Question: Did you (or anyone else) have a URL for Carpenter rods for sale in the U.S. with prices in U.S. dollars? I would like to look at them for their length and casting ability, even though I probably would not buy one.
I bought an 8-foot Smith WRC 80P/35 from Randy, although not so much for offshore fishing (I was afraid folks on the Big E might think I was using a fly rod.
) I am not an especially accomplished caster, and I wanted something for casting off the Texas jetties into the ship channel for catch-and-release on bull reds and jacks in heavy current--something that would provide a combination of extra casting distance with a 4 ounce lead casting spoon as well as the ability to end the fight quickly. Although I have no doubt that experts could cast the 700H just as far, I for now, cannot, so it was an excellent purchase for me.
My problem is that I like both the Japanese rods and the Calstars. I may have to buy a Tokara for my Twinspin 30, even though I know that would be overkill for the Gulf. Like Snoopy, sitting on top of his doghouse, fantasizing that he was fighting the Red Baron, I could catch Texas jackfish while pretending I am Bertrand Picarda, hauling up 300 pound GT s from the coast of Komodo Island.
On subject of Japanese rods, I also needed a rod to cast 3/4 ounce to 1 ounce gold spoons off the jetties as well. As I strongly suspected, (and as Randy warned me,) the 80P/35 was worthless for that. So I also bought a Smith KGS-68M from Randy. 6 feet 8 inches, medium action, and rated for up to 2.1 ounce lures and 40 pound braid. When I got it, I was amazed. I could not only cast the 1 ounce lures, but I put a 1/4 ounce on it and no, it was not as effective as a somewhat lighter Falcon with 12 pound mono, but it was very very good. So now, I am planning to buy the 7-foot model rated for up to 50 pounds and 3.5 ounces, and the light 5-11 model. I will use a Stella 8000 on the 7-foot model, and 5000's on the two smaller ones, and use them for my 3 bay rods. They will be great, not only for skinny water and the jetties but for light offshore stuff as well. They all have removalble butts and are very reasonably priced.
I know that Rick, T.J., Kevin, Kil, and the rest of you would all love to see me walk onto the Big E with those three rigs.