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GUSA Composite Jigging Rods at Trophy Tackle

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Billy40
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 posted 06/12/2008 03:02 PM  

Fishermen looking for rods to jig Bass, Blues, Tuna, or Codfish might want to stop by Trophy Tackle to check out the new composite GUSA Jigging rods he has on the racks. Right now he has 3 models:
6' 30-50#
6' 50-80#
7' 50-80# (Wahoo Jr. Composite)

These all feature Fuji SIC guides and tips, and ALPS Aluminum reel seat and Gimbal. Guides are wrapped in Black and Purple, and I think John is taking orders for custom rods built on these blanks for guys who want them wrapped in their own colors.


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Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
CAPT RICHI

Joined: 11/10/2000
Posts: 1722
 posted 06/13/2008 07:52 AM  

I had these rod for two days before I delivered them to Trophy..Very impressive light & powerful..
I am now building two & had a chance to put a reel on one..I acid wrapped a Wahoo jr 7' composite with 25lbs of drag no stress on the angler or the rod..upup If you into tuna,grouper,amberjacks or big snapper fishing these are the rod..Great for the noreast canyon & NC to the Fla keys..


 
Billy40
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 posted 06/13/2008 09:15 AM  

IT's scary how light these are, and how much power they have, combined with the sweet bend. I got in John's Wahoo Jr Graphites, bent them side by side with teh COmposite Wahoo Jr - they have the same bend, with the graphite version having a tad more power in the butt - which should come as no surprise since it's all graphite. The Composite weighs 1 1/2oz more than the graphite version (6oz & 7 1/2oz). Both rated 50-80#

TFT's Wahoo Jr's, soon to be available wrapped and in his shop ready to fish.



The HNIC of Teh NERBs

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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
Billy40
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 posted 06/13/2008 09:34 AM  

HEre is a picture of the 7' Wahoo Composite flexed with 20 pounds hanging off the tip.



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Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
Billy40
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 posted 06/13/2008 09:38 AM  

Here is the 6' 30-50# rod flexed with 15#'s hanging off the tip. The bottom pic is 20#'s hanging off, keep in mind the rod is pretty much high sticking right here.

These are NOT photos the actual rods John has, these are my rods being used for photo's.




The HNIC of Teh NERBs

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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
JohnTFT


Joined: 03/21/2006
Posts: 1154
Location: 434 Rutgers Road West Babylon
 posted 06/16/2008 04:56 PM  

Sorry for not getting in on this earlier.

The rods are awesome. We have them wrapped ready to go out the door in both conventional and Acid Wrapped. The 603 6' Jigging rod rated 50#-100# with an Accurate 870 or 665 2 speed is something to feel.
40ozs!!

Composite construction for increased durability and confidence that if you are less than perfect in your "technique" the rod will handle it.

Just an awesome piece of equipment.

We also have blanks in stock for the customer that doesnt want a spec rod.

Thanks very much Billy, just a great blank.



Trophy Fishing Tackle
434 Rutgers Road
West Babylon NY, 11704
631-274-7042
Trophy Tackle


This post edited by JohnTFT 05:01 PM 06/16/2008
 
JohnTFT


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Location: 434 Rutgers Road West Babylon
 posted 06/27/2008 08:42 AM  

Hey everyone. The GUSA rods have been a big hit and we have sold quite a few rods. The spec rods we are carrying in the shop are not to everyones taste. Colors, grip placements,length. We can build the blanks to your specifications. Not a true custom (Simple factory wraps) but tailored to the users specific requirements. We are trying to get the rods out with the quickest turnaround times and of course we will not compromise on the quality.

The blank availability is excellent right now. We have blanks and completed rods in stock at the shop(in conventional and acid wrapped). Several builders on the site have blanks in stock as well. The irrepressible B40 is doing an awesome job to keep blank availability at their highest levels. So give one of us a shout and lets get you people into one of these GUSA composites.

