40lb/50lb rod opinion

Pyromedic56

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So almost exactly a year ago, I asked for 40lb reel opinions and got great info from all of you. I pulled the trigger on a Fathom 25nld2. Now I need guidance on the rod that I’m going to put the 25 on. I fished a Calstar 670c as my 40lb rod on my 8-day last year without any real issues, but I also didn’t hook anything over a 25lb YT with it. Now I inherited an old (late 70’s- early 80’s) custom Sabre 670 that may be a M or maybe a H. I also inherited a Fenwick PJ969c that says it’s rated 30-60. My question is, are any of these a good all-round 40lb rod? I may want to use the Fenwick to throw Wahoo bombs with my 40nld2 and 50lb. Any and all advice is welcome.
 
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hucklongfin

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The Sabre 670 is probably softer than the Calstar. Mount a reel on it with the drag set to what you use, tie it off, pull on it and see if has the power you want. If it does, it’s what you want, if not…
 
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PCH 801xh or 761xh are great budget options for 40-50. They are great bait rods and can throw heavy wahoo iron easily (though not ideal if your looking for light surface iron work).
 
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    I fish 40lb with Calstar 700MH/Avet LX 2 speed
    50lb on Calstar 765L/Avet HX 5/2 2 speed
    80lb Power Pro Spectra/Izorline First String both.
     
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    TanstaaflSD

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    So almost exactly a year ago, I asked for 40lb reel opinions and got great info from all of you. I pulled the trigger on a Fathom 25nld2. Now I need guidance on the rod that I’m going to put the 25 on. I fished a Calstar 670c as my 40lb rod on my 8-day last year without any real issues, but I also didn’t hook anything over a 25lb YT with it. Now I inherited an old (late 70’s- early 80’s) custom Sabre 670 that may be a M or maybe a H. I also inherited a Fenwick PJ969c that says it’s rated 30-60. My question is, are any of these a good all-round 40lb rod? I may want to use the Fenwick to throw Wahoo bombs with my 40nld2 and 50lb. Any and all advice is welcome.
    Two nominees....
    Seeker SSR 7640 --rated 30-50 a 7ft 6 rod a great Wahoo bomb rod ....comfortable at 40 very capable of 50.
    Seeker Black Steel 30(40)50, John Grabowski ,G-6470-7 ft -- super 40/50 YoYo rod for yellowtail! Very capable bottom bait rod. All around good stick.
    I recently bought a GFGR CalStar 800-H, 8 ft rated 30-60 pounds for that 40 & 50 pound duty on pelagics.

    I often add weights together and tie a light line and then thread the cord thru the rod and slowly look at dead lift capability -- as a part guide to leader rating to use for the rod. ((Ex: deadlift 12~13 pounds then good for X4 or 40~50 pound. Not all ratings are the same. ))

    Tight lines,
     
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    Pyromedic56

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    Thank you to everyone who responded, I really appreciate it. I was hoping against hope that I didn’t need to buy a better rod (yes, I know fishing is an expensive sport). I guess I’m saving up for another rod. 😁
     
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    Steve K

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    Thank you to everyone who responded, I really appreciate it. I was hoping against hope that I didn’t need to buy a better rod (yes, I know fishing is an expensive sport). I guess I’m saving up for another rod. 😁
    Don’t know what your budget looks like. I just cruised the buy/sell ads, nothing stuck out as appropriate for your needs. Consider one of the Okuma PCH rods or a Graftech GOF78XH

     
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    Pyromedic56

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    Don’t know what your budget looks like. I just cruised the buy/sell ads, nothing stuck out as appropriate for your needs. Consider one of the Okuma PCH rods or a Graftech GOF78XH

    That looks like it would fit the bill nicely. Thanks
     
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    IronMikeAC

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    So almost exactly a year ago, I asked for 40lb reel opinions and got great info from all of you. I pulled the trigger on a Fathom 25nld2. Now I need guidance on the rod that I’m going to put the 25 on. I fished a Calstar 670c as my 40lb rod on my 8-day last year without any real issues, but I also didn’t hook anything over a 25lb YT with it. Now I inherited an old (late 70’s- early 80’s) custom Sabre 670 that may be a M or maybe a H. I also inherited a Fenwick PJ969c that says it’s rated 30-60. My question is, are any of these a good all-round 40lb rod? I may want to use the Fenwick to throw Wahoo bombs with my 40nld2 and 50lb. Any and all advice is welcome.
    I have several Seeker 6470H. Great 40 to 50lb rods.
     
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