CharkBait! is very pleased to announce
our expansion into the rod building category of sportfishing products. We've
long carried blanks from the best manufacturers, such as Seeker, Calstar and
more recently United Composites USA and Rain Shadow. We now also supply rod building
products from Alps, Fuji, and other respected manufacturers. There are
literally thousands of parts available for rod building, we will not stock
that range of products, though all parts are available from us. We will
however be stocking the most popular components from the major players in
rod building, our selection matches the needs of most builders and if we're
missing something critical please do let us know during this build-up,
ROD BUILDING COMPONENTS
produces a wide range of
reel seats, from simple
products, high end jigging
and casting size seats to
heavy duty trolling seat
designs. All are top
quality, innovative, state
of the art products. We are
listing some of their most
popular designs, many others
are available as special
orders. The one's listed
below are typically in stock
and available immediately.
Gimbal butts are available
in silver and black, other
colors by special order.
Recently Alps introduced a
very nice Rubber Gimbal
which is can comfortably be
used without a cap when not
making use of a rod belt.
Butt caps are available in
several sizes, popular not
only for making rods but as
replacements for lost pieces
(pretty common to lose one
in the heat of a good
stocking more rod building gear at both our
our San Diego shop offers a bit more depth in
the rod building department, plus the shop
manager is a rod builder.
Staff at the HB shop also has experience in this
regard, with Beta and Tom having build many,
many rods over the years.
Forecast has recently brought a hard to find
product to market, an item most of us have seen
on better quality rail rods. We have stocked the
XWrap material at our shops for a few years now,
that's a product you also see on many factory
rods either replacing or used in conjunction
with corktape. The new Cold Shrink product from
Forecast takes the XWrap to another level.
The product arrives as a tube
with a hard core,
almost 2 inch
diameter. Put the tube
over the area of the rod you wish to enhance,
pull a tap on the end and you will pull out the
hard core as a spiral one piece.
As the core is removed the material shrinks down
tightly, offering a durable XWrap type feel.
It's a great way to add a durable outer layer
over an existing grip that's worn, or a dandy
way to build a new grip. Some make use of
the product on their deckhand style rods, some
will use it on the foregrip of their rail rods
to add protection and a non-slip durable area on
their rod for use on the rail. I'll suggest that
this is mandatory on a properly built rail rod.
Another thing I really do like about this
product is that if it gets worn, it's easy to
replace! You don't have to cut off your old
grip, remove the reel seat, etc. All you have to
do is slip on Cold Shrink, pull the tab and
presto! You've got new material on the rod with
no installation hassle or expense. So, I guess
you can say it saves some money and time long
term. Now for the downside, it's pretty
expensive stuff. That's one
of the factors which make rail rods rather
I'm going to put this on a couple of my own
rods, one deckhand rod of mine uses sine-cord
rather than corktape, a common build, but for my
hands that's not so comfortable. This
stuff will make a big difference on that rod...
And, then there's that other rod that spent some
hard time on the rail fighting a bluefin for too
many hours..., a rod not made for that purpose.
That 6 1/2 foot custom UC RCP65HP really got
hammered on a charter a couple years back. This
material will fix the problem I created by
damaging the hypalon foregrip. Now it's going to
look better, and perform better should I get
stuck in a similar position again. This is some
neat stuff that a lot of fishermen and rob
builders have been trying to find. Look no
further, we've got it!
(This item is very similar to
what United Composites uses on their Rail Rods,
but it's not exactly the same product. UC makes
use of a more expensive USA made 3M product on
their rail rods to
protect the foregrip and add a bit of tackiness
to prevent the rod from slipping on the rail.
The Forecast product is an import. Works and
same way, does the same job, and is more
readily available to rod builders and fishermen
looking to enhance their rods.)
polyethylene (CSPE) synthetic rubber)
has been something we've used for handles
on most sportfishing rods for decades. However times are
changing. The EPA does not like the stuff, both it's
manufacture and use. So, DuPont stopped manufacture. Other
suppliers came on the scene, most from overseas, but many of those dropped out. EPA
wasn't happy with the material whether domestic or imported.
