lmao when I was testing it this summer I was exactly that guy you described . Only thing I wished it had at that time was some foam on the foregrip but even then it was a spectacular rod .The innovate is a pleasure to fish. I have used it on a few trips and find it easier to fish than the levitate on big boats. It casts better than the levitate. The slightly larger guides takes the fear out of throwing up current. The action of the rod is really amazing at the price. I do wonder about the "hard work" that went into testing this rod. I just see a guy smiling alot with good fish.
You could for sure do that. Some people think the 600nn is a little tall for their liking, so if you're not routinely fishing over 600ft, or you (like me) don't have gigantic hands, the 500n may be a better option for personal comfort. See how they feel in your hand and go with what will best suit your needs.would it be reasonable to get the 600nn and use it on both the 78 and the 80? Cost for me is the biggest factor, and I can possibly entertain the idea of getting 2 rods and 1 reel but not 2 reels and 2 rods.
What is your reasoning may I ask?I'd go with the 500n if i were buying only one reel.
What model levitate?Grabbed both rods when they came out and have only gotten them into a few medium sized yellowtail (westcoast). I've mostly fished the 8'0" MH with an Ocea 2000NRHG, Valiant 300 and 500N2. Unlike Benny, I really like the lower gear once in the "grind" mode from down deep.
I'm really looking forward to testing the 7'8" H on some bigger Yellows at Colonet and then the bluefin when they're back up this way. Will likely run Penn Torque 25NLD2 (w Tiburon handle) or even the 40NLD2 if jigging for those 60-120lbers.
Here's one on the 6'8" Levitate for reference to what I'm typically targeting out here.
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At 6'6 maybe the 500n is like a Mini Cooper. Go with what fits best.What is your reasoning may I ask?
I'm 6`6, my hadn't aren't enormous but they are bigger, so that might be a benefit if i get the 600nn. I do want to be able to be versatile and fish in the 600s+. Should I spool it with he 14# firefly recommended earlier, or the 30# yozuri superbraid should would be the best coverage? I understand the deeper you go, the thinner the line the better to prevent bowing.
I wouldn't say it's ever "easy" to catch yellows on SPJ rods, but handled correctly it was very doable. On this trip I caught fish up to 45lbs on conventional gear, all of them from about 250-300ft down. They were all bruisers, but after a while they all seemed to take about the same effort. As you can see from the photo below, the key when hooked up on SPJ rod is to keep the tip pointed down (never above the horizontal line), which a lot of people don't follow when using these for smaller rockfish and lings out west. Point it down and straight pull with short power pumps as necessary and the fish eventually surfaces. You know the drill, it's all technique...Thx! Did it feel like it handles it easily? Over powered, under powered, or just right?