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I wonder would the St Croix Wild River Rods works for Catfish and Striped Bass?

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Hmmm, they are generally pretty light on power to protect big fish lighter line, but make up for that limpness in with extra length, thereby having a longer, more proressive power section. I'm sure it would work, but it wouldn't be ideal.

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I also been looking at the St Croix 8',6'' Med Action Casting Premier Surf Rod as well. If they still make em.

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The line class ratings will give you the best clue as to what they can handle.

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Do you plan on using the rod from the surf? The surf is probably the only place I'd be using a longer rod 10' or so, if your boat has a bimini top casting is easier with a 7 foot rod and you can always run the fish down. Stripers can get pretty good size, I would never target them with anything less than a mh 10/20 rod with a lure rating less than 2 oz., IMO that's bare minimum for that species.

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If you haven't resolved this issue already, St Croix has 8 foot MH and H Tidemaster and Avid inshore salt water rods that would probably work better for your applications.. . I'd also look at the longest swimbait rods, even if that isn't what you are actually tossing.

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Cabelas Euro style rod called Predator and similar steelhead rods have been highlighted in alot of In-fisherman dvds and magazine articles.  Theres lots about using those kind of rods in various Catfish In-sider guides.  I'd think the Predator would better balance a 6500 than the rest though I threw a guides that had a 5500 on it and it was perfect. 

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just get some ugly stik catfish and striper rods, dont make it more difficult than it has to be

Enough said. Ugly stick is a proven rod for big fish. You can get then in a lot of lengths and actions. Besides it will keep money in your pocket.

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Most striper plugs are heavy enough as it is. I wouldnt want to spend any length of time chuckin' heavy bucktails or big topwaters on a heavy or tip heavy rod. I'd see where you'd want to invest in a lighter balanced rod to go with that heavy a reel, for you own enjoyment and comfort.

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Just some thoughts as I own these rods and caught many hard fighting fish on them.  Mine are spinning but I believe available in casting as well.  Star stellar lite mh 10/20, max lure weight about 2 oz ( $99) with a stradic 4000, my main juvie tarpon rod.  Star stellar lite hvy 12/25 lb, max lure weight about 21/2 oz( $119) with a soron 60, cobia, aj's kingfish, bonita.  This last one is a sleeper, Shimano soujourn freshwater 12/25 max lure weight about 3 oz ($29), one of my cuda rods I use for casting my surgical tubes off jetties .  None of these rods are what I would call light, but each with the reels I have on them balance nicely and casting is fairly effortless and not tiring.  Blew my mind when I saw a couple of Long Islander striper guys down here Florida using Van Staals on that $29 soujourn.

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Ha Ha... thats like the flats wanna be's down here.  Ranger flats boats decked out with 20 buck walmart specials!

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