Fishing rod reccomedations

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BlueSashimi

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I got 2 of the new Abu Garcia REVO Toro Beast, one in high and one in low gear. I will also be getting the new 450 okuma komodo's when they come out. I know when it comes to Pelagic fishing, its Makairas, Accurates, and Avets or GTFO, but this is what I got now to start. Whats a good rod to pair with these reels? I know these are not the kind of reels I should be expecting to catch 100lbers on but I know they are beefy reels for their size. I live in Norcal right now but I plan on doing more fishing trips on socal for the tuna,yellowtail, ect ect. I am looking for a couple versatile rods that can handle flylining live bait to casting irons to dropper loop bottom fishing. I don't plan on doing a lot of Long Range trips so I don't want a just a big broomstick type pole. I see guys the type of baitcasters that I have use the Phenix rods and I hear good things about them. What about Calstar and Seeker? Are those rods more for those conventional Makaira type reels? I want my reels to match the rod that I have too. Any suggestions would be nice. Thanks.
 
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backlashjack

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Match the rod to what lb. test you intend on using. And match the rod to any specific angling (ie; long rod for surface jigs, stiffer tip for heavy jig, lighter tip for flinging out a bait, etc.).

Best advice is..... wait for it................wait for it...................wait for it.





Pull on the rod and see how you like the feel.
 
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hucklongfin

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There are a lot of good rods that match up with those reels. Shimano Teramar, Daiwa Proteus, Cousins Raze all match up with baitcasters. I mostly use Phenix but have Teramars, Cousins, Graftechs, Daiwas, Calcuttas for inshore too.
 
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RichG

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Here's my two bits.

If you are going to fish So.Cal for yellowtail, tuna, etc. Why not get a rod that's made in So. Cal. I agree with the line and stiffness.

So you have Calstar, United composite (former Seeker guys); Seeker. Not sure where Phoenix is made but have heard good things. I suggest a 7 to 8 foot rod and if you really like casting surface irons, then a 9 foot Ula.
 
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tanner.s

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United Composites, Cousins, Seeker, Calstar, and a few others are the favorites. I don't like Phenix much.

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luckylogger6

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Maybe skip the new okuma baitcaster and pick up a Penn fathom 25n LD2 and an 8' rod to fish 30-40lb. You can catch 95% of fish targeted on trips up to 6 days with that combo.
 
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BlueSashimi

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Maybe skip the new okuma baitcaster and pick up a Penn fathom 25n LD2 and an 8' rod to fish 30-40lb. You can catch 95% of fish targeted on trips up to 6 days with that combo.

I forgot to mention I also have a 2 speed okuma metaloid too. Thanks for suggestions though. Next time I'm down there I will try to stop at a tackle shop and hold a few of these rods.
 
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