A very common, easy-to-solve problem for muskie and pike anglers (as well Kodak Musky Momentas many anglers of other species), is not having a full spool of line on their baitcasting reels. As a long time guide, this was something I saw with frequency. Usually, the anglers in question had very good quality equipment yet their reels were only to 2/3 full.
Half-full reels, regardless of whether or not the gear ratio is high simply don’t pick up line fast enough to work most lures. Considering the loss in diameter not having the spool full each revolution picks up significantly less line. Also, the drag does not work as smoothly in this case. So, whether you do it yourself, or have it wound for you make certain you fill those spools!