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On the large side but doable-200 would be more appropriate. Be aware of the balance point and have the builder compensate (assuming custom). 

Marc

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So please enlighten me when you say tell the builder to compensate for 1.2oz  on a rod build. That’s the difference between a Van Staal 200-250. 

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I think a 200 would even be on the big side for a nice and light 9" odm. I use 150 and 100 on a couple of my 9" setups, but everyone has their own preference.

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As stated above, the vs250 is quite large for a 9ft rod , I personally use my vs150's on a 9ft, but I would recommend going for a longer rod, is their a specific rod you want or just ODM?

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It depends on the blank. I used a 200 on a fisher 8308 for years and it was fine. It would probably be ok on a 2-4/3-6 type blank. Anything light than thAt I think a 200 would be too much. 

 

Regarding balance, that is not something that gets a second of my time or consideration. 

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2 hours ago, Jon I said:

I think a 200 would even be on the big side for a nice and light 9" odm. I use 150 and 100 on a couple of my 9" setups, but everyone has their own preference.

Jon, I think you are right in saying everybody has their own preference. I believe that a VS 100/150 might be on the lighter side though for many 9 foot surf rods and situations encountered while fishing the surf. I have used quite a few 9 footers over the years and have used everything on them from Penn 704 and 706s, Crack 300s and Luxors as well as VS 100s to the VS 300 ( when the VS first came out, the 300 was only model). I have since become very comfortable with  a VS 200 and a 9 or 9 1/2 foot rod from Lamiglas ( custom cut down GSB120 1L). I find that this reel and rods gives me a good balance of a light/medium outfit ( in weight and action) plus allows me to fish just about all of the areas I fish with confidence. I would love to be able to fish with a VS150 or even a 100 and a 8 foot rod (or light 9 foot rod) all the time but I feel these reels and rods are a little under gunned for larger bass and the many the rocky, reefy and inlet spots that I do fish.

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It all boils down to preference .. I have used a vsb150 on 8’ avid surf and also on 132-1m cut down to 10’8” and feels great on both , also use zee 25 on 132 and that feels great too 

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On 4/13/2019 at 5:04 AM, PissonDFS said:

So please enlighten me when you say tell the builder to compensate for 1.2oz  on a rod build. That’s the difference between a Van Staal 200-250. 

Add the difference in weight of the line,  the placement of the guides, whether they are under wrapped or not and the total package can be a rod with a balance point  not to your liking. Having a tip or butt heavy rod can be annoying.

Marc 

 

 

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9 mins ago, xjclint said:

Just for reference I have a genesis 9 foot with the 150 and it balances perfectly

X2, love that combo. I also use mine on my 9’6” FrontierX and it works equally as well on that. I think the 150 gives you more options with regards to rod length, than the larger reels will. 

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29 mins ago, Mack26 said:

X2, love that combo. I also use mine on my 9’6” FrontierX and it works equally as well on that. I think the 150 gives you more options with regards to rod length, than the larger reels will. 

Not to mention it has a 40lb fish on it in decent new moon current. No issues at all.

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10 hours ago, xjclint said:

150 is the reel you want. If you can't stop a striper on a 150, no reel will help you.

Well said, the guys using larger on 9' rods are like rednecks running large tires. 

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