Fathom 25n 4.8.or 6.1

Sep 1, 2018
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Ruben A Chavez
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Trying to decide which model of 25n to buy for basically throwing 45s and similar irons, a 4.8 or 6.1 ratio. Using a 90j around 125 yds. 40 mono top shot. Thanks for your help!! [ hope this is right, First post]
 

Cubanaso

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Aug 12, 2014
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Andrew
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river sled
I personally like the 4.8:1, I have it mounted on a 90J. Love that setup!
 

hucklongfin

Deep release specialist
Jul 3, 2003
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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
For surface iron the 4.8:1 gears are great. They get 32” per crank rather than the 42” of the 6.1:1 gears. Surface irons, like the Tady 45, swim best with a medium speed retrieve. Of course, once you get bit, the slower gears give you more power on the crank too.
 
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swami 805

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Mar 9, 2016
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Bill
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sunk it
Personally I like the higher gear better to pick up line quicker when I need to. Slow down for winding the jig
 
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Cubeye

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Jan 26, 2007
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Kub
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Trying to decide which model of 25n to buy for basically throwing 45s and similar irons, a 4.8 or 6.1 ratio. Using a 90j around 125 yds. 40 mono top shot. Thanks for your help!! [ hope this is right, First post]
I would get the 4.8. When I bought my Penn Torque TRQ30 Star Drag, I bought an extra set of gears. Just in case I want the higher gears.
 

DannyNoonan

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Jim
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I prefer 4.8 for surface irons - the spin cadence just feels a little more natural/comfortable to achieve a good swim speed. However, I keep 1 stick with a 6:1 reel specifically for skip jig - the extra retrieve rate makes it easier to keep the jig skipping along the surface...

Second consideration is that the lower ratio gives you a bit more leverage when fighting the fish...
 

JamesTaylor

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James Taylor
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I got the 25nsdp for surface irons and like it a lot. Ive only got rockfish with the reel so far but it was way easier to crank them up with the 4.8:1 ratio. It would be an awesome flyline reel also. The freespool is excellent