best cal star 8 foot rod

Shon

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Shon
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Calstar graphiter 800H. I whooped on the wahoo to 50 pounds and yellowfin to 40 pounds just a couple weeks ago down at the ridge. I really liked the power it had and fished it with a Trindad 20 gold which I have 300 yards of 65# spectra and 100 yards of 40# Ande.
 
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SouthBayKiller

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I can’t remember the specific blank, but I pulled on what I think was a GFX800H and it seemed like a perfect 40lb blank to me. A little light for 50, which is what I was specifically looking for, but super nice light tip for a nice light cast but plenty of backbone with a nice shut off point in my estimation.
 
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bdubs73

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GFGR 800H 30-60lb. I pair it with a Metaloid 12 and it absolutely murders 60lb tuna. It is my "go to" 40lb setup on every trip.
 

skipjackrobert

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The Constitution or Tomahawk with Stan
Thie OP is using a talica 10, hence bait stick..
 
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Jeff Bruner
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I have a 800H never used it for bait fishing. It makes a great 40lb surface iron rod when set up deckhand style with cork tape or X-rap. Strong, durable, light. Much lighter than my main jig stick, 1967 Truline D-8.
 
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SouthBayKiller

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I love the GG6480 for 40. Hoping to have both an 800H and XH wrapped up by Dec 1, too. Was planning on using the 800H for 50...

Now to figure out how to store all these 8 footers under a 7 foot overhang!
Overhangs are the worst! I find myself up the bow at an angle more often than not.
 

skipjackrobert

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The Constitution or Tomahawk with Stan
I love the GG6480 for 40. Hoping to have both an 800H and XH wrapped up by Dec 1, too. Was planning on using the 800H for 50...

Now to figure out how to store all these 8 footers under a 7 foot overhang!
For me, the H is a 40, not 50 lb rod..jmo
 

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I still use glass for wahoo. I put a P440 with #40 on a Calstar 670-8, and a P533 with #50 on a 6480. I overtest the rods fishing surface iron for wahoo, as so much of the fight is “ point-and-grind!”.

For heavy iron I use a 760L for #40, and a 6480H for #50. I can fling a heavy jig plenty far enough with the 6’ rods.
 

the_tunaman

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I’ve got an 800M which I built earlier this year, and finally was able to put it to use on the last trip. The rod is rated 20-40#, and is IMHO a perfect 30# stick. I would have no compunction fishing 40 though, and actually had to drop down to 25# on this trip to get bit.

I caught a 50#-class fish on it, and it was as smooth as can be. Very nice extra-fast taper with plenty of backbone.

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Now i want to build an 800L for fishing 15-25#.

I also built an 875 this past year and like it for the heavier bait situations, as well as mixing it up and tossing some iron.
 
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