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I just purchased two custom Rods, about 7 ft all Aftco rollers tip to butt red/white/black rod design with like wraps of some type or another under gel coat, taper smooth handle,chrome reel seat ,nice rods and has a name tag of JACK BLADES, Atlantic City, I dont know if this name was the owner or Builder, they may or may not have been around a while as they had a Penn 49 reel with Wire or small steel line of some type or another, cleaned up look real good and price wasnt to bad< guy had lot of 11 rods reels to sell mostly older 4/0 a 6/0 and a 9/0 most of them need cleaning inside and out So if anyone knows/knew Jack Blades or if this is a custom builder would like to know more about rods, such as what test line etc i am thinking if he had wire line them 50lb should be a piece of cake AL

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No dont think so and to best of my knowledge Never been Atlantic City, I just took the Rods down to local bait and tackle shop and Owner tells me they are Lamiglass Rods, probably made by Jack Blades and the aftco parts are worth more than i paid for rod and reel, they are not real a common type rod for around owing to type of fishing and depth of local waters (Shallow). How ever will try them out next month when I go over to Panama City al

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Well i was fooling around and some how came upon web site for Scottys Bait and Tackle shop in NJ ,so called the place and Owner was very nice, He stated Jack Blades has been dead for approx 20 years give/take few years , thus that would explain housing where his shop once was, I was just curious as to what test line to use on rods ,they had wire line and have no idea of what test that stuff runs, looked like a mini cable several small strands woven into one, wire line was in real good shape must have been couple hundred yards or so, I wound it on larger spools, dont know what i will do with it, how ever, Jack Blades did fine job of building rods, as these rods are in real good shape, so rest easy Jack these rods are in good hands now Thanks for all replies AL

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i'v only lived in grig. for 12 yrs.

but from what i here from some of the old timers JACK BLADES was the place to go BACK IN THE DAY!!

i know a few guys that still use rods they got there.

from what they tell me his stuff and the shop was second to none.

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Jack Blades was where my father bought me my first surf rod some 37 years ago..(im now 45). They dealt in mostly high end custom offshore stuff, but sold crab traps, bait, and surf rods. His custom stuff was worth the money. If you happen to be interested in selling one of those rods, let me know. Chas

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Jack would be suprised to know he is dead. I will tell jack jr when I see him again this summer. Jack Blades was the coolest place on the planet back in the 70's until the casinos came to town. The state told jack they needed his property to expand the road leading over to Harrahs casino and they stole his property from him using eminent domain. He and the family took off for florida and jack ran and chartered a very large (like 90 foot) sailboat for years catching big game out of the fighting chair. I saw jack jr last summer when he was in town and he never mentioned his dad dying.

Jacks mother Ginny started the biggest fishing tournamenet in AC to this day. The ladies bluefish which benefits breast cancer. Every charter captain in the area offers their boats up for the day to fill up with women and go slaughter slammers. The party the next day is awsome. Jacks daughter and her husband own and operate the Waterway Inn restaurant in west Atlantic City. Great secret over on the bay.

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Oh, what a good laugh I got when I came across these posts. First , I had to call my dad to let him know he's been dead for over 20 years! Then, when we both stopped laughing , we decided some insight and history should be relayed to you all. After the tackle shop years ( 1962-1985) Jack Sr., now 70, built an awesome six bedroom log ranch at 10,000 feet in Breckinridge, CO that he still rents out weekly for wedding, skiing, and hunting parties. And now resides within casting distance of the largest bonefish and tarpon flats in the US in a Key West style stilt house. He regularly fishes for snapper, grouper, mahi, and sailfish on his 30' Custom Gillican. Though he misses surf fishing for strippers, I know he can do without that cold weather you guys all deal with.

It was actually my grandfather who passed to the big drift boat in the sky back around 1977, god bless him.

I am now 45 and have been running boats ever since I left the Jersey shore. Based out of Palm Beach, I fish marlin tournaments in Bermuda, Abacos, and Costa Rica each year. Pura Vida! One photo is of me in Martha's Vineyard this past May and the other is of my lovely mate with a nice pair of reds in Ponce Inlet recently! Nice.

As for this post, the rods carried the label of our name but were built by the very talented Ed Bronstein who currently has his own fine tackle shop in Ocean City , NJ called "Finaddicts" . I'm sure he would be happy to impart some history or build a custom rod for you with modern materials and technologies.

The rods, a few catalogs, some scattered old photographs, and the head mount of a 353lb. Goliath grouper are all that are left of the ole business. Plus the memories of dedicated patrons and good friends like John Barrel .

Everyone, thanks for your time! email me @ CaptJackSpareme@gmail.com

 

Tight lines......and dry boots! JP

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View PostOh, what a good laugh I got when I came across these posts. First , I had to call my dad to let him know he's been dead for over 20 years! Then, when we both stopped laughing , we decided some insight and history should be relayed to you all. After the tackle shop years ( 1962-1985) Jack Sr., now 70, built an awesome six bedroom log ranch at 10,000 feet in Breckinridge, CO that he still rents out weekly for wedding, skiing, and hunting parties. And now resides within casting distance of the largest bonefish and tarpon flats in the US in a Key West style stilt house. He regularly fishes for snapper, grouper, mahi, and sailfish on his 30' Custom Gillican. Though he misses surf fishing for strippers, I know he can do without that cold weather you guys all deal with.

 

It was actually my grandfather who passed to the big drift boat in the sky back around 1977, god bless him.

 

I am now 45 and have been running boats ever since I left the Jersey shore. Based out of Palm Beach, I fish marlin tournaments in Bermuda, Abacos, and Costa Rica each year. Pura Vida! One photo is of me in Martha's Vineyard this past May and the other is of my lovely mate with a nice pair of reds in Ponce Inlet recently! Nice.

 

As for this post, the rods carried the label of our name but were built by the very talented Ed Bronstein who currently has his own fine tackle shop in Ocean City , NJ called "Finaddicts" . I'm sure he would be happy to impart some history or build a custom rod for you with modern materials and technologies.

 

The rods, a few catalogs, some scattered old photographs, and the head mount of a 353lb. Goliath grouper are all that are left of the ole business. Plus the memories of dedicated patrons and good friends like John Barrel .

 

Everyone, thanks for your time! email me @ CaptJackSpareme@gmail.com

 

 

Tight lines......and dry boots! JP

 

Hey Jack,

 

 

I didn't know they had strippers in AC back then?

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