I just received my new Super Seeker CTSF55XXXH rated 80 (100) 130 made by Seadog Rods. I'm home alone or I would have taken some lift test pictures. Let me just say that I need to bring home some more weights. I will follow up lift pictures in a few days. I'll probably have "Rodbuster" help me with the test. I will stop him before rod failure occurs.
I fished with some custom rods using the Winthrop guides last summer. After using them on a few marlin, I don't think there is any comparison to the proven Aftco big foots. They are expensive, but worth the extra money for the long haul. You can place a pencil through every guide including the tip. The pencil will even fit between the rod blank under the guide. You would have to be the world's worst knot maker to make a knot that wouldn't pass through these guides.
The Winthrop's are machined out of a solid block of aluminum. The ball bearing rollers are machined to fit perfect inside the machined guide. There is absolutely zero play. No wobble what so ever. I don't see any way you could fray the line. Then, you have the hottest blank on the market. The Super Seeker line of rods is raising eyebrows throughout the fishing industry.
The rod is topped off with a black/gold Aftco unibutt. A shrink wrap was used over the hypalon grip. Very nice.
Thanks, Kevin. Once again you've outdone yourself. Excellent job. We'll be doing more rods very soon. Here's some pictures of the rod. Some will have a pencil placed into the guides to give you an idea of the guide size.
pretty damn KEWL!!! I saw the guides in the wrappers and the rod blank before it was built and knew instantly it was a MEAT STICK!! Doesnt compare to how it looks now... that is one SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET ROD!!
Nice rod man ya got there!!!
Your family probably spends more a month on you than the cost of this rod. Food, clothes, school, insurance, gas, water, electricity, etc. Just wait till real life begins and you have to pay all of the above along with 1000 different types of taxes.
I'm thinking I will put one of the new Accurate Platinum 50 topless reels on it when they come on the market shortly. Meanwhile, I have some new Tiagra's that need a home.
Those pink flowers in the background were grown to match your Cinco Cook Uniform. I purposely took the pictures with the pink flowers in the background for you. Glad to see you noticed. Maybe you're not as straight as you think. It's also possible that this rod was built to settle a bet.
Txseadog provided them. I just told him what I wanted. I'm not sure where he bought them. Probably Mudhole.
How about those lift pics Mr Bill ? I cant wait to see it loaded up. Beautiful rod by the way!!!
Hang in there. My rod testing buddy had bone rolling fever. He went to Vegas to get in some gambling time. I would have joined him but I had a family member become very ill. I've been at the hospital on and off for three days. The pics will come, just bear with me.
I finally found some time this evening to do some lifting tests. I put a Shimano Tiagra 50WLRSA on the CTSF55XXXH. It is spooled with 150 pound spectra. I am pleased to find out that I have mastered the 12 turn Bimini twist. I attached a 500 pound sampo ball bearing swivel with an two lap offshore swivel connection to the 12 turn Bimini.
Lifts were first made with 33 pounds of sash weights. I then added one gallon water jugs to the sash weights. Plastic water jugs hit the scales at 8.5 pounds per gallon. Therefore, I did lifts of 33, 41.5, 50 and 58.5 pounds. I tested the 50 pound lift with over 200 lifts to see if I could break the Bimini. It held like a champ.
The only reason I stopped lifting at 58.5 pounds was because that is about the maximum a person can handle standing up in a boat and still be mobile. I also ran out of water jugs. The rod was not peaked out. I think it could take 65 pounds with no problem.