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CharkBait Custom Rods

RainShadow Rods
New 2017 Production
New Blanks RCJB84XH & XXH, JB 96H & XH, JB 106H & XH

RainShadow blanks have been gaining a very supportive audience in the custom rod building world. The firm that brings these blanks to market also is the worldwide distributor for ALPS rod building components, guides, reel seats, etc. They know rods, they are astute and dedicated to bringing quality to the market. They have a very strong design team at work, and their blanks show the knowledge gained through listening to the most demanding rod builders in the world. As a consequence of their listening they have a very broad range of blanks in their catalog, made for specific purposes. We've been hearing more and more from folks asking if we'd build rods from these well proven blanks. Given some shortcomings in terms of production from our traditional West Coast suppliers like Seeker and Calstar in 2014 we decided that we should learn more ourselves, pull on some blanks, do some talking to both anglers and the folks behind RainShadow. We did our homework, and thankfully we are associated with one of the better rod builders in SoCal (SaltyDog - Bill Havens) and asked him to produce several models of rods which are made for our style of fishing. We are taking our new RainShadow rod project into two distinct areas: first traditional offshore oriented rods and secondly high end inshore bass rods. 2014 marked our first production of Rainshadow rods, that was followed up with additional models in 2016 and again in 2017.

In 2016 we worked with Bill Havens (SaltyDog) to build rods for us using several Rainshadow RX6 blanks, the RCJB 84XH 40-80#, RCLB 70M and ML live bait rods all in seven foot length. We also produced an 8 foot jigstick - RCLB80M. Rainshadow introduced some new blanks for 2017, and we added several new models to our mix featuring these exciting new blanks, the RCJB84XXH, JB96H, 96XH and 106H & XH.

We made a few changes for this production. Wraps are now in silver rather than gold, a bit simpler wrap, metal ALPS reel seats on all seven foot rods with ALPS soft gimbal. The jigstick make use of a sine-cord wrapped handle.

For this year's production we've maintained the same wrap color as in 2016, silver and black. All of the rods offered make use of the RX6/E-Glass series blanks. These are composite blanks, making use of graphite on the lower end of the blanks for sensitivity and relatively light weight. The tips are blended to E-Glass for a boost in durability. The actions are fairly fast, powerful and versatile. Very similar to Calstar actions and blank design, given the transition to 'glass through the tip.

Note the use of cold shrink on the deckhand model pictured above left...


Note transition from carbon fiber to
fiberglass tip on these composite blanks.

Spinning or Conventional models available for this years production.
 

All 7 and 7 1/2 ft. rods come with a METAL double lock down ALPS reel seat. This is certainly not something expected on rods at the price points we're achieving on these rods.
 

The lighter action rods come with the ALPS Soft Gimbal. Heavier action rods feature a double lock down ALPS seat.

Nice cosmetic work on the rods, like the upper end of the handle on the jigstick, very smooth and exactly what one would expect on a custom built rod. Sine cord was used more on the last production, and for the 10 footers again this year. The majority of rods produced this year make use of the new Cold Shrink material.

USE REPORT:
 

Mark,

                 Just back from our 2 1/2 day on the ISLANDER and wanted to thank you for the excellent advice on gear to handle these brutes.  Nothing came over the rail that weighed less than 75 lbs and I went 4 for 7 including the 87 lb Jackpot.  The wife went 1, 80 pounder for 3 using her CHARKBAIT JX 2 speed with a 40 lb Ande topshot and Makira rail rod.

                 Before this trip we discussed some new gear and one of the rigs I picked up was the 8’ Rainshadow jigstick with an MXJ Raptor.  When I got on the boat and heard about what we were in for, I switched out the MX for a JX 2 speed with 40 # topshot.   5 of my 7 hookups came on this rig tossing ‘bicycle parts’ as you would say.  I hooked one on the rain shadow that was on for 2 1/2 hours and had me almost spooled five times.  The skipper had to fire up and chase him down twice.  Finally got him to deep color, about 20 feet out, and he sawed thru.  I never saw him but the skip estimated 140-160#.

                Anyway, I wanted to take a minute to tell you how impressed I was with that Rainshadow rod.  For an 8’ jiggstick it had incredible backbone for pulling hard on these super tough bluefin.  Even the crew made comments about how perfectly balanced and powerful this rod felt.  The tip was soft enough to toss a sardine with but when you flipped that reel to ‘strike’, you didn’t have to wait for the rod to load up at all – you instantly had a load on the fish.  Perfect!  And, it threw jigs like a nine footer – It is instantly my favorite rod, and I own some nice ones.

Keith Iaia

* = New Model Blanks

 
Buy Description Length Line Class Action Power Lure Wt. Price
OFFSHORE SERIES - SILVER WRAP AS SHOWN ABOVE
CONVENTIONAL REELS W/REEL SEAT
RainShadow  RCJB84H 7' 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $249.99
RainShadow  RCJB84XH* 7' 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $259.99
RainShadow  RCJB84XXH* 7' 50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 6-12 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96H* 7'6" 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH* 7'6" 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $269.99
FOR SPINNING REELS
RainShadow  RCJB96H*
SPINNING GUIDES
8' 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH*
SPINNING GUIDES
8' 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $279.99
DECKHAND STYLE HANDLE - SINE CORD
RainShadow RCLB 80M  DECKHAND STYLE 8' 20-50#
(30-40)
XF M 2-8 oz $249.99
RainShadow  RCJB96H*
DECKHAND STYLE
8' 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH*
DECKHAND STYLE
8' 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB106H*
DECKHAND STYLE
8'10" 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB106XH*
DECKHAND STYLE
8'10" 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $299.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Silver Thread Wrap - 2 PIECE DECKHAND STYLE
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99

