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  1. OmanGT

    UC Predator 8ft GT Rod

    Hi Folks Haven't posted in a long while. Last year I made a bunch of noise about finding a good US made GT popping blank for the big GT's here in Oman. I was able to get together with Capt Richie and the guys at United Composites. After a lot of discussion about GT fishing and whatnot they...
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    Pac Bay Upgrade Chuck

    HEEELLLLLPPPP Finally building some more rods. I upgraded to a PACBAY aluminum chuck with plastic grips. The rod keeps jumping out out of the chuck darnit. Very level spin on the rod as compared to the standard chuck that comes with the wrapper and good for turning grips but afraid to put...
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    Color Preserver Wrap Strength

    Hi Folks I will soon receive a custom made blank from UC a 8ft Predator for popping for GT's here in Oman. I triple wrap my guides with "goo" on each layer. I have on hand PacBay NCP size C but find the color is better/brighter if I use CP. My question is will use of CP result in less...
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    Build Weight

    Need some help please. How much does the build add to the weight of a rod and how can I keep it down? I'm trying to convince my friends not to spend fortunes on Japanese GT rods. Here's pics of on the left Carpenter Monster Hunter 80 at 16 oz and $1,000 and at 24oz for each Hercules 80H (my...
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    US Made GT Popping Blank

    Hi Folks My friends here in Oman keep buying $1,000+++ Japanese built rods for GT popping. We have a great fishery here; the GT's are commonly over 100lbs and are real bruisers. My goal has been to build a good rod using a US built blank. So far I've built 3 that are good but end up being a...
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    Palau...one proud Dad

    Just got back from 3 weeks in Palau, Western Pacific where we met my son Matt and daughter Kristle. We camped for 2 weeks at Ngemelis Island (paradise on earth). I built a rod for my son before we left Oman a Seeker a CLB 704. Fishing was good for snapper, emperor etc. Matt caught a nice...
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    the good the bad and ugly

    Hi Folks Hello from Oman. I haven’t posted in a long while but I’ve managed to build a few rods lately. Phenix PHDX2H760 (for Dave) and a X3H700 for me (I didn’t want this blank) for popping. Super Seeker CLB704 for my son for light popping in Palau...
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    Musandam GT

    The pics are out of order. Can't figure out how to mix text and pics...but here it is Dave and I scheduled another Musandam trip with Ocean Active. We left Tuesday afternoon for the 5 hour drive from Muscat to Dibba and fished Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday evening was spent rigging and...
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    Reel Seat Backwards???

    Howzit All Finally got some blanks so I can build some more rods. A Phenix PHD760X2H and PHD700X3H for GT popping here in Oman. Just got the blanks yesterday and they seem pretty darn bitchen. Fast taper and they really turn off...very light weight. Jim...jakuhead was saying how the carbon...
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    3D marbling

    just a brain fart...has anybody tried 3D marbling...was thinking several coats of finish in between layers of marbling like with a tiger wrap..get a deeper effect make it look stone like I've never done marbling just throwing an idea out. start with lighter colors and work up
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    Musandam Oman

    I was finally able to share a charter to fish Musandam, Oman. I’ve lived in Oman in the Middle East for the past 4 years and have heard/read of the great GT popping there. My buddy Dave and his visiting brother Paul went a day before me to fish two days. I only had time to fish one day. We...
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    Seeker Hercules 80XH Available????

    Happy New Year I've wrapped 2 Herc 80H's for GT popping and they are great. I don't have them anymore left one in Palau and a friend just took my other one off me here in Oman....so time to order some more blanks. I'm really eager to get my hands on the new 80XH. Are they on the market...
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    HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO THE PROS

    Christmas Cheers and Holiday Greetings to all the Professional Rod Builders on Bloodydecks (and the rest of the world too) On behalf of all us novice/home/build our own rod builders we express our gratitude to you Professionals for all your guidance and advice. This forum is a wealth of...
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    SEEKER HERCULES 80H GUIDE SPACING

    Hi Folks <o:p> </o:p> Just finished my second Seeker Hercules 80H for GT Popping and I think I nailed the guide spacing. Used Fuji Alconites to keep weight down and bought extra guides to have options 40 through 12’s. The objective is to cast heavy poppers long distance and get good rip on...
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    How to Keep the Pizzazz?

