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Old 12-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So who can set me straight on some of the best blanks to build my new laker rods? I've built around 30 rods over the last 20 years but I just dont have the mindset for the stiffness needed for lakers as I've come to realize.

Sensitize, fast tip is key Im thinking. Thx.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Read this thread https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...?topic=70989.0

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Thorne bro blanks if you don't mind shelling out $50 for the blank.
Drew is using some im6 bass rods cut down this year... I haven't felt one
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So who can set me straight on some of the best blanks to build my new laker rods? I've built around 30 rods over the last 20 years but I just dont have the mindset for the stiffness needed for lakers as I've come to realize.

Sensitize, fast tip is key Im thinking. Thx.
Uhh....if money isn't an object, get a thorne professional solid carbon, don't get the listed length, yuo can ask them for an un-cut blank and it will come in longer and you can trim. Ask Hobie or DID how they cut them.

I've been using the same blanks that the Forever Phishing dude has been using....amazing this non-pro rod builder ever figured it out....

http://www.mudhole.com/CRB-IM6-Serie...op+Our+Catalog

IS601M

That rod will handle 1oz baits

I got a hold of some 6'2" castaway MH bass blanks that are good to 3/4oz jigs. They were discontinued so I bought the guy out of what he had, so I've got 22 of them if you need one or two.

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Ice or open water? Casting or spinning? For jigging or some other method? Spoons, tubes, or something else? Lure weight?



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Ice or open water? Casting or spinning? For jigging or some other method? Spoons, tubes, or something else? Lure weight?
Yes, Truth here.

And other questions, how big of fish are you figuring on catching? That is where I've been stuck. Have the lures, now I need a bigger boat.
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Ice. 3/4 oz at most. Jigging tubes.
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Yeah, I keep wondering why I have 3 plus ounces in my tackle box.

I'm guessing, Don will set you up in a Mudhole.
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I almost never fish anything lighter than 3/4 oz., and usually fish 1 oz. heads. So my preferred action may be heavier than what you would like.

One of my favorite "lighter action" laker ice rods is built on a 48" Thorne Bros. solid carbon blank that I ordered "uncut" (it was 53.5" as received). I cut 11.75" off the butt and nothing off the tip. I used 1 size 12 double foot guide, 4 size 10 guides and a size 10 tip. I built it as a baitcaster and wrapped the guides spiral; if you put them all on top the load from fighting a fish will actually torque/twist the blank 180 degrees over the last few inches of its length. I figured that couldn't be good. The tip is sensitive enough to register the lightest bite and it has enough guts to land 30+ lb. fish. The only downside is it will cost you $100+ in components and shipping. First fish I ever caught on it:





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DID I noticed my Bernie laker rod rotating 180` on a decent laker last week, thought it was going to snap twisting like that. It didn't snap hook popped out half way up.
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DID I noticed my Bernie laker rod rotating 180` on a decent laker last week, thought it was going to snap twisting like that. It didn't snap hook popped out half way up.
I don't remember any of my Bernie rods ever doing that.



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