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Fluke Blank?

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Al,

I'm looking to build a good fluke rod for drifting bait and the occasional bucktail. I was thinking the 195 Calstar but I never had this rod in my hands. Is this a good choice or is there a better flukeing rod you suggest. Any help appreciated.

Thanks

Jason B

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Jason - where do you usually fish? How deep is the water, how many oz. is normally used to hold bottom? What type of line will you use.

 

There are a ton of blanks you can choose from, but it depends on what type of fishing you'll be doing. Fishing 1/2oz. bucktails in Shinnecock will require a different rod than fishing for monsters on the North Shore with 10+oz. to hold bottom.

 

Billy

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Billy has asked the appropriate questions. Now when we hear the answers from Jason we can come up with the selection of blanks.

 

Here are a few more questions to answer:

 

Will you be fishing from a party boat or private boat mostly?

 

What type of reel, line and line test will you be using?

 

How tall are you?

 

Talk to you later.

 

Al

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Sorry Billy and Al,

Didn't intentionally mean to be vague, just new to east coast fishing. Currently living in San Fran and will be moving to DC in a couple of weeks. My brother has a boat in Cape May New Jersey and will be fishing with him a lot. Although he has a great set of tuna equipement, his fluke stuff always seems as an add on. I don't know fluking much, other than I really enjoy it and will be spending a lot of time doing it. I'm thinking either a 930 or 955. I currently have my surf 6500, 525mag and a 975 but they seemed a little big.? I also want to get a reel strickly for fluke and I'm thinking 12-15#. The water was pretty shallow most of the time below 30', although we did hit a place called anchorage that was great but around 100'..If I can remember right. I know this sounds like a couple different rod fluking area, but I have the time to build one last rod before I move. I have a couple of Calstar tuna rods which are great so I'm leaning towards them, but fluking ain't done in Calstar country so I may be way off. If your familiar with the area I will be fishing, I would really appreciate a good first fluke rod blank suggestion.

Thanks

Jason B

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Jason,

 

That's all the info I needed. Since you like Calstar I would go for a Calstar GF600XL or GF700XL and match it with either a Penn 965, Calcutta 400 or Catala 300. Spool them up with 30# power Pro and you are set.

 

Al

 

P.S. Go to www.screamingreel.com and go into my Board "Al Goldberg's Tackle Corner" and seach the articles. I did a 4 part article on building a fluke rod. Everything you need to know is there. Have Fun.

 

 

 

[This message has been edited by Al Goldberg (edited 06-19-2001).]

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