Saltywater Tackle El Maestro 82M or 710MH

Discussion in 'Rods and Rod Blanks' started by RevPDP, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. RevPDP

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    So my search continues as I randomly throw out some rods to get some opinions on. I'm looking for a rod for throwing lighter poppers and stickbaits in the 40-80g range. I have a BH 80N and a Tuna Sniper 805. Both rods a similar, so I need one lighter.

    I've crossed off the UC Sidewinder, Bushido 76-125, and Temple Reef from my initial list. I have not ruled out the Tuna Sniper 710 or the Yamaga Blanks Blue Sniper (77/3, 79/4, 82/4), though I prefer a blank to custom build. So now I'm reconsidering the ST EM series. They are blanks produced in Japan with Toray graphite and some glass, so I'm thinking they'd be very strong. Any experience with these El Maestros?
     
  2. John Cassius

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    oh boy, here we go again :rolleyes:
     

  3. RevPDP

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    :D
     
  4. r.sheker

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    they are NOT MADE IN JAPAN.
     
  5. cubanfishermar

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    STK 74MH
    Spinning
    7'4"
    1570mm
    2pcs butt joint
    260g
    PE3 to PE4
    Up to 80g
    7kg
    180mm
    515mm
    jdm tackle
     
  6. RevPDP

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    Cubano! Are those the specs on the Temple Reef Stealth?
     
  7. John Cassius

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    Cubanos are a great Gigars......
     

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  8. cubanfishermar

    cubanfishermar Senior Member

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    yes sir
     
  9. RevPDP

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    No...??? Then where?
     
  10. r.sheker

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    China
     
  11. KMitchell

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    Is all pre-peg done in China now?
     
  12. KMitchell

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    Is the answer yes or did I ask the forbidden question
     
  13. RevPDP

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    I'm tapping out as this is an area I know nothing about...
     
  14. r.sheker

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    no, not all pre-pregs are made in china but suffice to say if the blanks are made in china so are the pre-pregs.
     
  15. RevPDP

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    I'm reading between the lines that the blanks in question are not made in Japan, but China which means they are not worth the money. Is this correct more or less? Aside from place of origin, are these blanks decent? I have a hard time believing they are junk.
     
  16. Marka

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    Made in China don't mean, made of junk.

    It's up to you to decide wether they are worth your $ or not .
     
  17. KMitchell

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    Thanks, I do wonder since they are such a giant of an exporter - even the materials come from China due to cost. Seems like everyone is outsourcing these days.

    The company I worked for (which had nothing to do with fishing) was in China for awhile and if certain quality standards were expected they did pretty well. Without them? I dont know.
     
  18. r.sheker

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    would you rather own a volvo which is owned by a chinese company or a lexus owned by a japanese company?
    i know i am not spending $300 for a blank made in china which costs $30 to make.
    but that's jsut me.
     
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  19. Marka

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    Dang , if those blanks are at a $30 cost , the whole rod would be what ? $150 cost ?

    Retails for $700 that's a huge marketing profit .
     
  20. r.sheker

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    more like less than $100 for the whole rod.
    everything is in bulk and tier pricing, guides, reel seats, eva and labor in china using 8 year olds are cheap too, o.k. let us just say 30 year year olds but it still cheap, here in the USA most women who does the guide wrappings/threads are paid by the cents per tag end. if i remember correctly 5cents or 15 cents per tag end- not sure.

    a 9ft blank here in the US made by one of the big manufacturers, blank weight is 6oz to give you an idea of how much carbon is in the blank, costs $50-60 to make.