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Calstar btg 690j....30 or 40#

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  1. AWilliams

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    Hey guys,

    For the folks that have the Calstar btg 690j....do you feel its more of a 30 or 40# stick? I have one custom built and have a hard time deciding on where it excels at....Specs on it are 20-50. Thanks...
     
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    30 light jig stick.
     
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    It’s a light jigstick for #30. Perfect for targeting the 3 B’s
     
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    30# good for cuda, bonito, small YT, small YFT.
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    30... look at the ratings on the blank...
     
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    I did....says 20-50...could be either 30 or 40 if you toss out the low and high numbers.
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Usually you fish the lower of the 2..
     
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    i called Calstar corp on that same theory (i can be thick when my instinct goes against the current) i recommend calling them for your own conversation

     
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    I'd recommend staying at 30# the BTG 90J fishes 40# with no issues.
     
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    I fish 40 on mine but that's just me
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You can fish what ever line you want on it but at certain point that blank will bend right through the butt, even behind the reel if you pull hard enough. Great 3bs rod, small yellows no problem, but once you get into the chance of a 20lb yellow and you are in any kind of structure or whatnot you will know why people are saying it’s 30lb rod. It casts small jig like a champ though!
     
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    The BTG is a 35/65 gg rod and has plenty of backbone but like I said...that's just me
    30 pound....sure....40 pound...no problem....YMMV
     
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    Good point, I thought it was was the all glass 690j, the GG is probably more forgiving with heavier tests with the stiffer graphite butt
     
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    My 690 is from the 90's. I fish 40# on mine.
     
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    100% accurate. The 690J is perfect for Catalina Island.
     
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    My 2 cents. We all fish a bit different in style, that will affect the the combination of rod/reel/line that is ideal for us. If 40# works for you and your style go for it. I bought my 690j with intention of it being a 30# set up for light jigs/megabaits/plastic. I'm sure I could use 40# but I have a 90J I like for 40#.
     
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    My 690j is paired with tn16n 30# .
     
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    I had gg90j and a glass 90j. The gg was a lot stiffer than the glass. Maybe the gg690j with 40lb will work.
     
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