U.C. RUS 80 Terminator A Phenomenal 40 pound stick

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  1. Bob Sands

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    Good evening all,

    I have been intending to write this rod up for a while now but time is not on my side.. There has been lots of discussions lately about rods rated between 30 and 60 pound test.. We anglers really are fortunate to have so many choices in well rounded rods. Most of these rods seem to fish best at the middle portion of the line ratings as far as West Coast Short and Long Range methods go. Some are a little stiffer, faster or slower taper, etc. The choice of rods is very much specific to each individual angler's likes and dislikes.

    Late last year, United Composites came out with the RUS 80 Terminator that is rated for stand up work at 30 - 60 pound test.. However, I believe this rod may be the single most outstanding 40 pound stick I have used.. Ever... In so many places, 40 pound string is the standard employed 80% or more of the time... 40 Pound works great for lighter or smaller surface irons. The Lupe, Rocks and bigger Yellowtail spots, for decades, were known as a 40 pound live bait location for the Tuna and Tails that showed up there.. Often times, the Lupe/Rocks is still a 40 pound string location when the bite turns into a pick.. Even the local Bluefin schools saw anglers wanting to get bit drop down to 40 pound test.

    For those looking for a rod the really fits this 40 pound category perfectly, The folks at United Composites blended a US Monster top section onto a Predator bottom section.. This results in that beautiful lighter tip action of the Monster yet blends seamlessly into the power of the lower section for the end game like the Predator...

    Normally, I do not care for rods that are cut down, hybrid mixes of rod designs or changed drastically from the original designs.. The RUS 80 Terminator has shown itself, over the last many months, to be a serious contender for the perfect 8 foot long, 40 pound live bait rod that can also throw smaller and lighter artificial products. A Lighter action tip combined with power for the end game seems to be a recipe for success and something most everyone has been looking and hoping for.

    If you are in the market for the ultimate 40 pound rig, come on by the shop and do some side by side comparisons with your favorite 40 pound sticks..Match it to your favorite reel and see how it feels. If you are going to the show, stop by the Bob Sands Tackle or United Composites booths and see for yourself if this rod is not exactly what you are looking for...

    Have a great season.

    Jamie
     
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    Ok that might be what I am looking for! Are these made up rods or just blanks? What components are on the rod?/ I want one!
     
  3. Bob Sands

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    Hi Dale,

    You will love it.. PM me and I can give you the details... It comes in both a blank (US80 Terminator) or the factory wrapped rod (RUS 80 Terminator). The RUS version is Hypalon grips, Alps Aluminum Reel seat and Alps guides.. Though the Terminator is too new to be in the 2018 catalogue, you can check out the components on each of the U.C. items in this version. Talk soon.

    http://unitedcompositesusa.com/download/UCCatalog2018.pdf

    Jamie
     
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    So where does the new 8 foot Del Mar fit into the arsenal?
     
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    I’ve been using the US80 Monster as my 40 lb bait rod. Does the terminator displace it to 30 lb duty? My 50 lb bait long soaker is the 76 or 80 Predator. Will the Terminator work better than these two rods for 50 lb? Kick the 80 Predator up to light 60 lb bait work? So many models (choices), what is one to do?
     
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    If the Monster feels like a 40 to you then it is a 40. Jamie likes the Tilefish as a 40# rod but I and many others like it better for 50#. I suspect the Terminator would be a great 50# with a 9 tip and a .800 butt. The Tilefish has an 8 tip and a .770 butt. I'll be playing with all the new toys at the FHS next month!
     
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    Mark,

    I really like the US Tile fish 80 as a 40 and 50 pound stick... Just not as a 60 pound rod for fishing from a West Coast Commercial Sport fishing vessel.

    As far as the Terminator displacing the Monster the answer is: Not in my opinion... The US Monster is a great bait rod for most all around situations fishing beautifully at most line tests.. However, the Terminator is for those who prefer a bit more power from the bottom end of what is already an amazing stick...Like me.

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    Yeah Jamie, the Tilefish doesn't work for 60# with 20# of drag! It does fine for 40-50 with 13-17# of drag. I'm looking for a new 60# stick and was going to check out the Predator 76.
     
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    You may want to look at the 76 Raptor! It’s a step up from the Predator.
     

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