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  1. Its like DEA with their drug bust photos. Its worth it for the picture lol
  2. May I offer $130 for the slammer?
  3. For sale is a Van Staal VM275. Like-new condition. It's spooled with 500 yards of 50 lb PP braid w/ mono backing. As you can see, line lay is as perfect as it can get. Its only been casted out a handful of times and have yet to hook up on a fish. Never been dunked nor splashed. It comes with the original box with all components shown in the photos below. Asking price is $350, shipped. Thanks.
  4. Try using rubbing alcohol and a cloth. Should come off.
  5. My buddies and I are going to be taking a trip to Key West from Maryland this January and I'd like some pointers. Currently I'm looking into the channel 2 and 5 bridges and hoping to catch anything I can. Preferably looking for gag groupers, barracudas, tarpon, yellowtail, etc. What can I expect to catch in January and how should I prepare? I'm willing to drive further down towards Key West if it seems to be worth it. We will be fishing all up and down the eastern coast of Florida so any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  6. I just got my vr50 today and there is a bit of play in the rotor as it moves back a little before locking up. I rather not return for a new one if I can fix it... has anyone fixed something like this before? TIA
  7. Yea... I happen to have one with perfect line lay which is why I wanted to keep it... but youre right probably best to swap for a new one
  8. I checked out Lou's video and will try laying out the guides based off of the info you guys have given me and tweak as I go. I really appreciate all the comments, I didnt expect this much help in detail lol
  9. I'm building a Rodgeeks 9', 1-4oz MF spinning surf rod and I'd like to try out a concept guide layout with Fuji KW guides. I'm pairing it with a Shimano Saragosa 6k (2.3" spool lip diameter)... and if you're not familiar, it happens to have a parallel spool to the blank. Choke point? Original plan was to just use the recommended layout on the Rodgeeks website, but figured might as well design it the best I can while I'm at it. The distance from the butt to the reel stem is 22"(already built). The current guides I have are: 30, 25, 20, 16, 12, 3-10s +10 tip top I'm willing to buy another guide or two for optimal performance. Thanks.
  10. Strictly 30 lb braid. I've read various things online regarding this guide spacing... so basically 27x2.3(spool lip diameter) = 62.1"... So is this the direct distance from the tip of my spool shaft(at its highest position) to the first size 10 guide?
  11. Shimano stradic 5k should be a good fit. BTW, where can I find more info on the fuji concept spacing system? I'm currently building a 9' surf rod with fuji kw guides
  12. I'm getting a rodgeeks surf rod built by my local rod builder and I'm debating a bit about a few components. Said rod builder mostly builds inshore blanks and the surf rods he builds are mostly kits from Mudhole. First off, I don't like the foam "winding checks" that are often used on either side of the reel seat and would like to opt for something a bit more sleek. I'm looking at some of my factory surf rods and they seem to have those trims specifically built for the rod. What are some choices that I have for winding checks and where can I buy them? Also, for the grips I'm thinking about getting the 1/16th inch cork wrap and then having rubber shrink tube over it.. what do you guys think? Thanks in advance.
  13. Follow up: Unfortunately, you guys were right... a number of things went wrong. Biggest one being the guide spacing... He used an 11ft guide layout on my 9ft rod although we had discussed otherwise initially... you can imagine the small gap from the stripper guide to the reel seat. It wont work well, esp my with Saragosa. Handle components also didnt turn out as expect... and there are other issues. I decided to just redo the rod myself... got rid of the winding checks and just removed all the guides today.
  14. I'm looking to re-space my guides on one of my rods and I want some opinions on how to remove the epoxy as cleanly as possible. Since the new guides will be spaced differently, I dont want scratches or marks from the previous guides on the blank. I saw a video on youtube where a guy uses a popsicle stick and denatured alcohol to remove any remaining epoxy after getting the guides off... it looked clean but it was on a bare carbon fiber blank(clear coated). Could this work on a factory painted blank? The epoxy used is procote FYI. Thanks in advance
  15. I just got done removing all the guides and theyre cleaning up very well with DNA. I pretty much have the factory finish back. You think its beneficial to still coat in Permagloss prior to wrapping on guides?
  16. I've been really happy with my mhx inshore blank from mudhole. If you want cheaper, the same website offers CRB blanks for around $30
  17. Something clean like this mojo surf as far as handle components go. (on either side of the reel seat) Rubber hosel was the word I needed to search lol Can you recommend me a place to buy them from? I'm researching them now also. I want something other than big foamy grips around the reel seat and on top of the foregrip. Thanks.
  18. I chose the butt length relative to some 9ft st croix surf rods and I have faith my rod builder will know the proper guide spacing. My main concern is the lack of handle components as mudhole is the main site he buys from and their selection is very limited when it comes to surf rods. I dont wanna have to spend a couple hundred bucks and have it looking like one of their kit rods
  19. Looks great! Is it just a single layer of thread and then the epoxy ramp built over? Also, how well does it hold up over time?
  20. Anyone have any experience with these? Looking to get a custom 9' surf rod (SRF90MMF2) but have no experience with these blanks. A few people have suggested the Rod Geeks website to me awhile back so I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks.
  21. Thanks. Yea I plan to pair it with a saragosa 6k and will be throwing lots of SP minnows. Possibly light chunking also in certain areas.
  22. I love cork on my inshore rods but they dont always hold up too well over time and start falling apart. I used U-40 cork seal on one of my custom rods I got earlier this year and although it has held up better, it seems to wash off over time and I've applied it a few times so far. Should I go with polyurethane in the future or are there some better alternatives? As far as texture goes, I dont mind it being smoother/less grippy... spinning rods only so my fingers wrap around the reel foot.
  23. Its definitely a tank of a reel. I've got the 3500, 4500 and 8000 going on for about 18 months now. Pros: -Oversized gears are great! Despite being made of die casted zinc, it holds up very well. I've cranked up many fish from the bridge and its wear rate is exceptional. -Lots of cranking power, despite the fast gear ratio. -All components seem strong and hold up -Saltwater resistant -Good line lay -Smooth drag Cons: -Little heavy for its size -Roller bushings instead of bearings. After it(3500) took a dunk or two, roller bushing is stiff. I re-oiled and also tried grease after cleaning... not as smooth as before. -Anti-reverse switch not needed on smaller models
  24. So from what I'd heard, some people use salmon/steelhead rods for the salt because theyre extremely light and yet powerful. When it comes to blanks, is there a difference when it comes to steelhead blanks? I'm looking for a 9 ft (70/30 split) that rated up to 4 oz or so. Just looking for an overall light/strong setup. I'll be using it for togs at the jetty or casting for big blues/stripers in current. On a side note, where/how can I get the blank painted? Assuming the manufacturer doesnt provide the color I want. I've checked mudhole already.. Thanks!