Yes! As fast as you can possibly go while keeping it in the water and/or over the tops of the weeds your fishing on. It is easier though to switch to a higher gear ratio instead of just cranking on your old 4.1:1 shimano
Hey Man, Just another thought on that burning of spinnerbaits idea..both inline and safety pin style. The blades on the bait will make a substantial difference in the top end speed you can crank at. Of course the willow leaf and thin style blades can be cranked much faster while Colorado and more round/oval blades will have to be cranked a bit slower.
It may not make a difference on any given day... however, there are those days when speed is the trigger that gets the fish to actually commit to the bait. On those days it sometimes translates into several more bites if you go to the willow leaf style and can therefore increase the speed a bit more. Not to mention you can also cover a bit more water as a faster retrieve simply translates into more total casts over the course of a day. More total casts in a day equals a greater number of total feet of water covered per day.
Just one more trick you can pull out that might get a few more bites from time to time.
SurfsUp, after reading your last reply to chasen slabs #1 I thought this was gonna be some spin on words to where you'd want him to actually take the buzzbaits and burn them in a fire or something...:-) but you surprised me. Good advice! Man you can get those 'up nort' boys rolling
If your looking to use speed to trigger some suicide fish a way to get a little more speed and less lift is to flatten the willow blade a little. Just take a pliers and bend some of the cup out of the blade.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988