So i ordered this rod i believe on friday, just got it this minute and im not real happy with it. the rod is rated 50- (80) -130 and they said i could put around 30 pounds of drag on it no problem.... well i tried doing a 20lb dead lift with it and before it was even beginning to come off the ground i started hearing pops and cracks so is this normal or is this rod way over rated. i am scared to put 20lbs on it it sounds like its gunna break. i will follow this up with some pics if i have time.
I agree. Seeker has a great rep, they're guaranteed, and many of the best custom rods use either Seeker or Calstar blanks. Lifts should be at a 45 degree angle or lower. You can break any of them if you high stick em. That rod should work for any tuna in the Gulf. I've got a couple of XH's, i think they're one step lower in capacity, and they've been great. The super seekers are really something. fish the creaks out of it. You'll like it.
It would be a little over $300 for a spinner and a little under for a conventional, but I have a Calstar 700XH that I have pulled 35 pounds of drag on the scale in the garage and had confidence in at least another 5--but I am conservative. Fred (gimmedeal) brought in about a 50 or 60 pound yellow fin on it like it was a crappie. (Unfortunately, Calstar does not provide a clone of Fred with the blank.)
after i typed what i did i had to go get one o'my new rods outta the closet.....
it's a 6' AR standup with a rating of 50-100....... still quite a broad range
(originally bot 1, but just had to order another when i noticed it was labeled "BILLFISHER" in holographic lettering
but for 150 buck$, whudda ya expect...... is see the one being spoke about is advertised as having a fast taper....... maybe that's why the broad range on rating
i just went back to the closet again and noticed that i have 4 new 5' 6" standups with a fast taper that have a broad range too........ 50-130..... an 80# range!
(but these are 'el-cheapos' for novice guests tho)
billfisher your right i just looked and it does say fast taper but i dont know. up here in the NE i will use this for my chunking and trolling setup and wanted to set it at about 20 pounds at strike and about 30 full with a tiagra 50wlrsa. but you are all right as it seems as it is breaking in with each lift i just got the 20lb weight off the ground fully and took sum pics but they came out crappy but ill post one of themm anyway until i take better ones.
yea id say that makes a lot of sense. i believe it was Mr. Bill who said he would rather have a rod break in his garage or sumwhere other than on a boat than to have it break while fighting a nice sized fish. and id have to say i agree with that. the rod is creaking alot les now and i got the 20lb off the fround no problem but i only have one pic how do i post it ?