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What Do You Use Your 7 Gear Baitcaster Reel For?

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Hi all,

 

Most of my reels are 6 gear ratios and I am thinking of getting one in 7. What do you guys use your 7 gear bait casters for? I have been trying to learn jerk baiting finish but I find myself reeling more slack and was hoping a 7 gear would ease the trouble with it. 

 

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Anything that requires me to take up slack fast. Basically techniques were I work the bait with the rod. For me it's more about ipt than ratio though. 2 reels can have nearly the same ratio but one can take up more line. Example:

6:4:1 - Lews tourny pro = 28" ipt

6:3:1 - Daiwa tatula = 26.3 ipt

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Don't have one, sorry. All of mine are either 5.x:1 or 6.x:1. Maybe y'all can convince me to buy one. (And catch more fish?)

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Frogs, Plastics, Jigs

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Frogs, walking baits, jigs, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs. Like rippin said, 7:1 gear ratios are great for taking up slack line quickly.

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I'm in the IPT group myself.  Ratio's are just the number of rotations of the spool per handle turn.  Most of your standard 7:1 ratio's are going to give you about 29-30" per turn depending on the size of the reel.  But the different techniques mentioned about are all good.  Anything where you will have to pick up a lot of line in a hurry is a good choice.  So yes jerkbaits could be included.  But cranking I would stick to the lower 6:1 or even 5.3:1 which will give you that IPT of about 23-26" or so.  So don't get too hung up on gear ratio's and learn what the IPT on the reels you fish are(at full line captacity).

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Everything really.  In general I use them for anything that requires me to pick up line quickly. 

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pitchin' and flippin' as well as frogs, spinnerbaits, jigs, t-rigs, and other things.

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In the old days I used a sloow ipt reel for flip/ pitch duty, reason: it was generally accepted that the perceived power assisted with wenching fish out of hydrilla, etc. but the past few years ipt is very high and allows for more target presentations in a 8 hour day. You simply can burn your bait back, pitch, fish or no fish, crank back and boom, pitch again.. Now throw in slack line ( line watching ) presentations and you have fast crank pickup with power to boot in modern reels.. They are very popular now.. I use 7.2.1 5.1 reels.. A couple of older 6.3.1 reels... ( BC )

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The higher ratio GENERAL implies higher IPT. IPT is definitely something to look for as there can be a difference in reels with the same ratio. 

Higher IPT reels are used for any baits that used slack line (walk-the-dog baits, frogs, jigs, etc), and lures that you want to retrieve at a high speed (Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits etc). 

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jigs and plastics. 

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Jigs, plastics, spinner baits, top water.... Pretty much everything for me except for crank baits.

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Pitching and Flippin', Jigs, Texas and Carolina Rig Plastics, Weightless Rigged Plastics, and other techniques like that. I prefer a 6.X:1 reel for my Jerkbait fishing, but I've heard that KVD uses a 7.X:1 reel for his Jerkbait fishing. I think it would work fine, as Jerkbaits are mostly being worked with the rod, and the reel is just used to pick up slack line.

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Pitching and Flippin', Jigs, Texas and Carolina Rig Plastics, Weightless Rigged Plastics, and other techniques like that. I prefer a 6.X:1 reel for my Jerkbait fishing, but I've heard that KVD uses a 7.X:1 reel for his Jerkbait fishing. I think it would work fine, as Jerkbaits are mostly being worked with the rod, and the reel is just used to pick up slack line.

I use a 6.8:1 lews for jerkbaits, seems like a good in-between. Idk, probably isn't all that different from a 7:1, lews tend to run a little high on the ipt.
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Isn't ipt based on the size of the spool? A larger spool ( in diameter) would produce more ipt than a smaller diameter spool regardless of gear ratio.

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Isn't ipt based on the size of the spool? A larger spool ( in diameter) would produce more ipt than a smaller diameter spool regardless of gear ratio.

Only if its a full spool.

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