Circles on broomstick rods??

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  1. Eric H

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    Ive used circles a long time for sharks, catfish and tuna and had great success.

    I recently bought a calstar grafighter 80-130 XXH (just getting into the bigger stuff) and its a total broom stick.

    Theres alot of talk that circles and stiff rods dont mix. I guess you need a bit of a soft tip in order for the circle to do its thing?
    Ive got the rod paired with a accurate valiant bv2 1000.

    Can someone provide there feedback or experience?
    Thanks
     
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    A 200lber will put a nice bend in that broomstick.
     
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    It sure will but that doesnt answer the question
     
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    Never heard that one but I've fished rods with that exact rating with circle hooks and done just fine. There may be some merit to the soft tip that I don't know about. When I fish circle hooks, I point the rod at the fish and let the line come tight. The tip has nothing to do with it with that method and it has worked pretty good for me.
     
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    OK, fair enough, here's what I do. When a biggie picks up my bait, I point my rod so it's on the same plane as my line. If it's straight down, I point the rod down. If I'm on a long soak and my line is way the hell out there, I point the rod towards the horizon. As the fish peels off line, I give it a 6-10 second count, then slowly engage the reel. The stiffness of the rod is negated by keeping it in-line with my line. The circle hook should pull back and set itself solidly. The fish will continue to pull line and only then do I gently lift my rod and start fighting the beast.
     
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    If the rod doesn't bend, use a longer leader. You need some shock absorption somewhere in the mix. To get the fish in my avatar I used a UC Viper 76 with 100# spectra, 25' of 100# fluoro and a 6/0 circle hook.
     
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    General rule of thumb for mono is 20% stretch...estimate how much shock absorption you want accordingly.
     
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    What connection did you use for that? Ive been using the albright and ive noticed when you put Alot of pressure on it the braid cuts into the mono and breaks. Mono to mono with albright has been solid though.
     
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    Just slowly increase your drag pressure until you get to the strike position...this will substitute for a softer tip...or slowly drag the hook to the corner.
     
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    I'd bet it's hollow connection or a FG knot
     
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    Is your question in regards to setting the hook or fighting the fish?

    I see answers dancing around how to engage the hook but only 1 answer seemed to address the soft tip part for fighting a fish. I'm guessing your question was in regards to pulling hooks during the fight but the question lacks clarity
     

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