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Looking for suggestions on a pitching reel and gear ratio. Shimano or Diawa does not matter.  Plus and minus of each brake system. Not to concerned with price. 
This will be going on a G Loomis MBR 844 GLX

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I would go with either a Daiwa Tatula SV TWS or a Tatula CT in 8-1.  I personally run a total of 7 Daiwas.

 I am slowly replacing my BP and Shimano reels with them.  They cast extremely well and I like the Magforce Z brake systems.  Here is a couple of videos on them.  The Tatula CTs have the Mag Fofce Z and a Tat SV TWS has a similar system.

 

 

 

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I have a bunch of Tat CT's and Curados.  The Curado 70 is what I use to pitch with.  I feel like it pitches further with less effort.  The smaller frame fits my hands better.  Smoother reel overall, IMO.

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Almost all brands make great options from Daiwa-Shimano-Okuma-Duckett etc. BPS-just not quantum-don't get a flipping switch. Just my opinion. 

 

Hard to find one good rod or reel to fit together for the perfect pitching rod. I used to have several different set ups and once I became serious about flipping etc. I realized that if you want to do it all day, the secret is light weight and matching weights for balance.

Every company makes good reels for pitching, many times you lock the drag down so the key is having a reel with a good frame so it won't flex on hook sets and most $100 reels are some type of light metal usually & hold up. If you need to give drag you can either hit the button and thumb it or quickly loosen it. 

 

Don't get caught up in drag power. Companies use that as a way to market and sell more reels. You only need roughly 10lbs of drag on a reel to catch Marlin, so a Lews LFS with "Only" 10lbs of drag is Plenty. If you want security I believe the Revo line does over 20lbs, Pflueger Supreme takes in almost 30" per turn and has close to 20, but again, you should just get one that balances and is easy on your arms. 

 

I would say Daiwa and Shimano are both great options, but get what you like and if it happens to be a "lower" end Daiwa like an Exceller or Revo S, it is easy to work the brakes, reliable, and then you can buy a better rod or 2 different powers with the savings. If you end up throwing frogs for a day, a heavy set up also sucks. Not all expensive rods and reels are the right fit, I have made that mistake due to mail order many times. Good to have set ups that can pull double work if limted on space, long rods are easy to break in traveling.

 

Hope that ramble helps. 8:1 is the way to go also, but 7:1 will do the job as well. 

 

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If t will be a dedicated reel, the Curado 70s are great for pitching n flipping.  If you would like some versatility, look into a Daiwa SV103.  There are so many spool options for it that you can have a reel that can flip, pitch, skip, finesse, and then some all purpose stuff.

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This will be a dedicated set up. I have never done any pitching before. So I have no knowledge on what I should be looking at equipment wise.

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Love my tatula cts just like @fishnkamp. I pitch with a 7ft mh lews tp1 speed stick. Fishes more like a heavy. And a tatula ct 8.1 gear ratio. In no way have I felt under powered. Its also a super verstile reel. I own 4 of them and use them with every technique I fish. 

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