Custom acid wrapped jigging rod

Hi all, I apologize in advance as I'm sure this question has been asked many times over, but I was looking for some 'current' info. I'd really like to get into the rod building game as I do all my own reel work, but for what I'm looking for now it'd be over my head right away.

Either way I'm looking to put together some heavy bottom setups for putting the hurt on big pissed off grouper, and looking for rod builder to put together a few rods. .We currently run a bunch of 7ft 20-50lb ugly sticks, and was looking for something a bit heavier yet. The reels will be Okuma Makaira 15 two speeds, the rods I was thinking an acid wrapped 5-5.5ft 350g jigging stick, thoughts? I was hoping to get custom paint (fighting lady yellow, same as our boat), and a little decal of our boat name on the rod. Any recomendations on both rod and where to get would be very appreciated!! We live in MN but our boat is on Isles of Capri, so I'm all about keeping it local and going through a FL rod builder.

Thanks again for any info,
Zane

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  • ComandanteComandante Posts: 268 Deckhand
    I think you are on the right track with the short rod. I have an old Calstar xx275 Tuna blank that I built a number of years ago when I worked on the SanDiego based long range fisher Spirit of Adventure. The rod is about 5.5 feet i length with all roller guides. I have since used that rod both in the Atlantic and GOM to put the hurt on large grouper. I use and old Penn 50 International on that rod with a very heavy drag setting. I have been able to break the will of a large grouper, 40 pounds plus with that rod in just a few minutes. Large Amberjacks are no match for it either.
  • zwardzward Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Nice that sounds like what I'm looking to do. Ray from RedSead Rods (rysher on the forums) is going to build up some 6' Seeker Hercules acid wrapped rods for me, changed gears a little and opted for star drag reels, the penn baja special. Looks like he does awesome work and is really cool to deal with, cant wait to get ahold of them and get'em bloody!
  • rafaelsmall94rafaelsmall94 Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    zward, sure the acid wrapped rod are one of the any great ideas to pull of. Do post some pics of it when the project is finished. Why didn't you went for a much longer size then 6'? Star drag reels are also a great combination. Good luck with that.
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  • aboveboredabovebored Posts: 1,225 Officer
    For bait soaking the shorter rod is good. However, for jigging you might want more length.
  • monoxidemonoxide Posts: 1,094 Officer
    you will not be disappointed with a acid wrapped rod. you may get a few looks but i fish one for sharks and last jewfish i caught on that rod i literally held the rod in my flat palm and the rod didnt twist like a normal conventional rod would have.
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  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,580 Admiral
    Acid wrap is the way to go if you don't want to fight twisting while fighting fish also. It also keeps the line from looping around the tip. Short is the way to go if you want a serious jigging stick.
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  • FRIGATEGEARFRIGATEGEAR Posts: 77 Deckhand
    Boomerang Rods in west palm beach florida makes a great acid wrapped rod... They will do it all!
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  • zwardzward Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Sorry just checked this thread, Ray finished the rods today, he did a fantastic job on them, even put our boat decal on and everything. Haven't got my hands on them yet as we're leaving for FL this weekend but the pictures look sweet. He was a big help, very quick turnaround time and very reasonably priced, I'd highly recomend him.
    I've never fished an acid wrapped rod before but the concept makes perfect sense, cant wait to try.
    Rafaelsmall the main reason I went with 6 footers is that we fish on our own boat (some guys like longer rods for larger partyboats), and I specifically got these rods for live baiting BIG grouper, ie Dry tortugas and pulley ridge. Basically the longer the rod the more leverage you are giving to the fish. Hopefully I can break these in on a 60lb Black.:fishing

    Will try to post pics soon

    -Zane
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,580 Admiral
    Glad you got her done now. You will like the acid wrap.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • zwardzward Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Here's some pictures of a finished rod w/reel (penn baha special), I had 3 built all with these reels on them. They are 6' Seeker Hercules Heavy Blanks with fuji guides/reel seat and x-wrap handles. The rods turned out awesome, rediculously light and incredibly strong. These rods seem like they weigh less than my light inshore spinners! The attention to detail is fanastic, I dont have a close up pic but Ray got a logo of our boat on rod, the 'Southward Special'. I lifted 30 pounds in dive weights with the rod for a test in the one pic, I couldnt keep the weight in the air long as the drag was slipping on the reel but it lifted it without issue. I love the length and ESPECIALLY the acid wrap, can really lean on these things without any torquing at all! Unfortunately its windy as heck this week so I havent got any blood on them yet, but soon!
  • rysherrysher Posts: 353 Deckhand
    would like to post pics as i think zward forgot to update his thread with the fish pics.
    Hey Ray, got to try out the rods the other day and they worked fantastic! Highlights of the trip were big 100ish lb Goliath grouper and a 98lb amberjack! In the pic my brother and I both had to hold it (he's 6'4" and I'm 6'3") This was by far my biggest AJ and I couldn't have been more pleased with the rod! Feel free to show the pics to whoever
  • tapatetapate Posts: 5,153 Admiral
    Got Ray working me up a grouper\snapper digger now. If the govt ever opens it back up, ill be set.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,810 Moderator
    tapate wrote: »
    Got Ray working me up a grouper\snapper digger now. If the govt ever opens it back up, ill be set.

    Don't count on it!

    You'll love the Hercules blank. I had a couple built up on 6' XHs. Kind of wish I'd gone with the H. The XHs are true beasts! Still love them, though. LIght as light can be and and some kind of powerful.

    So far there is nothing that I would change with the rods. Despite all the online chatter and raving reviews about the Makairas... I have been somewhat disappointed in my 15s. In fact, they're about to go back to California for the second time. Thank God for the 5 year warranty. We pull some big grouper every year and basically what happens (I've only fished 1.5 seasons with them) is thgat at some point during the season one of the reels (not sure if it's the same culprit or not) will begin to loose freespool significantly before the other one. ONe of my reels freespools like a champ and with a glove on I can barely pull line off it. Lever pushes forward smoothly and with no excessive pressure. Other one looses freespool at a drag setting that I can easily pull line off with no glove at full. Just frustrating.
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  • tapatetapate Posts: 5,153 Admiral
    Thanks. Going with 40-80 acid wrapped . Should be ideal!
  • zwardzward Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Hey guys sorry havent been on the forums in a while. I was amazed at how great these rods fished, and Ray's work as well. The combination of 6' hercules blank and the acid wrap reallys lets you put the wood to fish. I actually thought my brother had just a big gag or red when he pulled up that 100lb goliath.

    Stuck up here in MN right now so the only fishing rods I'm using are 30" UL ice rods :banghead
  • zwardzward Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Just wanted to update this thread, have had close to a year to fish the rods Ray built me and they are proven grouper/snapper slayers! Love the sensitivity for muttons but plenty of backbone for big grouper and AJ's. Thanks again Ray!
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,580 Admiral
    Glad they are working out for you.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



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