Looking for Great 8' 30# rod

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  1. Saski

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    Hey guys, planning to finally round up my so cal rod quiver. I got my 20#, my bass rod, my jigstick, and my 40# rod. Now I'm on the market for a rod to fish 30# with, got to be an 8' since I really like both my other 8' rods.

    I was thinking a calstar 800ML (though last I checked, wasn't there some drama over calstar that started last year with the lower supply?), I'm looking for something that might be able to throw chovies if necessary, but I also want something with pulling power so maybe an 800M?

    I'm really open to suggestions, just looking for something to fish 30#, that could potentially throw chovies, and that has a nice backbone to it.
     
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    I had a calstar 870 as my #30. sold it and picked up a 800m paired with a daiwa saltist 30.
     
  3. rstephens91350

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    Personally, I think 800M is a bit "heavy" for 30lb and the tip way to stiff for chovies. 800L better choice in CalStar line. The other thing to consider is there really are not too many anchovies(in So Cal at least) to specifically look for that type rod. The 220 or 196 were the old school "chovie" rods .......
     
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    800M is my go to 30#
    Calstar's has pretty much caught up with rod production. I believe they also stepped it up with new components, such as Alp's real seats and guides.
     
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    UC Tilefish Jr although it's 7'6"
     
  6. marlyn

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    2708h is always a nice choice along with the 800m.
     
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    I use Phenix psw809h or a Seeker G6480 as 8', 30# rods.

    I've seen 800L's fished with 40# and was surprised that it did fine with 13# of drag. I would assume that a 800ml should be fine for 30#.
     
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    I have a Long Beach made Super Seeker D8 that fills that role in my quiver very well, esp as it has a lighter tip for lighter bait and good versatility to throw surface iron.
     
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    I have the 800ml and I fish it with short 4-5' top shots of either #25-30. It's a great rod for those lines but I would probably say it's just a tad better at #25. It does have just what you are looking for in action to cast smaller baits. It is my favorite live bait finesse stick by far.
     
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    I've got an M and an ML (and an L and an H.......). The M handles 40 just fine and the ML is my favorite 30lb rod.
     
  11. mike garrahan

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    My top three picks would be a Calstar Grafighter 800L, Calstar westcoast 8' 270H and a Seeker Pinhead 36 depending on your budget.
     
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    I like my Seeker 6480 glass rod.

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    I am also a fan of the 270-8H.
     
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    Super Seeker 806H=270-8H or
    All glass Calstar/Seeker 270-8H fish 30 all day
     
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    finsane I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've been using a Calstar 800m for years, it's my main 30lb rod, can also do 40lb

    I also have a phenyx 809H that I use for 30lb.
     
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    For using 25% drag, UC CE800Mega. For 33% drag, UC CE800Monster.
     
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    Calstar GG 270-8H

    Most shops I've been in lately seem to have a decent selection of Calstar rods.
     
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    The Cousins CJB 80M is a great choice if you want something that feels like a more 'modern' (lighter, faster action, bit more backbone) Calstar 800M. Spent all day Saturday at the FHS with a friend picking out their new 30lb stick, and settled on that after pulling on Calstars, UCs, Phenixs, and Seekers. It's a stiffer/faster 30lb rod with more backbone than a 270-8H (always seemed like a perfect 25lb to heavy 20lb rod to me), but the 270-8H will fish chovies better. I went with a Rainshadow RCLB 70M (found one for sale already built at the show), and the 8' version would also be a good choice if you don't mind having it custom built.
     
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    Thanks for posting the question. Was just starting to look around myself.
     
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    270H
     

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