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wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Ken Brown 2 (---.115.230.21.res-cmts.mtp2.ptd.net)
Date: April 11, 2017 10:38AM

I was watching wicked tuna last night and noticed how specialized these rods have to be that they are using. They must be 8' to 9' with I would guess 'unlimited' blanks? Any ideas on how these are constructed? My guess would be $2000+ per rod.

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Jim Wilson (---.lightspeed.irvnca.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 11, 2017 12:04PM

My guess
calstar 10 footgaff blank $150, butt $100, guides, aftco $125, labor $150 Total $525
Jim

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.bhn.net)
Date: April 11, 2017 12:10PM

Commercial fishermen are out to make a living, not to gain prestige - except, of course, unless they become "reality stars". Then they will tout products, for sure.

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Ken Brown 2 (---.115.230.21.res-cmts.mtp2.ptd.net)
Date: April 11, 2017 01:39PM

Oh..thats quite a bit cheaper than I thought. They seem pretty simplistic.

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Michael Harmon (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: April 12, 2017 06:55AM

I live in NY but I bought my boat from Hudson Outboard in Salisbury, MA 3 yrs ago. He had a couple tuna rods in the shop and one was from the show. A local rod builder builds tuna rods for rec and commercial fishermen. You should call them and get the builders #. I can't remember his name.

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Nick Lam (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 12, 2017 06:49PM

Hard Merch. has a lot of Sato Customs. RIP, he was really good.

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Re: wicked tuna rods
Posted by: Kevin Kelly (---.hsd1.ga.comcast.net)
Date: April 13, 2017 01:53PM

You can find some info on various setups on some of the fishing forums specifically for the NE. A few minutes with Google should get you some good information.

As Nick said, Brent Ikari from Sato made some of the Hard Merchandise rods.

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