We know you will be very satisfied.

Thanks,

John


Trophy Fishing Tackle
434 Rutgers Road
West Babylon NY, 11704
631-274-7042
Trophy Tackle


This post edited by JohnTFT 08:47 AM 06/27/2008
 
CAPT RICHI

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Posts: 1722
 posted 06/30/2008 06:41 AM  

The Acid wrapped rod's are sick...I locked up the drag on a trinidad 30 & with drag pulling out no stress on the rod or the angler..I cant wait to take one to the keys.......upup


 
Billy40
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 posted 06/30/2008 05:21 PM  

Not that I would recommend it, but I asked the designer of the 602 (Roy HAstings) a while back how much weight I could hang off the tip of this rod. HE wasn't sure, so he took one and hung 42#'s off the tip. Now, while you wouldn't want to use this with 40#'s of drag, teh rod bent into a U, and did not break. TEH 603 & Wahoo Jr are both a bit more powerful than that blank, so it doesn't surprise me that the Trini 30 didn't have enough drag to stress the rod.


The HNIC of Teh NERBs

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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
CAPT RICHI

Joined: 11/10/2000
Posts: 1722
 posted 07/01/2008 07:46 AM  

Were going to put the new accurate 30 on them & give them a try.. I like the fact that the more load there under the better they feel..

I can tell you that there selling fast..Once I put one in there hands & show them how the feel under load SOLD!!!!!!!!!..Great rod upup


 
Billy40
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 posted 07/03/2008 08:12 AM  

Billy40 wrote:

Fishermen looking for rods to jig Bass, Blues,

6' 50-80#



Just got a report that a 42# Bass was taken on the 603 (6' 50-80#) on it's maiden voyage. Nice way to work in a new rod.



The HNIC of Teh NERBs

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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
JohnTFT


Joined: 03/21/2006
Posts: 1154
Location: 434 Rutgers Road West Babylon
 posted 07/03/2008 08:25 AM  

We also sent a pair of 603's to a customer who fishes 120 days a year down south. The rods will be used for short style jigging like we do here in the Northeast Canyons on tunafish.
We changed up the spacing on the rods with a shorter foregrip and longer backgrip. We took another 4oz of weight out of the rod by going with Fuji graphite reel seats and gimbals. The Alps gear is awesome but is a little heavier which to some may make a difference.

Some other rods in the works are an 80Mega going to be used for toggin and some bass fishing.

A Predator for tilefish and wreckfish.

A pair of Wahoo Jr. Composites that are going to be used for everything!

Seane also finished a 4' Stand up rod for a customer at the shop. I cant wait to see the finished product. When I pulled on the blank at the NERBS meeting the power came on very fast and shut right down.

It has been a busy time at the shop for GUSA rods.



Trophy Fishing Tackle
434 Rutgers Road
West Babylon NY, 11704
631-274-7042
Trophy Tackle
 
Billy40
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 posted 07/03/2008 08:58 AM  

JohnTFT wrote:

Seane also finished a 4' Stand up rod for a customer at the shop. I cant wait to see the finished product. When I pulled on the blank at the NERBS meeting the power came on very fast and shut right down.


Here is a picture of that blank (OURC 40H) holding 30#'s off the floor. This is the lightest of the 4' Uni Butt blanks GUSA has. They also have these blanks (in 3 weight classes) for those wanting a straight through trolling rod in 5'2, 5'8, and 6'2 lengths.




The HNIC of Teh NERBs

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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
CAPT RICHI

Joined: 11/10/2000
Posts: 1722
 posted 07/03/2008 09:11 AM  

What about a GUSA Wahoo Jr spin rod surprise I bet the charter Capts in the keys will eat it up.......


 
Billy40
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 posted 07/03/2008 10:21 AM  

I'm going to be wrapping one SPinnign in a couple of weeks. Waiting for components.


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

Billy Vivona's XL Rods website
 
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