jigging rod blank

 Hey folks, I recently busted my T-curve jig rod for the second time.  First time was replaced on warranty, this time I high-sticked it but I reckon the blanks are too brittle for this application anyway.  

So I'm going to pull the guides off it and make my own.  

Looking for suggestions for a 50-80lb jig-rod blank.  I've previously used a Calstar Grafighter blank to make a GT rod and that thing is just unbreakable but do they make a blank suitable for jigging?  I found some info on the net but that was from 2003 and no doubt improvements have been made since then.   Extra points if you've got a decent recipe for a jig rod as well.  





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 sooo many great

Wed, 2017-11-15 07:55

 sooo many great options 

united composites, cts , kilwell, wilson live fibre 

ross from therodworks might be able to suggest a few more options but any glass/carbon mix rod would be great from the above builders

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Xzoga blanks are so good.I

Wed, 2017-11-15 22:27

Xzoga blanks are so good.

I built my young bloke a 2-4 and its a weapon.

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Kilwell blanks

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:37

 Not had much luck with graphite kilwell blanks - but they do make a fine tomato stake (but expensive) when snapped in half.

Sugest you look at something graphite with a bias wrap construction get the best of both worlds - light weight and robust.

Calstar rods are great workhorses and difficult to break but are heavy - things have moved on a long way

Or save all the time / cost / drama and just buy a shimano j type jigging rod 8^)

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 yeah I'm just a bit over

Thu, 2017-11-16 18:00

 yeah I'm just a bit over Shimano at the moment.  I managed to break the T-curve twice and I was fishing 50lb braid off a rod rated for 80lb.  And never broke a rod before.  I'll admit I high-sticked it the second time but even then it seemed to be too eager to break.  Also seems to be too many similar reports on the net for my liking.  Like you say Calstars are tough but a bit heavy.

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Fri, 2017-11-17 09:06

 Its bloody hard to choose a blank ! Looking at them online the descriptions often lack detail. I only build rods for myself so I'm not very up to date with what's available. I do need a PE4-5 jig rod, had good service from a Calstar Grafighter 700M spin rod for poppers, metals and stickbaits but they make for a heavy rod. 

Where can Xzoga blanks be had/looked at in Perth ?


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I just bought a xzoga for my

Sun, 2017-11-26 06:18

I just bought a xzoga for my new jigging rod pe 1.5-3 , iv heard nothing but good things about them , and there available on ebay from Australia so you don't have too go the us market like mudhole , in saying that there are a lot of good blanks on the market , seeker , st Croix , united composite , MHX take your pick

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Sat, 2017-12-02 12:23

 I've built quite a few on the Composite Developments blanks out of NZ and they are a very nice blank. 

Contact me if you want some rod specs or need components.




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