Best Wseabass rod options : Whats say you?

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Looking for some educated ideas on 2 rods primarily for fishing island seabass, yellows and squid on lead head, small egg sinker. Likely paired with Saltiga 35 and 20, all braid with a small fluoro top shot. I have some Phoenix BD that are too stiff for this application, and a 9 foot Abyss which has a soft enough tip but not the backbone I am looking for. Ideally i would have one 8' for 65lb braid and 30-50 fluoro for lead lead head, and then a 8'6" or 9'. Perhaps a super seeker with a soft enough tip to feel the bottom as i walk the lead head back to the boat and absorb head shakes with the no stretch braid, and yet backbone enough to lay wood to a tanker trying to get in the anchor.

What blanks or rods do you experts recommend. Thanks
Phil

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2 rods:

8-9’, 15-40 rating like a 900L with a trini 16, or similar star drag fished with anything but some fish it as heavy as 80lb braid, 80lb flouro. Heavy shank leadhead or slider and Aki twist hook. Casting up on the beaches, hoping a squid along.

7-8’ 20-60 or 30-80 like an 800h, 65-80lb braid, same heavy flouro, same reel even, this one is fished in the rod holder with either a dropperloop or jig n squid.
 

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I’m right with Robert on this one but just a step up. I use the 900m and 800xh calstars. I do however switch which one I use for leadhead and squid depending on the grade of fish and how they are oriented to cover. When it’s on the coast (typically larger grade) and near heavy kelp, I use the 800xh for pure pulling power on the kelp cutter rig 80# spectra to 60# flouro. The 900m fishes 30-40 well and has both the give and backbone you speak of. Both have proven effective for me.
 

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If you are already looking at the Seeker line, I would look are their TACTIC series. The TAC80 was built specifically for Seabass. Give those guys a call I am sure they can give you more information on the rod than I can. It has become my favorite leadhead and squid rod by far. It has enough tip to cast out a ways and to absorb the head shakes we know and love.
 
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I agree with all said so far. You might also look at the Okuma PCH-C-801H. Fun to fish with, modern technology, and great bang for the buck.
 

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what manufacturer of the blank please?
I was thinking Calstar because that’s what I had and used when I fished the sea bass more than I do now, but honestly lots of manufacturers have really good stuff fit for it. The Rainshadow RCLBs are very similar, and UC and Seeker also make some damn great stuff as well.
 

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If you are already looking at the Seeker line, I would look are their TACTIC series. The TAC80 was built specifically for Seabass. Give those guys a call I am sure they can give you more information on the rod than I can. It has become my favorite leadhead and squid rod by far. It has enough tip to cast out a ways and to absorb the head shakes we know and love.
Thanks, I will check that out!
 
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FYI, there's an identical thread a month old asking same question.
 

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what manufacturer of the blank please?
I am in the minority but Cal Star makes the best rods with the lighest tips. The GF 800 series are in my opinion some of the best rods made. Also the E Glass BT 610 is a all time classic for 40lb rods. Nice moderate action with backbone to pull hard.
 

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OLD SCHOOL WHITE SEABASS (Atractoscion nobilis) FISHING ROD

i have calstars GF 700L 700ML 700M - but the one i find most interesting (to catch my first big WSB) is an old school Sabre Golden 670 GS1670C 7' - using Avet MXJ Raptor and MXL

that and a '90s calstar 670 8' (e-glass that was one of the first rods i built)...

BTW, is there a California limit on sport caught white seabass - anyone catch and release?

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