What length of rod ? I like a bit longer rod, for light baits, helps cast them farther.
I hate to go this direction, but a super line like Berkeley nano fill does help with casting distance.
Nano fill is really, a love it or hate it line.
sounds like you have good combo there. My guess is a different action then old rod. also if you spooled braid make sure its not loose on spool. mono backing is what i use. Wish i had a better answer. hope this helps.
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