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Being a West Coast guy, I'm new to this, I'm looking for a blank that I can build a spinning popping rod 8', 20-40#. Blanks that have come under scrutiny are the

Super seeker Hercules 72H Jigga, 7'2", 40 - 80#,(I'd build this up to 8')

Smith80b35,

Phenix BD SW 808, 8', 15-40#,

JAWS, 802050, 8', 20-50#

Lamiglas Musky LMH961XH, 8', 20-50#

and the St Croix Musky 4m86XHF, 8'6", 35-80.

What am I looking for as far as actions?
 

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The Smith 80P/35 blank would be an excellent choice. Had the opportunity to play around with one and I like it. It's also a proven big fish killer.
 

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West Coast? how bout a Calstar 800M or 800H? :D
Calstars did come up but I was told they are too fast for popping. Thus, the last question on my thread, "What action am I looking for?"
 

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I've got two Calstar GF800M's that I'm having converted from casting to spinning specifically for popping (already had the spinning seat so just changing guides). I was a little afraid that they weren't quite fast enough but since I already had them I thought it was worth trying.
 

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The Smith 80P/35 blank would be an excellent choice. It's also a proven big fish killer.

The Smith 80P is a nice choice!!
 

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Without a doubt, my vote for the Smith 80P from your choice pool. Smooth action, one of the best Smith rods for tuna
 

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FWIW, I looked at the St Croix Musky 4m86XHF, 8'6", 35-80 and if you are looking for a 40# rod, this stick is very stiff and "beefy" with a 9 tip. I ended up going with the 4M86HF, 30 - 65, and feel that it will be plenty for 40 - 50# with a 7.5 tip but I'm still putting it together. I've got a 10K stella on the way to match up with the HF.

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