Advice on Rod selection.

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  1. AlecLemonjuice

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    Hey guys, I'm still pretty new to Ocean fishing and I need a new rod. I'm looking for something to pair with my calcutta 400te (got it as a gift). I've been fishing off of my kayak in la Jolla kelp beds, in the bays, and in Oceanside. My cheap casting rods (while served me well on a few halibut), struggle and keep needing to be replaced. I'm looking with a range of $130 at most. (I'm 15 and don't really make that much money). Any advice on a good rod to catch calicos and maybe even some small yellowtail would be vastly appreciated.
     
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    The Turners Californian series rods used to be built by Phenix don't know if thats still the case , Seem to have some nice actions from the ones I have handled . Must confess I have not used one just impressions from in the shop . I do own several compatible Phenix rods and they do look similar in feel and build .
     
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    Okuma shadow stalker. I loved mine. I actually just broke it. My fault not the rod. You can have it as I have replaced it with another rod. If you cut it and send the portion of the rod with the specs to Okuma they will send you one for $50 bucks no receipt needed
     
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    Stopped by Turners today... fell in love. Bought 7'6" 15-40Lb. Threw a bunch of practice casts in my pool with a 5 in big hammer. Absolutely love it. (also typo in my post, I'm 17 not 15)
     
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    Thanks everyone and Tight lines.
     
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    Awesome. When i got my 10-20# i had went to turners planning to buy a different rod, but after handling the calico special I had the same reaction. I've thought of getting a 15-40# as well
     
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    I got a Diawa swimbait rod at squidco for around $80, thing is built really well, I’ve pulled in some big fish with it and it’s survived a couple ceiling fans.. the calico special at turners aren’t too bad but they are cheap-er rods imo, just looking at the rod guide wraps on them and the sloppy epoxy work steered me away.
    Another thing I would look for is at least an 8ft rod especially if your kayaking, it let’s you fight/steer a fish over the bow of your kayak, super helpful for bigger fish
     
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    I’ve been pretty happy with the Six Gill rods. They have a BOGO special. When you buy one you get another free. I have the SAGA and CREATURE Models. Great rods for the price.
     
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    Sorry to burst your bubble but the calico special is not a phenix blank. Only the "tri helix" ones are based on phenix blanks. For $150 I've seen some black diamonds and nice gently used seekers/calstars/cousins rods. The calico specials are trusted workhorses that hold up. If you like it that is all that matters.
     
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    Interesting...when I bought mine 1.5 years ago the guy at turners stated it was a phebix blank. I've also heard that they switched factories at some point. Regardless I like mine
     
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    I was just at turners and the rods with these tags are made in the phenix factory. These inshore models are very nice for the price too. MVIMG_20190824_175651.jpg IMG_20190824_175634.jpg IMG_20190824_175632.jpg
     
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