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  • Upgrade Reels

    Posted by rolltidech on August 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Looking to upgrade my reels. Was looking for any info on what gear ratio i should be looking for. My wife just bought me the Abu Garcia RVO3 Winch for cranking. Any sugestiones on what ratio i might need for plastics,buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. I really like the Abu Garcia brand was looking at the Abu Garica RVO3 SX 6.4:1 would this be a good reel for those?


    Brian replied 10 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • creekcrappie

    August 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I have not tried any of the higher quality reels from abu garcia. But I have two silver max reels and a love them!

  • simplecircuit

    August 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t know much about abu’s line up [I only fish Daiwa’s].
    However, here’s what I use gear wise for different things.

    4.9:1 – Deep Crankbaits, Mid Crankbaits, Alabama Rig
    6.3:1 – Jigs, Soft Plastics, Carolina Rig, Spinnerbaint, Buzzbait, Swimbait, Pitching
    7.3:1 – Rattletrap/Vibration, Squarebill, Flutter Spoon, Frog, Flipping/Pitching with Braid

    I think the 6.3:1 is a good all around ratio. It won’t kill you for pulling a heavy lure and it allows you to reel fast for anything that you need to keep moving. The slow ratios make pulling big crankbaits and alabama rigs much easier. The slow retrieve is the most specialized of the retrieves. The fast/burner ratio is pretty good for anything that you need to run fast, and you can always reel it a little slower, but it is going to lack “power” when pulling on a bigger fish or larger lure all day.
    Hope this helps.

  • rolltidech

    August 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks creekcrappie and simplecircuit i’ll keep that info in mind.

  • Brian

    August 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    6.3:1 Is a good ratio all around. I use several of them for multiple lures. I would stay with that one.


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