    I'm using Pacbay NCP. I really like the "pazzazz" of the wraps but when I put the finish I lose the effect. Is it better to use color preserver with non-NCP thread or just start with lighter colors knowing its gonna get darker with the finish? I think I could have used more of a contrast in...
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    A BAD DAY GONE GOOD - OMAN

    Howzit Fellow BD'ers My friend Dave and I headed out yesterday to try to snag a sailfish. There's been plenty around this year and we've released a few. We left the dock at 7:30 to fish a strong falling tide and the low tide at 1pm. Trolled for hours with the reels staying silent. We saw...
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    BEST GT ROD FOR 100LBER

    My biggest GT to date is about 40lbs. I spent 8 years in Palau in the Western Pacific, popping heaven on awesome coral reefs, and now live in Oman, Middle East, and if weather and time permits there are good possibilities to hook and land a really big GT. I build my own rods and regularly...
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    First Tiger Fun Stuff

    Howzit Fellow BD'ers After my first snow flake I continued to practice on my lamiglas surf stick that I use on camping trips a couple times a year. The tiger wrap is a blast. Definitely cosmic and fun to do. An easy wrap for us apprentices. You may have used the flexcoat products and know...
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    Snow Flake 1st Closed Wrap

    Hi Folks Plenty to critique here. I've only ever done diamond wraps. A year or so ago I saw a snow flake pattern done by Capt Richie and was way inspired and bought Billy Vivona's book. I used size C thread cuz that's all I have and I'd probably go cross eyed with A thread. I got the line...
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    Optimax 135hp 2005 Air Compressor

    Hi Folks Just as the sailfish bite has totally gone off the compressor on one of our engines went to bits. Part # is 831998A28 assembled in Mexico. I've seen some posts on other sites that Mercury has improved the compressor design??? The local dealer is telling us about $1,000 and 20 day...
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    WRAPPER PULLEY SLIPPING

    Hi Folks I've a PacBay combo wrapper dryer. My problem is the rubber o ring keeps slipping while wrapping. Seems the o ring fits the dryer nice and tight but is kinda loose on the wrapper motor. I've put rubber bands around the main pulley to tighten it up but it still slips some. I then...
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    STELLA 10000 BAIL ROLLER CHEAP SHYTE

    Hi Folks I put up the big bucks and bought a Stella 10000 SW about 3 years ago. On my last trip I noticed my bail roller's finish was flaking off. Bummer! I religiously rinse with fresh water and a squirt of WD40 every few trips. I leave it on the rod sometimes with the line through the...
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    FUN BUILD CAMPING PALAU

    Hello Friends I recently had an extended vacation between jobs and spent time in SoCal and the Republic of Palau, Western Pacific. While in SoCal i hooked up with Eric of Eric's Tackle Shop in Ventura. We contacted the Seeker factory in Long Beach and got a Hercules 80H and a 70H. Julie and...
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    SoCal Buying Seeker Blanks

    Hi Folks Coming to SoCal for my annual trip home. I work in Oman in the middle east and order my rod blanks etc through mudhole. I'm bringing a rod case on the plane and want to do some blank shopping while in SoCal. Looking for a tackle shop where I can go in and see a good selection of...
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    Bass Guys...All ROUND ROD & REEL FOR MY SON???

    My Son is now 12 and its time he learned to cast with a conventional rod and reel. He is very proficient with spinning gear. He lives in Austin Tx but we will be meeting in SoCal for the month of July...I live in the middle east but grew up in Manhattan Beach. Advice I'm looking for is a...
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    Father Son July Fishing Advice

    Howzit BDer's This may be a little long cuz I'm feeling nostalgic and looking forward to spending quality time with my son. Born Whittier 19&53 grew up in Manhattan Beach but left Calif in 82'. Crewed relief deck on the Redondo Special when I was 13 and 14 and would deadhead on the Pursuit...
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    8 foot Seeker Hercules

    Hello Rod Builders Seek(er)ing some of your good advice again. This is specifically about popping for big giant trevalley and casting lures over 5oz. Background is as follows: Years ago I built a Super Seeker SS-CJBF90M (line rating 25 - 50) that I cut 9 inches off the butt. It works great and...
  28. OmanGT

    Sri Lanka Anyone???

    I live in Oman these days a 4 hour flight to Sri Lanka. Web surfing shows GT's wahoo ect. there. Anybody have any info. I'm going to Hikkaduwa on Feb 24th. Interested in popping and jigging
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    Optimax 135 Proper Engine Flushing

    Howzit Folks I have twin Optimax 135's. I have heard two different concepts on proper engine flushing for saltwater use. Our mechanic told us we should not use the muffs becuase the empeller needs more water than the hose can provide and therefore its bad for the impeller. He says to use...
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    Snowflake Wrap Spacing

    I am embarking on my first journey into thread art (other than diamond wraps). Inspired by Capt Richie's snowflake wrap I bought Mr. Vivona's thread art book and have figured it out and did a test and have the basics down. The book has a spacing chart in the back...space between points A and...
  31. OmanGT

    I messed my blank up Super Seeker

    Darnit messed up my SS665XXH Completed the grips and reel seat and started laying out the guides when I noticed some blemishes that looked like tape residue. Nearest I can figure is that when I was gluing up the grips...rod builders glue...and then wiped off the glue is when it happened. I...
  32. OmanGT

