Samstag, 9. Juli 2011

CTS light baitcast rod

Hi guys,

I´d like to introduce you to have a look on a new custom baitcast rod I make during the last days.
Some weeks ago have I got some CTS Elite Blanks and an acquaintance ask me to make an light rod for him.
Different calls later  we had a concept which might fit. Finally the rod should fit to a Shimano Aldebaran. Therefore shall the base colors be black, gray/silver/titanium with applications in gold.

We thought about different guide concepts. At the end the final decision was to apply a micro guide concept guide system. The benefits of the concept are things like ultimate line control, a lighter overall rod weight, a significant increase in casting distance, a substantial improvement in accuracy.

I used a CTS Elite F (fast) Blank with an original length of 6' 6" and a line wt. of 8-14lb. The lure wt is approximately 3/16-3/4.
As claimed, the rod shouldn´t be longer than 6' 1". According to this the first step was to take the saw and cut the blank in length.

Good experiences with American Tackle guides helped us to make a clear decision what kind of guides should be used for this project. Titanium Micro Guides and all other stuff were quick ordered from mudhole. The mean thing was, that it took so long until I held my parcel in my hands. Fortunately it was possible to begin instantly.

The ordered and used single foot guides have sizes as following 8, 6, 5, 7x4 plus #4 tip top.
EVA in best quality has been used for the split grip which was decorated with an carbon pipe and different metal parts. As I had done it on all of my custom rods, is the seat for this rod painted as well. I´ve chosen silver, that should be fit well to the color of the reel.
Umpteen metal parts in titanium and gold helped to adjust the image.
The guide windings were made with ProWrap Color Fast in gray (831) combined with a decorative wrap in gold.
After some days I was able to finalize the project.
The coatings had cured and I went to the water, to check the characteristics of the rod and to shoot some pictures. As expected it was very precisely to cast, combined with a nice casting distance. The best measured cast was 34m or 112ft with a 13g lure (without wind). I´ve tested lures on this rod between 6g and 22g. All of them were easy to cast. The distance with the lightest one was between measured 25m and almost 30m.

The rod is coz of the fast action not that good for topwater applications. But cranks, minnows and related  lures are nice to fish. Thanks to the great sensitivity the rod is great for bottom applications like jigs and rigs. Almost every stone, even in long distance, was touchable and the paddle tail of the used jigs was perfect noticeable.

Well I think/hope my acquaintance will like that rod. I like it and its just fun to be on the water with that rod.

Best regards

Donnerstag, 7. Juli 2011

Rodbuilding- 7' 7" Jigging Rod

Here is one of my latest rod building projects. Its a 7' 7" baitcast rod with a cast weight of 3.5oz.
The rod is primary build for jigging applications with soft baits. But hard baits like cranks or twitch baits are perform as well very nice on this rod.

Almost all parts are ordered at MATAGI in Japan.
I used Fuji-Titanium K-Guides, EVA, different carbon tubes and a variety of metal parts. I used a fast blank, ordered in Germany. Its a kind of a prototype bought  from an acquaintance, who deals with rod building parts.

Coz of the length have I decided  to use an offset handle. Even with that is the sensitivity not affected. Au contraire, almost all moves of the lure are noticeable.

I was a bit surprised, that it is easy to cast the lure far and place 'em precisely.

Montag, 4. Juli 2011

During the last week did I some experiments with new sizes and colors.
Beside the 16 roach have I built a 20cm lure in  roach shape.

Batch of roach glider and one diver

Here are some of my latest glide baits I made.
The roach design caught a lot of pikes yet. They are 16cm (6.3") and weigh around 90g (3oz).

The big one is an prototype of a diver. During test fishing am I noticed, that this is more than a diver. The lure dives with long steady pulls almost 2,5m (8.2') deep, but with short jerks did he glide from side to side. If this were not enough, the lure can be cranked with steady retrieve. In this case is he wobbling very erectly around.

Hello and welcome

Hi and welcome to my Blog.
My Name is Sebastian am I´m born in the 80´s.
Beside specialized fishing on northern pikes am I build lures and rods since several years ago.

This blog is just made to show you some of my handmade lures and rods. As well as am I gonna go to post some pictures made on fishing trips.

Enjoy it and have fun.
If you have any questions dont hesitate to contact me.

Best regards