Calstar 700H capability

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  1. ysmoose

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    I know this is a 40/50lb rod, but what is the biggest tuna it can handle paired with a talica 12/16?

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  2. eric harner

    eric harner Caliente Tuna

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    I love my 700 h I’m comfortable with fish up to 100 lbs it will kill a113 I know that for a fact ! FYI I’ve killed 75 pound YFT with my 700m. Love my Calstars !
     
  3. ironmike

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    It'll handle anything. The 700 series is way underrated. I caught a 115 YFT on my 700M. As said above, they're tough, they'll do it!!
     
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    I’ve gotten a 90lb bluefin on mine, I haven’t got a thing since. I suck at fishing.
     
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    I saw a 150 lb. yellowfin caught on one at Guadalupe with a Talica 12.
     
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    How strong is your back?
     
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    I have a Calstar 700H paired with a Penn Fathom 40nld2 with 80#, it has just a touch more power than my 7'6" UC Predator paired with an Avet HX with 60# braid. 60# leader = Calstar, 50# leader = Predator.
     
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    Yellowtail Dan I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yep, Mike nailed it. I have 2 700H’s and 2 XH’s, love them
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Worst case is you sort of point the rod at the fish and use your weight to back up and get line that way rather then putting a bigger bend in the rod. Watch Ksong videos, he’s a master at putting a lot of force on a big fish using a lighter than you should rod.
     
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    I have personally witnessed an angler catch about a 230 YFT on a 700H paired with a Talica. Took him a little over an hour. The rod was definitely maxed out but he got it done.
     
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    I have 3 or 4 700H's. They are one of my favorite rods. I usually fish them with an Avet JX, LX or HX with 65lb spectra and a 40lb or 50lb fluro leader. They work great for bait or yoyo for fish up to around 80 or 90lbs. Once you start getting into fish above that like 100 to 150lbs you are much better off with a rod that is a little longer and has a stronger tip to lift the fish when you are using the rail.
    You really need 2 outfits. A 700H with a Talica 12 for 40 and 50lb and a 700XH or Seeker OSP 1x3 or other similar rod with a Talica 16 for 60 and 80lb. I'm sure it is possible to catch a 150 or 200lb fish on a 700H with a Talica 16 but it is going to be a lot of work and it is definitely not the right size setup for that size fish.
     
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    i recently picked up a used factory GF 700H (7' 30-80) for $150 and put Seaguar 60lb fluoro on it (HX Raptor 18lbs drag at strike) - intended 50# plus bluefin off san diego surface fishing sardines

    haven't fished it yet

    i'm expecting the 700H's bendo and recoil will fish similar to my custom GF 760L (6' 30-80) - caught a mean 80lb bluefin on it last spring fishing a sinkered sardine a couple hundred feet deep and the 760L performed beautifully with an HXW Raptor 3speed and 18lbs drag (60lb)

    got a custom GF 700XH as a second 60# rig that i intend to bump up to 80# when needed - moved my HXW Raptor 3speed to the 700XH and put the 760L grafighter roller rod on the shelf
     
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    700H a all time favorite.

    A 700H is not a BIG fish rod. Yah great 40-50# rod that performs great up to approximately 120lb tunafish before loosing lifting power.

    Here is a touth teenager 170lb YFT on a long casting top shot of 50# berkley big game, full size barbie doll raider, and a Trinidad 30. High speed single speed, ouch. 2004

    Rod fully bottomed out on the up and down. Fish had to be completely lifted using the arms. Rod would not lift this fish

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    I use my GFGR 770HX for my 60/80 pound rig has more back bone & it's 7"6" length is nice for casting bait.:D
     
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    that's exactly where i want to be with my grafighter 700H (50-100lb range tuna w/ some commonsense rail assist)

    very useful info thanks...

    maybe the 15lbs of drag afforded by 50# line factors in the effort to bend the blank and lift a 175# fish - those calstar grafighters have a lot of recoil builtin the graphite lower
     
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    Caught my first 100# yft at the Lupe with a Yo's custom wrapped 700H and a Tiagra 16 over 10 years ago. I could've probably brought it in faster if I had properly set my drag, but the rod performed very well. The 700H is still part of my arsenal, but it's now paired with a Talica 12 two speed. Now, however, if the grade of tuna we are targeting is that same class, I would use my Calstar 775XH.
     
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    Me too

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