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I’m looking for opinions on the best Boulder field blanks , strongest rod one that can take serious abuse , fishing Boulder fields , pulling fish up rocks , swimming horsing fish in , the reason I’m asking is because I’ve already broken 2 different rods this year 

a 10ft Striper bass special I broke 2 inches off the top after tip guide came loose and I tried to super glue it back in place bust used to much pressure and snapped it 

 

st croix seage 10ft 3/4-4oz I’ve been using that as it seems to be thicker with more back bone but that has a cracked tip guide 

 

im very hard and rough in surf gear so I need a set up that can withstand serious abuse 

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Go with a GSB and call it a day. My dedicated rock rod, 120 1M 10' blank handles everything reasonably well, soft/slow enough to toss live eels and riggies, darters, bucktails, needles etc. Throws down to a loaded Redfin, sluggo or 1oz buck and up to larger metal lips. Sweet spot is in that 2-3 oz range. Very resilient to abuse, mine gets fished 5-6 nights weekly throughout the season, swam, used as a wading staff, it's covered in patina and rock rash. It has the backbone and power to fish a locked drag and break any bass from the boulders. I've turned and landed in current multiple sharks in the 80-100+ lb range on that rod.

 

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2 hours ago, Wave afterwave said:

I’m looking for opinions on the best Boulder field blanks , strongest rod one that can take serious abuse , fishing Boulder fields , pulling fish up rocks , swimming horsing fish in , the reason I’m asking is because I’ve already broken 2 different rods this year 

a 10ft Striper bass special I broke 2 inches off the top after tip guide came loose and I tried to super glue it back in place bust used to much pressure and snapped it 

 

st croix seage 10ft 3/4-4oz I’ve been using that as it seems to be thicker with more back bone but that has a cracked tip guide 

 

im very hard and rough in surf gear so I need a set up that can withstand serious abuse 

why can't you fix the tip and use that rod?.

otherwise one rod comes to my mind that's tough, it's the Shakespeare tidewater or tide master, I forget, Walmart sells them.

I have one I bought from a coworker and it is a beast of a rod, glass and what power it has.

Mine was 12 foot so I cut it from the top grip, added corktape and a dps 24 reelseat with an abu 7000 on it, tough as nails.

the come down to 9 feet.

thing is finding them, Walmart is the only place I have seen them.

for 40 bucks you can beat a man's ass with it then go fishing.

MY other thought is a Penn prevail , tough and low cost so, if you break it, no pissed off.

HH

 

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3 hours ago, Sandbar1 said:

Go with a GSB and call it a day. My dedicated rock rod, 120 1M 10' blank handles everything reasonably well, soft/slow enough to toss live eels and riggies, darters, bucktails, needles etc. Throws down to a loaded Redfin, sluggo or 1oz buck and up to larger metal lips. Sweet spot is in that 2-3 oz range. Very resilient to abuse, mine gets fished 5-6 nights weekly throughout the season, swam, used as a wading staff, it's covered in patina and rock rash. It has the backbone and power to fish a locked drag and break any bass from the boulders. I've turned and landed in current multiple sharks in the 80-100+ lb range on that rod.

 

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So the only problem I have with the gsb is it’s more of a moderate rod , I love fast action blanks , I want a blank that’s like a broom stick lol but not as thick as one of that makes any sense , I might have to switch it up and check it out and see if I can grow into liking , I basically fish the same way , pretty much april threw november in out 5-7 nights a week , and my gear takes serious abuse 

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46 mins ago, Heavy Hooksetter said:

why can't you fix the tip and use that rod?.

otherwise one rod comes to my mind that's tough, it's the Shakespeare tidewater or tide master, I forget, Walmart sells them.

I have one I bought from a coworker and it is a beast of a rod, glass and what power it has.

Mine was 12 foot so I cut it from the top grip, added corktape and a dps 24 reelseat with an abu 7000 on it, tough as nails.

the come down to 9 feet.

thing is finding them, Walmart is the only place I have seen them.

for 40 bucks you can beat a man's ass with it then go fishing.

MY other thought is a Penn prevail , tough and low cost so, if you break it, no pissed off.

HH

 

O

 

The Striper bass special I fixed , and was fishing it tonight , and the seage im going to replace the tip guide tomorrow, but I was just looking for something maybe for next season 

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12 mins ago, Wave afterwave said:

So the only problem I have with the gsb is it’s more of a moderate rod , I love fast action blanks , I want a blank that’s like a broom stick lol but not as thick as one of that makes any sense , I might have to switch it up and check it out and see if I can grow into liking , I basically fish the same way , pretty much april threw november in out 5-7 nights a week , and my gear takes serious abuse 

I get it, a buddy built a GSB after blowing up a couple of rods in the boulders. He preferred fast blanks and there was definitely a learning curve as far as feel/casting style goes. I think the first time you lean back on a really good fish on the GSB you'll understand exactly why so many guys still fish these old blanks.

 

Luckily for me I really can't stand a fast rod, probably has something to do with the fact I throw eels as much/more than plugs or jigs.

 

There's plenty of other great rods out there today but none I'd match against a GSB as far as durability in the boulders is concerned.

Chasing false echoes

Send lawyers, guns, and money - Zevon

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - Thompson 

 

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9 hours ago, Sandbar1 said:

I get it, a buddy built a GSB after blowing up a couple of rods in the boulders. He preferred fast blanks and there was definitely a learning curve as far as feel/casting style goes. I think the first time you lean back on a really good fish on the GSB you'll understand exactly why so many guys still fish these old blanks.

 

Luckily for me I really can't stand a fast rod, probably has something to do with the fact I throw eels as much/more than plugs or jigs.

 

There's plenty of other great rods out there today but none I'd match against a GSB as far as durability in the boulders is concerned.

Yeah im Gonna have to check them out maybe look for a used one first Incase I hate it 

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13 hours ago, Wave afterwave said:

I’m looking for opinions on the best Boulder field blanks , strongest rod one that can take serious abuse , fishing Boulder fields , pulling fish up rocks , swimming horsing fish in , the reason I’m asking is because I’ve already broken 2 different rods this year 

a 10ft Striper bass special I broke 2 inches off the top after tip guide came loose and I tried to super glue it back in place bust used to much pressure and snapped it 

 

st croix seage 10ft 3/4-4oz I’ve been using that as it seems to be thicker with more back bone but that has a cracked tip guide 

 

im very hard and rough in surf gear so I need a set up that can withstand serious abuse 

Century Kevlar NorEaster,  absolutely bombproof.  We designed it specifically for life on the rocks.

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