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lower price than what we offer, every day..., by
an authorized dealer,
upon confirmation we'll beat that price - guaranteed!
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not applicable to closeouts or re-furbs
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Upon placing your order you'll receive an
immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time. We process
orders manually, preferring to have a human
actually check things over and contact you
should there be questions. Within 24
hours of placing your order you will receive a
follow-up email confirmation and final invoice reflecting your total charges
(Monday-Friday). You are not billed until we actually send you your final invoice.
Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes applied, out
of state orders are tax free. Orders over $100 are shipped
FREE!* Orders less than $100 are billed for shipping. During the
ordering process you can select expedited
shipping if required.
(Within the USA we ship via UPS ground. International,
and oversize/weight items will be billed for
shipping and you will be sent an emailed invoice reflecting total charges
prior to actual billing. We will not ship
without you having had a chance to review the
We are very pleased
to introduce you to some unique CharkBait exclusive rods which
represent the best in the business. We offer high quality travel
rods and some wonderful
Custom Built Rods. All rods featured on this page represent our
philosophy of how a rod should be built. Noting both borrowed wisdom
of things that work, and
specific gaps in what's presently offered by major manufacturers we
provide what we consider rods well worth owning.
Our Custom Rods feature blanks made by United Composite
(formerly known as Graphite USA) and are built and designed in the
USA. We have added some other specialty rods, featuring blanks by
Seeker and Calstar. These rods have achieved a cult like status,
similar to the UC's, for folks targeting Wahoo (Calstar 875) and cow
size tuna (Seeker 2x4 and Calstar 770H, XH, XXH, and XXXH).
Please note, we have
three pages of Custom CharkBait rods. You have reached our United
Composite Custom Rod Page. Please click the links below to visit our
other Custom Rod pages.
SADLY UNITED COMPOSITES NOW
APPEARS TO BE HISTORY. PETER WILLIAMS AND FAMILY FROM AUSTRALIA GAVE
THIS A SOLID EFFORT IN TRYING TO BRING BACK THE OLD GUSA PRODUCTS,
AND EXPAND UPON THOSE OFFERINGS. THEY BUILT NOT ONE BUT TWO
FACTORIES, INVESTED HEAVILY... BUT WITH DIFFICULTY STAFFING
THE OPERATION, GIVEN THAT THE OWNER IS FROM AUSTRALIA, TRAVELING
BACK AND FORTH TO KEEP THINGS ROLLING AND HAVING DIFFICULTY HIRING
THE RIGHT MAN TO MAKE A GO OF THE OPERATION, WELL HE FINALLY CAME TO
THE CONCLUSION THAT HE SIMPLY COULD NOT KEEP GOING. HOPEFULLY PETER
WILL FIND A NEW OWNER, SOMEONE WHO WILL FINISH WHAT HE BEGAN, AND DO
THINGS THE RIGHT WAY.
AT PRESENT WE HAVE JUST A FEW
BLANKS AND FINISHED RODS IN OUR INVENTORY. ONCE THESE ARE GONE,
THERE WILL BE NO MORE MADE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
Several years ago we offered
GUSA custom built rods, made by the factory. They were wonderful
sticks, and folks lucky enough to own one will attest to their
excellent fishing characteristics: strong, light, narrow diameter
which just seems to feel right in the hands and superb actions for a
wide variety of applications. When the old firm began having
problems we had to stop doing business with them. The old owner took
a great product and ran it into the ground through poor business
practices and even worse follow through in production. We missed
them. Our clients did too. So, we were very much excited when John
Baker told me that through his association with the Australian
distributor for his reels, they'd be bringing the old GUSA's back to
life and build them as they should be built. We committed on the
spot to support their efforts, both in terms of blanks and hopefully
with finished rods too. Things have come together!
The Custom built rods featured below represent our
philosophy with respect to building a rod off a blank like the
United Composites. We are using state of the art components,
excellent wraps, perfectly spaced guides and have shaved no corners
in trying to produce the finest rod we can possibly build. You'll
note that where appropriate the rods have aluminum ALPS reel seats,
Spectra safe guides, gimbals... They're built the way I'd like my
rods built, by someone who arguably knows more about rod building
than anyone else on the West Coast.
