newell 229 5:1 or 3.6:1

Discussion in 'Fishing Reels' started by verdooch, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. verdooch
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    Hi to all,
    Last season I was able to use a 229 for 25# line and loved the way it casted and how the dine could swim, my question is would I benifit with the 3.6:1 gear ratio?

    Thanks in advance for your advice
  2. TurdRoller
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    I would stick with the 5:1, it's an all around useful gear
  3. CALCOfshr
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    I agree with Kyle. I whooped a #45 yellowfin on #20 line with the 5:1 gears. Its nice to be able to quickly cut off a hook and tie on say...a small crocodile and use the same rig for bonies n cudas.
    Unless its a P series or has an aluminum spool,the lower gears aren't a big plus. Afterall,it not a 2 speed slugfest reel for bigger fish. LOL
    Dig the reel as it is and use it for fun.
    Chuck
  4. MikeL
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    I would also suggest sticking with the 5:1 gears. The spool is small enought on that reel that 3.6-1 gears would result in a very slow retrieve rate. I have used a Newell 229 for many years, its a great bait reel and when anchovie fishing returns it will really outpeform all of the heavier metal reels.
  5. coryellk
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    If you exclusively fish bait then switch the gears to 3.6. The 5:1 ratio isn't going 'add any action" to your sardine and help it get bit. Once you get bit, the difference in landing a fish with 3.6 and 5:1 gears is like night and day.
  6. Yerman
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    I know this is an old thread but I am curious to hear others thoughts. I am thinking of a 220 with a low 3.6:1 strictly for bait.
  7. stiffblade
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    You will all think again when you see the price and availbility of the 3:6 gear sets, unless you buy a new Newell reel with the lower gears in them. Plus the spool diameter is so small I don't see a difference until you get to the 332/338 size. Then you will have an advantage with 3:6 gearing.

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