Pairing rod w/Fthm 40LD2

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  • Aug 31, 2008
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    Going on a 5 day Sept Vag trip & need some advice. Have 2 converted older rods (swapped out roller tips/strippers) & a Seeker I picked up from a BD member. Whatcha think?
    For blueprinted Fthm 40LD2 w/80lb braid-
    •Seeker Black Steel G 660H-6’
    •Seeker A 660H-6’
    •Calstar WC 660XH (a tad under 6’)
    Thx for your help guys
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    hucklongfin

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    Same but I'd prefer something longer from a long range boat to keep the line off the hull... they rock from a panga or for trolling. I use a Calstar 6460h for local trolling w/60# and it's stout! The 660's are all softer then the equivalently rated 6460. For yoyo the shock absorption ability of the 660xh would be good especially with a short leader.
     
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    stank

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    I would go with Calstar as well, you could even fish #80 on that outfit in a pinch. ...
     
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    FlatPack

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    If best bang for the buck...the $150sh to $200sh Okuma PCH Custom 74 XXH or the 701XXH they are on sale 15%-20% right now at Bob Sands Tackle & Charkbait...

    And if you decide on the UC RGP 76 Predator then you have to trade your 40NLD2 Fathom to Torque 40NLD2 for a perfect match 😉.
     
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    fcsd_christian

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    Those are stand up only rods, so don’t plan on using the rail. You need at least a 7’6” rod to keep the line off the hull of the boat if you do. Even if you don’t then you might have to lean over the rail to keep a fish. Or a deckhand or captain will have to grab your rod and run it around the boat for you, leaning over the rail, screaming at everyone the whole time. Not speaking from experience or anything. I’ve got mine on a Seeker SSR 7660 now
     
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    TrophyAnchovy

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    Grabbed a 741xxh on sale last year at Charkbait for my Fathom 40. Price was too good to pass up.

    Combo is really lightweight and comfortable to use although I haven’t pulled on a large fish yet. Bend is very parabolic which is not ideal for the rail but I think drag setting for fishing 50-60lb will work well. Fishing 80lb on that rod I think would be too much and too deep of bend.
     
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    FlatPack

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    Outstanding. Looks like I’m spending tax refund on new stick! Will start doing homework & check out FH sales. Thx guys
    Save your tax refund...Biden and Newsom are Awesome...they give lucky Californians $2k to spend on tackle...too much for the new UC RGP76 Predator & Penn Torque 40NLD2 perfect combo. 😂
     
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    Phishy Phil

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    I have two Fathom 40NLD2's - one on a GFGR 700H, the other on a GFGR 800ZMH - both loaded with 80# spectra and approx. 25 - 50 yard 50# mono top shot. The 700 I usually have set up for yoyo'ing yellowtail, and it does very well at that. I usually set up the 800 as a heavier bait rod, if they are biting on heavier line. It also throws a wahoo bomb quite nicely.
     
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    lkatdpelicanfly

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    I'd try to pick up a 30 lb. longer stick like 8 ft or 9 ft for live bait and surface irons and maybe a 7 ft 40 lb stick. Hard to tell what grade fish will be biting...always nice to have lighter tackle...even bass gear. I did a 10 day once and my lightest outfit was a 30 lb. rig for schoolies and making bait. Well it was a true variety trip and at 1 point we stopped in the harbor of some small port south of Hippolito and had a wfo calico bite for 2 hours. All these nice bass combos suitable for 12-20 lb emerged out of staterooms to throw plastics and I was stuck w. my lightest rig being too heavy to really have fun with those fish.
     
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    Intrepid Fan

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    Those are stand up only rods, so don’t plan on using the rail. You need at least a 7’6” rod to keep the line off the hull of the boat if you do. Even if you don’t then you might have to lean over the rail to keep a fish. Or a deckhand or captain will have to grab your rod and run it around the boat for you, leaning over the rail, screaming at everyone the whole time. Not speaking from experience or anything. I’ve got mine on a Seeker SSR 7660 now

    A lot of people say they don't plan on using the rail but if the fish are biting 60# line then there is a possibility that you will hook a bruser and use the rail.
     
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