Gear Ratio for topwater stickbaits, buzzbaits, and jerkbaits?? Gear Ratio for topwater stickbaits, buzzbaits, and jerkbaits??
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    Gear Ratio for topwater stickbaits, buzzbaits, and jerkbaits??
from BassMan65  
1/19/2009 5:16:10 PM

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 What is the best reel gear ratio to use for these baits?? I'm not very good at fishing them and would like to get better. Think I've got the right rod choices and now need a little help on the propper reel. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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   Start with something in the 6.2:1 range from Mike Whitten  1/19/2009 8:13:44 PM
 Generally speaking, if you are just learning, start with something in the 6.2:1, 6.4:1 range. Some will recommend a 7:1 reel, but with the possible exception of buzzbaits, this is not needed for what you described.


You specifically mentioned "stickbaits", which I'm assuming to be Sammy/ZaraSpook type lures, jerkbaits (Rogues, Pointers, Wild Shiners) and buzzbaits.


Honestly, for walking baits and jerkbaits, the reel gear ratio is much less important than the line and rod you choose. You can fish both of these lures with a 5:1 Calcutta or a 4.7:1 Garcia and do just fine. You work these lures with the rod tip.


A buzzbait--reel speed is important--Higher ratio allows you to get the lure on top and keep it there. Fishing a buzz bait on a low ratio reel turns into work real quick.


Hope this helps,


Mike Whitten/Germantown, TN


   Thanks from BassMan65  1/20/2009 11:45:58 AM
 Thanks for the help Mike. I guess it should have made since that buzz baits need to get up quicker and the topwaters are more with a rod, not a reel. Like you said, I'm still learning. thanks again. and thanks for other posts you've made for other people. I've found them very useful in rod and reel selections, particulary my Falcons. Help again is greatly appreciated.


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