Better rod for 20-25#...800xlh or 800l

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  1. AWilliams

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    Having trouble deciding on a rod for 20-25# duties. Having never fished Calstars...only handled them in the store, which would be better suited for the 20-25# line class? The XLH is significantly more...don't know why. About $80 more. Maybe the GG 270-8h...Currently have a Phenix Abyss 807 but it's just too light. The Calstars just seem right when you pull on them.
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  2. TEAMFISH

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    My personal choice would be an 196 8' for 20# and a 800L for 25#
    If you want to cover both the 800L will do just fine
     
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    800xlh is one of Caltars' best blank
     
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    Thanks guys...I handled the 270-8h as well as the 800l side by side and coudn't tell much of a difference...I know 1 is 100 graphite and the gg 270-8h is composite....how will they fish differently? The 800l felt a tad lighter and smaller diameter in the butt. 800l is quite a bit more $$ as well. Sorry for the newb questions...
     
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    I've seen the 800L fished with 40# and 13# of drag and it did well. I was impressed.
     
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    X2! Love mine!
     
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    IMHO the 800XL sweetspot is 15-20LB and the 800L a 20-25LB.

    Both composite. Grafighters are thinner diameter. The GG 270-8H is a composite version of the old glass 270 but faster and lighter. I'd fish the GG 270-8H as 25-30LB and know it can do 40LB in a pinch.
     
  8. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    Xl or XLH. L sucks
     
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    My personal preference for 25# is the 800ml (I skip strait to 40, and don't fish 30) and I fish #15-20 on a 900xl in finesse situations when it's really tough.
     
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    I fish 20-25 on my 800L.its my favorite stick.
     
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    I'm about to buy an xlh blanks for my 20lb rig..I think it's perfect for it.
     
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    Any particular reason why? I know the blanks are about 2 oz. different.
     
  14. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    The L is way to stiff in the tip. Even the ML has a lighter tip.
     
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    lol....that makes absolutely no sense....right
     
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    I've had a grafighter 800l 4 Years love it, actually use it for light iron before I started learning how to throw with a 9-foot jig stick it's a perfect all-around light bait stick light iron rod.
     
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    800l. Great back bone with a sensitive top. Light also. I've used mine for 20-30lb for many years with no problems.
     
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    Are we talking the same rod? The 800L has a super soft tip. Perfect amount for flicking a bait
     
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    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    I disagree
     
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    Bondrvr GOT A CUSTOM ROD FOR MY WIFE,,,,GREAT TRADE

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    800xl = 20
    800xlh= 25
    800l= crap
    800ml =30
     

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