toddmc wrote:The 8 and up ratios are great for fishing slow fast. This is casting a bottom contact bait to a spot and reeling it in quickly shortly after it has hit bottom. You aren't using the reel to work the bait for very long. The higher speed allows you to bring your bait in quicker and to make a lot more casts during the outing. Tournament fishermen are using this style more and more. I rarely drag a bottom contact bait all the way back in anymore. I use the same style of fishing with a topwater bait on boiling schooling fish that I need to make a quick cast to, work my bait a few times, and reel the bait in.
The only issue that I see with the super fast reels is the extra bulge at the bottom of the gearbox being uncomfortable. This is subjective to the size of your hands.
I use the slower ratio reels for reaction baits most often because most reaction baits require a slower retrieve. The rhythm with a slower retrieve reel and most reaction baits just feels more natural. I only go over 7 to 1 ratios and reaction baits when there is a heavy wind moving the boat and I have to make up for that. I can't imagine ever going back to the same ratio reels for all applications.
Being a weekend, retired angler, I use all 7/1 reels, except for two Gen 1 Premiers that are 6.4/1 for shallow cranking.
I recently I went to a 6.4/1 Revo Winch for a chatterbait, and I didn't like it. It was a gift from a fishing buddy who is a much better fisherman than I am, and he was convinced that I was fishing my chatterbaits too fast. So he gave me one of his older Winchs, with 50lb braid and a two foot 25lb mono leader, to try.
I am used to slowing down my retrieve with both chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and cranks until I feel the bait working like I want it to, but, after having fished those reels for so long, I had a hard time feeling the chatterbait with the 6.4/1 reel
My 7/1 reels are all 6.5 oz or less, and the 6.4/1 reel weights 7.5 oz, so that may have something to do with it, too.
But I really missed the 7/1 speed when I hooked a nice fish in the tules, and had to winch it out of them, so it wouldn't wrap. I never realized how spoiled I've become with my higher speed reels.
I doubt I'm skilled enough or strong enough to be able to do that all day with a 10/1 reel, and I'm sure I'd struggle with trying to winch a big fish with it, too.
But I'm 70, and not a big guy, so this might not be true for everyone else.