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Shimano spinning reels

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Fishing reels, both spin and overhead variety, come in a huge range of speeds. Speed meaning revolutions of the spool, per revolution of the handle (3.2:1, 5.1:1, 6.1:1 etc.) Bigger reels are generally slower as they have a higher lineal retrieve rate. Playing a big fish on a big, fast reel is not so easy without a softer rod to soak up the speed when dropping the tip. Some big and, in fact, small reels come with two speed ratios. That’s pretty much useless though because the low speed is redundant unless you have a big black marlin or giant bluefin on the other end, it's pure torque. Little reels generally need to be faster because the diameter of the spool is smaller in, so speed is required to work a lure or retrieve line when playing fish. So what’s the best speed? Bigger jigging reels suit 4.9:1 up to 6.0:1 ratio. For smaller jig and bait reels 4.5:1, 5.0:1 is about right. Game reels are all relatively slow, so as they come is fine.With stick bait and popper fishing, sometimes it’s better to look at lineal retrieve length, rather than get hung up on ratio, as it depends how fast you wind. Around 105-120cm per crank is ideal.Smaller, soft bait reels of spin configuration, choose 4.7:1 to 6.0:1. Again spool size/width is also a factor.For bait cast reels (low profile) around 6.0:1 is best – any smaller and you feel like a mouse running in a treadmill when you’re getting line back. Some old reels, at 2.2:1, 3.0:1, were a pain to use. Now they’re faster, but the fastest aren’t necessarily the best. It’s worth putting some though into the speed of your reel, Getting it wrong does make a difference to performance and the fishing experience.