Too freakin cool!! I love it, I've thought about making one myself.
I've been playing with palm rods for a few years. They're a blast to pull fish in with. Defiantly use a line with good stretch to it (mono) use your arm and the rod tip as a shock absorber and be patient, let the fish tire out (don't try to horse em) just do the hand over hand to bring em in.
You'll be fine, Have fun!! and post some pics!
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