NorEast Fishing Forum banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
Johnny B,
Good first hand info posted above.

Another option is the Loomis SWR84-16C. 7', 16# line,fast action and light power. They list it for kingfish, stripers and albacore. It is expensive.

I build on the same blank for fisherman to drift fluke in inlet and they use it on the reefs for porgys and sea bass. It will handle bass just fine.

Capt Neil

Custom Fishing Rods by Captain Neil
(631)567-8049
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
Johnny B,
Happy New Year.

About 10 years ago while working on the Sound, St Croix sold a blank that was perfect for blues, stripers etc. As luck would have it when I tried to order the blanks they had discontinued that model.

St Croix makes very good blanks/rods. They are probalby best known in fresh water areas.

At the request of a young mate, now a captain, I designed and built him a cod fish rod that was cut from a 9' spin blank. He loved the action of the blank. After giving him all the reasons why I should not build him a cod rod on that blank, I told him I would build it under 1 condition, if it broke he would not ask St Croix to replace the blank. This blank was to perform duty above and beyond.

The only reason I built him that rod was because I knew he did not abuse his tackle. He is easy on his gear.

I trimmed the tip and the butt. We ended up with a very sensitive, 7'6", light weight rod.

Then, those young mates convinced me to go cod fishing with them. In Dec. we went on an over night trip on the Lady Francis, Rhode Island. Great crew and boat. We had fantastic cod fishing. You should have seen this young fisherman wail on 20# ++ cod with this St Croix custom rod. It performed admiralby.

Then, as they blew 3 whistles to head home the seas changed. It was like being back in the North Atlantic again on a Destroyer Escort. You know how close to the rail I was for the next 7 hours. HA!!!!! Those cod trips get me all the time!!!!!

Any way, why the 17-40# spread. Hard to answer without seeing and feeling the blank/rod.

I would call St Croix and ask them. (800) 826-7042. They will be glad to help you.

Was just looking in my catalog from 1998 and I have that PM 66 MH rod highlited. Then it was rated 15-30#s. That blank was the one I tried to purchase. My guess is that they redesigned the blank and made it a tad beefier.

Thanks Leprechaun for the headfs up.

Capt Neil


Custom Fishing Rods by Captain Neil
(631)567-8049
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top