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Old 07-02-2010, 01:28 PM
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I need a new heaver to match a Thunnus 1600.Seems hard to find anything that will handle up to 12oz.I'm lookin for somethin around $200 range.Any thoughts?
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:53 PM
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I think I read that you only use bait or mostly bait. You aren't talking lures with that are you?

Check out these fiberglass surf blanks

http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Cata...ss-Surf-Series

Some are rated up to 20oz! I have the 11'6" and that thing will heave an engine block!

I couldn't find a whole rod all built, but you can easily make one. I think a fiberglas surf rod is probably the easiest thing to make. Forget about looks for now. Find the spine, put on the tip and reel seat (or plate type!), test where you want the stripper guide, then put the other guides on to take up stress on the blank. when you finish that, put cork grip tape on, and then electrical tape the ends so it doesn't unravel. Done! Parts may cost a total of $200 or so.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:51 PM
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:14 AM
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Check out the Lami 1361MH and the Lami 1502MH blanks at Mudhole.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:10 PM
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Thanks guys.Yeah it's only bait fishin down here with the muddy water.12oz, would probably be my limit.With our 40 foot tides and often rough surf, I sometimes need 6-8oz just to hold bottom, plus a big bait.I never even thought of building my own rod.I'm a Butcher by trade, I'm more of a take it apart guy than a builder!LOL.But I'm going to look into it.I see some of those Bass Pro Ocean Master rods are rated pretty high.Any of you have experience with them?Also saw a Tica 4-10 for $180?I don't baby my rods, I look after them though, but they take a lot of abuse.How's the Tica's for durability?
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Yeah, fiberglass can take wicked abuse. I've just had hard luck with some of the more exotic (ron arra) graphite surf rods. They just can't take the same force and abuse! The only exception would be my G-Loomis surf rod 10'6" rated up to 8oz, but I know that's on it's way out. it'll break some day . . . not it's fiberglass colleuge. You do loose feel with the glass rods, but it's old school. Fiberglass and monofilament give you pretty good ssstttrrreettccch! But little feel.

You know what? For the money, why don't you look into an ugly stick?
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:37 PM
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LOL! I'm usin Ugly stiks now!I have 2 -12 foot-2-12oz.One with a Thunnus, one with a 6500.They are broomsticks, but for my type of fishing they work well.
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