Jig stick - phenix 809h or 809xhj?

Modot66

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Looking for a new jig stick for lexa 400 I have spoiled with 50# spectra. Will mainly be used for throwing small jigs, colt snipers, and irons at coronados for yellowtail, or schoolie tuna up to 30-40# offshore.

I pulled on a phenix 809h and 809xhj and they both felt good so I’ve narrowed it down to these two. The 809h felt really parabolic and thin compared to the 809xhj. I know light tip and parabolic is good for throwing super small lures. But I’m not sure if it’s too thin and parabolic to throw heavier irons, or to get a yellowtail over the rail before a sea lion feasts on it.

I think the 809xhj being a bit stiffer rod is good for heavier iron, but not so good for throwing light jigs. So I’m torn. I know best would to have a jig stick for heavy and one for light, but that’s not in the cards for me right now.

Ps- forgot to mention I’ll be fishing straight braid

Anyone have any experience on these rods for this use case?
 
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809H for the Lexa 400 w/50 braid and small colt snipers and jigs. 809xhj for a Tranx 500 and heavier lures.
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hucklongfin

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I have both and prefer the 809xhj for throwing iron and the 809h for small lures (krocs/megabaits) and lead heads/plastics. I really love the 809xhj and 909xhj
 
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hucklongfin

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I tend to go with the psw809xhj over the 809h. I’ve caught YT, YFT and Wahoo on both!
For surface iron and Wahoo bombs I go with the 809xhj!
 
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I have both. I don’t really even like the 809H and have 2 XHJ’s. I mainly use the XHJ’s for wahoo bombs. I think it’s a bit much for the Coronados. For what you’re asking, and using a Lexa 400, I’d go with a 909H. I really love that rod for the Coronados, and yellowtail in general. I have 2 of these and will probably try to pick up another.
 
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hucklongfin

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I use both the Lexa HD 400 and 2 x TranX 500 on the 809xhj and 909xhj. The Lexa usually goes on the h and the TranX’s on the xhj’s. The Lexa goes great on the xhj’s too!
 
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Modot66

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Went and after pulling on them again decided to go 909h. The xhj felt a little too stiff for what I’m looking for, the 809h felt too much like a bass or bait rod, the 909h had a good soft tip and with the extra length seems like it will throw jigs far and add a little more backbone than the 8’

Thanks for all the feedback
 
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    Upgrade right sideplate bushing to bearing on your reel.
    3x8x4 to Abec 5 ceramic hybrid bearing.

    There are better casting reels still, but that will work.
     
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