Rod and Reel Pairing

James Keller

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Dec 3, 2019
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Colorado
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James
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21ft Trophy Center Console
Hi all,
I currently have a 7'6" H Californian Calico Special rod paired with a Lexa 300. Really like the rod and reel fits perfectly for a 20lb flyline setup. However, I wasn't super happy with how it handled stuff like larger swimbaits, swimjigs, and jigs in general. Not enough back bone for my liking. I was planing on getting an Irod 794 and putting the Lexa on it, then getting something similar to a torium 14 to put on the Calico for a 20lb bait setup. I was wondering your opinion on what I should put on the Calico. Was looking for something without a level wind. Just want to get the biggest bang for my buck.
Thanks,
James
 
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dctalk523

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Dec 28, 2007
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ChoeMan
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Never
torium 14 or Trinidad 14a slapped on a turners California rod or a 8ft pinhead rod
 
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swami 805

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Mar 9, 2016
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Bill
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sunk it
Trinidad or torium 14, fathom 12. Lots of good reels for that. A level wind is less than ideal
 
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Levelartist

Newbie
Oct 6, 2017
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Long Beach
Name
Alex
Boat
Susan
I love fishing tiny reels; usually for cudas, bones, calicos and island yellows. I use my fathom 12SD for kept yellows and small school tunas w/ 30# top shot and 20-30# fluoro. There’s so many out there it comes down to preference and budget.
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Omarkayak

I've posted enough I should know better...
Jul 26, 2007
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663
Northridge, CA
Name
Donald W. Clarke III
Boat
11+ ft, Ocean Kayak Scrambler, P 'N' Queue Pod
How bout a Penn Squall 12 w/ 40 pound braid? Casts like a dream (turn the antibacklash down to zero) and easily handles 20 pound. Sure do like mine but then there's really no accounting for taste.

Good fishin'!
BDC OK
 
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eDUBz

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  • Feb 9, 2009
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    Inland empire
    Name
    Ricky
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    4 kayaks
    Just picked up a squall 15SD paired with a Californian rod, it feels great and the reel cast awesome.
     
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