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SouthBayKiller

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Johnny,

Most people are thinking 9' + rod when they see jig stick.

I'm not a kayak angler so I can speak to how a 9' or 10' rod would work on one, but my gut says that it would be difficult.

A 6480, RCLB80m, or 800m type of rod might be a nice balance between a true jig stick and one that might be more functional from a kayak.
 
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CrazyDonkey

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I think Seeker makes a purpose built Kayak series of rods, Beacon or something like that, I would check those out.
 
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Fleet

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I just bought a Daiwa Proteus 80 HF for $169 + tax. 8' rated 20-50. Will try it out Saturday with a Penn 25N.

I had that rod and sold it. Bought almost all the proteus rods as backups for friends to use. But they are always to busy to go. The limited time i used that rod i had a lot of fun with it. The backbone on the proteus rods is so strong that it kicks big fish's ass. The XHF would handle 80-100 pound BFT no problem.
 
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Shimano Penn

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I had that rod and sold it. Bought almost all the proteus rods as backups for friends to use. But they are always to busy to go. The limited time i used that rod i had a lot of fun with it. The backbone on the proteus rods is so strong that it kicks big fish's ass. The XHF would handle 80-100 pound BFT no problem.

Yes it seems surprisingly stiff for what it looks like. I'll report back after using it. I assumed that the HF was heavy/ fast but it doesn't feel much like a "fast" tip to me :D
 
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lj.fish

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Big5 Sabre 8' cork tape rod, not much of a choice. Jigmaster and some good Quality string and you're good to go! Then go from there,don't ask me how I know. $200+- and your fishing.

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lj.fish

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This jigmaster I bought used in the early 80s $25 added some Newell parts and never looked back! Lot's of dead fish later it still works as well as ever. Although it's not so its not so easy to fish the 540 any more.
 
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tanner.s

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From the yak, I'd go with the 8 footer. Maybe a Seeker 6480 or Cousins Raze.

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Shimano Penn

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Tried out the Proteus 80H on Saturday. Definitely an improvement over the Seeker BCS670-7 I was using. Not only added some distance but it's just easier all around, I guess mostly because it's lighter. Sadly didn't get to test it out with a fish on though. :(
 
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RyanErb

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I'd stick with some of the classics, I picked up a Calstar 6480 for 179 I think from the Fred Hall show and am pleased with it. As with all rods, try to cast a friends rod to see if you like it. If not, go check one out in the shop, buy it if you like it. Go out and use it, sell it if you don't like it.
 
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