Low gear ratio baitcaster
On a kinda related note, the 22" per turn only brings in about 12", but the spool is half full, so I'm guessing with a full spool the rate will increase Interestingly, the zebco 33 I am trying to replace as spooled right now had a higher retrieval rate. The fish eagle baitcaster I tested the concept with has basically the same retrieval amount as the 33, another interesting finding.
For anything under a quarter ounce I suggest a spinning rod and reel. For crappie fishing I like a light weight rod and reel for casting jigs but I like a medium rod 6 1/2 or 7 foot rod for shooting jigs under docks. Shooting docks is something that is tough to master but very rewarding when you learn it.
Everything over a quarter ounce becomes a baitcaster for me but my clients most of the time use spinning outfits. I have spinning rods and reels of many weights for them.
I like seven foot or longer rods for baitcasters so that you can throw the bait farther and it really helps on hook set as much as anything.
Reel speed I agree just slow down but I too like a slower retrive speed for certain things. It is harder to move a big crankbait with a fast retrieve reel. For some baits like a jig or a worm high speed is great. However you have to remember the reel is for storage of line only when fishing. You have to move the bait only with the rod to fish them properly.