40lb set-up suggestions

basscatcher

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I’m sure this question has been asked numerous times, but I am thinking of getting a 40lb set up. I normally fish calstar and seeker. I would prefer this set up to be no longer than 7ft. What’s your suggestions?
 

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i have a phenix psw700 xh pair with a Avet raptor mxj 380 yards of 65lb pro spec braid and chance the top shot between 30 and 50 lb leader so far works great, light and strong
 

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Calstar Grafighter 700H or Super Seeker 6470. I use Avet JX 6/3 and Avet LX 6/3. These combos are now outdated but they have not failed me yet.
 
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I prefer a little more bendo than the GF 700h (30-80) gives on 12lbs drag (40lb)

My 40# tuna surface bait rig is a GF 700m (20-50) w/ avet mxl or mxj Raptors

My 40lb casting jig stick is calstar 670 8' (20-50) old school eglass w/ Daiwa saltist BG 40h star drag reel

My approach with calstars is to fish them a bump down from their max rating vs those who fish them a bump up from their minimum rating - I think my approach gives the blank a little extra spring to absorb shocks to compensate for non-stretching braid spectra (and the lighter action is easier on my back to pull on)

I’m typically fishing 1.5-day sandiego boats - not pulling monsters away from rocks and structures where extra backbone may be desirable, but I have both calstar grafighter 700m&h rods

I have HX Raptor w/ 60# on my 700h... rigged for flylining sardines for tuna

I’m using GF 875h (30-60) as my 50lb rig w/ avet Jx Raptor

And a HXW Raptor 3speed w/ 60-80lb on GF 700xh (40-100#) for longer soaks and deeper drops

PS:

for heavy bluefin flat falls, i have an Avet Pro EX 30/2 for 80-100lb line on a GF 760H (50-120#)

30lb calstar rig: GF 700ml (20-40) on an Avet MXL nonRaptor

hopefully i'll get another shot or two at the larger bluefin this year...
 
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mike garrahan

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For many years the standard 40lb 7' bait rod has been the Calstar grafighter 700H. The grafighter is a graphite composite rod so it is light and strong. An all glass 670 or 6470 also works fine as a 40lb rod but it will weigh a little more than the composite rod. Seeker also makes a graphite composite 40lb 7' rod. Look at the Superseeker and Blacksteel 670's or 6470's.
For 40lb reels there is a lot to choose from. I like the Avet JX or JX raptor. The LX or MXL raptor would also work fine as well as a Penn Fathom 25 2 speed, a small Shimano Talica or one of the medium size Accurate 2 speeds.
If you are looking for a 40lb rod you should come to the fishing tackle swapmeet in Carson this Sunday. I have a Calstar 700H that I am selling along with a 700M and several other 7' 40lb rods. The price will be about half of what you would pay in a store.
 

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For many years the standard 40lb 7' bait rod has been the Calstar grafighter 700H. The grafighter is a graphite composite rod so it is light and strong. An all glass 670 or 6470 also works fine as a 40lb rod but it will weigh a little more than the composite rod. Seeker also makes a graphite composite 40lb 7' rod. Look at the Superseeker and Blacksteel 670's or 6470's.
For 40lb reels there is a lot to choose from. I like the Avet JX or JX raptor. The LX or MXL raptor would also work fine as well as a Penn Fathom 25 2 speed, a small Shimano Talica or one of the medium size Accurate 2 speeds.
If you are looking for a 40lb rod you should come to the fishing tackle swapmeet in Carson this Sunday. I have a Calstar 700H that I am selling along with a 700M and several other 7' 40lb rods. The price will be about half of what you would pay in a store.
Info on swap meet?
 

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For many years the standard 40lb 7' bait rod has been the Calstar grafighter 700H...
Back in the day wasn’t the calstar 700h rated at 30-60?
 

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GFGR 700M / JX2 /65 solid braid/ No real need for the raptor I've caught up to 70 lb YFT with this rig...Unless you have the extra cash then go with the JXR with MQ 80 braid I own two love them..
 

tunanorth

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For 40lb reels there is a lot to choose from. I like the Avet JX or JX raptor. The LX or MXL raptor would also work fine as well as a Penn Fathom 25 2 speed, a small Shimano Talica or one of the medium size Accurate 2 speeds..


Should add, if the PENN Fathom FTH25NLD2 fits the size/performance needs, but a Talica, Raptor, or most Accurates will fit into the budget, then a Torque TRQ25NLD2 should definitely also be considered.
 
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mike garrahan

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The fishing tackle swapmeet is Sunday Sept 8th at the Carson Civic Center. It is on Carson Bl about a block west of the 405.
 

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The fishing tackle swapmeet is Sunday Sept 8th at the Carson Civic Center. It is on Carson Bl about a block west of the 405.
I know exactly where that's at as I live in the area.

Time?
 

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One thing about using a seven foot rod as your 40 pound setup, you aren't going to be casting surface lures or live bait very far with the excellent two-speed reels already mentioned. Yo-yoing, fine.

With a shorter rod (I prefer eight foot, almost always) I think that you would be happier overall with a strong star-drag reel that is very easy to cast. I have a Penn 113 HN "Baja Special" that filled the 40 pound role for a lot of years, and still take it with me on every trip. They make a newer version of it which is excellent at both power and casting. I love my 2-speeds too, but it is fun to keep it simple sometimes. And anything up to about fifty pounds is a Dead Fish Swimming.
 
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For normal day boat applications I would get a Penn Fathom 30 Star drag reel filled with 300 yards or so of 65lb. solid spectra, with enough room for a 25-50 yard mono topshot.

Rods 7’ or under (in no particular order):

Diawa Proteus PBRT70HF (best bang for your buck on new rod imo)

PHENIX Black Diamond PSW700XH

Calstar any “20-50” rated rod:
665H
Grafighter 765XL
700M
865XH (actually rated 25-60)

Good luck - lots of choices out there.
 
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For reel selection.
Lots of great choices out there. If I were selling you the reel I would ask how you would expect to use the reel and what your budget is.

Personally, I use several for 40#.

Local island fishing: Okuma Tesoro 12, Trinidad 20a, Trinidad 40

Offshore: Talica 10 and 12, Okuma Makaira 10, Okuma Andros 12SIIa. Trinidad 40.

If the bigger fish are around I’d grab the Makaira 10. If I was yo-yoing I’d grab the Andros or Trini 40. If the fish were footballs I’d grab the Talica 10.

It just kinda depends and since this is a commonly used line class it would be great if you had a few.
 

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trini 16/20 or maybe even accurate tern 400
 

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Super Seeker D8 with a Trinidad 20a. All glass will save your ass when a big fish comes knocking. I have 550yrds of 50# braid on my 20a. I bet I won’t get spooled!

Hope you find something nice. Good luck.
 
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