looking for 30# and 50# rod recommendations

Started by steelfish, April 14, 2022, 05:06:21 PM

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steelfish

hey guys, I already started with my plan to sell all my favorite rods of my personal arsenal, time to let go all my factory rods and only fish with custom rods built by yours truly.


now I would like to hear some recommendations for replace my next rods:

* shimano trevala 5.8 XXH  ----->> probably I will go with a UC Zeus #3 but still hearing opinions

* Okuma shadow Stalker inshore 8ft 40# line 5oz  ---->  option is  UC CE700H but this is a MOD-Fast and I like the action of the okuma rod which I think is Fast (action) , Im not set on using only United composites brand, so a Calstar grafigther or seeker will work too I just dont want to go over $150 per blank, primary use is casting hard plastic lures, 2oz spoons, jigheads and softplastic lures

* Phenix Axis 820H, same deal looking mostly for a 40# rod graphite or composite blank for livebait or casting irons as tady, salas, etc, not set on any blank in particular right now.


* selling my Super Seeker 6ft 6460XH AR but I already have that covered with two stand up custom rods  a 6ft seeker and 6ft Calstar GF  https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=31722.0   &  https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=27213.0



The Baja Guy

pjstevko

For 30# see if you can find a PCH 801H blank

For 50# UC GP 8' Predator blank

Swami805

I'm just building a uc gp monster for me.  Built a few for clients and like them so much I got one for me.  I figure to use it for 50lb
So many good blanks these days, hard if you can't go pull on them
Do what you can with that you have where you are

MarkT

#3
I can't help with jigging rods.

For 30# bait I like the UC Tilefish Jr.  The Phenix psw760h is great too.

For 40# bait I like the UC US 76HP. Lite tip with plenty of back. I use the Okuma PCH 76xh too... great rod for the pesos.

For 40# lures (surface iron) I like the Phenix psw809xhj. It just works! I love it for Wahoo bombs/Raiders too!

As always, YMMV.
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steelfish

Quote from: Swami805 on April 15, 2022, 12:22:48 AMI'm just building a uc gp monster for me.  Built a few for clients and like them so much I got one for me.  I figure to use it for 50lb
So many good blanks these days, hard if you can't go pull on them

thanks for the recommendation on the UC monster, I will check that blank but as you said, kind of hard to get a nice blank without the opportunity to pull on them






Quote from: pjstevko on April 14, 2022, 05:22:41 PMFor 30# see if you can find a PCH 801H blank

For 50# UC GP 8' Predator blank

Okuma dont sell blanks, only factory rods, I like the action of some their rods, actually I do like their Okuma TCS line of rods but no avail finding a similar blank.



Quote from: MarkT on April 15, 2022, 01:53:55 AMI can't help with jigging rods.

For 30# bait I like the UC Tilefish Jr.  The Phenix psw760h is great too.
For 40# bait I like the UC US 76HP. Lite tip with plenty of back. I use the Okuma PCH 76xh too... great rod for the pesos.
For 40# lures (surface iron) I like the Phenix psw809xhj. It just works! I love it for Wahoo bombs/Raiders too!
As always, YMMV.

for 30# I already have a factory Phenix PSW760h and its a great rod I like it a lot so, I will keep it for sometime I pair it with the Abu Toro beast 60, I was thinking to rebuild it to put my personal touch on it or sell it and get the same blank.


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found a factory Calstar GF 700M 20-50 locally that have problem of corrosion in almost all guides so, I got it cheap as chips, I really like the action of that blank, I might just rebuild it with new guides and do something with the foregrip and keep it in my arsenal, coincidentally I was checking the Calstar GF 700ML blank so, this will work for toss some small irons.

The Baja Guy

sciaenops

I second Swami - UC GP80 Monster. My go to 40# & can drop down to 30# too.

I like the versatility of the Phenix 809xhj for 50#. But maybe others if you just want to pull hard.

steelfish

seems that all the love for United composites blanks is on the GUSA GP line, I asked the same in another place and not a single recommendation on the Elite or Platinum series.


I handled a 700H UC elite and although its composite it felt super light as 100% carbon blank, I liked it a lot
The Baja Guy

MarkT

That 700m is a good 30# rod.

In the UC line the regular US series are all you need for 30# & 50#.  A US Predator, either 76 or 80 will fish 50# easily. The RGP's are bascially one line class stronger than the equivlent US series. I have an RGP Predator 76 on order for fishing 60#. The regular US version has worked well for me with an HX Raptor fishing 60#.  Besides, I dig the factory blue wraps with my blue Avets!
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