If you’re fishing any bass fishing lure that you primarily work with your rod, a high gear ratio reel is the way to go. You’re often pulling the bait with your rod tip, but you need to have the ability to quickly take up your slack when you get a bite. A fast reel also helps when fighting a big bass-you need all the speed you can get in order to quickly pull it away from any line-fraying hazards.
Topwaters, jerkbaits, jigs, plastics and even lipless crankbaits warrant the use of a high speed reel. These techniques create a lot of slack in your line, and if you get bit 30 yards away from the boat, a high gear ratio comes in handy for getting a solid hookset.
- Jigs and big worms
- Shaky heads
- Texas rigs
- Carolina rigs
- Lipless crankbaits
Reel pictured: Daiwa Tatula 100 Casting Reel