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I'm going to be buying a cranking reel for my Elite Tech Crankshaft.  I'm trying to decide between the Revo Winch (5.4:1) and the EXT (5.3:1).  Both of them have high capacity spools.  It SEEMS to me that a high capacity spool loaded with mono would be heavier than a lower capacity wiffle spool filled to its cpacity.   It SEEMS to me that the force required to get a heavier spool moving with a relatively light bait like a 3/8 oz - 1/2 oz crank bait would result in shorter casts.  

Are there any performance concerns regarding high capacity spools?  Do they have any greater limitations than lower capacity wiffle spools?  Do they excel at anything over wiffle spools (except line capacity)?  Any other thoughts?  

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Man, I like relatively new line and have to "add on" to high capacity reels.

My preference for baitcasting gear would be for 110 yards of 15-17 lb test

diameter and nothing more.

For spinning reels, "high capacity" is a joke!

8-)

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I don't really care for high capacity spools, either.  I guess I could fill one up with a lot of backing and keep the good line on top of that.  

I sent a message to Abu asking how much it would cost to put a 5.3:1 and a 4.7:1 gear set into a couple of EXT Pro.  If possible, I'd have a couple of reels with ideal cranking gear ratios and which have lower capacity wiffle spools.

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i spooled 2 reels with 8lbs test mono and that seems to help a buttload with the lighter baits. the Sol loves the lighter line.

the only downside so far is any time im trying to skip a bait under trees and end up in the trees i have to re-tie cuzz im worried any nick is a break.

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The higher capacity spools when filled weight more because they carry more line, they require more energy to initiate the spool rotation, the limitation of spool weight becomes noticeable when casting lighter baits, 1/4 oz or less, they don 'cast the lighter baits that great but with heavier baits it 's not noticeable, besides the spool weighting more has another effect, the spool rotation lasts longer which with the right rod, the right lure aerodynamic profile means longer casts than with a shallower less capacity spooled reel.

In other words with the same rod, the same line, the same lure I make longer casts with my Curado 200B38 than I can achieve with my Chronarch 50 Mg and the B38 doesn 't have ARB bearings nor Super Free system.

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Thanks, Raul.  So the high capacity spool would make sense on a big crankbait rod when you are throwing big heavy cranks.  But a lower capacity spool may be the right choice on a crankbait rod that throws smaller lighter cranks.  

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Those are my findings, smaller baits do better with lower capacity shallower spooled reels whlie heavier weights do better with deeper spooled reels.

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Has anyone actually weighed reel spools of both types when filled with the same line to see is there is a difference? The shallow spool reels have a larger arbor which may or may not be drilled with multiple holes to lighen it. Does the extra line to fill a high capacity spool weigh more than the larger arbor on the low capacity spool? Does the small capacity spool just save on the cost of line?

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Micro- just wondering if you have tried your elite tech yet & if you have,what you think of it?I got one and have only used it a couple of times  & I still dont know what to think of it.I have always just used medium graphite rods for the little cranking I have done in the past.This rod is pretty whippy in my opinion but maybe thats how they are supposed to be.I got it hoping I could use it for jerk baits also, but I think its much to flimsy for that.

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I have not fished with my Elite Tech yet.  I've cast it a little with a Revo I don't plan on using with it.  Right now I'm trying to decide on the perfect reel.   It is a little wippy, but that's the nature of fiberglass.  In that respect, it's comparable to others I looked at before I decided on the Fenwick - Lamiglass and American Rodsmith.

For small cranks, I've been using my 6'6" M Fenwick HMG with a 6.4:1 Revo STX and 10# Trilene XL.  It handles light cranks very well.

For the Elite Tech, I'm really considering a Abu Garcia EXT customized with a 4.7:1 gear set.  

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thanks for that , I was just curious because i have never compared it to any other glass rods.Ive always used fenwicks ,only rods ive ever had.

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