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Shipping runs $20 for rods, up to 7 feet in length within continental USA.

Most orders over $150 are shipped FREE!* Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. All orders over $300 will require signature for delivery unless you specify otherwise and assume ALL LIABILITY. Rods, given their extra length, will have an added cost of $20 for rods up to 7 feet - this is a change for 2018 due to increased shipping charges from FedEx and UPS, packaging costs also increased this year for longer boxes. In 2018 UPS and FedExpress both announced new maximum size limits for boxes.  8 foot rods now can not be shipped at standard rates, the rate increase for a box over 96 inches can easily be $100 and greater. We are working on alternative solutions, but at the present time rods of 8 feet or more may have very high shipping rates outside of CA. We will quote you the shipping upon receipt of your order. Upon placing your order you'll receive an immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time, the confirming email may not reflect oversize or overweight charges or other issues requiring direct contact. 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 (pdf doc) 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. During the ordering process you can select expedited shipping if required. (Within the USA we usually ship via Federal Express 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 invoice). Hawaii and Alaska shipping will be accomplished using USPS Priority service, and our standard shipping cost policy will apply unless the item ordered does not fit in their standard size boxes. If additional shipping fees are required we will contact you.)


Custom CharkBait Rods

United Composite Custom Rods - Listed here
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UNITED COMPOSITE

2018 - Background and current production at United Composites:  Several years ago when GUSA rods were brought back to life by Peter Williams (Australian distributor of UC, Calstar and many other American sportfishing products) we began an association to produce finished rods from the firm.  Peter and son built a new factory and produced blanks, keeping true to Dick Kantner's original designs.  We purchased blanks and then commissioned a well known rod builder to complete our selected rods.  When UC was sold to Randy Penny in 2014 things evolved very well.  Soon factory rods were being made, completed rods, built the way we like to see 'em, by a fellow with a long history of building quality rods.  In truth, the reason for us to produce and inventory custom built UC's ended once the factory began producing finished rods. We kept the name alive during the time UC did not produce finished rods. At this point, we can still build custom UC's, and you have some flexibility in how you'd like yours built and which blanks are used for your rod.  Typically, a well made custom rod, made by a master builder, will run a bit over $100 greater than a factory rod. There are economies of scale present in a factory build where several rods are built at the same time, greater quantities of components ordered... Economy/value is on the side of the factory build.


CUSTOM RODS

Our Custom Rods are being built by someone well known on the West Coast, and beyond.  The reason for my reluctance to custom rods in the past was pretty simply, finding a reliable, high quality builder was difficult. There are many who can build a rod, but few who can build them correctly in my estimation, few that can build them to a professional level beyond the hobbyist level (and I'll direct that towards tackle shops who dabble in rod building and the larger outfits that build to a least common denominator). To be done right requires more than labor time, it requires knowledge of the rod, it's action, components,  the proper spacing of guides, the proper materials and skill... The gentleman building our rods is one such a knowledgeable individual, Bill Havens (aka Salty Dog) . I'd suggest, he's one of the best in the business.

Way back in 2002-2004 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 (Peter Williams of United Distributing) 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 appropriate in terms of test application.


Bent Butt, "Slick Butt" and Straight Stand-up butts.


Durable Spectra Safe Guides from Alps

US 80 and 85
Turk's Head

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)

 

There are several series of blanks/rods produced by UC. In summary:

United DHX - Dual Helix Graphite - Casting and Spinning Blanks - designation US and UC

GUSA DHX - Dual Helix Graphite

GUSA Sidewinder - Popping Blanks - designation SW

Pioneer - Single Helix - Casting and Spinning Blanks - designation PU

Challenger Elite - Dual Helix - designation CE

Challenger Platinum - Dual Helix and Fiberglass - designation CP

Challenger Xtreme - Dual Helix and Fiberglass Composite- designation CP

With so many series of product lines UC can seem a bit intimidating on the front side. Personally I fish their CP series for my 40-60# rods, CE for my 30 and the Xtreme on my rail rods. For most of us, the CE and CP series along with some specialty rods such as UC 711's cover our needs. With so many blanks produced there's certainly room for specialization in application and design - that's a big part of what truly custom rods are all about. But, as a fellow who fishes long range style primarily, the CP's get my nod. There's no better rod built in my opinion than these for that all so important 40-80# use. Certainly, there's no other blank produced from such expensive materials - the best USA graphite in the business...and it shows.

