Here I try to clear up the confusion behind gear ratios. Please check out my sponsors. …


  1. Gene, I understand gear ratios, but doesn't spool size matter? If I have a larger spool, won't the impact of the amount of line retrieved be greater than a reel with a smaller spool even if their gear ratios are the same? So I understand that gear ratios matter, but shouldn't consideration be given to the amount of line taken in per revolution of the handle, ie 36 inches of line per turn of the handle? I was just wondering if you pay attention to that number or just gear ratio, and if so, why? Great video and thanks for your time.

  2. I generally stick to a 7-1 and just slow down or speed up how fast I turn the handle depending on the different situation I'm fishing. I also look for higher drag just so I can use the reel for more types of baits/fishing. I also usually swap out the handles to a little longer handle for leverage for use for crank boats or drop shorting to pull them out of the vegetation. I generally make my reels usable for pretty much any situation so I if I only have one with me I don't have to worry about anything it'll just do the job.

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