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Greetings. The triton's in the garage under the cover until spring amd I'm sitting around evaluating equipment for the upcoming season and wondered if any of you guys have ever used a 5:1 baitcaster for t-rig worm fishing to force you to slow down.

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  IMO, your reel speed isn't an important factor on how you fish your worm.

  You don't reel the worm across the bottom, you pull the worm by using your rod.  The reel is only used to pick up the slack.

  I prefer higher a speed reel.  I don't want to have to waste time by taking forever to reel in a missed placed cast.

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IMO, your reel speed isn't an important factor on how you fish your worm.

You don't reel the worm across the bottom, you pull the worm by using your rod. The reel is only used to pick up the slack.

I prefer higher a speed reel. I don't want to have to waste time by taking forever to reel in a missed placed cast.

Yep.

Try this. Cast your worm in very shallow water so you can see it clearly. Now move the worm using only the tip of the rod. You will see how it only takes a tiny bit of tip movement to move the worm. You don't want the worm scooting across the bottom in 1' blasts.

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I use a Calcutta 50A which has a 5.0:1 ratio for light Texas rigs and jigs, the only time it becomes a problem is in with of 12mph or above.

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Up until a couple of years ago thats all I ever used. I will usually shake the slack in the line when fishing a worm. Its a great technique and for some reason they just load the rod while your shakin it(rather then coming at ya).

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IMO, your reel speed isn't an important factor on how you fish your worm.

You don't reel the worm across the bottom, you pull the worm by using your rod. The reel is only used to pick up the slack.

I prefer higher a speed reel. I don't want to have to waste time by taking forever to reel in a missed placed cast.

Hit it on the head with that statement. If you use the reel to drag the worm you wouldnt be as precise with your movements.

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yep. i've gotten to where i fish with my right hand in my pocket till i get a bite or to recast. with one hand, i sweep or hop it with the rod while my birdie finger reels in the slack by the drag star :(

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I like a high speed reel, especially when the wind is blowing your line around.

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I prefer a little faster gear action (6.3:1) for worm fishing. It's true that the rod action controls the bait for T-rigging. But often when worm fishing a fish picks up the bait and comes toward you.  I like the faster ratio so I can catch up with him when he does that.

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yep. i've gotten to where i fish with my right hand in my pocket till i get a bite or to recast. with one hand, i sweep or hop it with the rod while my birdie finger reels in the slack by the drag star :(

this is a great way to fish a worm, especially in the colder months.  If your thumb or "birdie" finger ever gets tired, you are going too fast ;)

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yep. i've gotten to where i fish with my right hand in my pocket till i get a bite or to recast. with one hand, i sweep or hop it with the rod while my birdie finger reels in the slack by the drag star :(

I have never seen anyone else do this! I have been doing it for a long time cept I use my pointer finger, I used to smoke so thats why I started doing it I dont smoke anymore but I have never stopped doing that.

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i usually will start out fishing slow everyday untill i get a bite.  if i dont get a bit i will ever speed up or change baits but for all t rigged applications i use a 7.0/1 curado.

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