Best standup rod for the money by far
April 5, 2015
I've long been a fan of the fast action of Ande graphite rod blanks more than any other brand all the way up through stock versions of Calstar and Seeker. I tried the 20-50 version of this years ago and found it far more toward the 20 lb class than the 50 and sold it and forgot about these rods again. Eventually it occurred to me to try out the 50-80 lb standup rod in case it was the elusive light fast action 50 lb standup rod I was looking for, as the MH version had been very much on the light side of its class. It did turn out to be exactly what I was looking for. A fast enough tip to be fun on any fish, yet a large amount of backbone lower in the rod (it will lift a 20 lb weight without turning into a U) if called upon. So far I've caught 135-150 lb striped marlin without problem on it fishing up to 18 lbs of drag, and am looking forward to trying it on a blue marlin when I get the chance once I put Makaira 15's on some. It's early days to see how the components hold up on these rods, but have never had trouble with Ande's yet, whereas inexpensive Penn, Jarvis Walker, and other brands I've used have all ended up literally coming unglued (spinning reel seats, gimbals, etc). If you're looking for a classic beefy 50-80, look somewhere else, but for a great light 50 that will be fun on anything from small tuna to nice marlin, this is a great choice.
Pros:Fast action tip, great taper
Plenty of guides
Lots of backbone for its weight
Cons:Not a true 50-80 lb class rod if you're looking for one but I wasn't looking for one.