Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

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I had a rod made last year for 100-200# fish, but wondered if I couldn't use it for cows too, at least as a backup rig. It's rated 40-100#. Will it have enough backbone for 25-30# of drag on the rail?
 

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700xh will work on the 100lb fish. Will not work on a cow. Just came back from 15 day on RR3, I use the 770xh and 770xxh rail rods. xh -#100 xxh #130. Cows are strong you want to get them to boat before sharks get them.
 

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i used a 670xh (fiberglass version), so a little heavier/more forgiving and pulled in a 220 and multiple hundred pluses, all rail and i felt it held up well, i was fishing 80-100lb topshot. it is a nice stick to toss bait and carry all day - maybe not the stiffest and punishing on the fish, but i like it?
 

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Get a heavier rod. 770xh or 770xxh. Youll just blow your guides out with a too soft a rod.

You did say cow but remember you can also get bit by super cows.
 

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Id say no, But would opt for at least the 770h. I have both and the 770h feels beefier then the 700xh.
 

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I had a rod made last year for 100-200# fish, but wondered if I couldn't use it for cows too, at least as a backup rig. It's rated 40-100#. Will it have enough backbone for 25-30# of drag on the rail?
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Ross Leonard of Pacifica caught a 332-pound tuna on a sardine and a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook tied to 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Avet 30 reel and a Calstar 700 XH rod.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
 
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On the Intrepid
Ross Leonard of Pacifica caught a 332-pound tuna on a sardine and a 5/0 ringed Super Mutu hook tied to 100-pound Blackwater fluorocarbon and 130-pound Line One Spectra on an Avet 30 reel and a Calstar 700 XH rod.ffice:office" /><o:p></o:p>
O wait, someone who actually has some factual knowledge as to the performance of the blank on large tuna o noes! Thx for that.

FWIW Aaron the guys on Riptide in CCB fish their 770xh spinning rods with 44lbs of drag and have landed BFT to 80" on them.

I'd say that would get it done.

ps. rofl Blow out your guides? On a Calstar GFGR factory wrap or quality custom I don't think so.
 

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I'm sure it can be done, but why? The rod was not made for cow fishing. The odds of landing a fish that size go down significantly the longer the fish is in the water. Go with a rod that's made to do the job. It's less wear and tear on you and your equipment.
 

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Thanks guys. I like the real world examples! I put a lot of pressure on the rod and while the tip seems flexible, there really is a lot of backbone. I had just picked up an avet 30w and loaded it with 100# jb and 100yds of 130#, so I needed a rod and already had this other rod made for an avet hx that I think is too light. Worst comes to worst I can always put the reel on a boat rod.
 

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Yo Aaron,

I did not like mine as a conventional rod at all. Not the right flex pattern for me but I turned it into a great Long Range Spinning rod for my Accurate 20 Twin Spin and up to 60 pound test. I do not feel it is more than a 60 pound rod for Long Range Applications.

Jamie
 
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I have mine setup as an acid wrap. Hopefully that is better than a straight conventional wrap.
 

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50/60# non cow rod. Think of fishing cows with a wahoo stick. That's kind of what you would be doing.
I think that model is too whippy for wahoo even. When I used Calstars, my wahoo rod was a 765M.
 
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I think that model is too whippy for wahoo even. When I used Calstars, my wahoo rod was a 765M.
True, true. I use an older model 700H...kind of like a heavy, newer model 7470H for wahoos. So if the 700XH is too whippy for wahoos...not a cow stick. Bad choice of an example on my part.
 
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depends on the drag set on the reel, as usual. for an answer I would say yes, up to around a 175 lb. fish.
 

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Yeah, I unfortunately have to capitulate on this one. I tried lifting 25# on the rod and it didn't work well. 20# was fine though. Oh well.
 

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Best cow fishing "rail" rods...

Calstar Graphite = 770XH (80 to 100lb) or 770XXH (100 to 130lb) or 770XXXH (130 to 150lb) or 765H (80 to 100lb) or 7465H (80 to 130lb)

Super Seeker = 2x4 (80 to 130lb) or 6463XXXH (100 to 130lb) or 6463XXXXH (130 to 150lb)

Go check them out at your favorite tackle store.

Tight lines!
 

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Best cow fishing "rail" rods...

Calstar Graphite = 770XH (80 to 100lb) or 770XXH (100 to 130lb) or 770XXXH (130 to 150lb) or 765H (80 to 100lb) or 7465H (80 to 130lb)

Super Seeker = 2x4 (80 to 130lb) or 6463XXXH (100 to 130lb) or 6463XXXXH (130 to 150lb)

Go check them out at your favorite tackle store.

Tight lines!
Yes, thanks. I have a 760h already that works great on cows. Just need a backup. I already had this 700xh rod and have to use it for something. Guess it has to stay for under 200# tuna.