SPJ rod recommendation - Daiwa Harrier or Okuma Hawaiian

fishgrappler

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Looking to get into SPJ so I need a rod to pair with my Penn FTHII8XNSD reel. I fish mostly in the 80-150' range (Izors, Horseshoe, 150 areas). Would like to keep it under $300. Charkbait has a couple rods that seem legit: Daiwa Harrier HSP66MB, and Okuma Hawaiian HCSJ-C 63M Conventional. Please let me know your thoughts on these, or any other models.

 

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    The charter with the best price.
    I've seen them both and wasn't impressed with either.
    My suggestion would be to at least get a few SPJ rods in your hands before you plunk down your $$.
     
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    Levelartist

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    I've seen them both and wasn't impressed with either.
    My suggestion would be to at least get a few SPJ rods in your hands before you plunk down your $$.
    What are some of the things you looks for when comparing SPJ rods(other than price)? Asking because I’m a noob lol. 😝
     
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    Proteus

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    The charter with the best price.
    What are some of the things you looks for when comparing SPJ rods(other than price)? Asking because I’m a noob lol. 😝
    I mostly look at the recoil, flexibility/rigidity, and overall craftsmanship.

    I'm up in NorCal and the ocean conditions are rough (wind/current/swell) so lighter jigs and the appropriate rods to work them are a tough go out here. I have to work jigs over 200g most of the time, even on good days, so I need a slightly stiffer rig to get the job done.
     
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    Almud

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    Check out Black Hole. Many videos on the Icy Bay, AK posts. I like their Cape Cod Special SPJ rod best and own a couple. Used the Charter Special which is lower cost and landed 140# halibut and many big lingcod.
     
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    Proteus

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    The charter with the best price.
    Any specific rods you would recommend?
    Under $300 I think the Shimano Grappler and Accurate Valiant are what I consider good ones to look at, both slightly on the firm side, but that's what I prefer.
    I still think you should look at some first hand to get an idea of SPJ rods are like, it'll tell you a lot, more than I can type onto this thread.

    Good luck
     
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    Capt. Condor

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    I’d also say go with a grappler… love mine. and very affordable. I haven’t used the harrier yet but have no reason to assume it isn’t a great rod… I DO own a Hawaiian custom and much like the Phenix titan i find them too stiff to work a jig properly.
     
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    esgeo

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    Goo Fish rods are well regarded for their price point and you can buy on Amazon… I have their orange micro jigger 2 piece rod and I would buy another in their lineup if I was in the market.
     
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    Explorer1

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    I have used a goo fish rod with okuma komodo. i have caught sandbass calico sheepshead and sculpin with spj. i like using a 160 gram savage jig for 70 -130 feet of water.

    Were you using the goofish PE2-4 rod ? 160gram 130ft if water? I have one but no chance to use it yet so wondering what’s the optimum jig weight I should
     
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