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All bass fishing reels have a certain gear ratio.

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Gear Ratio - A key feature of bass fishing reels which refers to the number of times a spool makes a complete revolution with each turn of the handle. This translates, obviously, into how fast line and lure are retrieved as the reel's handle is cranked. The key indicator is "inches per crank" as different manufacturers have different reel shapes and sizes. So a 6.3:1 from one brand reel may be a little different in inches picked up than the same ratio from another. But a 6.3:1 ratio means the spool turns six revolutions for each turn of the handle, regardless of manufacturer. Such a ratio will pick up 26-28" per crank depending on the reel manufacturer.

Ratios on bass fishing reels range from as low as 3.8:1 to as high as 7.3:1 with the most popular being 5.1:1 to 6.3:1 for baitcasting reels and 5.2:1 for spinning reels.

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    Ratios on bass fishing reels range from as low as 3.8:1 to as high as 7.3:1 with the most popular being 5.1:1 to 6.3:1 for baitcasting reels and 5.2:1 for spinning reels.


    Reel Drag - The drag on bass fishing reels is a mechanism which applies pressure or tension to the spool, sort of like a clutch. This is accomplished by virtue of a stack of disc washers that are compressed, tightened, when pressure is added and released or eased when pressure is reduced. This action allows for line to run off the reel even when engaged when a fish is hooked-up and makes a hard run. This prevents the line from breaking and enables the angler to better control the fish.