Phenix 808 for 25lb?

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  1. MannyOjai

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    Just got a new Phenix 808 rod. Hoping to use it for throwing Sp Minnows and Mega Baits. 25 to 30 lb range. Any feedback on if this is a good fit ? Likely a Lexa 400 or Penn Fathom 12 reel Thanks. Manny
     
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    You’re talking about the psw808mh? Perfect for 25#, I use an Avet MXJ for bait or a Tranx 300 for swim baits and hard baits.
     
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    Seconded, I use the 868 for 25lb, great rod for that application. Still has plenty left in the tank if you need it. Fished 40lb on it this week for yellows when I got caught slipping and still managed with 10lbs of drag.
     
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    Good to go. I have mine paired to a fathom 12 for 20#/25#/30# (mainly 20#)
     
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    Thx for the reply. It’s actually an Abyss 808 PSX. no MH on rod. Rated 15 to 40. Sounds like I’m good
     
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    Thx. I will probably switch off with a fathom 12 and The Lexa.
     
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    A 868 ? Mine is Abyss 808 PSX. It’s not the PSW. Same line rating. Maybe slightly different action
     
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    Totally good. For years I fished an 808mh with a fathom 12 and 50lb braid and had many fish on it up to about 35lbs. Great inshore or islands rod.
     
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    Thx Robert. I’m looking forward to using it. Hoping to make it my WSB rod or heavy calico or Barrie light look jig rod.
     
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    The PSX will make a great 20-30# rod especially fishing spectra with short top shots.
     
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    Thx Ian. That’s my plan. Appreciate the advice.
     
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    I fished mine 25-30lb with a Lexa 400 but got my ass handed to my buy a 40lb BFT last year. My bunkmate landed a 66lb yellowtail with a fathom 25 and a 40lb leader. Suggest keeping it under 30lb or you can’t lift. Love the rod for bait.
     
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    MXJ on mine.
    Nice 20-25# setup.
     
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    Killed a 32 pound yellowtail on a 908 on #20 leader. Sold the rod shortly after
     
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    Thx. I definitely plan on using it for white Seabass and calico bass on artificial‘s so I think I’ll be fine from all the feedback I’ve got. I have plenty a set ups for the heavier blue fin thank you for your recommendation
     
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    Sounds like it will work just fine for what I got it for. Sold it cause you didn’t like it ?
     
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    Pussy! My son got a 37# YT on a psw807ml and still has the rod.
     
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    I sold the rod because it said Phenix on it and I didn’t like the reel seat placement from the factory. Rod fished great with braid to short fluoro leader. Very parabolic and didn’t bottom out while on the fish. I wouldn’t fish #25 or #30 on it tho. Rod balances way better with a 14a/Saltist 20 size reel
     
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    The fish went #32.9 and was caught at horseshoe kelp. Anything over #30 on an El Niño special is cool in my book... Joto
     
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    Good info. I think either the Lexa 300 or 400 or the fathom 12 will fit well. I have tons of 20 lb set ups. 25 is what I’m looking for. Thx
     
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