Guides are all triple wrapped, with attention to detail. All
Grips are hand sanded. Each rod represents many, many hours
of labor in it's completion.
Alps center lock reel seats on most rods.
All rods feature a gimbal where approriate in terms of test
Bent Butt, "Slick Butt" and Straight Stand-up butts.
Durable Spectra Safe Guides from Alps
US 80 and 85
Most rods have a fish logo.
Sanded Cork Grips on the 79XFm 79 Mag, 711H, 85XF and 85 Mag
Challenger Platinum (CP) series rods utilize Dual Helix
Graphite technology and transition to Fiberglass composite
through the tip section. (Rods in this series were only
available in Australia in the past, now we've got 'em,
too! For the heavier action rods, this design provides
greater strength, lift, and forgiveness.)
Challenger Platinum (CP) Series - note the woven graphite
(click on the images for a better view)
Two new items from us, not necessarily
the most creative or revolutionary products we've ever come
up with, but nonetheless they are useful and they are a bit
different than what's available from others.
Our RodWraps are an upgrade from the
StickJackets we've carried for several years. We've made
ours a bit larger in
diameter so that they will accommodate larger saltwater
guides, even larger spinning guides. The StickJackets were
really made for freshwater use, sized accordingly but we
used their spinning models for our application. Now we've
got 'em made our way. We've reinforced the
top with a leatherette end piece and metal grommet which can
be used to hang rods, and we've increased the diameter to
allow your rods, even those using larger AFTCO wind-on
roller guides or larger size spinning guides to fit. The
Wraps are about 5 feet in length, will extend down the rod
into the handle material of most rods. They are not made to
cover the entire rod, only that portion it's designed to
protect - the blank, the finish, the guides.
wraps are all that I've been using now for the past few
years. I like the fact that I can use them for storage
protection, travel protection as well as leave 'em on my
rods on the boat. They are breathable and they don't absorb
moisture. So, they help me protect my rods when they're
bundled up once the fishing is over. On most long range
trips out of San Diego, you move your rods onto the boat and
off the boat all bundled up. They may stay that way
overnight on the boat as well. For a cloth sock, that's no
good. So, you can write off any protection of the rod. With
these things you do get that protection when you need it
most. I even leave them on my rods when I get home. I'll
spray off the rod wraps while still on the rod, loosening
any accumulated saltwater in the process. Then I'll take off
the wraps, clean the rods more thoroughly and allow them to
dry. Use of a cleaner like Penn's Rod and Reel cleaner for
that, and you've got things in great shape for your next
trip and your gear will stay in new condition. The Wraps are
5 feet in length.
The other product we have for rod
organization are our CharkStraps. These are great for
bundling your rods together for transport or storage. You
can secure up to a half dozen rods with these things. Nice
thing about ours verses some others, they are made from a
softer foam/rubber material so they'll never scratch up your
rods. Unlike some similar products I've seen, we made it a
point to include three different sizes (which makes sense
since you'll use all three at different positions on your
bundled rods from the tip to near the reel seat). So, you
get three straps, all with Velcro through their length to
handle most any size bundle of rods you'll be totting, from
2 to 6 or more rods.
questions? Please e-mail us,
click on the image-button link below or give us a call:
Sales & Service
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
(office closed on major holidays and weekends)
Staff: Mark, Leeana, Danielle, Blake,
Nadiya, Ryan & Tom
Phone Toll Free
Mailing Address: CharkBait Sportfishing
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Please also use
this address for sending reels for service.
are trying to reach us after 5pm weekdays or weekends,
our Huntington Beach shop staff can assist. *
Please note: We're closed major holidays,
both our offices and our shops.
New Years, Easter, Memorial Day,
Veteran's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving
& Christmas. We reserve the right to take off early if
there's a great local bite...
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Days a Week
Tuesday through Sunday
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 1-714-846-6452
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Brandon, Blake & Sergey
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I think that about covers it.