What Makes A Musky Reel?

As the name suggests, it’s a reel designed for tackling large fish in fresh or saltwater The 7/8 or 9/10 sizes are what most anglers prefer for musky, and the large arbor allows you to use a size heavier rod and line than the reel size.

What is a good gear ratio for musky fishing?

A Musky Reel Most of the reels that are on the market have a 5.3 to 1 gear ratio, which is fine for crankbaits, and bucktails but the higher 6.3 to 1 gear ratio is preferred for jerkbaits. The higher ratio will allow more line to be gathered during the pause of jerkbait fishing.

How much drag do you need for musky?

Look for reels that have a minimum of 12 pounds of drag, 15 pounds of drag is adequate, any more than that is probably a waste of money. Any less than 12 pounds, the reel won’t last very long before it needs repair.

Can I use a spinning reel for musky?

Spinning reels should be fairly large when fishing for musky The Daiwa Black Gold series was designed for saltwater and works great for musky fishing. It has quality components with excellent drag and bail systems. The 4500 is a good match for the St Croix rod above.

What rod should I use for muskie?

rod length for Musky For most applications a good fishing rod for muskie will generally fall into the range of between 7.5 feet and 9 feet in length Trolling rods for musky can be on the shorter end of this range whereas a baitcasting rod for musky would be in the higher end of the range.

What is a 8.1 gear ratio good for?

High gear ratio reels | 7.1:1 thru 8.1:1 High gear ratios are best for techniques where taking up slack and bringing a bait back to the boat are critical. Topwaters, jerkbaits, jigs, plastics and even lipless crankbaits warrant the use of a high-speed reel.

What is a 7.1 1 gear ratio good for?

medium speed baitcaster Next, we’ve got medium speed reels, which includes models with a gear ratio from 7.1:1 to 7.9:1. This is a really good standard gear ratio for baitcasters that can be used for a wide variety of fishing tactics – anything involving spinnerbaits, chatter baits, or shallow diving crankbaits.

What is a 6 4 1 gear ratio reel good for?

Medium reels are often referred to as the “workhorses” of bass anglers. Ratios of around 6:1 or 6:4 present a wide variety of baits and are often used with shallow spinnerbait presentations, square-billed crankbaits, medium-depth cranks in general, and castable umbrella rigs.

How long should a musky rod be?

We find that a rod length of around 8 feet is the “sweet spot” when fishing for musky. It gives you plenty of length and strength for casting the large lures, yet it’s much easier to handle than a 9-foot rod.

Can you use a medium heavy rod for musky?

Typically, shorter individuals that are on low decked boats or fishing from a bank, won’t need a rod over 7′ and beginners should stick to medium weight tackle so a Medium Heavy rod will do fine I recommend a Musky Shop Shield Rod or St. Croix Mojo Musky.

How do you set drag for musky fishing?

Set the drag with a positive aggressive attitude Don’t worry about breaking the line. Instead, concentrate on setting the hooks. While a drag set too tight might put too much pressure on a short line musky battle, a loosely set drag will not put enough pressure on a fish hooked at the end of a long cast.

Where is the best muskie fishing?

The three best big-water producers of giant muskies are Green Bay, Lake St. Clair, and the Ottawa River/St. Lawrence River systems Anglers have a legitimate shot at a 50- to 56-inch muskie nearly any day of the season there and it’s possible a record fish swims in at least two of these fisheries.

Why do muskies surface?

Muskellunge have also been seem “basking” and occasionally “porpoising” with their backs out of the water. This is suspected to be associated with getting to warmer surface water, perhaps to increase metabolism and aid digestion of a large meal (reptiles seek warmth for similar reasons).

How much drag is needed for pike?

Having a drag system with a maximum drag of at least 15 pounds will help you land just about any pike that comes your way. When trolling for pike, we like to use reels that have a maximum drag of at least 25 pounds.

What is the best gear ratio for flipping and pitching?

By today’s standards 9.1:1 is worth consideration and there are several new reels with ratios above 10:1. Good Luck and Good Fishing!.

Which gear ratio is faster?

A lower (taller) gear ratio provides a higher top speed, and a higher (shorter) gear ratio provides faster acceleration Besides the gears in the transmission, there is also a gear in the rear differential. This is known as the final drive, differential gear, Crown Wheel Pinion (CWP) or ring and pinion.

What is the best reel ratio?

The most common reel on the market has a 6.4:1 gear ratio. This will allow you to work both fast moving presentations as well as slow. However, for certain techniques and applications, a very high or low gear ratio will often work best. For instance, burning a spinnerbait or buzzbait is best done with a 7.1:1 reel.



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