Al Goldberg

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    Fishing and rod building.
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    Montauk, NY
  1. I was taught rod building in 1968 by a tackle shop owner. I bought Dale Clemens first book and in 1978 I joined Rod Crafters, the organization Clemens founded. The rest is History.
  2. To get to know the basics of rod building "Hands On" its hard to beat the Mudhole 2-day workshop held all over the country. They just held a class in San Francisco. Go to their website and check out the future class schedules. Also, pick up a copy of Tom Kirkman's Basic Rod Building. The Fred Hall Fishing Shows held on the west coast will have many component manufacturers displaying their products. You can meet a lot of top local ro builders at these shows and they can point you in the right direction.
  3. I strongly recommend cutting in small increments and test casting as recommended. You can quickly turn the blank into a club by trimming it too much. JMHO
  4. Sure Do.
  5. I would go with the M.
  6. I have been building on the L, M and MH for many years. Great value for the money. They are my “go to” blanks in a mid price range for a custom rod. I would recommend the M or MH depending on the lure weight you plan to use.
  7. The rod is rated from 1/2-2 oz. and both reels have sufficient line capacity and drag for both bass and albies. As far as re-guiding the rod, if you go to a professional rod builder you will spending more to have that done than buying a lighter Tica to pair with the VR50.
  8. My choice would be to use BKWAG 25,16 and 10. Those are very strong fish and I like the extra strength of the double footed guides. I would then switch to the single foot BKTAG with #8's out. I also like to over guide a rod taking that amount of pressure, so I would use 6-7 #8 guides. JMHO.
  9. My "go to" star drag reels are the Daiwa Saltiga 15 and 20. I used the 15 for deepwater fluke, sea bass and tog and the 20 for stripers. Those reels are heavy compared to what is now available. I stepped up to the Lexa 300 and the Shimano Tranx 300 for fluke in deep water. Both reels are significantly lighter than the Saltigas.
  10. The two current blanks that I Tog and Striper fish that are 14 ounce capable are the following: Jigging World Black Demon 75MH Blackhole Challenger Bank 761MH I pair them with an Avet SX-2 speed spooled with 40# Sufix 832 Superbraid. I have also built an XC733, softer tip but great for stripers; and a CTS BS704, great blank but too many sourcing issues.
  11. Some old time Rodbuilders I knew thirty years ago used cord saturated in liquid epoxy glue to glue up the reel seat. They said it never failed when done correctly.
  12. Hi Cpalms, Happy to hear you liked it. It's still my favorite for deepwater togging and jigging stripers in the Race. I have an Avet SX 2-speed matched to it and it's a beast. Al
  13. I have industrial grade 2:1 heat shrink tubing in various diameters. Just PM me with the diameter and the length required and I can drop it in the mail.
  14. Lightly sand down the blank, then clean off thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth. Get a can of Spar Urethane in semi gloss and apply 2-3 thin coats.
  15. When I build on a new bottom fishing blank the first time I do not make any modifications and then fish it frequently and see how performs. Once I know it’s capability I can then make modifications. I have been doing this for many years with great success.