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You will probably get varied answer, but here is what I normally use a 7:1 gear ratio for: bottom bouncing baits such as worms and jigs, frogs, toads, and sometimes when I am burning a lipless crank. You can always slow down a 7:1 gear ratio for almost any technique.

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It's more about bait presentation than it is about particular baits.  The 3 times I think a 7:1 works best are:  burning a small or lipless crankbait, pitching jigs when fast gears get your jig back quickly so you can make more pitches and cover more water during a day of fishing, and a Carolina rig where fast gears let you take up slack and set the hook a bit faster.  It's true that you can always slow down a 7:1 reel but it's hard to speed up a a 5:1 reel to warp speed for any length of time.  But most like to crank at a moderate speed so choosing different gears helps with different presentations, if you fish with multiple rods/reels.  BTW, gearing is not the whole story.  You need to look at how much line the reel retrieves in one handle turn.  That is the truest measure of reel speed.

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You can use 7:1 for everything except Deep Cranking where you really need the low gears to help you pull that bait thru the deep water on REALLY long casts.

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You can use 7:1 for everything except Deep Cranking where you really need the low gears to help you pull that bait thru the deep water on REALLY long casts.

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7.x for anything but deep water, the lower 6.x ratio really helps in deep water.  I learned that the hard way recently on my first trip to a big lake when I only took 7.x reels.  Lucky my friend let me use one of his 6.x reels.

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For baits you work with the rod like: worms, jigs, poopers, prop baits, walk the dog.

For baits that need to be retrieved fast: buzzbaits

You can also use it with baits that are not affected by the high speed but you want to retrieve fast: lipless cranks, single bladed spinnerbaits

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