Californian Tri-Helix 809H vs Phenix 809H

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  1. ol'skool

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    OK, now that i'm leaning heavily toward pairing my Lexa HD400 with 809H Abyss; how does it compare to the "Phenix made" Californian CTX809H? Anyone fished the Turner's version or pulled on both to compare. Wouldn't mind saving a few bucks but not at the expense of being dissatisfied!
     
  2. dctalk523

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    The Californians are fantastic rods. Blank is from Phenix.
     
  3. ol'skool

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    Good to know...thanks!
     
  4. russ1962

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    I was in Turner's yesterday and I believe they had them priced at about $175.
     
  5. QueenAnnesRevenge

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    The californian feels more like an axis than abyss
     
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    Yes it’s more like an axis pretty good for the money specially when they’re on sale. I have 2 the 805ML and the 909H jigstick
     
  7. ol'skool

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    Yeah, I noticed that the lower end of the line rating started 5lbs heavier than the Abyss. My buddy checked one out in Turners and he thought it was a bit stiffer.
     
  8. QueenAnnesRevenge

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    The axis fishes faster and the abyss more moderate. The axis(Californian) shuts off faster where the abyss can bend down into the lower 1/2. I prefer the axis/Californian as I dont Care for the abyss aesthetics, actions or weight.
     
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  9. ol'skool

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    So...another BD'r recommended the Abyss over the Black Diamond if using spectra (which I will be) to provide a little "give". No issues from your perspective in that regard? The Californian is sounding like a pretty sweet deal :-)
     
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    I think they're glass/composite blends
    So nice light tip, good backbone.
    The black diamond is all carbon and super fast.
     
  11. ol'skool

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    I think you're dead on; the Axis and the CTX809H have the same exact specs.
     
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    So whic one did you end up getting? Im intrested in the 90h trihelix rod
     
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    Get the tri helix they should be going on sale sometime in the next couple weeks best rod under $200 by far.
     
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    I've got some Phenix and Californian's. It has been a work horse for a few years. Great bang for your buck! I sold/am selling off Phenix stuff for Seekers, but am keeping all the Californians.
     
  15. ol'skool

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    I got the Californian tri helix paired up with the Lexa 400 and love it. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to pull real hard on it yet. I was hoping to when I went on an overnighter last Friday on the New Lo An. The BF were thick...under us and all around us off SCI. Schools of 30-80# jumping every where but only four on the deck and all at grey light on flat falls. To more in the afternoon that got farmed also on flatfalls...wouldn't touch the bait. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the CTX.
     
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    I tried rockfishing with a long 909h Californian. Will stick with throwing irons with it instead of dropping 12oz sinkers deep haha
     
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    BTW, a nod to the Captain and crew of the New Lo An; tho our count was low, the crew worked hard for us, very helpful and courteous, and a nice boat for 1-2 day trips. Definitely will be seeing them again!
     
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    If ypu have an m1 inshore LMK!!
     

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