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I'm looking for a rod around 8ft, to pair with a slammer 5500, I want to use it to throw 80-100g colt snipers at bluefin up to 80ish pounds in the beginning of the season from private boat. I expect to see mostly 50# fish but I don't want to get killed if an 80 pounder grabs it. Most importantly I want to be able to throw the light lures into the wind, as far as possible. I've been thinking about a 30-40# setup and I was pretty set on a magic eye 804s but I think I want to go a little heavier, up to 50#. Considering a Rainshadow RTP80MH but I haven't found any feedback on that rod really. Open to suggestions for blanks or rods.

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https://tacklenow.com/major-craft-tuna-popping/
Major Craft Popping & Stickbait rods are loaded on the site.
Major Craft Japan is an extremely popular brand in Japan and SE Asia. Known for being very thin and "whippy" cast very well, very light and well made. Not your typical made in China rod, quality is top shelf and the same or better than rods retailing for $500/$600+
Much lighter than most rods in this catagory as they blanks are 100% Toray CA Carbon Fiber the most expensive type. Nano resins and 100% Fuji K Series Stainless guides, Fuji reel seats and gimbals.
These rods should be retailing for $500 to $650+ we have them while stock lasts at only $275.00 each!
https://tacklenow.com/major-craft-tuna-popping/
4 Models 7'2 to 8'2"

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https://tacklenow.com/major-craft-tuna-popping/
Major Craft Popping & Stickbait rods are loaded on the site.
Major Craft Japan is an extremely popular brand in Japan and SE Asia. Known for being very thin and "whippy" cast very well, very light and well made. Not your typical made in China rod, quality is top shelf and the same or better than rods retailing for $500/$600+
Much lighter than most rods in this catagory as they blanks are 100% Toray CA Carbon Fiber the most expensive type. Nano resins and 100% Fuji K Series Stainless guides, Fuji reel seats and gimbals.
These rods should be retailing for $500 to $650+ we have them while stock lasts at only $275.00 each!
https://tacklenow.com/major-craft-tuna-popping/
4 Models 7'2 to 8'2"/QUOTE]

Thanks, they look awesome, beautifully made! What stick do recommend for 50# line, for tuna up to 80lbs or so? I'm thinking Njc-82yft, but I'm not sure, any experience with these rods on tuna?
 

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Thanks bnz, I built a Thrasher mf76h that my mak 20k lives on, for big bf of course. I haven't gotten to play with it yet.
I'm looking for something that will fling 80g jigs and small poppers as far as possible, are you familiar with any of the lighter thrasher sticks? I won't be putting 35lb of drag on it, 20-25 max. Really only looking to use it on 80# tuna max, typically 30-40# tuna.

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Bill when are you going to talk those guys into building a 2 piece?
I've been on him for a couple of years now about that. He's actually quit responding to me about it. :( Not sure it will ever happen.
 

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Depends on your style. The 82 will cast further with less effort, its heavier under 14 oz. The 72 rods are more work to cast but lighter 10.7 oz, the short the rod the easier it is on a fish but conversely harder to cast. For a first tuna rod I would get the longer one, the most important thing for me when I started out was connecting with a fish. I found I was more successful with a longer rod and I could get my lures where they needed to be, I struggled with shorter rods in the beginning just could not get the distance, if your not in the game ur not in it .... Even though its more work to land the fish on say an 82 rod you'll make it happen and as your skill set grows you can get into shorter rods if you like. Or buy both :) This was my stocking order, makers always give their best price to get that substancial stocking order so I bought lower than I will be able to on reorders.

60g to 120g is perfect for that rod you'll get insane distance with little effort.
The fit and finish of these rods is flat out amazing IT HAS TO BE they are built for the Japanese Domestic market - a fickle consumer if there ever was one...

https://tacklenow.com/major-craft-tuna-popping/
 

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I watched that video they look gorgeous for sure. What size tuna would you say that 82 is good for, what would you say is the biggest tuna you would feel comfortable landing?
 
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