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Anyone throwing chatterbaits & swim jigs on a 7.x and up?

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Getting a new rod for 1/2 & 3/4oz jigs, t-rig and c-rig and lighter pitch/flip in those weights.  But it can also be used for chatterbaits and swimjigs.

I'm leaning to a high 7 or more, but was maybe thinking of compromising on 7.2 or 6.8 for when throwing chatterbaits and swimjigs.  Right now I throw them on a 6.3.  But since it will primarily used for bottom contact was leaning to a high 7 or even 8 reel.

Thoughts?

 

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7:1 is all I use for swim jigs/chatterbaits. I find that I get more bites on a stop and go retrieve and when they hit it on the pause I wanna take up slack quick.

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7:1 here most of the time, but on occasion I will put a chatter bait on my crank bait rod which has a 5:1 

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The only thing I don't use a 7 on is deep cranks. I even fish squarebills on a 7 now lol

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I use an 8.1:1. Now if I could afford to have a rod JUST for chatterbaits/swimjigs/spinnerbaits, then I would probably want a 6 speed reel. I find myself reeling too fast sometime,s especially with the swimjig. But the setup is also used for jigs/t-rigs and buzzbaits so I wanted the faster reel. It works fine. 

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You can. I like a 5 gear better but I've used 7's and it works.

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7.X on everything here.

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I use 7.1:1's for just about everything including those techniques mentioned. 

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I tried throwing a chatterbait on the new Curado XG (8:1) and I kept having the bait come out of the water during retrieval. 

Depending on your style, it may or may not be for you. I generally reel pretty fast, and I prefer 5:1 and 6:1 for almost everything. 

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I use a 6.8:1, that is 28 IPT. I  feel I am better able to control the speed of retrieve with this speed reel.

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I use 7.1:1's for just about everything including those techniques mentioned. 

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7.1:1 for me as well

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I've used 7.1, but prefer something a little slower.  I really like my tdz 103ml r+ with 5.7 gears.  I have a tendency to make the bait lift out of the water with faster reels.

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I always always ALWAYS go with a high speed reel. mainly because I can always slow down if I need to. even on my deep diving rod I'm using a 7.1.1 gear ratio. its easier to slow down than to be cranking like a crack head when you have to speed up. that being said I would never go below 6.5.1 or somewhere in the mid 6's.  

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6.2:1 for me. No rule saying you can't use a faster reel though. 

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IMO, a lower IPT reels makes it more comfortable to fish a chatterbait.   The lower IPT reels allow you to crank at your normal or just slightly slower than normal pace.  Chatterbait often catch many fish when fished just fast enough to get the wobble out of them, it also helps them to stay down in the water column.      

You can fish a chatterbait on any reel that you own, it's just going to be more of an adjustment the higher the IPT of the reel.

 

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I throw chatters on a 7:4 and it's easy to make them rise to the top. I'll try my 6:4 tomorrow. 

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