This past summer we saw a rather huge problem sourcing the
material. That slowed rod production for US factories which
used Hypalon. There have been other substances used for grip
material, corktape, X-Rap over corktape or sine cord, but for
rods with reel seat EVA foam
grips were commonly used as an alternate to hypalon and that
material works well - but with some reservation. One problem is that
EVA has a bit of memory, so if you have the rod in a position of
getting some pressure on the handle you might end up with a
permanent crease. It's light and works for rod
handles, it's just that hypalon is a bit nicer, less slippery,
less memory. In the case of UC, hypalon is what's used for
their upgrade rods, EVA for the standard build for Challenger
Elite series. Most imports use EVA. This summer it was a
huge problem and slowed production. Custom Rod builders were in
a major bind.
there is now an alternative, and the alternative is a very, very
good option. Forecast has developed a new material, which
we got the chance to play with this past week. It's
indistinguishable to hypalon, shares all
characteristics...except the EPA's objection. We are now
stocking the new product which was first shown off at ICAST
2017. If you build rods, no need to search for hypalon, there's
an alternative which is priced well and will perform very well.
If you have an interest in kayaking, this is a very useful part of your rod build.
Boomerang Retrieval devices were produced to
eliminate a problem, lost rods/reels. The owner
of the firm lost a $500 outfit, dropped in 45
feet of water - no way to retrieve for him. So,
he came up with a solution...
The owner of the
after five years and about fifteen different
prototype versions, I feel like I finally have
the product that I, and hopefully, all the other
millions of fishermen in this country can be
proud to have.
fisherman, I'm a purist, I want nothing on the
rod and reel that doesn't help me catch fish or
make catching fish a more exciting experience.
So as I watched a couple other products come out
and how they attached to the rod I knew
something had to be done completely different.
That's when I started studying the butt end of
the fishing rods and how my retrieval device
could be made to mimic the butt end of a fishing
rod. I about got kicked out of Bass Pro for
bringing my micrometer in and measuring all of
the different rod diameters and handles, I got
some weird looks for doing what I was doing.
did all this lead? Boomerang Retrieval Device.
The device is:
reloadable – reload as many times as you drop it
into the water with just a simple Phillips screw
driver and a new salt bobbin. This product uses
auto-inflatable life jacket
technology, that is both
splash resistant and
humidity resistant to
minimize inadvertent set
offs and to maximize
Adjustable – change the amount of fishing line
that goes on the spool or how long it takes to
set off underwater.
prototypes weighing in at 1.45 oz, and
production versions will likely be about an
ounce. Ergonomic – once a couple of casts are
made it will be virtually non- existent to the
best thing about the Boomerang? Well, imagine
the last time a fishing rod slipped through your
hands and was lost. This doesn't have to happen
to you again! You can have a new "boomerang"
reaction ... first it's a bunch of cuss words,
then you will see the bobber and it's "damn, I'm
glad I bought a boomerang".
Okay, so here's the deal,
with this device you will need to cut off the
but cap on your rod, or if building a rod
incorporate one of the devices to the butt of
the rod. It's not a hard process to have the
piece installed, even comes with the two part
adhesive to attaching. Now, once installed if
you drop your rod/reel over the float will come
to the surface making it possible to retrieve
your gear. The product comes with about 50 feet
of mono on a bobbin. If you need to deal with
deeper water, then reload with 8-12 lb braid and
you're good for 100 feet. We do stock other
floatation devices for rods, but this is slicker
no doubt. For a kayak fisherman, no need to swap
out the mono for braid since most rolled 'yaks
occur in the surf line so less than 50 feet. This
is the first reloadable,
adjustable, and most
fishable retrieval device on
The white portion, float and bobin will
deploy once your rod goes into the water. It works by way of
a Halkey-Roberts auto-inflatable life jacket component
modified for use in the Boomerang Retrieval Device.
The full handle/fighting butt device is for the
majority of saltwater oriented rods. Wider and
shorter, use this one for your hypolon or eva
Split Grip Inshore device, replaces 1.5-2.5:
long split grip butt handles. With a 2" mounting
hole, most rods don't need to be trimmed.
Installation requires a bit of skill,
not too much, but some experience and confidence is very
helpful. We can have our rod builder
attach the device for you at a cost of $30 per
rod plus shipping if required.
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