Rod for throwing iron and bombs

Texlee

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Jun 3, 2012
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Alben Lee
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Excel
What would be a good rod(s) for throwing iron at yellowtail and wahoo. I have a bunch of 700H's but cannot get the distance I want. I'm thinking 800H. Will be strapping on either a Baja or 40NLD2. I have several of both reels.
Thanks Tex
 

hucklongfin

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Jul 3, 2003
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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
I used a Phenix psw909xhj for bombs and got 7 Wahoo on it. I was throwing Raiders on a Phenix 809xhj and got a couple more. I used a TranX on the 909xhj and a Lexa 400 on the 809xhj. With your reels I'd try the 809xhj for bombs.

You should've tried a few of Ryan's rods!
 

tunanorth

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Dec 4, 2005
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Tunanorth
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What would be a good rod(s) for throwing iron at yellowtail and wahoo. I have a bunch of 700H's but cannot get the distance I want. I'm thinking 800H. Will be strapping on either a Baja or 40NLD2. I have several of both reels.
Thanks Tex


Bear in mind that when you make a rod longer, it usually gets softer. If you like the 700H action otherwise, when going to an 8-footer the 800XH would possibly be more like what you want. No doubt plenty of additional good suggestions will follow.
 
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Texlee

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Jun 3, 2012
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Vernon, Texas, USA
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Alben Lee
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Excel
I used a Phenix psw909xhj for bombs and got 7 Wahoo on it. I was throwing Raiders on a Phenix 809xhj and got a couple more. I used a TranX on the 909xhj and a Lexa 400 on the 809xhj. With your reels I'd try the 809xhj for bombs.

You should've tried a few of Ryan's rods!
Yeah. Probably so. But I was having such good luck using bait I really didn't think about him having the rods on the boat.
 

Steve K

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Jan 2, 2005
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18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
Don't you see two different applications here? Light iron (surface plug) for Yellows vs heavier jigs for Wahoo?

Old school, I use 6'6" - 7' rods for both Wahoo and dropping YoYo iron for Yellows, 50-60 lb.
Neither of those applications requires a heroic cast as it's a sink it out and retrieve thing.

Surface iron, lighter jigs, maybe lighter line 40-50 lb, longer rods, more sight casting to boils etc.

But, sure can't argue with Mark's results! :)
 

Baller

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Nov 16, 2010
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I think an 8 footer is kind of the sweet spot for the 'Hoo.

In Calstar, 800H is good and 800XH even better.

I prefer the UC Tilefish for bombs/raiders.

My .02
 

Let em eat 74

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Kevin
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Whichever1is leaving
I have my 40nld2 on a deckhand 800xh calstar and have used it for iron and even bullpops for those big blues earlier this year. It's filled with #80 solid and doubles as a 50-60 live bait rig. Great balance and extremely versatile.
 

Lake

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Mar 31, 2003
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I really like my Phenix 809 XHJ for bombs. I like Bill's suggestion for the UC Tilefish. I think I'll get one of those too.
 

lasparky11

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X-wife she's so fat she floats
I use an 875H works great.
 

Baller

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Nov 16, 2010
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I really like my Phenix 809 XHJ for bombs. I like Bill's suggestion for the UC Tilefish. I think I'll get one of those too.
You will LOVE it Blaine..!!!
 

Anglewood

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Feb 16, 2012
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Connor
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Intrepid, New Del Mar
Another plug for the UC US 80 Tilefish for Bombs and Raiders. I love the one I have so much that I am getting another one.

-Connor