Thomas Salute

Rebuilding a shark rod - input needed

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Hi all

 

I recently bought a pair of Mitchell Avosea Africa surf rods. They have been for sale over here in Europe for many years and are tested and proven. The only downside is that the guides and reelseat are still items that would've been used in the early 90ies.

 

The rods are 4 meters long (13ft4inches) and have a cw of around 20oz (yes, that much). I'd like to have them rebuild, but can't seem to be finding anyone over here in Europe who has dealt with these rods and/or who knows what components to use. The rod is a 3 (equal) pc with 6 guides. Set-up is for spinning, mated to a penn ssv 10500.

 

What I'd like:

 

- a 2 pc butt section (long for casting, short for fighting) OR removing and refitting the reel seat further back

- durable guides that won't limit the casting distance drastically. I already use a 90lbs mono topshot, so not the easiest to cast far (80 yards needs to be possible)

- a durable reel seat (was thinking about the quality graphite fuji seat)

 

What's your take on this?

 

Thanks

 

Thomas

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Thomas,

 

I build heavy a LOT of heavy South African style surf rods so can offer advice.

1. Top shot or shock leader?

2. If a genuine top shot, say 150m+, 90lb mono off a fixed spool is never going to be fun or effective. Why so heavy?

3. Re-post in the rod building forum and other builders can chime in

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