Looking for advice, Calstar.

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  1. Barkoff

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    Looking for a rod to throw 2-4oz jigs from a private boat.
    I like the Graphiter series, owning two of them, but have never fished with a rod longer than 7'
    I understand that the 9' and 10' rods will get you distance, but from a private boat perhaps that much distance not necessary and not worth the added leverage given to the fish?
    I'm thinking an 8' or 8.5 model, the problem I having is that the Catstar website does not include casting weights.
    I think I am leaning towards the Calstar GFDH-850M, fished with 20-30lb. Primary use will be Albacore and WSB, rockfish as an also.

    Thoughts form the experienced welcome.
     
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    The M works well with that weight of lure and 30# line but it’s too much rod for 20#. The 800ml might be a better choice if you want to split use between those two line classes. I personally fish mine with 25# which I think it’s perfect for.
     
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    I am pretty much a Cal Star Guy, but I have picked
    3 of the Shimano Teramar rods for
    my 3 Tranx's and love them
    their worth checking out, my 2 cents
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    8 foot..calstar 800m at 30 lbs...
     
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    I use a 800m for lures up to 5 ounces.
     
  6. Barkoff

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    Most opted for the 8' over the 8'6"?
     
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    i like the 270 with newell 229 with 50 pound spectra or 322 with 65 # spectra and and a 25# mono or fluro topshot for lighter jigs. the 6480 with newell 322 or 332 with 65# spectra and a 40 # mono or fluro topshot for heavier jigs.

    both rods are 8 feet and are not graphite.

    BIEN SALUD, DA RAT
     
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    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    x-2, i have the 800L and the 900L and just use a newell 220 with 20 # mono. they really fling lighter jigs.

    BIEN SALUD, DA RAT
     
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    Backlash on 20lb with an iron and it's gone. Fish 30 or 40lb, an 800M should be a good fit.
     
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    A friend of mine just got the 6480 and I got to try a few casts. That thing launches jigs especially for an 8 foot rod.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice, I think I'll go ahead with the 800M and move up to 30lb on one of my old Penn Mag 980. Or braid and top shot on one of my 970's

    For those who use braid with a top shot, is your top shot at minimum the length of a cast?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Calstar 800M is a good double duty rig you can fish bait or toss surface irons. I am currently using a 900H with a fathom 25n for surface iron duty running 65# braid with a 80yd top shot of 40# mono.
     
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    Either cast length plus a fathom or 3 so you can retie and not have your knot go through your guides or just a single fathom if you can cast braid. Some can, a lot can't.
     
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    BTG 6480 can throw the irons you are talking about. It's probably more of a 40# set up.
     
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    800XL will work for ya! Great WSB and Albacore rod, love it for halibut. 800M is also pretty sweet too but a bit stiff for my liking for the above mentioned fish.
     
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    270H-8'
     
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    Pull on the GG 270H-8 and the GG 6480 both before buying the 800M. Personally, I like the point that the 8’ GG series rods shut off better than the 800M and 800H. I don’t believe they are better rods, they both just felt better to me.
     
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    finsane I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You can try the 670 8', it's a glass stick 20-50 rating and is cheaper.
     

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