I'm on the other end of the spectrum, I prefer the high gears for double 10's on a muskie reel. With a low gear ratio you need hand speed to keep a bait moving, with high gears you just reel slower. I started last season with a 5:1:1 Okuma Induron 400, I ended the season with a 6:3:1 Shimano Curado 300 DSV for big blades. I found that having to reel faster tired me out faster than a steady slower retrieve. My bass/walleye crank reel is a 7:1:1 for twitching X Raps. I just piked up a Revo Toro in 5:3:1 for bucktails this year, time will tell how it works. I know a few other guys in our club thats running Revo Inshores for cowgirls and like them, not sure on the gear ratio on those.
Power handles are well worth the cost, helps a bunch for pulling big blades, I run them on my Okumas and the Toro came with one to that I'll put on to try. If you pull double duty with the reel the power handle may not be the best option for jerk baits or topwaters.
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