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I have a Sabre Stroker 196-7 to go with a Daiwa BW7000 with spin type guides. The Guides are a bit small for the larger Daiwa. I would like to by a Calstar or if anyone knows where i can get a used Sabre Stoker for 20-30lb. line. With the smaller spin guides guides i get to much twist. I am retired and on total disability so i have to budget. I still use all my old Penns and Strokers as they have never failed me. For the more Knowledgeable out there is the 196-7 with small spin guides ok or do you think this old fart should get a Calstar or is there another brand like Seekers that would fit my bill. I like 7' with the fast tip. I do not want to re-guide the 196 because it's perfect for my smaller Daiwa AG2600x and my Squidder and a small level wind Daiwa 3RM. I live in the Disneyland area if anybody has what I'm looking for. I wish i could afford all the fancy new rods and reels but i can't Thanks for any help.

This post edited by boeing461 05/13/2008
 

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paulskier said:
Rig 5 currently has a sale on Sabre's for 40-50$. Try them!
Paul
I went to Big 5 as it was a typo. All i have to say in my own opinion is
Junk!!!!! I just went over there because i need what used to be a 196-7 in a spin rod. Penn has taken what used to be a reasonably priced original Sabre Strokers and turned it into K-Mart quality type stuff you would but for a little kid for the lake.
They look great but if you bought a tuna rod i would bet it would break. They feel cheap and a 10-20lb. spin rod is so stiff and has no action. JUNK This is my opinion but compare it to a Seeker or Calstar and you'll feel the difference. My old Strokers are thirty years old and still look almost new. I'm on a fixed income but i'm going with a rod i can trust. This is only my opinion and i could be completely wrong but i think if you bought a Penn Stroker rated for tuna you could loose a big fish for cheaping out. One two piece spinning rod i saw only went into each other 1/4 inch. They might be good for local 1/2 to 3/4 day trip and hope you don't hook a big WSB or a YT. Nuff said.
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I think Calstar and Seekers require fairly consistent pricing from their vendors. I do know that Charkbait will sell rods cheaper if you pick them up from his shop. He ships rods for free so he basically takes the shipping cost off the retail, or so I am told.
 

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I too was looking to get some new stuff last year. I still use my Sabre's, Truline's, and Lamiglas rods with my Penn's, but did add a few new OC Rods. They are well made and priced fairly. Give Tony Hale a call at 949 380-9316. He has a full line of rods that will compliment what you already have. You will be impressed at the value.
 

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Calstar and Seeker rods are very popular and difficult to find one at bargain prices. I followed Ebay for a long time. Hoping to find some great deal on a used Calstar in great condition.

If these rods are in good shape. They hold their value. I have seen several times. When competition among bidders got out of control. Till the point used Calstar and Seeker rods sold at a higher price then a new rod. There are a lot of people with little sense and less self control on Ebay.
 

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Outhouse said:
I think Calstar and Seekers require fairly consistent pricing from their vendors. I do know that Charkbait will sell rods cheaper if you pick them up from his shop. He ships rods for free so he basically takes the shipping cost off the retail, or so I am told.
I got an excellent BSC 870-7S Seeker from CharkBait for $100 less than i thought it would be.
 
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