 
Model - Length Test Guides Grip Seat Butt Action
Inshore Casting Rods
DHX Dual Helix™ - Saltwater Inshore
The ultimate light line bass stick, extra fast tip.
US 79XF
7'9"
1/2-3/4 oz lures
12-20# FUJI BMNAG
9 XBNAG
1 BMGAT 8-7
Cork Fuji Trigger Bulb X-Fast
Beefier tip for heavier baits, great for 20#.
US 79MAG
7'9"
3/4 - 1 oz lures
15-25# FUJI BMNAG9 XBNAG
1 BMGAT 8-7
Cork Fuji Bulb Fast
Slider-rig and break wall (local big bass spot) special.
US 711H
 7'11"
3/4 - 2 oz lures
15-25# FUJI BMNAG
10 XBNAG
1 BMGAT 8-7
Cork Fuji Bulb Mod-Fast
More casting distance, great tip for feeling the bite, very sensitive.
US 85XF
8'6"
1/2 - 1 oz lures
12-20# FUJI BMNAG
11 XBNAG
1 BMGAT 8-7
Cork Fuji Bulb X-Fast
Casting distance and action suitable for heavier lures inshore.
US 85MAG
8'6"
3/4 - 1 1/2 oz lures
15-25# FUJI BMNAG
11 XBNAG
1 BMGAT 8-7
Cork Fuji Bulb Fast
Offshore Bait and Jig Applications
DHX Dual Helix™ - Saltwater Offshore
'Chovy flyline and small bait specialty piece for up to 20# class lines
US 70MH 7' 12-20# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 XBPPLT08R060
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
Bulb Fast
US 70MH-7'
Spinning
12-20# ALPS 316
7 XBXNLG
1 XBPPLT08R060
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
Bulb Fast
Slightly heavier tip for working sardine and squid, smaller jigs/iron.
US 70H 7' 20-30# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 XBPPLTO8R07
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
Bulb Fast
Heavier baits and jigs, great for wahoo, and fishes it's range of 30-40# very well.
US 70HP 7' 30-40# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
Made for Wahoo, capable of more...
Wahoo 8' 50-80# ALPS 316
9 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Moderate Fast
Challenger Elite Dual Helix™ - Saltwater Offshore
'Chovy flyline and small bait specialty piece for up to 30# class lines
CE 700M 7' 20-40# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 XBPPLT08R060
Hypalon ALPS
Composite Seat
Bulb Fast
Slightly heavier tip for working sardine and squid, smaller jigs/iron.
CE 700H 7' 30-50# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 XBPPLTO8R07
Hypalon ALPS
Composite Seat
Bulb Fast
Heavier baits and jigs, great for wahoo, and fishes it's range of 40-50# very well.
CE 700XH 7' 40-60# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
Challenger Platinum Dual Helix™ - Saltwater Premium Blanks
More backbone, great for tuna on 40# line.
CP 65HF 6'6"
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
30-50# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
More backbone, great for tuna on 30-40# line.
CP 70H 7'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
20-40# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
More backbone, great for tuna on 40-50# line.
CP 70HF 7'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
30-50# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
More backbone, great for tuna on 50-80# line.
CP 70HP 7'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
50-80# ALPS 316
8 XBXNLG
1 BMGAT8-9
Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
Corktape Bait and Jig Sticks
This is a do-it-all stick, covers a lot of bases...well, jigs, squid, sardines fishing yellowtail white sea bass, finessing albacore...
US 80MEGA
8'6" cut to 8'
20-30# ALPS 316
9-XBXNLG
1XBPPLT08R
Cork Tape w/Turk's Head Cork Tape w/Turk's Head Daisy
Style Bulb Cap
Mod-Fast
All Roller Trolling and Heavy Rail Rods
Perfection for a private boater. Covers trolling and rail use with a blank offering exceptional action and backbone. Arguably the best rod ever built for tuna and marlin.
CP
55HP-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
"Tuff-Butt"
30-50# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP
55HP-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
Hypolon Grips fore&aft
30-50# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP 60HF-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)

