8’ rod for 30

Mickeyfin

Mickeyfin
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Hello All,
I haven’t bought tackle lately and am interested in getting a longer stick to use with my Avet sxj for casting sardines. Currently using a Phenix Axis 7’2” rated 25-60. Although this is a nice rod for fighting a fish I’m not as good at casting sardines with it as I am with a Calstar 270h 8’ which I use for 25#. What do you think?
Thanks,
Mick
 

hucklongfin

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An SXJ for 30#? How about a Phenix psw809h. I like 7’6” bait rods so I use the UC Tilefish Jr and psw760h.
 
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Tom Honaker

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Hello All,
I haven’t bought tackle lately and am interested in getting a longer stick to use with my Avet sxj for casting sardines. Currently using a Phenix Axis 7’2” rated 25-60. Although this is a nice rod for fighting a fish I’m not as good at casting sardines with it as I am with a Calstar 270h 8’ which I use for 25#. What do you think?
Thanks,
Mick
Have a Tilefish jr with a penn torque 15xn, it's the best 30# pound combo I've ever fished. Got a 150# bluefin on it last year on 30# had to use every inch of line with 50# solid izor spectra backing, and a 10 foot topshot of Seiko floracarbon, took a hour and a half! That tilefish jr is a great 30# rod, I highly recommend it!
 
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Phishy Phil

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I have a Calstar 800 MH with a Torque 15XN, 40# Spectra with about 25 yards of 30# mono, as my go to rig when the motors stop. Casts a sardine great, and plenty of backbone for when the bigger ones hook up.
 
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2Rotten

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As others have posted above, I have a 7'6" UC Tilefish Jr. that I love for 30#. However... you want an 8' stick. My 8'0" UC Terminator is a bad-ass 40# stick, but the rod rating is 30 - 60# and it casts a 'dine really well. Definitely worth a look.
 
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Scott McPherson

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Hello All,
I haven’t bought tackle lately and am interested in getting a longer stick to use with my Avet sxj for casting sardines. Currently using a Phenix Axis 7’2” rated 25-60. Although this is a nice rod for fighting a fish I’m not as good at casting sardines with it as I am with a Calstar 270h 8’ which I use for 25#. What do you think?
Thanks,
Mick
I like the cal star 800ml. A little more tip for the sardine lob. A lot of great options though.
regards
Scott
 

TanstaaflSD

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    I think the Seeker, Hercules line...
    SHS 80H-8'8'20-40

    I have the older hercules 30~60, 8ft. I use an Avet MXJ(Rap) and it is a great light weight combo and a great Wahoo bait outfit.
    Tip is soft and backbone is strong. I usually fish at 40 but the 20~40 should be perfect at 30.
     
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    Mickeyfin

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    Update.
    Pulled on most every every 8'/30# rod at Bob Sands this week. Didn't check the Seekers and no Calstar 800's available. The highly recommended Tilefish Jr. seemed too stiff for my application. The UC RGP 80 Mega was about right but expensive so I chose the Phenix Axis 780H 7'8". Light tip and plenty of backbone. Time will tell
    Thanks again for the suggestions, Mick
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Even with a 20# YFT/BFT on the Tilefish Jr feels great! If you can't cast great, pick a better sardine that'll swim well for you and put it to work.
     
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    Steve K

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    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Mick, what reel are you using for 25 lb?
     
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    bdogie1

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    Best option Okuma pch c 801h -a sweet incredible looking carbon fiber rod a or a phenix black diamond psw809h I have both and both are sick...... But I noticed that stock is almost all dried up I believe okuma has no stock and hasn't shipped any for a while. Need to walk into a good tackle shop ...
     
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    Mickeyfin

    Mickeyfin
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    bdogie1- no Okuma 801's and all out of psw809's at Sands.
    SteveK- sxj raptor and/or sometimes fathom 25n
    Huck- Iso the perfect sardine every time at the tank. We choose from what's in the bait well and once in a while ask the mate for a hot one. I figure my hookup ratio increases if I can cast it further. The again I've seen newbies do everything wrong and get bit. LOL
     
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    Fat Spottie

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    bdogie1- no Okuma 801's and all out of psw809's at Sands.
    SteveK- sxj raptor and/or sometimes fathom 25n
    Huck- Iso the perfect sardine every time at the tank. We choose from what's in the bait well and once in a while ask the mate for a hot one. I figure my hookup ratio increases if I can cast it further. The again I've seen newbies do everything wrong and get bit. LOL
    Bigger reels, If look at the 800ML or the M. Graphfighters seems to be the slowest actionin that heavier 30lb line class as a composite rod. The Mega and tilefish is pretty soft as well but fishes a faster action. For a glass 30lb rod with some meat behind it... a 6480C or 670-8.
     
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    ZZZZZ

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    Update.
    Pulled on most every every 8'/30# rod at Bob Sands this week. Didn't check the Seekers and no Calstar 800's available. The highly recommended Tilefish Jr. seemed too stiff for my application. The UC RGP 80 Mega was about right but expensive so I chose the Phenix Axis 780H 7'8". Light tip and plenty of backbone. Time will tell
    Thanks again for the suggestions, Mick

    Landed a few BFT with one on 30# a 65# fish. On the 8' tilefish jr and some Lupe YFT up too 60lbs. Using the length at Lupe for short window spot casting insto corner bite. Buddy told me it's crazy expensive blank

    Playing with fire. Entire battle worrying about popping the knot from no stretch or maxing out something. Pass the rod pray the crew does not point the rod at the fish durring a brittle battle

    The phenix blends are awesome
     
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    Seeker guy

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    Hello All,
    I haven’t bought tackle lately and am interested in getting a longer stick to use with my Avet sxj for casting sardines. Currently using a Phenix Axis 7’2” rated 25-60. Although this is a nice rod for fighting a fish I’m not as good at casting sardines with it as I am with a Calstar 270h 8’ which I use for 25#. What do you think?
    Thanks,
    Mick
    Seeker 6480 hands down
     
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