Need help with a fishing reel question?

When buying a fishing reel I see that many have a different ratio. Can some one tell me what that means on the reel and also what is the best ratio to get for a reel.

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5 thoughts on “Need help with a fishing reel question?

  1. With a high ratio you get more line reeled in per turn of the handle than with a low ratio. That’s fine for fast retrieval but not fine for hauling heavy fish because each turn of the handle takes more work when you have a high ratio reel.
    So you get a compromise based on the style of fishing you do. Some jobs a low ratio is better, and others a high ratio is better.
    If you’re pulling up a trace of four hooks all loaded with 8lb coley from fifty feet down you want a low ratio to make the job easier.
    If you’re fishing a long way out say with a beachcaster or casting to the middle of a lake after big carp hiding there you’re better most times with a higher ratio because a lot of times you’ll be reeling in an empty line and it’s quicker with a high ratio.
    If you’ve got a 20lb Atlantic bass on, then you just make the best of it. It will still land a fish but the handling is a bit different than with a low ratio reel.
    You just the work with the reel to suit what it’s doing and how heavy a load it’s got.
    One reel isn’t best for everything so you choose a reel for the job at hand but almost any reel within reason can do a variety of jobs well enough.
    Some salmon and trout fishermen go to the river bank with a bag of half a dozen reels of various sizes and ratios and with different lines on.
    Have a word in your local fishing shop. The guys are always helpful. A good fishing shop is a hub of the local fishing community and it needs a good reputation to survive so don’t be afraid to ask what may seem to be simple questions.
    Quite often what seems simple isn’t….it’s always worth asking for advice in the shop.
    Enjoy the fishing. Tight lines.

  2. The best gear ratio depends on what type of fishing you are doing, what type of lure, and the cover or structure around. For fast moving lures, like a rattle bait, you want a fast gear ratio – something around 6.4:1 or 7.1:1. For plastic worms & jigs fished in heavy cover, you want a reel that will have more torque and a slower gear ratio…around a 4.6:1 gear ratio. These are also good for slower moving crank baits.

    Ol’ Bucketmouth BASS can be very finicky. Sometimes they want a fast moving bait. Sometimes you have to wave a lure dead in front of their face. Consult your local Bait & Tackle shop or Bass Pro Shops.

  3. dont fish ! how would YOU like to be hooked and pulled into the water and drowned !
    It’s a clone of god too, you know. he feels pain exactly the same way you do.

  4. The ratio is the number of turns of the spool, for every turn of the handle. So if the reel has a ratio of 5:1, for every turn of the handle, the spool spins around 5 times. So the ratio, combined with the size of the reel’s spool, gets you the line retrieval rate.

    The ratio and line retrieval rate really depends on what youre fishing, and how youre fishing. Sometimes you need to move the lure quickly thru the water, other times you dont. But something in the 5-6 range is pretty much standard. Just get a good quality reel, and you should be good. I like Shimano reels.

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