Al Goldberg

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    Fishing and rod building.
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    Montauk, NY
  1. Hi Tim, I had Quad Bypass surgery fourteen years ago. I was very lucky not having a heart attack. If you delay you could have a heart attack that would damage your heart. Have it ASAP while you are healthy and have a speedy recovery. Best of Luck. Al
  2. I checked out that Calstar blank and it should be fine. Too keep it light use a Slickbutt recommended by Worcboy along with ALPS carbaloy guides, an aluminum machined reel seat and gimbal.
  3. What are you building it for, bunker spoons, umbrella rigs or parachuting jigging?
  4. That blank is great for deep jigging for cod offshore. I would not consider it a good choice for wire line fishing due to the non stretch of the wire and the shock impact of the strike. JMHO
  5. If you want to try and use them that’s your call. They may be fine with the current braids available. They may not groove, however, they are heavier and prone to cracking. A set of new aluminum oxide guides is not expensive and much more durable. If you break an old guide it can’t be replaced.
  6. Good question. They were twenty years ahead of braid. The first generation of braid was very abrasive and great grooved most guides except for Fuji SIC and Hardloy. Over the years braid was improved upon and harder ceramic rings were developed,
  7. I still build on fiberglass blanks for Charter boats and Commercial customers. Especially when using braided line.
  8. Those look like the original Fuji Speed guides that were introduced around the late 1960's. The inner ring was first generation aluminum oxide and the outer ring was the shock ring since the inner ring was very brittle. Brings back a lot of memories.
  9. I would contact Century blanks down on the Outer Banks, NC at Hatteras Jack for recommendations.
  10. If you live in Staten Island you are fortunate to have one of the premier custom rod builders and teacher in the country, Billy Vivona of the Nerbs.
  11. Try running a cotton Q-tip around both the outer and inner edges of each ceramic ring and the tip. You may have a small chip that is the problem.
  12. The BT857S from Lami is a great umbrella and tube rod. However, it’s a little to soft for jigging with bucktails or parachutes. JMHO.
  13. Here in Montauk wire line rods used by charter boats and commercial fishermen are built on solid fiberglass 40-50 lb. blanks. They take a lot of abuse. The combined weight of the rod, reel and wire is heavy and can be tiring when jigging. You can try to lighten up the total weight by going to a 50 lb. class IGFA fiberglass blank. I would not use a graphite blank for this application.
  14. Lightly break the finish using 400 grit sandpaper, clean several times with and alcohol moistened paper towel. Carefully apply three thin coats of clear nail polish and let cure for several days to harden. Eventually it will need to be stripped and re wrapped.
  15. Hi Shadow, Thanks for the great memories of Allentown and Rodcrafters. Sadly Bernie Cohen and a lot more Old Time Rodcrafters passed away. However there are a few of us left from the Allentown Crew. I am in close contact with Chris Ward, Rusty Rostad and a few more. It's my 52nd year rod building and still teaching. Year's ago when I started this forum I always cautioned people that wanted to try the craft to beware that it could be addictive. I guess it's in our DNA. I looked at the can of the Minwax Spar Urethane. It does not indicate if it's water or oil based. I have attached a photo of the can. Al Spar Eurethane Clear Gloss.webarchive