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I all ready own a 2009 Bushwacker but just seen a Telkon 823. Most of my fishing will be off local rock marks around the Gower and West Wales when i get the chance using hard lures. I might use the odd soft lure when fishing the local estuary as well.

All help and advice welcome.
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Just to clarify Meirion, you are comparing the 8' 6" Bushwhacker with the Teklon 823 ?
 

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The Bushwhacker will do the job for you Meirion (as i already mentioned), however, some of the rods such as the Teklon, Rookie, etc .... cost a little more, but have a little more 'feel' about them that's hard to explain, but they're just a little nicer to use. If you dont plan to do much with s/p's at this stage then although these rods arent great for them, there's no point in buying a rod specifically with s/p's in mind, as a couple of months down the line, you'll 'need' another rod to cover that aspect of your fishing anyway ;).
 

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Personally I wouldn't use the 832 for softies at all, it's stiff in the tip and not sensitive enough, as a pluggin' rod with hard plastics, poppers, diving lures, etc. it's great.
I hear the 802 is softer and more suitable as a "do it all" rod.

Can't comment on the bushy though as I've never used one but if it does the job for you already then why spend more money on another rod?
 

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Hi,
I bought myself an 823 from veals a couple of weeks ago, after dropping and snapping the top section of my 10ft, 15-60g lure rod! Reading other reviews, I wasn't sure whether to go for the 802 or 823, but in the end went for the 823 on the basis that it was slightly longer and that it appeared it to be more suited to out and out and plugging. Having used it over the last few weeks with both sp's and plugs and landed a few fish on it, all that i can say is that it has done everything asked of it. It casts sp's ok and punches pitchenko's out no problem at all. I'm not that experienced with sp's or specialist sp rods, but i can feel what is going on at the business end with the 823 so have no issues there at present.
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Hi,
I bought myself an 823 from veals a couple of weeks ago, after dropping and snapping the top section of my 10ft, 15-60g lure rod! Reading other reviews, I wasn't sure whether to go for the 802 or 823, but in the end went for the 823 on the basis that it was slightly longer and that it appeared it to be more suited to out and out and plugging. Having used it over the last few weeks with both sp's and plugs and landed a few fish on it, all that i can say is that it has done everything asked of it. It casts sp's ok and punches pitchenko's out no problem at all. I'm not that experienced with sp's or specialist sp rods, but i can feel what is going on at the business end with the 823 so have no issues there at present.
Hope this helps.

Exactly the same with me, if your going to use it for both lures & soft plastics, you will not regret going for the Teklon 823. It is light enough to use all day, sensitive enough for soft plastics, but stiff enough for working surface lures.
In short a very good all round rod.
 

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Hi Meirion,

Just to clarify what has been said, from what I understand, the 802 is a little softer so it will make a better 'all round' rod for hard lures and SPs, whereas the 823 is a little stiffer, making it more suitable for poppers and surface lures. So the 802 might be a better choice if you only want to buy/carry one rod.

Also, I think that the casting weight of the 802 is a little lighter which might make it more suitable for many of the 'posh' lures which are 10-20g. I'm not sure if you will gain much from the extra length of the 823.

Personally, I would base my decision on casting weight rather than length, and go for the 802.

One more thought, people on here seem to catch more with SPs than surface lures, so it might be an avenue you wish to explore more.

Good luck,

Tony.
 

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Well I thought sod it and went ahead an bought the Teklon 823 in the end with a nice new Abu Soron 40 STX. Just have to keep it way from the wife for a while!!!!:wink:
 

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Well I thought sod it and went ahead an bought the Teklon 823 in the end with a nice new Abu Soron 40 STX. Just have to keep it way from the wife for a while!!!!:wink:

Excellent will-power :clap: :clap:, a man after my own heart :mrgreen:.
 

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Had to be done Simon the temptation was too much to handle
 
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