All Roller
"Tuff-Butt"
30-50# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP 60HF-AR-6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller Stand-up
30-50# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
Heavier line, bigger fish, more drag load capacity for turning the big ones. 'Glass and Graphite for durability and feel.
CP
55XH-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
Hypolon Grips fore&aft
50-80# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP
55XH-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
"Tuff-Butt"
50-80# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP
60HP-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
"Tuff-Butt"
50-80# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP
60HP-AR-SB 6'
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
All Roller
Hypolon Grips fore&aft
50-80# 6 AFTCO Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart Tuff Butt
"slick-butt"
ALPS
Center Lock
ALPS
Aluminum
Gimbal
Fast
CP 40XXWO-UB-CB 5'6"
(CP-GRAPHITE/GLASS)
Aluminum Curved Butt, Wind-On Guides
60-100#+ 5 AFTCO Wind On Rollers Hypalon Forward &
Stuart "Curved-Butt"
STUART
#4
STUART
Z-Butt Short Curved
Fast
Rail Rods
These are long range specialty rods featuring relatively light tips and extraordinary power for dealing with larger grade tuna stand up style.
Raptor 50-80# SIC braced and rolled Hypalon with Half Dawg railpiece Fuji
DPSM
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Mod-Fast
Viper 60-130# SIC braced and rolled Hypalon with Half Dawg  railpiece Fuji
DPSM
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
Invictus 100-Unlimited SIC braced and rolled Hypalon with Half Dawg  railpiece Fuji
DPSM
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast
Gladiator cx70 Unlimited# SIC braced and rolled Hypalon with Half Dawg railpiece Fuji
DPSM
ALPS
Aluminum Gimbal
Fast


Stick Jacket

Easy On  & Off InstallationFishing Rod Covers


The Stick Jackets are a little different than the Blue Water covers, or any other cover that we've come across. They are made from a tough polyethylene filament that's virtually impervious to salt as well as resistant to mold and mildew. The braided material behaves much like the old "Chinese finger trap" gripping your fishing rod for snug protection against unwanted damage to line guides and rod tips.

  • prevents tangled rods

  • easy push on/push off installation

  • protects rod guides & tips from damage

  • great for boat rod lockers and rod tubes

  • breathable & will not retain water

  • impervious to mold or mildew

  • lightweight

  • you can hang rods for storage using the tough gromet at the cover's top

  • abrasion resistant and UV resistant

While the manufacturer makes a few sizes, most are only suitable for freshwater bass rods. They make one size that's perfect for our larger guide saltwater rods, including trolling rods. The larger size will handle rods with a 2 1/2" diameter, and will accommodate rods up to 7 1/2' in length. The cover is 5 1/2' in length, and available in five colors! For 2011 we have a new longer Magnum size which fits rods up to 9 1/2' and 9" round - perfect for most jigsticks.

 

Buy Description Price
Stick Jacket 5.5 feet length black $8.99
Stick Jacket 5.5 feet length yellow $8.99
Stick Jacket 5.5 feet length red $8.99
Stick Jacket 5.5 feet length blue $8.99
Stick Jacket 5.5 feet length purple $8.99
Stick Jacket Magnum for rods up to 9.5 feet length black $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum for rods up to 9.5 feet length red $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum for rods up to 9.5 feet length blue $11.99

 

 

ToroTamer Rod Socks

Our rod socks are a bit different than the wraps offered above. These socks are made from a heavy fabric in 7 or 8 foot lengths. The are for storage and protection, they are not water proof. They're available in two sizes. The base of the sleeve folds up onto the butt section of the rod and then can be tied off. So, one size can fit shorter rods with no problem.

 
Buy Description Price
ToroTamer Rod Socks 7 foot $9.99
ToroTamer Rod Socks 8 foot $9.99

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