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Looking to get a reel to pair with my new rod for my moving baits and not sure on what to get ether a metanium 13 or chronarch mgl. I have a metanium mgl and i was using it for moving baits and it just felt not so smooth under the pressure of a moving bait compared to my curado 200i or my buddys chronarch mgl those reels felt way smoother and easier to fish moving baits im not sure if it is because my met is a 7 gear ratio and my curado and buddys chronarch is a 6 gear ratio or its just those reels are better suited for moving style baits. If its the gear ratios thats causing this i would rather have the 13 met or mgl because which reel i get its gonna be a 6 gear ratio reel so if a met 13 or mgl in a 6 gear ratio will feel as easy and smooth i would prefer a met 13 or mgl but if its not the gear ratio that causes that ill be getting a chronarch mgl 

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The difference is probably because the Chronarch MGL and the Curados have brass gears, while the metaniums have Aluminum. Brass is good for absorbing vibrations, but aluminum is lighter weight.

 

The Chronarch is a good choice, but honestly for moving baits and JUST moving baits, I'd rather have a Curado K or Curado DC. If you're going to throw any sort of jig or worm I'd get the Chronarch. Can't go wrong with any of the three though. 

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3 minutes ago, hwright38 said:

The difference is probably because the Chronarch MGL and the Curados have brass gears, while the metaniums have Aluminum. Brass is good for absorbing vibrations, but aluminum is lighter weight.

 

The Chronarch is a good choice, but honestly for moving baits and JUST moving baits, I'd rather have a Curado K or Curado DC. If you're going to throw any sort of jig or worm I'd get the Chronarch. Can't go wrong with any of the three 

Its more of a resistance i feel on the metanium mgl harder to turn the handle when fishing moving baits while the curado and chronarch feels as if theres nothing on the end of the line will im winding a chatterbait lets say 

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That could be the difference in gear ratio. The lower the ratio (generally) the more power you get, though the difference between 6:1 and 7:1 isn't that extreme. I'd still take a Curado/Chronarch/Bantam over a Metanium any day for moving baits because of the gear material alone though. The dampening affect helps a lot with smoothness and that "tugging" feeling from the lure in the reel. 

Also, I like the Curados more than the Chronarchs because the Curados have bigger, softer grips. Just another dampener to that pesky vibration, plus they're more comfortable for all day cranking.

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If it's smoothness you want, the Bantam is a fantastic choice. It is noticeably heavier than a Metanium (MGL anyway) and it is possible that you just need more torque with a lower gear ratio, but if you can stomach the price increase (or buy JDM) then I don't think you would be disappointed with a Bantam. Mine was still buttery with a 4lb lake trout that took out drag a few times and then got horsed in by yours truly. That was with the HG reel as well. Not once have I felt like the reel struggles under pressure. It feels like a smooth winch. Love it.

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I was once considering both those reels as well and I ended up going with the Bantam.  I have no regrets. 

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22 hours ago, OkieBoy17 said:

Its more of a resistance i feel on the metanium mgl harder to turn the handle when fishing moving baits while the curado and chronarch feels as if theres nothing on the end of the line will im winding a chatterbait lets say 

Try a different rod. Sometimes you’ll get that labored cranking if the rod is too light in power. 

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The met wasn't smooth because it has aluminum gears and a magnesium frame.  I would opt for a reel with bras gears and an aluminum frame.  If you like Shimanos then the Bantam would be great.

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Make sure your "problem" reel is properly lubed.  I'm not sure what your maintenance habits are, but I have a son who is a great fisherman, but seldom lubes his reels until I remind him.  Sometimes the level wind worms look absolutely dry.

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