Small surface iron rod. What do you use?

sandiegosteve

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Feb 5, 2007
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San Diego
Name
Steve
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Lil' Defiance Pilothouse
I've got a Phenix Axis 909 that is rated something like 20-50. It is very soft and parabolic. Casts light jigs a mile. I put a Lexa 400 on it. It has pulled in pelagics to 40#'s, but that is in the arena of not super fun.

But for local kelp small jigs, I love it. Small poppers; super fun.
 

nefarious235

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Aug 1, 2008
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Proudly American
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Dan
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canoe & plastic flotsam
Think Coffee grinder
 

_dayday

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Mar 5, 2017
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San Diego
Name
Dylan
Boat
17ft CC "Gringo Mandingo"
I have my tranx 400 paired with a Phenix m1 inshore smx 82h. Thing is super fun. I throw small irons and colt snipers with it for school size tuna, smaller island yellows, and everything in between.
 

Mr. DRE

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Sep 23, 2019
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West Hills, CA
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Andre
Boat
Private
My go to for small jigs is an old school seeker csw1008 paired with a tranx400 or trini 14.
 

tyler92646

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Apr 22, 2010
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huntington beach/ Los Angeles
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tyler
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cobra fish and dive yak
How is it 15 inches?
Math bro. if the spool is half the diameter it’s now cranking in half as much line with each turn vs if the spool was full. If the PG is rated for 30-33” of line per crank but only holds 200yrds of whatever line you put on there, a 100yrd cast is going to get you in the water with half a spool left. Half the spool is pulling in half as much line per crank. Half of 30” is 15”... math bro
 
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fcsd_christian

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Apr 1, 2019
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San Diego
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Christian
Boat
14ft Velco
You want a 690j rod, doesn’t really matter who manufactures it, that’s your preference. I like my cousins one, sick 30# jigstick.
 
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afraser

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Apr 20, 2008
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aaron
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NA
I've been using Daiwa coastal rods, they make them in spinning and conventional. I use the spinning rods for light irons. Great distance. Would be overmatched on fish over 30lbs though.