Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 gear disadvantage?

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Well, I wanted to post this thread before I get my hands on Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 but things happened quick and I got one in the trade
So my plan is to use this for almost all inshore application from fly line anchovies for small yellows to dropper loop for rock fish.
What is the advantage/disadvantage of going with lower gear? I've had 7.1:1 Lexa 300 HSP before but does lower gear ratio add that much cranking power?
Thanks for your input in advance!
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Well, I wanted to post this thread before I get my hands on Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 but things happened quick and I got one in the trade
So my plan is to use this for almost all inshore application from fly line anchovies for small yellows to dropper loop for rock fish.
What is the advantage/disadvantage of going with lower gear? I've had 7.1:1 Lexa 300 HSP before but does lower gear ratio add that much cranking power?
Thanks for your input in advance!
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The lower gear ratio does help with the retrieve on larger tails, but the drawback is if you're going to throw surface iron then you'll have to really adjust your retrieve speed.
 
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I I prefer the lower gear ratio
A Jerry said adjust your retrieve speed
If your like me who loves to fish jigs especially candy bar and old school jigs remember when those came out there was no such thing as high speed gear ratio on reels
 
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Well, I wanted to post this thread before I get my hands on Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 but things happened quick and I got one in the trade
So my plan is to use this for almost all inshore application from fly line anchovies for small yellows to dropper loop for rock fish.
What is the advantage/disadvantage of going with lower gear? I've had 7.1:1 Lexa 300 HSP before but does lower gear ratio add that much cranking power?
Thanks for your input in advance!
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That's the perfect LP baitcaster for flylining. The lower gear ratio gives you more torque on the retrieve but as stated above you lose speed if you plan on throwing surface iron, jigs, etc. I think it's about a 10-12 inch difference per handle rotation compared to the higher gear models. I have a 300 HS-P and a 400HD 7.1/1 and to be honest when I throw iron(or swimbaits) on them, winding at a slower pace kind of takes a little fun out of it. Maybe that's just me but I hope you enjoy it
 
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    Since when is 5-1 a lower gear speed,lol,i think you will be just fine.
     
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    Gear ratio is just one determinant of "cranking power". The key factors are spool height, handle length and gear ratio. Not necessarily in that order.

    To get the most out of any gear ratio you need as long a handles as is comfortable for your fishing. A short double paddle handle doesn't get the most out of a lower gear ratio whereas a long handle and low gears can make a real difference.
     
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    Gear ratio is just one determinant of "cranking power". The key factors are spool height, handle length and gear ratio. Not necessarily in that order.

    To get the most out of any gear ratio you need as long a handles as is comfortable for your fishing. A short double paddle handle doesn't get the most out of a lower gear ratio whereas a long handle and low gears can make a real difference.
    My Lexa handle is swapped by previous owner to daiwa power handle

    Thanks all for your comments! I really appreciate it
    My other low profile baitcasters have high gear ratio (7:1) so wanted to try something in lower gear to see if that makes any difference
    now I will need to hook up a fish to know real advantage/disadvantage
     
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    My Lexa handle is swapped by previous owner to daiwa power handle

    Thanks all for your comments! I really appreciate it
    My other low profile baitcasters have high gear ratio (7:1) so wanted to try something in lower gear to see if that makes any difference
    now I will need to hook up a fish to know real advantage/disadvantage


    If you have a power handle on a 5:1 reel you will notice it. :)
     
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    It's nice when you tie into a big yellow. To me, just annoying when throwing jigs/swimbaits. High speed for me. I just pump the fish more with high hear ratio, no problem.

    Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
     
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    So I used it last Saturday on some rockfish and I was pleased with more power it put out with lower gear.
    Yes, it may be little more work to use jigs and swimbaits but not much a trouble
    Thank you all for your comments!
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    With 5:1 it retrieves 23.3" per crank. I assume that's with a full spool so it 'll be slower with line in the water. That's fine for working a plastic along the bottom or fishing bait. For more open waters I prefer the 7:1 that gets 32.4" per crank.
     
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    So I used it last Saturday on some rockfish and I was pleased with more power it put out with lower gear.
    Yes, it may be little more work to use jigs and swimbaits but not much a trouble
    Thank you all for your comments!
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    Not the same reel but I have both tranx. I started fishing the high gear and loved it. I thought let's get the power gear and see what's up! I also found the lower gear to have that monstrous torque we all talk about. I prefer my power gear for surface iron now but you definitely would not wanna yoyo on the lower gear unless you're looking for a workout all day!
     
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    So I used it last Saturday on some rockfish and I was pleased with more power it put out with lower gear.
    Yes, it may be little more work to use jigs and swimbaits but not much a trouble
    Thank you all for your comments!
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    Does yours have the Factory Power Handle, or an Aftermarket Power Handle?
    I'm also looking to put a Power Handle on my 5.1:1 .
    Any recommendations on a good Power Handle?
     
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    Yeah, I saw that one.
    I'm curious, what is the length of it? The ad says 100mm, which is roughly 4".
    I just measured the factory power handle on my 7.1:1 and it's about 4 5/8".
    I saw one somewhere that was closer to 5" (or 125mm), but don't know where I saw it.

    *Update: I found it. Jigging World has the 125mm power handles.
     
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