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The Ultimate Long Island Chunking Rod

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Hi Al,

 

Big Country posted a question on the Main board that I thought might get some other responses here. The question really asks for suggestions for the ideal surf chunking rod for Long Island's south shore. Being a guy who's not known to chunk, I don't have any practical experience with such rods. I'd like to build one myself this winter and was wondering if you have any suggestions for a blank (conventional, of course). I'm not sure but I think that 6 or 8 oz. of lead plus bait is the typical payload.

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Oz,

 

Not knowing the surf conditions and the sinker requirements it would be hard to pick a blank. However, since you are chunking, the odds are you will be spiking the rod in the sand. In addition, if you are not a frequent chunker than I would probably go with a less costly blank.

 

My choice would be an Eglass Lami SB1213M. It's a favorite of the C.C. Canal Rats for heavy plugging and live lining bunker and herring.

 

Al

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Lamiglas GSB 136 1MH. Or, if you want something around 10', the 122 1MH. Low modulus graphite that can take a little more abuse than the higher modulus XRA blanks, or some other makes.

 

Or, cut the tip of an S-glass SSB 136 3M back to a size 14, and cut as much from the butt to wind up with your desired overall length.

 

If you want E-glass, you can't beat the SB 121 3M. You can get it in yellow or black. I would mention the Harrington/Harnell 542, but the only local source I knew of is currently closed. You could go to their website at http://www.harringtonrods.com/index.html and request a catalog, then order it direct from Harrington.

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