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I use 6:4:1 ratio for most my shallow spinners. If i am slow rolling a big Colorado blade deep i use a low speed crankin reel.

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Exactly what he said is what I do too. 6.4:1 for most things and if I want to slow it down some I can crank it slower, or even go to a 5.4:1 ratio for the ultimate slow retrieve. I don't go any slower than that though because I find that it does not rotate the blade if I do.

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I guess I like mine a bit faster than the other posters. I use a 7.1 for my shallow spinnerbaits and a 6.4 for my deeper spinnerbaits.

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I guess what we all really should say is "how do the bass like it"?? ;D :)

If I were to pick one single reel speed for a spinnerbait rod it would be a 6.x speed, meaning any 6 and above speeds. That way I'm right in the middle for the most part on ratios. If I want to slow down then I can just crank slower, really there's no limit how slow you can crank unless you just can't make yourself go that slow, or until you see that the blade no longer turns anymore cause you went too slow. And if you want to speed up, or burn the bait back in, the 6.x reel is fast enough to allow this by just cranking at a fast pace but it won't wear your arm out doing it like it would if the reel was a slow speed naturally such as with a 5.x speed reel.

The 6.4:1 I use is the best one for me, I only use the 5.4:1 if I want to slow down but not have to really concentrate on doing so, in other words cranking at a comfortable pace but let the reel do the work instead of me making myself slow down. Generally I fish a spinnerbait on the one rod I have made up for it, which is a medium heavy with the 6.4:1 reel. Only time my 5.4:1 can really be used is on lighter spinnerbaits cause it's on a medium rod so that pretty much leaves out me throwing my big 1/2 oz. baits (weighed them in at 7/8 oz. on a digital scale, exceeds rod's limits).

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There is no such thing as "the best" it depends on the application, I don 't get it why when somebody says spinnerbaiting everybody jumps on the "get the fastest you can" reel same ole story, burning a spinnerbait is not the only way to fish a spinnerbait. For slow rolling big bladed heavy spinerbaits you better have a reel with a lot of torque, so a slower reel is better for that application.

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I bought into the idea that a faster gear ratio reel is good for spinnerbaits.  Well, I soon found out for me, it is easier to wind a reel faster than to wind it slower.  It was painful to try and wind a reel with a high gear ratio very slow when trying to slow roll spinnerbaits, but did not find all that hard to wind a lower ratio reel faster when trying to burn the spinnerbait.  Therefore, in my humble opinion, I like a reel that has about 24 IPT for spinnerbaits.

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