    Stand-up Trolling Rod Butt Cord

    Gonna wrap a stand-up rod that I will also use for trolling from rod holders as well as live bait fishing, so don't want to go with hypalon. I figure the best compromise for the butt grip is butt cord. What I am used to from years past is a heavy cord made of a cotton like material...we'd dye...
  33. OmanGT

    SPOOLING HOLLOW BRAID

    Hello Folks Just received my new 50VSX and a spool of 130lb JB hollow braid. So now what do I do? First time to use braid. When I spool my 80W etc. with mono I have my girlfriend sit on a chair and put both feet on either side of a dowel through the spool and keep plenty of tension and I do...
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    Seeking Seeker Rod Advice

    Hi Folks I fish stand-up from a 30ft center console (Oman in the middle east), we catch YFT to 175lbs...maybe the occasional marlin. We slow troll live bait and also troll lures at 8 knots etc. Also cast sardines short distances. I will will build a Seeker jig and bait stick SS-CJBF65XH (or...
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    Penn 50 VSX Feedback

    Fellow Fisherman Looking at a new reel... will be catching (I hope) YFT to 175lbs and smaller stuff...will be trolling lures...slow trolling bait etc. Plan on 100 or 130 lb braid with mono topshot. Any feed back on the Penn 50VSX??? Thanks
  36. OmanGT

    New Rod & Guides Advice

    Hello Folks Just sold my old 80TW and a 130lb Tuna Stick (used to live in the western Pacific...big fish) and am using the money to go lighter. I now live in Oman in the middle east main target is YFT they rarely go over 180lbs. Will buy a Penn 50VS and put 100lb hollow braid and 80lb mono...
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    Optimax 135 model year???

    Hi Folks Just bought into a boat with twin Opti 135's. I'm trying to identify the model/program year from the serial numbers but can't find anything on the net. I live in Oman in the middle east. Engine serial nos are: 1B160142 and 1B150259. (Made in Belgium???) The engines sat for two years...
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    Hollow Braid to Fluoro Splice Line Diameters

    I've never used hollow but want to splice to fluorocarbon topshot.. Have searched but cannot find any table that gives acceptable match-ups of hollow braid and fluoro...can I splice 130# fluoro into 80# JB hollow braid??? Is there a rule of thumb such as matching line diameters for the braid...
  39. OmanGT

    Guide Spacing Lessons Learned (Hopefully)

    I'm building a 7 foot seeker Hercules 70H for popping. I've read as much as I can including articles by Tom Kirkman on the "New Guide Concept" and I have my own knowledge based on years of casting poppers. With a Shimano 8000 reel the placement of the choker guide using the 27 spool diameters...
  40. OmanGT

    Guide Spacing Jigging Rod

    My blanks from mudhole finally arrived after being delayed by the Iceland Volcano. Seeker Hercules 60H...is there any difference in guide spacing (spinning reel) between normally space guides and how guides would be spaced for a jigging rod??? Have seen posts that lead me to think there may...
  41. OmanGT

    Weekend Warrior Waterproof Tackle Box???

    Every tackle box I've ever bought leaks. We fish outboard boats...plenty salt spray...my rigging tools/file always get soaked even inside the box. Who makes a waterproof tackle box??? I'm using a kind of tuperware container now.
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    Old Sabre Blank Finish

    I have an old Sabre 665XH that I built way back in 1984. I rewrapped it about 8 years ago and becuz the blank was showing some signs of aging I used epoxy appliance paint to paint the blank. I'm gonna rewrap the balnk again and am looking for tips on what finish to use on the blank. The epoxy...
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    KUDOS TO MUDHOLE

    Originally from SoCal I now live in Oman in the Middle East. I have my second order of rod building materials now on the way from Mudhole. Mudhole is awesome, within a day or two my order is out their door and on the way. My first order arrived in Oman about a week after ordering Second...
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    Oversize Hypalon Grip Blank Build-UP/Epoxy

    Hi Folks Hoping you can tell me the best way to build up the blank for an oversize diameter hypalon grip??? Also I have read that it is good to score the blank with a file before setting grips and reel seat. I've never done this in the past and haven't had any slippage. Some adhesives...
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    Hercules GTS 70H Popping

    Hi folks also posted similar question in the popping/jigging section...thinking of building a Hercules 70H as a popping rod...length will work for me want to know what the aciton is like...I hear they are somewhat medium taper but shut off above the grips with good lifting power...are they...
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    Hercules GTS70H for Popping

    Hi Folks Anyone use a Super Seeker GTS70H Hercules for popping??? I live in Oman and we have huge GT's here. I built a great rod a few years ago with a Seeker SS-CJBF90M cut down from the butt to 8'3". Casts a 4 to 5 oz popper a country mile....but heavy and wearing...45 minutes and time to...