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Thread: St Croix 2C56MF Blank, 1/4-3/4 oz lures, 10-17 # test line

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    St Croix 2C56MF Blank, 1/4-3/4 oz lures, 10-17 # test line

    Hi,

    Was shallow water bucktailing for fluke last week and was watching the guys use what I call "Twitchin' Rods" catching more fish than I and having a blast. Sooooooo, I went thru my blanks till I found what I was looking for. Although this balnk was 5 1/2' long I extended the butt 14". I added cork grips a spin reel seat, spin guides and a tip top.







    What a nice rod it turned out to be. I wanted it done in a rush so I gave it top priority. The finish was barely dry this afternoon but I waxed the rod installed the reel and got on the Celtic quest pb out of Port Jefferson. I caught 12 or so very nice fluke, had a blast hooking and fighting the fluke but only a couple were over 18". I was using a 1/2 oz Spro lure with a hi teaser. This blank is a winner!

    Oh, I bought a Diawa Crossfire 1500 spin reel and had 10# Power Pro installed. The Noreat guys know I don't like synthetic line but I am trying. Need less to say I had a ball.

    I believe this blank comes in 6 1/2' and 7'.

    I have been waiting for a blank order from Batson Industries and it arrived after I left for the PB. The Forecast Graphite blanks, MB843, have the sanme specs as the St croix. Can't wait to build a conventional and a spinner as demo rods for this type of bucktailing fluke. These Forecast blanks feel great!

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    Neil, I've been using that blank for a few years as my Jetty BT FLuke rod.....sort of. I built mine as a 6'6 2-piece to throw FW Slug-go's at LMB. First time I used it, teh rod broke 4" frm teh tip, first hookset. Spoke to SC, sent everythign back, a few weeks later I recieved a new tipsection for the blank...as well as the BROKEN tip section. I now have a rod I can fish FW with one tip, and SW with the other.

    Thos eFW blanks do make nice BT sticks, ideal actually.
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    Hi Billy,

    The rod worked great! I was using 1/2 oz Spro lure with a hi taser. The wind was strong and with the outgoing current the drift was fast. Trying to get the feel of the tip I was too often off the bottom and the shorter fluke would chase the bait and get caught. If I had a 1 oz Spro with me I think I would have caught more keepers.

    Was just looking at the Batson MB843 blanks that arrived. Very simular to the St Croix. These are the Forcast 33 million modulus graphite. A low generation of graphite and they should hold up to the rigors of synthetic line. I hope to use these as a new model of The Long Islander Series rods.

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    Hi Guys,

    I loaned the Twitchin' Stick to a young angler this weekend. He was going ocean fluking out of Moriches Inlet. They spot a pod of bunker. He snags a bunker and of course before the bunker gets in the boat a big blue, about 10 lb, grabs the bunker and heads south. Off to the races. Now this rod is rated 1/4-3/4 oz lures! AND, it is a graphite blank, albeit second generation graphite. Fortunately 2nd generation graphite can take more abuse than the newer generations of graphite.

    When I got home yesterday from running the Port Jeff Prowler there was a phone msg waiting for me. It was from the young angler stating what a blast he had with the rod and he wants to buy it.

    He just left after bringing me the check. Now I have to make a new demo Twitchin' Stick so I have one to fish with. Ha!
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