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Old 04-04-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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Fish gear ratio 5:1 or 7:1 for soft plastics jigs

I use alot of soft plastic jigs and spoons with teaser flies in the early season. Is a faster or slower retrieve better. The new Shimano Curado is availble in both speeds. Which one is better with jigs
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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I'd go with the 7:1, its easier to try and slow down than reel in faster.
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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I think the higher speed reel has more applications. Definitely when that monster trout of a lifetime is racing to get between your legs and spit the hook, a faster reel will help you keep tension on the hook and keep the hook well embedded in that pot 'o gold bucket mouth.
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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I have both and like the 7:1 better, the 5:1 is dog slow. I stripped the gears out of a 7:1 on the 4th trip though. The shimano rep told me the 7:1 wasn't made for extreme cranking, but I dont think 20lb brais qualifies as extreme cranking.
The Abu Garcia Revo Inshore is the way to go. Cast further (a lot further), has stouter gears, and is a 6:4 ratio. Perfect speed for plastics.
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:34 PM   #5
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If you prefer the 7.1 gears, Revo STX is your reel. The Inshore does not come with the faster gears. I love mine for topwater, expecially when drifting.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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I second what fishnhippie say's ! I've got 2 of the STX Revo's and love'm !
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what is the difference between the revo STX and the revo inshore? Is the STx ok for the salt?
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the stx is safe for saltwater but the inshore comes with a spool to hold a little moe line and the variable bake system like shimanos compared to the magnetic brakes on the stx which i have seen a buddies act up not sure if it was the salt or lack of maintenance but for the extra 30 bucks i would recommend the inshore
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Old 04-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #9
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i love the e5 for topwaters but it's way to slow for plastics.
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both STX and Inshore are good for salt.

I just happen to favor the Revo but remember there are other reels to consider! I can't believe others have not added their opinion but there have been many many reel discussions on here. Ya may consider doing searchs for the ones you are considering.
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