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Thread: Advice with selecting a rod
Aug-06-2010, 12:45 AM #11Captain
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My vote would be:
Calstar: 7465H (can fish the rail or harness)
Seeker: SS6463XXXH (can fish the rail or harness)
I own one of each, the Seeker has slightly better recoil IMO, but it weighs more than the Calstar (in general Calstar blanks are lighter in weight for similar rated pound tests). If you are using the rail, blank weight and finished rod weight is not that big a factor.
I am with Jamie on the Seeker 2x4, a 30 size lever drag reel is a MUCH better match for that rod which was designed to cast live bait further as well. The 30 size reels cast better than the 50's and with the use of Spectra you can now get pretty decent line capacity on the 30 size reels.
Same goes for Calstar's 770 series, the 30 size reels match MUCH better than the 50's.
Perfect two outfits for a 10 day cow town fishing trip would be your SDS 50 on the Seeker SS6463XXXH for 100lb/130lb leader, and then a 30 size reel (not a wide version) on a Calstar 770XH for 80lb/100lb leader. Both rods custom made with ringed guides for casting, and long foregrips for use of the rail, sized for your arm length and height.
My 2 cents
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