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What Gear Ratio Reel Do You Skip Docks With?

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It can be anything, overhanging tree limbs/brush...doesn't have to be docks but what gear ration reel (casting or spinning) do you use and why? I've seen some videos online but just trying to get a general consensus of what my fellow anglers here at BR use.

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7 or 8 is what I fish all my bottom contact lures on. I want to try to get them out of the structure quickly. I also use braid on all of mine, probably wouldn't try to get them out as fast with mono.

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I like a 7:1 gear ratio. Specifically, the Daiwa Tatula SV. Nearly impossible to backlash once you get it dialed in properly. Makes skipping lures a lot easier for people who have struggled skipping lures with BC's.

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8.1 on an SV reel. Pitch or skip a jig in, then right back out and rinse and repeat.

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Depends on the bait.  Gear ratio has no effect on skipping.

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I worry more about the rod, line, and lure before I start thinking too much about gear ratio. With that said the 2 rods I use are a 7.5 and 8.3

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5 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Depends on the bait.  Gear ratio has no effect on skipping.

Let's assume a 3/8oz. or 1/2oz. jig with trailer for hypothetical purposes.

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Use the rod and reel you like for those baits, then.  That's the reel you'll be most familiar with and prefer. 

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Whatever reel is in my hand. It may be a 6.3 Mettle, 6.5 Piscifun or Ardent (same Haibo reel), 7.1 Lew's, 7.1 Fuego CT, 7.3 Piscifun (same Haibo as above), or 8.1 Fuego CT...no rhyme or reason. 

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Depends on the lure im skipping.  I dont have a "skipping rod". I have been learning to skip with my regular rods i use for the bait, like my jig rods or my senko rod. So i have 6,7,&8:1 reels i use. 

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7.1-8.1 SV reels... faster reels for a couple reasons:

 

•If I skip a light plastic (wacky, fluke) that has a good, slow action on the fall you have to allow slack.  If the fish hits with extra line out you need to pick up fast.

•If I skip a jig under a dock, need to get the fish out fast before he wraps a post.  

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Whatever I'm using at the moment but my favorite skipping reel is a 9.1 Daiwa Zillion SV TWS. 

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Theoretically you can skip with any reel in any ratio but are there some reels that are more forgiving for beginners to skipping?

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14 minutes ago, Brett's_daddy said:

Theoretically you can skip with any reel in any ratio but are there some reels that are more forgiving for beginners to skipping?

Daiwa SV reels are very forgiving.

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