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Dear Al, Could you recommend a blank and guides to 3-way eels and buctails for areas such as the gut and race? I'd be fishing from a 19' wac, using braids [50#],glass or graphite blank [whatever you rec.], guides prefer hardaloys , need to handle up to 20 oz. lead during those moon tides, and I would like to use an abu 7000. Thanks, gary

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Gary,

 

You are fishing in my home waters. I pulls lots of big bass out of the Gut, Sluiceway and The Race.

 

Here is a short list of blanks to consider, since I have fished them all. They are all composites. I have included the approximate retail price:

 

- Loomis Hybrid HB66H - $175

 

- Lamiglas CGBT841M - $90. Trim 2 inches from the tip and 4 inches from the butt.

 

- Calstar GF700M - $85 Trim 2 inches from the tip and 4 inches from the butt.

 

For guides use Fuji BHNLG's: 20, 16, 12, 12, 10, 10, 10 plus a UST tip.

 

Al

 

 

 

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Gary,

 

I thought I knew rod building until I fished that area more than 25 years ago. What an education I had trying to build the right rod to fish that area. I could not believe the tidal flow around those islands.

 

Al

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Dear Al, Hopefully my learning curve will be shorter following your advice. That area is going to be my home waters as I am relocating there, hopefully this fall. Thanks again, gary

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Gary,

 

Feel free to tap into my knowledge base. There is some unbelieveable fishing around those islands. Stripers. bluefish, blackfish, porgies, bonita, false albacore, fluke and flounder. It's a real smorgesboard. When things slow up it's a quick run across to Montauk.

 

Al

 

 

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Al, I've got one of each blank on the way. I assume my 1st guide is about 4 inches from the tip then increase an inch each additional guide. Using the 7 guides you recommend doesn't that put the stripper guide too close to the reel? Thanks for clearing this up for me. Gary

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Gary,

 

Place the stripper guide 22 inches from the center of the seat and then shorten up the distances between the remaining guides.

 

Have fun wrappng.

 

Al

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