Axis, Abyss, Black Diamond. . .?

Scold

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mattyd102477

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PSW 809H....killed numerous 30-40lb bluefin this summer on it, beat up on all the 8-25lb yft you could stand, whopped bunch of dorado and even had a fighting chance on a nice stripey. Love that rod, favorite set up by far.
 
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Carl

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PSW 809H....killed numerous 30-40lb bluefin this summer on it, beat up on all the 8-25lb yft you could stand, whopped bunch of dorado and even had a fighting chance on a nice stripey. Love that rod, favorite set up by far.
ditto
 

skipjackrobert

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The Constitution or Tomahawk with Stan
What a fun decision to make!
 

Toro-X

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I'm a bit overwhelmed. Which blank would you buy to make a 30lb bait rod (8' please)?
Do you want straight carbon fiber or some glass in the mix. The Axis and Abyss are a composite and have a softer tip section due to the S-glass. Black Diamond and Hybrids are straight carbon fiber. They are going to feel different.
I would check out the Axis 820H #25-60 for fishing #30. I built a 820MH #20-45. It feels like a #25 rod. If you want a straight carbon fiber rod go with the PSW 809H. If you want a little more meat, go with the 809XHJ.
 

hucklongfin

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Another vote for the psw809h, I have 2.
 

fishordie

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depends what reel you are matching it with and what species you are targeting. Small and stealthy go with the 809H Black Diamond. Great bait stick especially if you mount something like a Lexa. If you are looking for something a bit more robust to go with a bit bigger reel for line capacity go with the Axis. I love the 80XHJ but it is not a 30 pound bait stick. A ton of influence on choice depends on hand size and what the angler feels most comfortable with. I love the lighter weight, small diameter, yet still firm backbone rods these guys are making. I am a huge believer in what Phenix is doing in the 80 pound and under long and short range rods.

Best of luck.

Jamie
 

J.AkuHed

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Paired with a Talica8II? What do you look for in a bait stick? How soft a tip, how slow or fast action do you like to fish? If you like soft tipped parabolic rods, take a look at the Abyss and the Axisi. For faster rod actions and a stiffer tip, look at the Black Diamond and the Hybrid.
For me, personally, I tend to go for the lighter line rating with a stiffer tip (I like a stiff tip for tossing light baits) I know that the Phenix will pull well beyond the line rating should the need arise.
My choice would be the Phenix M1 Inshore ISMX-82MH, 8'2", 15-35lb.
 

PATYMELTER1

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Do you want straight carbon fiber or some glass in the mix. The Axis and Abyss are a composite and have a softer tip section due to the S-glass. Black Diamond and Hybrids are straight carbon fiber. They are going to feel different.
I would check out the Axis 820H #25-60 for fishing #30. I built a 820MH #20-45. It feels like a #25 rod. If you want a straight carbon fiber rod go with the PSW 809H. If you want a little more meat, go with the 809XHJ.
I just bought an 820H
 

ReelDealAngler

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For pen cured sardines the Calstar 800M is a real winner in my book for that 30lb bait rod application and for even tossing the lighter small (Tady C size) jigs as well. IMO your reel's free spool is more important than your rod action when it comes to 30lb bait rods. The 800ML has a softer tip section if you prefer the "old school" whippier tip for smaller size baits.
 

NickyBaby

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800M or 809xhj 25-60 like above.

Can pull very hard on both rods with 30 and you can also fish 40 no problem.