new rod test GUSA WAHOO JR

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  1. paul708

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    finally had the new rod used last weekend. the new owner fished a charter boat here on the east coast NJ the Hookedup II they got a few nice yellow fin with the rod.and the blanks performed as designed..not a problem..
     
  2. txseadog

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    Paul,

    I haven't seen in specs on the Wahoo Jr so what the different between it and a Predator?
     

  3. paul708

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    i will try to get specs up today..i do not have them with me now..but the New WAHOO JR 7' blank is similiar to the 8' wahoo action (paraboiic) and has a little more material added to keep the action and power the same.(it has balls).still size 10 tip. and graphite.. pricing in the 140 range if you buy more than 1 blank.
     
  4. paul708

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    A party of 5 from work chartered the Hooked Up II for an overnight canyon tuna trip this past Friday/Saturday. On board for the HU2 was Capt Mark at the helm along with Capts Jerry and Adam who would be our two mates for the trip. From the moment we decided to book this trip, the experience had been great. We were calling for days beforehand asking what to expect, what to bring, etc...as we would have 4 first timers out of the 5 of us on a tuna trip. The boat, the gear, and the crew was first class and the experience gathered by "us guys" was tremendous. We were told upfront to ask any and all questions as the first 500,000 were free. The weather forecast for Friday was a little "sporty" and a few of our guys were solidly worried that they would be able to maintain composure and not succumb to the "mal de mar". Worries and dock lines cast aside, we headed for the deep. Our destination for the night would be the Hudson Canyon on edge of a major temp break. We got on the hook just outside the small fleet that was already there shortly after dark, and signs of life in the 76 degree water appeared almost immediately. Somewhere around 10:30pm we had our first flurry of activity and we boated the first two Yellow Fin for the night. Our first fish took a while to subdue but came to gaff and was truly an "Allison". We had a short break in the action and took the opportunity to jig up some squid. An hour or so later we had the next pack hit our lines and again boated a nice pair of Yellow Fins. We had a few more flurries throughout the night and by day break had 10 yellowfins in the box with everybody taking their turn on the rod. We went 10 for 11 on the yellow fins. Not bad for a crew of 5 with 4 who never caught a tuna before. The guys were truly PUMPED. The crew of the HU2 really supplied the expertise to help us guide the fish to the gaff and provided great coaching on the proper techniques to bring a fish into the boat. During the lulls in the action we had access to the bridge where I took full advantage to pick Capt Mark's brain on what he looks for and how he fishes certain areas. I also had a tutorial on trolling and jigging techiniques from Capt Jerry and Capt Adam.
    Which brings me to my plug for JPR rods . Paul built me an Acid Wrapped Jigging Rod that picked up Thursday night and that I got to put into action on this trip. I matched the rod with a Penn Torque 300 reel and was using a pink/white sardine jig. I had two 60#+ tuna on the rod and it performed flawlessly. Wish I could say the same about the operator. First fish was whipped quickly and was flopping on the deck in no time. Second fish was a maniac on steroids and I needed a little help from Capt Jerry. After trading off on the rod and gaff about a 4-5 times Jerry got him to the boat and I stuck him to bring him aboard. Great teamwork! An after action review between jerry and I revealed too little drag on the reel....
    We finished the trip trolling the edge of the warm water and managed an immediate hit on one of the Canyon Runner Secret Weapon Spreader Bars. We only had just started our troll and I think only had three lines in the water when the knockdown on the port short rigger occurred. Capt Mark shot me a knowing glance as he had told me about the secret weapon earlier. Gotta get me one of those....
    So the tally for the day was 11 fish in the box on a hookup ratio of 11 for 12. Not too bad!!
    Again, I can't say enough about how enjoyable the crew made our trip and how helpful they were to all our questions. It was a real pleasure to sail with such a knowledgable, professional, and courteous crew.
     
  5. rhale

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    Great repot paul. Do you have any pictures? I would like to see a pic of the acid wrapped rod.
     
  6. paul708

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    i suck remembering to take with pics. i got some for my site, should be up next week.. one of these day i hope to have some guys over and pull on some blanks and take some pics..i do have have my video explaning acid wrap on my site
     
  7. paul708

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    just a quick bend
     

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    Great repot paul. Do you have any pictures? I would like to see a pic of the acid wrapped rod.
    here is a pic of a acid rod i did
     

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    Great repot paul. Do you have any pictures? I would like to see a pic of the acid wrapped rod.
    this is the Acid rod used to catch the tuna that made the cover of the mag..i tried to get pic up ..file to big:rolleyes:
     
  10. gman

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    For those of you who aren't familiar with Paul, he is one of the best rod builders I have met. He built my jigging Master 500 for me and I couldn't be any happier with the results. He is the man
     
  11. paul708

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    hey gman...THANKS..that JM is a nice blank
     
  12. paul708

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    it has aftco B/G reelseat and aftco gimbal, and fuji HNSG guides
     

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  13. gman

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    sweet looking rod paul
     
  14. mike garone

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    I think next year i.m going to have to build one of those or a regular wahoo for jigging, I've got the predator and love it.
     
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    I think next year i.m going to have to build one of those or a regular wahoo for jigging, I've got the predator and love it.
    You are going to love regular GUSA Wahoo.
    I got 86 lbs wahoo, 172 lbs yft and a swordfish all on jigs with the rod.
     
  16. gman

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    Mike ...where in Nj are you from?
     
  17. mike garone

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    I am from Randolph, but go to school in Trenton now.
     
  18. paul708

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    Not that far. i am just down the road:D over the waltwhitman bridge
     
  19. paul708

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    I think next year i.m going to have to build one of those or a regular wahoo for jigging, I've got the predator and love it.
    mike are you the one that was asking about the seeker EX?..you will really like the Wahoo or JR:D
     
  20. paul708

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    kil, here is another, good catch on the GUSA wahoo JR ,


    In the time since its been in my hands, I had forgotten just how beautiful it is. The rod is a real work of art and has to be one of the best choices on the market today. Thanks again for everything.

    BTW, I spoke w/ Mark of North Shore Charters who landed a 150lbs blue marlin and lost another one twice the size on his wahoo jr. Seems the stick can work for live pilchards as well as tossing jigs!