2. Cranking: Lew's 5.1:1 BB-1 Pro
"This reel in the slower ratio is good for several reasons. First, it's got a wide handle, so it's easy to grip and get leverage. With that slower ratio, you can throw the super deep divers and not get worn out," Christie said. "Finally, this particular reel in the slow ratio doesn't have the Zero Reverse that the other reels have. Rather than immediately stopping when you try to reel it backward it'll pop back just a half inch. Why? David Fritts developed that feature, and he told me that it increases your ability to feel bites and bottom structure, and it really, really does. I was amazed by that little feature."