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I want to build a rod over the winter. It will be used in the canal to liveline herring in the spring. I am thinking conventional, but I would like some suggestions for a spinning rod also.

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For the conventional--the "standard" Canal 9' chunking/herring rod is built on a Lamiglas e-glass blank, the SB 121 3M. They come in both yellow and black. The blanks are 10' and most builders take a foot off the butt when building the 9' chunk/herring stick.

 

For a spinning rod for the same purpose and maybe some medium plugging, I would look at a Lami SB 136 2F shortened by 18" from the butt. That'll give you a finished rod in the 9'6" to 9'8" range.

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I have 2 121 3M s AWESOME live lining chunking sticks. 1 is 9' in black, the tip is soft enough to flip herring without tearing out the hook. The other is honey colored and cut down to 8'6" , this one is a little stouter and better for chunking but will flip herring adequately. Both are conventional but could be built for spinning.

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Sure---you can leave 'em full length at 10' or trim them. Lami rates the blank 3-6 oz but it'll do 8 easy. It's E-glass, it can take more abuse and overloading than graphite.

 

It's got a size 14 tip at full length---that's a pretty hefty one. Personally, I think Lami underrates the blank.

 

And if you have to wrestle a 30 pounder out of a rip---I can't think of a better tool for the job. You really have to lean into the rod to find its bottom.

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