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Hello, looking to buy a swimbait rod soon that will throw anything from 4" to 8" swimbaits.  What i am wondering is if i get a conventional round baitcasting reel what gear ratio should i get the reel in?

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You don't have to have a "round" reel unless your fishing for stripers ect..for bass I've used my Chonarch BVP 101, which I still use now and then. A reel such as the Shimano 300 will work.

I prefer a 5:2 to 1 reel, although I do use a 7:to 1 allot. You can always slow down, but it's hard to burn a bait with a 5:2 to 1 vs the 7: to 1 reel.

You will get different opinions on reels, just as you re: rods for certain swimbaits.

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i was wanting a round reel due to the fact that i would probably be thorwing 20-30 pound florocarbon line and just wanted the spool capacity

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ya i saw those, they are just expensive.  thats kinda the reason for looking at a cheaper shimano round baitcaster.

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The Cardiff 300 would be a decent choice.

BTW, I've spooled my Curado 301 with 25lb mono..still have plenty of line..Bass don't make long runs, like a striper would.

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I've got a Cardiff 300A on my 8' MH Muskie rod filled with 80lb braid.  I think it's a 5.8:1 ratio and it does just fine.  I've also got a revo toro 50-HS which is a 6.4:1 ratio on my 7'9" MH swimbait rod.  I like both reels but think I prefer the Cardiff.

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thanks guys i was actually looking at the cardiff i think i may buy one in a month or so.  thanks for the help

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I had a Cardiff 300 and gave it to my brother when I  "upgraded" to a Curado 300. I should have kept the Cardiff.

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The new Curado 200E series will hold more than enough 20# fluorocarbon. I can't speak about how much 30# because I don't use that heavy of a line.

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It's not just the line cap, but also the weight of these swimbaits and the strain they can put on regular low pro reels. 4-6oz swimbaits can be a lot on a regular low pro reel. For baits over 4oz I use a Daiwa Luna 300, but used to have a Calcutta 400.

It really depends on how heavy of baits you're throwing.. 8" Swimbaits can weigh 1oz or 6oz, there's a big difference.

I use a Curado 300E and it's not a bad reel, but I don't cast baits over 3oz with it. Probably could, but feel much more comfortable with a round reel for the heavy stuff.

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Was reading some older threads and had to bring this one back up.

Curado 300 is the most versatile reel around! Its WAYYYYY better than a Cardiff 300. Curado 300 is a little BEAST of a reel. Ive used mine from 1/2 ounce jigs to throw hudds. But i mostly use it for my hard swimbaits. JSJ to 8 inch lunker punker. Baits in that range. Its got a faster gear ratio than i like for softbaits.. It hold PLENTY of line. 20-25-30lb it handles it all! Its DEFINATELY worth the price it is! You can look around and Find the old D versions for less than 150. Its the same as the E just an extra bearing and different color i think, Someone correct me if im wrong though..

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