Rod question? Okuma Shadow Stalker

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  1. kbray001

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    Hi Everybody,

    My fiancé is awesome and gave me a new rod for valentines day. I'm thinking about getting the Okuma Shadow Stalker 8' XH 20-40.

    Has anybody used one of these rods? I pulled on one at a store but haven't tried one on the water.

    How do you think it would handle throwing big baits for calicos and also throwing light jigs for small yt on kelp paddies this summer?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
     
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    I typically throw a shimano crucial or Claris rod for swimbaits, jigs, etc. and would personally recommend those. I do have an okuma Catalina 8' inshore casting rod which appears to be similar to the night stalker. It's a nice rod. If you plan on fishing kelp or big rocks it's a good rod that will allow you to cast far and pull the fish out. Hope this helps
    -josh
     
  3. drumford

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    Seeker 809!!!!
     
  4. kbray001

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    Hey thanks for your replies guys.

    Calicoking which crucial do you prefer?

    Drumford do you have a factory wrapped seeker or a custom?
     
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    I like the 7'6" MH but the 7'6" M and 8' M are nice rods as well.

    For the bay I like to use a Clarus 6'10" MH
     
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    You posted at a bad time... Most of the good bass guys are fishing the SBS tournament today. Hang tight because when they're done I'm sure you'll get some responses.
     
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    Custom that I wrapped..... Unbeleiveably awesome rods! My next one will be a Phenix Black Diamond Hybrid 869XH teamed up w/ either a Penn Fathom or a Daiwa Lexa spooled w/ #50lb. Izor braid. Kelp cutter extrordinaire! Got the blank from Bobby at Glenn's before they closed at 30 percent off! That's why I got it....
    Calicoking..... Sorry man, first I saw it, it looked like cali-coking!!!!! Hope yer nose is O,K,!!!! :DLOL
     
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    Hah no, it's Calico king (not that I'm the king of calico fishing… far from it). It just sounded like a cool name.
     
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    Thanks for your help...
     
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    Wait until Fred Hall and come ask all the tournament anglers what rods they bend and why (then you can go finger fuck every rod someone told you to check out). If you are feeling really Lucky after that you can guilt your Valentine into spending way more money because so and so bass douche said you can't leave the dock without so and so $$$ rod. At least you'll be able to see everything at one place and get some insight to why one rod works better than another for a certain application.
     
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    Haha.. Yea I might throw in some cash and buy a lexa 400 and wait until the fred hall show to buy a rod for it. Thanks for your help.

    I know it is a new rod but if anyone has used one of these rods let me know what you think.
     
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    Shadow Stalkers are great for the money. This was on the 86XH [​IMG]
     
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    Yea thanks for all the help but that pic just sold me. That is awesome.
     
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    wow,, nice, I was hesitate on using my shadow stalker 8' xh for fishing big sierras on baja which are on average 10-13#, but after seeing that last pic I will take it with me next time
     
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    I've caught good sized yellers on my 86XH. Casts a mile and can handle big fish. Do not put a vertical load on it, I watched a guy snap the tip testing it the wrong way on a boat.
     
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    nice to know about that.. thanks compadre

    8xh just seem bit large for panga use, I will leave it for fishing on party boats or fishing boats (bayliners) with lot of space
     
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    I believe that the Shadow Stalker is the same blank that was used in the (now discontinued) Cedros Inshore rods. The biggest difference is in the real seat. The Cedros had Alps aluminum seat, the Shadow Stalker has a Fugi seat - The Shadow Stalker is sold at a more favorable price point.
    I had a Cedros that I really enjoyed fishing - and would think the Shadow Stalker would be just as good.
     
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    Nic and I got to field test the shadow stalkers before they were released. Great Rod, Great Value, Great for Calico fishing.
     
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