Yo-yo Rod Recommendations for Yellowtail at Coronado Islands

Brown Thunder

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  • Jun 19, 2020
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    In anticipation of targeting yellowtail at the Coronado Islands in March/April next year, I'd like to put together a yo-yo setup. I already have a Fathom 40NLD2, and I'd like to hear what rods would pair well with it for a yo-yo setup.

    I have an old 7' Sabre graphite rod, rated 40-80 lbs., that I was thinking of using. I also have a Calstar GG6480, rated 30-60, paired with a Fathom 25NLD2 for live bait/surface iron work. I'd like to have a dedicated yo-yo setup and am wondering if there are any particular advantages to getting a newer rod that may have specific features/characteristics that are going to make a significant difference. If I do buy a new rod, I'd like it to be able to handle double duty for 60-80 lb work (e.g., Calstar 770xh).

    Thank you for any suggestions you may have on how to set up what I already have or what you recommend I get to fill this hole in my quiver.
     
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    TOTW

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    In anticipation of targeting yellowtail at the Coronado Islands in March/April next year, I'd like to put together a yo-yo setup. I already have a Fathom 40NLD2, and I'd like to hear what rods would pair well with it for a yo-yo setup.

    I have an old 7' Sabre graphite rod, rated 40-80 lbs., that I was thinking of using. I also have a Calstar GG6480, rated 30-60, paired with a Fathom 25NLD2 for live bait/surface iron work. I'd like to have a dedicated yo-yo setup and am wondering if there are any particular advantages to getting a newer rod that may have specific features/characteristics that are going to make a significant difference. If I do buy a new rod, I'd like it to be able to handle double duty for 60-80 lb work (e.g., Calstar 770xh).

    Thank you for any suggestions you may have on how to set up what I already have or what you recommend I get to fill this hole in my quiver.
    Seems like that Sabre would work well for a yo-yo stick. The 770XH is a beast of a rod and way overkill for anything at the Coronados. A 700XH would be a better choice. Try that Sabre and see how it feels--get a few fish under your belt on it and it will help you narrow down what you really want/need.
     
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    Kos

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    Seems like that Sabre would work well for a yo-yo stick. The 770XH is a beast of a rod and way overkill for anything at the Coronados. A 700HX would be a better choice. Try that Sabre and see how it feels--get a few fish under your belt on it and it will help you narrow down what you really want/need.
    I agree with TOTW, I think that Sabre should fit the bill. Your other set up with the fathom 25nld2 with your calstar GG6480 is also a great Coronado island yt yo-yo set up. If you really have the itch to buy another rod and like Calstars you should check out a 700h.
     
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    2Rotten

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    An excellent stick for Yo-Yo that also does 60#/stealthy 80# fly line or sinker Rig is the 8'0" UC GP Terminator. Also a very good Wahoo Bomb stick. Love mine!

    Here is a pic of my GP Terminator lifting 25# of lead to give you a sense of the power curve:

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    fcsd_christian

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    I’ve got my fathom 40nld on a seeker ssr 7660 rated 50-60#. You’d absolutely smoke Coronado yellowtail with that set up, which isnt always a bad thing if you’re fishing the party boats (like me). Plus you’d be able to use that set up to fish for Bluefin up to about 150#. If it felt overkill at the islands, you could always drop a yoyo with your 6480 and the 25nld and be fine.
     
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    jer dog

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    In anticipation of targeting yellowtail at the Coronado Islands in March/April next year, I'd like to put together a yo-yo setup. I already have a Fathom 40NLD2, and I'd like to hear what rods would pair well with it for a yo-yo setup.

    I have an old 7' Sabre graphite rod, rated 40-80 lbs., that I was thinking of using. I also have a Calstar GG6480, rated 30-60, paired with a Fathom 25NLD2 for live bait/surface iron work. I'd like to have a dedicated yo-yo setup and am wondering if there are any particular advantages to getting a newer rod that may have specific features/characteristics that are going to make a significant difference. If I do buy a new rod, I'd like it to be able to handle double duty for 60-80 lb work (e.g., Calstar 770xh).

    Thank you for any suggestions you may have on how to set up what I already have or what you recommend I get to fill this hole in my quiver.
    I use A Calstar GF .700 M ,for one of my YO YO setups,
    with A Tac 12 ,and A DPX Accurate 500, with A Calstar GF , 700 H,
    to have two different Color Jigs rigged up .
     
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    Depresfish

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    I've had good success with my 7'3 Phenix Axis XH. Rated 30-80 but will fish 40 or heavy 30 well. Spongey feel to the composite blend feels like it absorbs head shakes well, high hook up to land with 40lb mono
     
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    Lake

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    I think that 40 NLD is too much reel for the Coronados. The 25 would be fine. I use a Saltiga 35 or Tesoro 10 there and they are more than up to the task. You're usually fishing less than 200 feet there. For rods, I like to put a bend in them so something rated 25 or 30 to 60 would be good.
     
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    Tom Honaker

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    In anticipation of targeting yellowtail at the Coronado Islands in March/April next year, I'd like to put together a yo-yo setup. I already have a Fathom 40NLD2, and I'd like to hear what rods would pair well with it for a yo-yo setup.

    I have an old 7' Sabre graphite rod, rated 40-80 lbs., that I was thinking of using. I also have a Calstar GG6480, rated 30-60, paired with a Fathom 25NLD2 for live bait/surface iron work. I'd like to have a dedicated yo-yo setup and am wondering if there are any particular advantages to getting a newer rod that may have specific features/characteristics that are going to make a significant difference. If I do buy a new rod, I'd like it to be able to handle double duty for 60-80 lb work (e.g., Calstar 770xh).

    Thank you for any suggestions you may have on how to set up what I already have or what you recommend I get to fill this hole in my quiver.
    8 foot UC raptor checks off all the boxes, killer yellowtail yoyo rod, and so much more. Great 60-80 # bait stick for Guadalupe or local bluefin, it's my favorite rod for throwing wahoo jigs by far. Covers a lot of ground in a anglers arsenal. I've fished reels from a Mak 16 to a HXJ raptor and a Torque 40 on it depending on the situation. Definitely one of my favorite sticks. Mine was wrapped at Bob sands.
     
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    Rude Baits

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    Some good advice above. 40 is a little overkill. 30 or 25N mo better. I perfer the 25N. 7' or shorter for the rod. 30-60 seems to be the sweet spot. I like Calstars and Batsons.
     
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    scfisher

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    Fathom 40nld2 is a beast

    Match it to. 76 predator

    It will do yellowtail and tuna for flat fall.

    That pic above of the 8ft terminator looks good too. I don’t have that rod though.
     
    2Rotten
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    I like my Predator/Fathom 40nld2 combo a lot, great 50/60 rig. Very nice feel. Not as powerful as the 8'0" GP Terminator, but an excellent rig.
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