Help choosing 25/30# Phenix rod

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Hi guys,
Looking to get a new 25/30 lb rod to replace my old calstar bt670. Looking for 7.5-8 foot models and pulled on just about everything in the shops yesterday and have narrowed it down to the psw760m or the psw809h.

I want to use the rod for mainly 30 but will tie on 25 in a pinch. The 760m felt a tad soft for 30 yet the 809h felt a tad heavy for 25 but felt like the better 30 rod.

Any suggestions or feedback to take into consideration prior to pulling the trigger would be appreciated

Thanks!
 
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hucklongfin

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Check out the psw760h too... I use it for 30#. I have the 807ml, 808mh, 809h, 809xhj, 760h, phd760xh.
 
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The ML is NOT a 30lb rod it is a 10-12lb at best...been there done that :-)
760H is my 30lb caught 3 65-70lb bft so far and it works well
 
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I'm a 'ho so I have rods for each line class and don't usually worry about spanning classes. I use the 808mh for 25 and the 760h for 30 although I've used the h for 40 too... it's a lot better with 30 for me. The 760h could do 25 in a pinch (as you requested), especially with a decent fish on the line! I have tied some 20# fluoro on my 25# rig with the 808mh when the fish were finicky. I could tie some 25# on to my 30# rigs if 30 was the lightest I had without worrying about it.
 
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The ML is NOT a 30lb rod it is a 10-12lb at best...been there done that :-)
760H is my 30lb caught 3 65-70lb bft so far and it works well
My son caught a 37# YT on his 807ml when Calico fishing at Cedros. The rod handled it better than the Curado 300ej did! He got the fish and a 25#er on the same rig the next day.
 
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I really like the PSW 809h. Terrific #25-30 rod. It’s a really fun and versatile rod that you can also use for poppers and colt snipers.
 
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I really like the PSW 809h. Terrific #25-30 rod. It’s a really fun and versatile rod that you can also use for poppers and colt snipers.
I have the 809h. I prefer the 809hxf for 25/30. I'm getting another 809hxf and selling the 809h. imho
 
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I have the 809h. I prefer the 809hxf for 25/30. I'm getting another 809hxf and selling the 809h. imho

Hmm. I think it depends on what you like to throw. Love the PSW 809xhj. Def an awesome rod for fish in the #60-80. Does great with #30 and #40. Not sure I ever tried #25 with that rod.

The 809h is definitely fun with #25 and smaller schoolie fish. It’s easy to bomb a sniper or smaller popper out there for schoolie yellowfin. Got a little lighter tip too and that helps when the bait is bad.

Probably a good idea to look at both rods and think about that a little more with a reel on them.
 
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He's talking about the 809h-xf, not the 809xhj. Me? I have 2 809h and an 809xhj!
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I have a lot of Phenix rods, and love most of them. That statement doesn’t stand for the 760M. I have that one as well as an 809H. The 760M is just too soft. I’d guess you could use it with 15# line, but I never fish 15, so I’ll be donating it in September when I’m down in San Diego for a trip. For 25-30 I prefer my 909H. I love the feel and the action of that rod.
 
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I haven’t fished with that rod in a year and a half to tell the truth. Time to get on a tuna trip!!! (Actually got one coming up in a week and a half!)

The rod I have is a 809hxf and not the 809h.

That happens when you try to rush and get a BD fix in while everyone else is catching some of those awesome bluefin!!! :)

Embarrassed! But I agree. The 809hxf is the way to go. The 809h is much lighter and that’s why I went with the hxf.
 
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