Good anchovy stick

Johnny Hirn

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Hi everyone.
I have an extra Daiwa Sealine laying around and wanted to make a chovie rig. I would be going for yellows mainly but really anything that is biting. I would be using this rig as a 30 and under setup. I was wondering what would be a good rod for throwing those small, pinheads- finger size baits. I am a student in high school therefore the budget is very low. Any recommendations and tips welcome.
Thanks
Tight lines,
Johnny

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have a Daiwa Lexa 300 with 50 pp on it on a graphtec 15-25 pound rod. Would this be a good set up or would it be to light?
 

fishboy93

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The lexa combo will work bit the sealine would be better. Look in the classified for a glass Calstar. Models would be a 220, 270-8, 196-8 any of those 3 would work. The key is the soft tip.
 
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hucklongfin

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The Graftech (gis80h?) has too stiff a tip for pinheads. It's great for plastics, lures and bigger bait. A Graftech 80L, the Seeker/Calstar 220/196-8 or a Phenix Abyss 807 would be better for pinheads with Sealine slsh 20.
 
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jer dog

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One that floats
Calstar 196-8 gets my vote
the 196-7FT was my go too with a Newell 229 for Chovie's back in the Day
the 8 Footer would be better though
what I use now is a G-Loomis PSR-96-20- C 15-25L.b
with a Trinidad 16 A, so nice and Lite
plus check out the Teramar TMC-711, 15 -30
with a Curado 300 E
I use that for my Inshore set up
 
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Johnny Hirn

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Thanks to everybody. It looks like I'm going to go with the 196-8.
Tight lines!
 

fujirose

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The absolute worst deal I have ever made:

Sold my Black Steel 196-8 with a reel seat, for what I paid for it, used!! I have kicked myself repeatedly since that rod left my hands...
 

medicidela

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I would consider the 270-8, the 196-8 and the 270H-8.

I have used the 270H-8 in both CalStar glass and Seeker Black Steel graphite, and the 196-8 in the Seeker Black Steel.

The 270H-8 provides a bit more backbone relative to the 196-8, and that may be useful in a Yellowtail fight, but it is not a big difference.

I liked the seeker graphites better, and they do come at a higher price.

In any case, I would look for any of these models, and get the one that is offered at the right price.
 

fishcrazy

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Try & find a Fenwick Lb 965, they are good up to 25#. Another good rod is the Seeker 858.
 

kenstevens1

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On your budget which is small look for glass rods 7-8 foot on here orCL or swapmeet. Seeker softest tip but sabre fine calstar too. Had allstar 12-30 soft tip. All rods listed are great and often $150-200. Seeker classic half that or less.
 

jer dog

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One that floats
the 196-7FT was my go too with a Newell 229 for Chovie's back in the Day
the 8 Footer would be better though
what I use now is a G-Loomis PSR-96-20- C 15-25L.b
with a Trinidad 16 A, so nice and Lite
plus check out the Teramar TMC-711, 15 -30
with a Curado 300 E
I use that for my Inshore set up
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Seanvdp5

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196-8
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All nice chovy sticks..
All those wud work well for a budget there's a couple other seeker pinhead rods like the 1268, 1580, and 36-8 as well cud work.
I fish a BH89 on 25# for calicos flatlining small sardines and anchovies when in heavy kelp structure areas. My other stick is a truline c36 20#, light is my super seeker clb90f 9' 15#-25#, also have super seeker cjb80f 8' great 20/25# bait stick & lead head squid. Seeker and calstar both have 270-8 and a few others that will work as well. But best thing to do is go see what u like the best.
 

arenpilav41

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Check out Seeker's Inshore Blue Lightning series of rods... I am a calstar guy, but I have these 2 as my 15 and 20lb light line, small bait setups. I use Penn Torque 12 and 15 star drags on these rods, love them for pitching small baits. They have a super soft tip, but have a good amount of backbone, relatively speaking.
-Aren
 

Johnny Hirn

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Thanks to everyone for the input. I ended up getting a okuma makaira for a great price that feels just like the 196-8.
Tight lines,
-Johnny
 

Man Overboard

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Check out Seeker's Inshore Blue Lightning series of rods... I am a calstar guy, but I have these 2 as my 15 and 20lb light line, small bait setups. I use Penn Torque 12 and 15 star drags on these rods, love them for pitching small baits. They have a super soft tip, but have a good amount of backbone, relatively speaking.

The Seeker CSW is the blank to the Blue lighting series. I love using that Rod to fly line a chovie and small sardine. Match it with a Newell 220 series or any Trinidad 12/14a and it's money
 

russ1962

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The absolute worst deal I have ever made:

Sold my Black Steel 196-8 with a reel seat, for what I paid for it, used!! I have kicked myself repeatedly since that rod left my hands...
I would feel the same way. I love this rod!
 

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I own 3 lexa 300's. I love them. They do well with anchovy. I have tried fishing big yellows with one. It didn't do well engaging into gear while fish is running with the bait. To be fair I was fishing at cedros island, and the lexa was just out gunned by the yellowtail. Lots of great rods listed earlier. I like a soft tip and 8' for tossing anchovy. Good luck