Latest Tuna Tackle

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by rhale, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. rhale

    rhale Senior Member

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    Down time can still be fun while messing with your tackle...
    I have been building new rods, respooling reels, checking and reorganizing tackle so why I had it out I took a few pics of my latest set ups.

    I had to make some changes to 2 of my older rods, 1st was the GUSA mono mag (spinner matched with 10K SW Stella) I had to turn the first guide around as I didnt know about that trick when I built the rod (lost 2 shibuki's because the line caught on this guide) and I also did some grip shaping an my new lathe that a friend gave me.....
    2nd was my Jigging Master 450 gram (conventional matched with Accurate 870 2 speed), I had a problem with the line cutting into the grip due to poor guide placement and a long foregrip. This only happened when in full drag but it still bothered me so I took the first guide off and did a tiger butt wrap with several thick coats of finish to raise up the guide (I didnt want to put a taller guide) then rewrapped the guide. I also shaved the foregrip to a smaller diameter for extra clearance.
    My 3rd set up is the monster buster, Calstar 700XH spinner matched with 10K FA Stella with 20K spool. This rod was a little to heavy and bulky so it went on the lathe also and I shaved the grips to a much smaller diameter and shed some weight at the same time.
    4th and 5th are waiting to be matched up with reels... 4th is a 600 gram OTI spinner (blue) and 5th the Tuna Max XXH spinner (grey) I am still trying to decide between the 20K Stella, 10K JDM Stella, and the Twinspin 20.....
    I have a few more jigging set ups not pictured but these are my primary jigging and popping set ups.

    What do yall think? How many more do I need???:D :D

    I have been thinking alot about trying a bait and switch for Blue Marlin this summer on the Monster Buster listed above, I guess it would really be bait and bait because I want to use some type of topwater or swim bait. What lure would be your first choice for this?
     

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  2. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    cant go wrong with a shibuki. ive had nice success with tailwalk gunz, shimano ocea pencil and tackle house long distance.
     

  3. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    ha, yes. if you need crew im happy to drive down :D
     
  4. Bellyups

    Bellyups Senior Member

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    :D They look great!!!

    IMO, you can never have enough custom rods, especially if you made them yourself!:D
     
  5. d-a

    d-a Senior Member

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    Looks good, there's never an end to needing more rods.

    d-a
     
  6. feeder

    feeder Senior Member

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    I'm usually not a fan of diamond threadwork, but that blue one looks sic man. Good looking rod.

    Also, that is one serious looking rod lathe.
     
  7. kidflex

    kidflex Senior Member

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    great lookin rods
     
  8. HWK

    HWK Senior Member

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    Good looking toys,
     
  9. rhale

    rhale Senior Member

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    Thanks guys, now all I need is calm seas and its on..

    Bret & MM I got yall on the crew list for this year. Last year I made quite a few trips with a partial crew so count on going.
     
  10. Jason4606

    Jason4606 Tuna Club member

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    Very nice!! I need to get off my a$$ and start building more, your pix and decent weather is good incentive!! ;)
     
  11. Drifter

    Drifter Senior Member

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    Ronnie,

    Nice looking rods!

    Thanks for the YFT loins on our last trip - the wife and daughter loved the sashimi :D ! I ordered more Shibuki's so I'll be ready for my next trip.

    Louis