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Crankbait Gear Ratio Opinions

Thread in 'Fishing' started by Doug Michna, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. FLsportsman

    FLsportsman Well-Known Member

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    I understand the theory or marketing behind low gear ratios keeping crankbaits down to depth. Does anyone believe you can achieve the same results by having the discipline or situational awareness with a higher gear ratio? I know sometimes it takes me a few casts to remember to slow down.



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  2. Scott Hammer  TOXIC

    Scott Hammer TOXIC Well-Known Member

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    Remember, it is not only slowing down it is the line retrieval per handle crank so, slowing down won't necessarily keep the bait at depth because you are spooling less line on the retrieve. Also, deep cranking is a real arm and wrist burner without the right gear...if you want to do it for any length of time that is.
     
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    TOMMY RICH Well-Known Member

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    Agree...for me it's easier to speed up than remembering to slow down.

    When I'm slow rollin' spinnerbaits, I don't use anything faster than a 5.3 retrieve.
     
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    I use higher speed 6.3:1 or 6.4:1 for all my crankbaits except those that go over 16'. The deep divers will wear you out. I fish my baits faster than most and look for the reaction strikes. If I want to slow down I will crank the bait down until it his bottom and pull the rod and then crank up the slack.



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  5. FLsportsman

    FLsportsman Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about buying a low geared reel, but buy a less expensive one to try it out. I
     
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    TOMMY RICH Well-Known Member

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    A good rule of thumb is 5.3 to 5.4 for spinnerbaitin':cool:
     

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