Metallic Blue Wraps on new production 10 ft. 2 PIECE
jig & popping sticks

RainShadow  RTP100MH
Blue Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer

2 piece design
30-60#
(30-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Blue Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99

We produced one limited run of these two piece rods with our favored (and lucky) red metalic wrap.
(Okay, red is a lucky color in my personal estimation and experience.)
RainShadow  RTP100MH
Red Thread Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer

2 piece design
30-60#
(30-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Red Thread Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99


*New Blanks for 2017

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2014-15 Offshore RainShadow Rods:
For our offshore designs, the rods are made using RC series blanks which feature use of both RX6/E-Glass materials. They are a blend of graphite and fiberglass, similar to what we're familiar with from Calstar and Seeker (really left the top notch level when the firm sold in 2014 - no longer produce their own rods...) for their higher end products. You can see the transition, more graphite used in the aft/butt section of the rod to help reduce weight, then transitioning to E-Glass through the mid to tip section. Made in this manner you gain light weight plus extended long term durability and reliability in through the tip. 'Glass really offers greater impact strength in the tip section, that's the big benefit. In the image to the right you can see the transition between materials. The rods are not brittle, they are light and VERY durable performers. We use XXNLG guides, of course made for fishing super braid, the newer soft gimbal butts and composite reels seats on the lighter 7 foot rods, metal gimbals with aluminum reel seat for the heavier sticks. For the deckhand style long rods, sine cord us used instead of cork tape - for a more durable grip area while still keeping the weight down, standard bulb caps for the butt.  The actions will feel quite familiar to those who have fished Calstar Grafighters, but they are a bit lighter and the quality of the finished rod is nicer, nicer wraps with excellent components. It would be fair to say these are nice updates to the current standard.


The light and medium test rods, 70L and 70M make use of the soft gimbal butt, while the 84H 40-60# rod uses a metal gimbal.

Reel seats for the seven foot rods incorporate either composite or metal seats. To keep weight to a minimum the 70L and M make use of composite materials, while the heavy 40-60# stick has a metal seat.


The 70L and 70M make use of a composite reel seat, the 84H uses the dual lock down Alps reel seat.

Wraps all incorporate double and triple wrap guides in a subtle gold metalic finish. Alps XXNLG guides are used for these rods - braid/Spectra safe, durable and strong.

For the deckhand rod 80M note the detail work above the grip, and sine cord is used rather than cork tape for the handle material, great durability with this non-slip finish.
 


As mentioned, you will note that these blanks incorporate graphite more generously in the butt section, transitioning to fiberglass through the tip to increase durability as well as lighten the rods. You can see the transition in the image above.

 

 
Buy Description Price
OFFSHORE SERIES
RainShadow RCLB 70L 15-30# 7 feet $239.99
RainShadow RCLB 70M 20-50# 7 feet $249.99
RainShadow RCLB 80M 20-50# 8 feet Deckhand Style Jigstick $259.99
RainShadow RCLB RCJB84H 40-60#  7 feet $269.99

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Inshore Rods:
We've selected several of the most popular special purpose RainShadow blanks for this series of rods. All have exactly the actions desired for their particular line class and applications, from light line casting pieces to heavier action swimbait specialty rods (which have earned high marks from the buys focusing on landing BIG calico bass and bringing 'em in through heavy cover). Superior construction materials, excellent build quality from Bill Havens (Salty Dawg), top notch components from ALPS...these are rods which will provide excellent service for years if not decades.

REV 710MH
Revelation Series Bass Rods - RX7 Graphite, Strong-Thin and unrivaled strength and durability. Lure weight: 3/8-1 oz, 12-20 lb test.
ISWB 946M 
RX7 Graphite balances strength, sensitivity and light feel to create RainShadows finest all purpose blank material.
25-40 lb test, 3-8 oz lures
MB 846
RX6 series graphite material for sensitivity and strength, great lifting power. 1/2 - 2 oz lure weight , fast action, 15-30 lb test
IMMP 76M
The Immortal series of blanks make use of RX8 graphite. Sensitivity, lightness and strength combine for hyper performance!
RCLB 79L
RX6/E-glass blended tip with graphite for exceptional strength, durability and exceptional action. 15-30 lb test, 3/4-3 oz lures. For Bass, Albacore, Tarpon...

 

INSHORE SERIES RODS
RainShadow REV 710MH 12-20 lb., cork with trigger grip, 7'10" $289.99
RainShadow ISWB 946 25-40 lb, 3 - 8 oz lures,  7 10" feet $289.99
RainShadow MB846 15-30 lb,  7 1/2 feet $289.99
RainShadow IMMP 76 8-14 lb,  7 1/2 feet $289.99
RainShadow RCLB 79L 15-30 lb,  7 feet $289.99

 


CharkStraps & CharkWraps

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.

These 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 other product we have for rod organization are our CharkWraps. 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.

Buy Description Price
CharkWrap rod protection - BLACK $9.99
CharkWrap rod protection - RED $9.99
CharkStraps - 3 piece rod bundling straps $6.99
Buy 3 CharkWraps & Straps - Black Wraps - Get our CharkStraps FREE $29.99
Buy 3 CharkWraps & Straps - Red Wraps - Get our CharkStraps FREE $29.99


 

 

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