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Party boat rod for sea bass

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I am looking to buy a combination to use for sea bass fishing off of the Ocean City and Delaware party boats. I currently use an Ugly Stick SP1100 with a Penn 6500SS. I am VERY pleased with this outfit, but would like to purchase a conventional outfit. Any recommendations? The fishing is generally in less than 80 feet of water, and 6 - 8 ounces of lead is all you need. I have been looking at the St. Croix SWC60 or 66 or the PM60 or 66 in either the MF or MHF. Any suggestions? For the reel I'm leaning towards a Penn 320 GTi (GTb). I am looking for as much input as possible. Thanks!
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What you describe is exactly what the conditions are on the Shinne**** Reef.

Here are 2 blanks that I use. Calstar GX7 and Seeker CSW658, 7' and 6 1/2'. Both are composite blanks. They are very sensitive with back bone should you latch onto a big fish. My customers love them. I use Abu Garcia 6500 reels.

For factory rods I would check out Seeker, Lamiglas, Diawa and Shakespeare. St Croix certainly is in the same league.

I prefer a composite rod due to the sensitivity of the graphite and the flex of the fiberglass, best of both worlds. Synthetic line and a composite rod is a great marriage.

I prefer a 7' long rod when I fish on large party boats. Easier to swing fish over the rail (BLUES) and also get away from the boat when anchored. I like a longer rod when drifting and the line is under the boat.

Since I like to fish with rod and reel that isn't heavy to hold I would save a 320 GTI for serious black fishing, a good reel but too heavy for me to catch sea bass and porgys.

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I have a Calstar 700XL rod which has a nice light tip, but a much faster taper than the GX-7, that I currently use for seabass off the Jersey coast. It pairs nicely with a Newell 220, spooled with 20# test, and the combination is EXTREMELY light. It is excellent with 3 - 6 ounces of lead, with 8 being the limit, after that I have to step up to a heavier setup. You can have the 700XL custom built or you can buy it factory wrapped, which will run about $175 - $200.

the rod i use for sea bass is from chaos rods. i think the model is P 15-30. i have it matched up with a 320GTi. if your looking for something that is a greal all around combo then this is it. i use it for jigging blues, eeling stripers, and it is a great botom fishing rod. the rod costs $100 and it is a very nice looking rod.
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I bought a Pac Bay XGSSP 70M for inside the bay fish. It's got a fast action and supple tip with a good amount of backbone just in case you hook into something big. Finish and quality is surprisingly very good. Similar to the 700XL. For $40 I don't think you can go wrong. Look into it.

Daiwa SEALINE is a great rod in any model for the price. Good components, nice actions and a nice finish. Couldn't build a rod that good for what they retail it for.
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