcast reels do people use for different fish/applications?
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  2. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Hi Jim. On my shimano curado k I am using 7.4:1 I mostly work lures and sp,s slowly but it u can wind in nice and quickly when required. 7.2:1 on my other curado, the k feels better.
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  3. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    More on the reels Jim, I think it is the micro module gears that make the curado k feel better, also the k doesn't seem to get saltwater into its bearings like the older curado, it has an o ring under rh spool tension knob and different spool design, i never blast them whith fresh water to get the salt off and therefore push the salt into the reel. If u were only using large bibbed cod lures or reef fishing using large sinkers I would go for a lower ratio like a 4 or 5:1.
    If u are near the central coast nsw feel free to pm me and we can go for a cast and get the feel for a 7.4:1 whith your lures.
    Now I feel like going on a cod mission might go to Burrinjuck dam haven't been there since I was a kid.

    cheers blair
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  4. Lazyfisher

    Lazyfisher Active Member

    Aug 10, 2016
    Personally I think when your getting into gear ratios on a real your making things more complicated than it needs to be, usually when I'm using lures I'll throw it in a bit of shallow water first to see the action and how fast or slow I should retrieve just my humble opinion.
    Team lazy
    Keeping things simple.
  5. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    That would seem to be the logical method to me. Cheers, Lyall.
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  6. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    From my experience with baitcasters, which is about all I ever use up here in the north, I have found the best gear ratio is around 6:1. It can be cranked slower for diving hard-bodies & plastics or cranked a bit faster for top-water lures.

    Like Lazyfisher, I also like to work a lure in the shallows to determine the right retrieval speed for the best action, but when fishing in some of the extremely dirty water of inland rivers, it's more a matter of feeling the action of the lure rather than seeing it.

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