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Forecast aka cheap, practice blanks

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pretty nice actually


Played with a SWB60ML and a SWB76ML this weekend. The 60 makes a fantastic little bait rod for fluke or maybe a kid's rod. Tip is too soft for bullets, better for dragging bait. Uncut, it handles 5oz easily, maybe 6oz if you push. Buttcap, 11" grip, #18 seat (need to take up the gap), 6" grip, 6 NLG guides (spiral), PST tip. Feels a little light in the tip, but that's no problem in a short rod.


If that's the bay rod, then the 76 is more of a heavy bay or light ocean rod. Totally different blank. If you like a Lami BT cut to a 9 tip, you gotta check it out. Butt cap, 14" grip, #20 seat (near perfect fit), 6" grip, 8 NLG guides (spiral), PST tip. Balances in the middle of the foregrip. Need to give it more of a workout, but feels right for a shallow-mid dept (up to 50') general bottom fishing (blackfish, sea bass, fluke, chunks) rod.


Anyway, at $6 and $14 respectively, it worth either screwing up on if you want a practice blank, or making a cheap, classic E glass rod.


I had on an Abu 5500 and 6500, both with braid on them, respectively.


One thing, the blank finish is soft and scratches easily, if that bothers you.


Other thing, saw some variation in tip size on the 76. I picked the more robust of the available blanks. Maybe it was a mislabelled M, not ML?

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