Your first quality fishing rod ?

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  1. HighWildFree

    HighWildFree Well-Known "Member"

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    Seeker American Series 870-7. Still have it 16 or so years later.
     
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  2. kawakawa

    kawakawa Stranglehold!

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    Sabre 196-7 bought from good friend Jerry Morris around 1970-ish at his Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach store. His wrapper at the time, Greg Downey, showed me how to put the blue Hypalon grips and varmac seat on the blank, and my dad showed me how to wrap the rod using Varmac ring guides and Gudebrod thread and varnish. Squidder Jr. with Newell components and 20lb blue Maxima and I was a fish slaying, jackpot winning terror!
    Still have the many-times rebuilt and shortened rod, and my grandson trolled up a leadcore-line trout with it in Crowley this past spring!
     
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  3. tugasangler

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    I went to Chaos rods and tried out blanks for close to an hour and it’s still the luckiest rod I own if I show the fish it’s caught it’s amazing . Named him mr shampuju
     
  4. ghetto_dad

    ghetto_dad Newbie

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    my first "real" rods were a Sabre 540, Sabre 220, and Sabre 196 XL (old school sabres not the junk today)...all wrapped for me by Bruce on the Sportking using a cardboard box, lol...
     
  5. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Late bloomer. Took a 25year hyatus from fishing and decided to go right and not cheap. 1992 bought a Calstar 270 custom. Fished it for 25 years and passed it to my son in law. He’s hooked and I’m happy.
     
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  6. invictus

    invictus AVD

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    Calstar 270H, paired with a Newell 229. I felt like I had arrived, still do, that one is still killing fish.
     
  7. DALE S

    DALE S TOTW

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    Sabre 196-7 newell 220
     
  8. kayakbeast33

    kayakbeast33 Not so Newbie

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    Saber rod with a jig master 501.
     
  9. BobbyAgate

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    Always loved my dad's sabre 195 that was wrapped by Yo's in Gardena. That's why my first "real deal" rod was a calstar 196-8. Also why I started learning to wrap my own rods.
     
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    Me too. Only from Wayne's Tackle in Santa Fe Springs. Still have the rod. the reel....?
     
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  11. Anglewood

    Anglewood Up to no good...

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    I am a bit late to the game, but when I knew that I was really gonna commit to fishing I set out to get the best quality gear possible. My first quality rod was a Calstar Grafighter 700H from Chark Bait in Huntington Beach. I remember Beta being super patient with me as I went back and forth between the many rods they had there, and the reels to match up with it as well. Still have the rod for sentimental reasons, but I am a UC guy now.

    -Connor
     
  12. MATTANZA

    MATTANZA old man of the sea, in training.

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    sabre 196 7' spinner from fedco.
     
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  13. Tuna Vic

    Tuna Vic I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    GLoomis
     
  14. Paulo Grandez

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    Grafighter 800M AND I paired with a Torque 25 and I only used it once. It slipped out of my hands and fell in the ocean never to be seen again.
     
  15. MAG0121

    MAG0121 Well-Known "Member"

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    Back in high school in the 80's, while bodysurfing a secluded cove in Laguna I found a washed up Sabre 196-7 on the beach. I knew it was a much better rod than the cheap Sears stuff I had my Jigmaster on, but it was missing a tip and I had no idea how to fix it. Fast forward a year or so and for my birthday, my Mom trots out the rod with all new guides and custom threadwork. Totally blew my mind. She'd had a friend at work who wrapped rods fix it up and, to my great surprise, he even put my name on it! For years that rod went on half day boats, surf trips, and friends' boats. Caught hundreds of fish and dozens of species. It still sits in the garage under a pile of newer stuff, but now that my Mom has passed, the sentimental value can't be matched.
     
  16. bkaz

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    First ocean rod I bought was a custom wrapped Calstar BT 6480 from Yo's in Gradena. Since then I had several other rods wrapped by Yo's as well. Still have them and still use them.
     
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    Sabre 530 custom wrapped at Baldy's Tackle, Newport Beach.
     
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  18. wils

    wils lazy-ass well known "member"

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    mine have all caught quality fish. does that count? :D
     
  19. InDeepShip

    InDeepShip Ah ship

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    Seeker Black Steel 6480 Ct with an Avet MXL I'm a new guy. I've caught everything from mud marlins to yellows to sturgeon on it. I never leave the dock without it.
     
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  20. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    Wil's was your first Rod make
    out of Bamboo , LOL.
     
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