Fishing QuestionsCategory: Fishing Gear FAQWhat does fishing reel gear ratio mean?
Rmarenyel V asked 1 month ago
What does gear ratio mean on a fishing reel?
What does the gear ratio mean on a fishing reel?

6 Answers
Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 1 month ago
Gear ratio is simply the number of times the spool (or bobbin) spins around for each complete turn of the reel handle. For example, if a reel has a gear ratio of 5:1, that means the spool will spin five times around for each time the reel handle is rotated one full turn.

There are two common measurements of gear ratio: “high” and “low”. A high gear ratio would be something like 8:1 or 10:1, while a low gear ratio would be something like 3:1 or 4:1. So what’s the difference between high and low gear ratios?

Well, it all comes down to how fast you can wind in your line. With a high gear ratio reel, you’ll be able to wind in your line much faster than with a low gear ratio reel. This can be useful when you’re fishing in areas with a lot of vegetation, as you’ll be able to quickly clear any snags.

On the other hand, low gear ratio reels are better for fishing in open water, as they provide more power when you’re fighting against a strong fish. They can also be useful when fishing with live bait, as you’ll be able to keep better control of your line and prevent the bait from swimming away.

So which gear ratio should you choose? Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and the type of fishing you’ll be doing. If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to ask an experienced fishing retailer for their advice.

Bernard answered 1 month ago
Gear ratio is the number of times the spool (i.e. the reel) turns for each turn of the handle. So, for example, a gear ratio of 5:1 would mean that the spool turns 5 times for every time you turn the handle.

Gear ratios are important because they affect how much line you can retrieve with each crank of the handle (i.e. how much power you have). The higher the gear ratio, the more power you have. This is why baitcasting reels typically have higher gear ratios (7:1 or 8:1) than spinning reels (5:1 or 6:1).

Carlos answered 1 month ago
The fishing reel gear ratio is the number of times the spool (the part of the reel that holds the line) turns for each complete turn of the handle. A higher gear ratio means that the spool rotates more times per handle turn.

This means that you can retrieve more lines with each crank of the handle. Conversely, a low gear ratio means that the spool rotates fewer times per handle turn, so you have to crank the handle more times to retrieve the same amount of line.

Gear ratios are important because they dictate how much power is required to get your lure or bait moving in and out of the water. A high gear ratio reel will require less power to do this, making it easier for beginners or those fishing in open water. A low gear ratio reel will require more power, making it better for fishing in heavy vegetation or when using live bait.

The best gear ratio for you depends on your fishing style and the type of fish you’re targeting. If you’re not sure, ask an experienced fishing retailer or your fishing buddies for their opinion.

David answered 1 month ago

The gear ratio is the number of times the spool (the round object on the reel that holds the line) turns for each turn of the handle. So, if you have a gear ratio of 6:1, that means the spool will turn six times for every time you turn the handle.

Gear ratios are important because they determine how fast your bait will spin around when you reel it in. A high gear ratio (like 8:1 or 10:1) means your bait will spin quickly and create more drag on the line. This is good for catching larger fish because it gives them less time to escape. But it can also be tiring to reel in a big fish if your gear ratio is too high.

A low gear ratio (like 3:1 or 4:1) means your bait will spin more slowly and create less drag on the line. This can be good for fishing in areas with a lot of vegetation, as you’re less likely to get snagged on something. It can also be good for fishing with live bait, as you can keep better control of your line and prevent the bait from swimming away.

Ultimately, the best gear ratio for you depends on your fishing style and the type of fish you’re targeting. If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to ask an experienced fishing retailer or your fishing buddies for their advice.

Martin Staff answered 1 month ago
The gear ratio is the number of revolutions of the spool for everyone’s complete the turn of the crank handle. Most baitcasting reels have a gear ratio ranging from 5.3:1 to 7.1:1, which means the spool will make 5.3 to 7.1 revolutions for every turn of the crank handle. A higher gear ratio means more line is retrieved with each turn of the reel handle, while a lower gear ratio means less line is retrieved with each turn of the reel handle.

A lower gear ratio is best for when you’re fishing in deep water and need to slowly bring your bait back to the surface, while a higher gear ratio is better suited for fishing in shallow water where you need to quickly reel in your line.

The type of fish you’re targeting also plays a role in what gear ratio you should use. For example, smaller fish require less power to reel in, so you can get away with using a lower gear ratio. But if you’re fishing for larger fish, you’ll need a higher gear ratio to give you the power you need to bring them in.

Ultimately, the best gear ratio for you depends on your fishing style and the type of fish you’re targeting. If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to ask an experienced fishing retailer or your fishing buddies for their advice. Thanks for reading!

Wilson answered 1 month ago
The gear ratio on a fishing reel is the number of times the spool (the part of the reel that holds the line) turns for every turn of the handle. So, for example, if a reel has a gear ratio of 5:1, that means that for every turn of the handle, the spool rotates five times.

The gear ratio affects two things: how many lines you can retrieve per crank and how fast your lure is moving in the water. A higher gear ratio (e.g., 7:1) means more line retrieved per crank but slower lure speed. A lower gear ratio (e.g., 3:1) means less line retrieved per crank but faster lure speed.

So, which gear ratio is best for you? It depends on your fishing style and the type of fish you’re targeting. If you’re fishing in deep water, you’ll want a lower gear ratio so you can slowly bring your bait back to the surface.

If you’re fishing in shallow water, a higher gear ratio will be better so you can quickly reel in your line. The type of fish you’re targeting also plays a role. For example, smaller fish require less power to reel in, so you can get away with using a lower gear ratio. But if you’re fishing for larger fish, you’ll need a higher gear ratio to give you the power you need to bring them in.

If you’re not sure which gear ratio to use, it’s always a good idea to ask an experienced fishing retailer or your fishing buddies for their advice. Thanks for reading!