Bravo

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About Bravo

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  • About Me:
    Surf fished from DE to Hatteras for 20 yrs, now live in San Jose, CA, and surf fish Santa Cruz area
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Surf fishing, Surfing
  1. Thanks for the support guys, I usually build surf rods with far less taper.
  2. Nice early season striper. Makes me want throw some luck craft's into the surf. Didn't expect to see any stripers show up this early, you must have been doing something right.
  3. Is that a new law this year? or out of concern for catching salmon?
  4. I use reamers to try to mimic the tapers and IDs, but eva can be very difficult to ream out more than a 1/16 or 1/8" - too stretchy against the abrasive. I still go old school and boil the grips and lubricate the blank with glue for interference fits, but the eva today is not as resilient as it used to be, and the selection of sizes is limited.
  5. Anyone ever find a source for OEM grips? Lets say your building a rod from a blank thats commercially available (calstar, seeker live bait or stand-up) and you want the perfect ID taper of the grips they use - has anyone ever found these grips available to buy?
  6. I use those rod wrapping guide ties avail on the flea bay site (stretch band with bead). They've worked well for me, even small single foot guides, but most of my builds are saltwater so they may not work as well on single foot micro guides if tying those. These are easier to use than the surgical hose rubber pieces because there is no need to pre-position or slide all the bands in place on the blank before wrapping, although I think the surgical bands hold great.
  7. Thanks SurffisherMike, THat's great feedback and makes me feel better about the build - thanks!
  8. I'm building a couple of boat rods - similar in weight to a calstar 700l and 700m. I believe that the strength of fuji's casting guides go up in the following order - LM, MN and then N. I am trying to keep my guides rather light and was thinking of using N guides (BNLG) Hardloy since I have a bunch laying around. (I'm thinking I dont want to go up to the HN, HB or turbo levels on these rods) My question is how do these BNLG guides compare in strength to BKWAG guides? These are what I usually use in bigger sizes on my surf rods, but have seen these used in smaller sizes on casting rods. My thought is if the KW guides are similar strength to the N guides, the KWs might be a better option especially if I want to cast these boat rods - such as for west coast albacore, etc. Any thoughts or experience on this? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
  9. Midnightpass, Thanks for posting and I celebrate your catch. Nice fish - living in norcal I'm always curious about what others can catch down south. Please keep posting and show off your catches. Thanks!
  10. The new New Coastside bait and tackle shop in Pacifica has opened again. The new owner also named Mark is a good guy with lots of expertise of local fishing - surf, ocean and bay - and is open 7 days a week! Finally a shop open on the days when I'm not working. I'm not affiliated with the new owner and miss Marque, but was thrilled that Pacifica had a shop again. The new owner rearranged the shop for better flow and access and carries all the same good stuff - including live bait: Grass/Ghost shrimp tanks and blood/nuclear worms.
  11. I stopped by the new New Coastside shop yesterday. The new owner also named Mark is a good guy with lots of expertise of local fishing - and is open 7 days a week! He rearranged the shop for better flow and access and carries all the same good stuff - including live bait: Grass/Ghost shrimp tanks and blood/nuclear worms.
  12. That's great to hear! Thanks for letting us know.
  13. I'm going to lock this and maybe open another similar thread a later time. Thanks SOL and to those who responded. Bravo
  14. mbg60, Thanks for the follow-up. I appreciate the honest and detailed description and photos. The shorter tip (1/2 - 3/4") is consistent with other of these blanks I've seen. However, the paint conditions on the tip section may be cosmetic, but without being able to see it in person first I think its best that I pass and don't a chance on it. Fish Bucket, Thanks for sending pictures - I intended to wrap a different type of spinning build than what you have and foresee stripping too much of what you have to make your blank a good fit for me. Thanks, Bravo