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Joined: 11/14/2013
Posts: 3
 posted 11/14/2013 11:36 AM  

I was looking to get a custom striper boat rod (casting). What blanks do you recommend? It will be used for party boat diamond jigging. I was thinking the rod should be about 7 foot length and be able to handle 4-8 oz jigs. I will be using a Trinidad 14 a reel with the rod. I currently use a lighter combo of a star nicklelite (7'6" 15-25lbs) and a calcutta 400b and would like a heavier set up when the fish are larger.



Joined: 05/04/2005
Posts: 3407
Location: Western Suffolk
 posted 11/14/2013 12:02 PM  

I would think your best bet would be to pick a couple different rod builders whom you can find here. Go to their shop and try a bunch. What may be awesome for me you may hate. Tell them exactly what you are looking for and they will steer you in the right direction.

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Joined: 10/11/2004
Posts: 1086
Location: Jungle Junction, N.Y.
 posted 11/14/2013 04:25 PM  

First question --Where are you located? ?????

Second question ---How much are you willing to spend. The last 2 rods that I had made was between $350 - 450

"You can't catch fish in a Watermelon Patch" By Roger Miller

Joined: 11/14/2013
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 posted 11/14/2013 04:35 PM  

nj. Willing to spend up to 400 - 450. I'll be using 40 lbs braid with the reel.


Joined: 07/10/2006
Posts: 888
Location: East Northport
 posted 11/14/2013 05:04 PM  

This is the rod I use for diamond jigging. It is based on a GUSA dual helix blank cut to 6'9". Cork grips and titanium guides. Sweet spot is 3-6oz. jigs but can do a bit more in a pinch. Paired with a Abu Revo NACL 50 and 30lb braid. I used it yesterday on the FISH ON out of Moriches for bass to 25lbs. and blues to 12. Built by Atlantic Rods. This is definitely not a meat stick, but has plenty of power and a nice light tip to work the jig......Ed

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Joined: 11/14/2013
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 posted 11/14/2013 05:28 PM  

Ed,thanks for the pictures.


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Posts: 497
Location: Montauk, NY
 posted 11/14/2013 07:25 PM  

Talk to Billy40 on Staten Island or Kevin Bogan at Bogans Tackle in New Jersey. Both are top notch rodbuilders. You have many excellent blanks to choose from: Seeker Hurcules 70M, Calstar GFX70M or 80M and Lami Triflex GGBT841M or ML to name a few. Have it spiral wrapped with Fuji Alconite BMNAG guides and you will be set to go.

Joined: 03/21/2006
Posts: 1154
Location: 434 Rutgers Road West Babylon
 posted 11/14/2013 09:35 PM  

I agree with Rodprof. If you are in NJ contact Billy Vivona.

You will get a true custom rod and a work of art at the same time.

Let us know how you make out!

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Joined: 12/16/2001
Posts: 9681
Location: Staten Island
 posted 11/14/2013 10:57 PM  

THere are a few Hercules blanks being used on the Brooklyn out of SHB, including 2 of the mates who routinely lift 10# BLuefish up over the rail day after day for the past 3 years. Dozens of fish every day, all season long, the rods get ABUSED and all they do is kill fish.

My base price on this rod is $325

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Co-Designer of the Seeker Hercules line of blanks & factory rods

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website

Joined: 10/07/2012
Posts: 91
 posted 11/15/2013 06:52 AM  

what do you get for the base price package?
Billy40 Club Member

Joined: 12/16/2001
Posts: 9681
Location: Staten Island
 posted 11/15/2013 09:12 AM  

EVA or HYpalon grips
FUji seat
Amtak Duralite guides
Fuji Alconite or Amtak Duralite is +$15
Amtak Titanium is +$50
Cork +$30, or if you want high quality cork we'll talk
Diamonds/chevrons +$60
Dec WRaps and Grips we can discuss

Below are a few pics of my base rods. And here is a link to the attention to detail and precision I put into all of my rods: Functional Art

The HNIC of Teh NERBs

Co-Designer of the Seeker Hercules line of blanks & factory rods

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website

This post edited by Billy40 09:14 AM 11/15/2013
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