Axis 780 Phenix or 820. H or XH. Looking for suggestions for baitcasting for San Diego Bluefin. Will be using it with Penn Fathom 25N 2 speed reel.

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Phenix Axis 780 or 820. H or XH. Looking for suggestions for baitcasting for San Diego Bluefin. Will be using it with Penn Fathom 25N or 30 2-speed reel. Want to get bait as far away from the party boat as possible when casting without giving away too much when it comes to fighting a fish. Time to update my old stuff at a reasonable cost. Thanks for the input.
 

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    '03 Parker 2520 Louie-Lui II
    I have a 25N on the 820H. I use it mainly for throwing iron though. I just picked up an 820XH and stuck a 40N on that. Love those rods, nice tip should be good for casting baits.
     
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    surfgoose

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    Both rods are very good, and excellent values for the dollar. If the goal is yellowtail then the 820H would cast a bit easier, and still fight fine. If the goal is bluefin then the 780XH would be more appropriate. You are going to be using a sinker rig for bluefin more than flylining, very likely, or dropping lures. So the decrease in casting distance is not that important.

    In the future you will have an 820 for the 25N and a heavier rod for your heavier reel, which should be a 40N. The cost difference is negligible between the 30 and 40, and the 40 is the appropriate step-up from the 25.
     
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    Both rods are very good, and excellent values for the dollar. If the goal is yellowtail then the 820H would cast a bit easier, and still fight fine. If the goal is bluefin then the 780XH would be more appropriate. You are going to be using a sinker rig for bluefin more than flylining, very likely, or dropping lures. So the decrease in casting distance is not that important.

    In the future you will have an 820 for the 25N and a heavier rod for your heavier reel, which should be a 40N. The cost difference is negligible between the 30 and 40, and the 40 is the appropriate step-up from the 25.
    thanks for the info. currently, majority of bluefin out of san diego are being caught on a flylined sardine, small #4 mutu circle hook, and 30 lb floro leader. That said, casting as far away from the party boat is important. Again all, thanks for your input.
     
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