Looking for help and advice on a deep drop swordfish build

Mlutton

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May 14, 2004
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Hi everyone, looking for some guidance and advice on a new build. This is straying into territory that I'm not familiar with so would love some help.

My build that I'm looking at doing would be a bent butt rod that I would leave in the holder most/all of the fight. I've never built a bent butt rod so I wanted to ask some questions

Blank- Been reading that you want a soft tip blank to help detect the bite. I'm kind of at a loss for which blank to use. The rain shadow RSU60XH-GB is one I've heard people use but wanted to see if anyone else had some thoughts on blanks to use. One question about whichever blank I get, do you leave it at 6' or cut it down some since the bent butt extends it out quite a bit?

For the bent butt do I want the super large one (like the #4) in case I want to go electric at some point? I'm planning on my avet quad TRX for now.

Tip- I think the Winthrop tip sounds like the right choice but is it necessary to be that good(read expensive) or should I do a swiveling tip? Thoughts would be appreciated

Thanks in advance
Matt
 

MarMax

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I'm new to this as well and built (with help) a rod last summer for the same purpose. To fish in the holder and that has a reasonably light tip for the class of rod and can handle 40# of drag. I ended up using a Super Seeker CTSF63XXXXH blank. The finished rod has a #4 ferrule so in a straight butt it's about 8 feet. I wanted the length to keep the line away from the boat. I went all roller with the wind-on guides since I already had them. Shoot me a PM and I can send you some pics if you want.
 

af dreamer

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Apr 16, 2007
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If your never taking the rod out of the holder what does it matter?A old rockcod rod with new guides and a bent butt is all you need!Your really not going to have that much drag on them with their soft mouth.JMO,Tom
 

Ali

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I have a couple that are made on salty dawg rail blanks and they are damn near perfect.

For guides, just use some heavy duty turbo style guides. No need for a roller tip with braid.

I used the smaller size bent butts. That way the rod can do double duty as a stand up for big bluefin.

Good luck.
 

Batson-Brands

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We’d actually recommend our RCTB70XXH, it’s what we’ve got our charters/guides using for deep drop swordfish.

#4 Aluminum Butt

Run heavy guides, so ALPS HXN’s are perfect for it. No rollers needed for the California swordfish.

Attached is a blueprint with a trolling butt on that blank.
 

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Mlutton

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May 14, 2004
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Redondo Beach, CA
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Matt
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I have a couple that are made on salty dawg rail blanks and they are damn near perfect.

For guides, just use some heavy duty turbo style guides. No need for a roller tip with braid.

I used the smaller size bent butts. That way the rod can do double duty as a stand up for big bluefin.

Good luck.
Thanks everyone for the input. I'll update when I start
 

NoSlack

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I just finished wrapping two rods I'll use next summer. Both are bent butt built on Calstar stand up tuna blanks. 6455xh cut down to 60' for a finish rod of 6'8". The other is a little heavier Calstar BOOMER JR blank cut down to 52" for a finish rod length of 6".

Here is a photo of how they look with 20lbs of pull
 

Mlutton

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May 14, 2004
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Redondo Beach, CA
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Matt
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I just finished wrapping two rods I'll use next summer. Both are bent butt built on Calstar stand up tuna blanks. 6455xh cut down to 60' for a finish rod of 6'8". The other is a little heavier Calstar BOOMER JR blank cut down to 52" for a finish rod length of 6".

Here is a photo of how they look with 20lbs of pull
Did you use the short or long bent butt?
 

la vida

Now I love our Prezzz!!!
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I dont know if I'll ever will get a chance to put in to practice what I learn on a couple FB groups dedicated to all thing Swordfishing.
Mostly in the Gulf, SE Fl. NE coast and lots from Down Under where seems everything goes to a different level.
Here is a couple of them.
Broadbil Swordfish
Symposium Swordfish
Interesting still that gets your heart pumping.