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Rod Building Products

Rod Building Components and Blanks

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,  United Composites USA. In 2015 we added Rain Shadow blanks to our product line as well as finished rods from Rain Shadow and United Composites. We now also supply rod building products at our Huntington Beach and San Diego retail shops from Alps, Fuji, and other respected manufacturers.

New Products:

Rod Enhancement

Over the past 17 or so years we've offered a product from Better Ways (which is listed on our Clearance page) which provided some protection of the foregrip material.  We had charter guys making use of the material to keep their rods looking great for when they sold them off at the end of the season. Others like me used the material to both protect the grips as well as distinguish my old Calstars (given plenty of rental-rod guys using some of the same fiberglass rods, before I graduated to UC's rods several years ago). A new firm to sportfishing, but very well known in other fields, golf, bikes, tennis... Wherever there's a hdndle, chances are Winn has a product being used in the application. Winn has designed some wonderful new wraps for protecting your hypolon.  I own a UC CP series deckhand rod which is a bit narrow for my hands to fish comfortably. Also a bit narrow for the reel I planned to run on that rod (Seigler/Truth LGN). So, I bought a roll of this tape to build up the handle a bit, improve the grip. Perfect for my application.  XWrap is another alternative which we sell, but that material requires use of some heat to shrink and is probably a bit more of a pain to take off a rod.  The Winn material is darn easy to work with, easy on, easy off, with an nice squishy feel.

Another area of use, more recently employed by long rangers on their rail rods, is cold shrink. This innovative material was first developed by 3M, that's what UC (United Composites) uses on their rail rods.  The firm distributes RainShadow blanks, ALPS guides and other rod building components also offers a product which serves the same purpose, very similar to 3M's product and costing about half as much.  I have a couple of UC's in my collection which get used as rail pieces...quite often. A very nice custom Raptor which SaltyDawg built for me 7 years ago and a UC70HP Mega. So, while preparing for the recent RRIII charter, I bought a couple pieces of the material to upgrade my own rods. The Stuff is WONDERFUL!!!


Winn Grips
Rod Handle Wraps

Winn offers two styles of grip material. Each is applied in a spiral on the handle of your rod, offering protection, a tad more width, and is easy on and off, both able to wrap 32 inches worth of rod, both 96 inches in length. The material used by Winn is unique, its a highly advanced dry polymer material. The wrap works well on all surfaces, cork, EVA, hypolon or directly on the blank. It's tacky and comfortable in wet, colr, hot or humid conditions. It's durable, will last for years.  We're stocking the products in some great colors, two styles. Their Saltwater Edition Wrap is stocked in six flavors, all with a tuna logo - with one exception which presents dorado coloring and fish image. These run $17.99-18.99 per roll. We're stocking two flavors of Winn Contour Wraps. The Contour Wrap provides a bit more substance for building up a rod's diameter and improving grip a tad more, and run $19.99.  Both products are non-stick in application, both come with finishing tape and very good instruction.




Description Price
Winn Grip Saltwater Gray $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Black $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Blue $17.99
Winn Grip Saltwater Dorado $18.99
Winn Grip Saltwater CONTOUR Red Camo $19.99
Winn Grip Saltwater CONTOUR Blue Camo $19.99

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Grip Enhancment

We're stocking more rod building gear at both our shops, and 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 expensive. 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 applies the same way, does the same job, and is more readily available to rod builders and fishermen looking to enhance their rods.)

Buy Description Price
Forecast Cold Shrink 12 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter
Forecast Cold Shrink 18 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter

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