Graftech has been building rods for over 24 years. Their models are designed specifically for the needs of the Southern Californian fisherman. Always staying ahead of the curve, Graftech Rods will be introducing many new improvements and designs for this upcoming season. Their rods are light-weight and balance perfectly with the most popular new reel designs that are being used. They offer rod models for every type of fishing in Southern California and Mexico.
Graftech New Improvements
- New X-Wrap shrink tube
- SeaGuide rod guides & reel seats
Graftech makes six series of rods; The Wallbangers, The Inshore Series, The Offshore series, The Spinning Rod Series, The Jigstick Series and the new Graftech Railrod series.
Graftech’s Offshore Series
Graftech’s line of Offshore Series rods are designed to balance well with smaller to medium-sized reels in both single and two-speed models. More glass was added to compensate for the wide use of braided line and the tips were softened to help eliminate hook pulls and make fighting a fish more user-friendly. There are five models offered in the Offshore Series ranging in line ratings from 20# to 80#. [GOF78L (20#-30#), GOF78M (30#-40#), GOF78H (40#-50#), GOF78XH (50#-60#) & GOF78XXH (60#-80#]. Offshore series rods come in 7’8 lengths. The heavier models come with a 15 ½” butt rather than a 14” butt. Retail $169.99 to $179.99
Graftech’s Jig Series
The Jig Series rods have vastly improved this year with the addition of the new, heavy-duty SeaGuide reel seats and guides. Available in 8’ and 9’ lengths, these rods smoked the big bluefin tuna that hung around offshore last season. For the long-range fisherman, Jig Series model GJS80H is a great wahoo rod option. [GJS80M(20#-40#), GJS80H (30#-50#) AND GJS90M (40#-50#)] Retail $169.99 – $179.99
Graftech Inshore Series
Graftech also offers a selection of rods for inshore anglers. The Inshore Series consist of 8-foot sticks that come in three actions (12# to 20#, 20# to 30# and 30# to 40#), designed specifically for plastic and live-bait applications. Anglers also quickly realized that they are ideal for everyday seabass and yellowtail fishing. [ GIS80L(12#-20#), GIS80M (20#-30#) AND GIS80H (30#-40#)] Retail $159.99
Graftech Wallbanger Series
The Wallbanger Series was created to be a specialized quiver of rods made for breakwater, bay and kayak anglers. All three models are 7-foot, 2-inches, and they are perfect for throwing baits against the rocks or even tossing live bait into the kelp. They are strong enough for seabass and big yellows, but sensitive-enough to work small plastics for calicos. Retail $149.99
Graftech 8-Foot Spinning Rods
Because of the huge demand for spinning rods, Graftech designed a trio of 8-foot models. [GSP 80L (12#-25#), GSP 80M (25#-40#) AND GSP80H (40#-50#)] All of their spinning rods feature a fast taper, 10 guides, and lightweight construction. They are perfect for inshore and offshore applications. Retail $159.99-$169.99
Graftech Railrod Series
Last year Graftech introduced a new series of heavy, offshore models called the Graftech Railrods. There are three new models: GRR78XH (80#-100#), GRR78XXH (100#-130#) and the GRR78XXXH (130#-150#) At the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach this year we are introducing two more models to the Railrod series. These are the GRR78XXXX (130#-200#) and the GRR78XXXXXH (130#-UNLIMITED).
The Graftech Railrods come in 7’8″ lengths and feature a heavy-duty reel seat. The foregrip come in 13″ to 17” depending on the model and all feature a 15” butt. The GRR78XH railrod was designed for the local SoCal bluefin fishery. The rod is rated for either 80# or 100#, and is medium-fast action so it won’t beat you up on the rail. They are light weight and pair well with reels like the Avet HX5/2 Raptor, HXW5/2 or the 30 sizes. Perfect for flylining bait or using a flatfall. The GRR78XXH is rated 100# -130# This rod was designed for HXW or 30 size reels. Perfect for larger bait presentation or jig fishing. This rod is also medium fast off the tip and is user friendly. The GRR78XXXH is rated 130#-150# The perfect balance for a 30W or 50 size reel. Heavy bait, balloon, jigging or sinker rig fishing with 130# The GRR78XXXXH is rated 130#-200# For the long rangers it is the perfect rod for skipjack, chuck or balloon fishing with larger reels like the 50 or 50 W. The GRR78XXXH is rated 130#-150# The perfect balance for a 30W or 50 size reel. Heavy bait, balloon, jigging or sinker rig fishing with 130# The GRR78XXXXH is rated 130#-200# For the long rangers it is the perfect rod for skipjack, chuck or balloon fishing with larger reels like the 50 or 50W. Graftech’s heaviest rod is the GRR78XXXXXH and is a Graftech favorite. It’s the perfect fit for fishing the kite or skipjack. It is rated 130#-unlimited. The reel of choice will be the 50, 50W or 80 narrow with 200# braid. This rod has a lot of recoil and is easy to pull off the rail. Retail $199.99 – $239.99
All Graftech Railrods will be on sale at the Fred Hall Show and come with a FREE Graftech T-shirt while supply lasts. Stop by at the West Coast Marketing Booth #835-837 in Aisle 800 (next to Izorline) to pick up your free shirt and check out all the new models. Rick Ozaki will be in the booth to answer any of your questions. Also, go outside to the Avet / Graftech casting lagoon and cast the new rods with the newest Avet models. Turner’s Outdoorsman, Bob Sands Tackle, Island Tackle, Savon Tackle and Melton Intentional will be offering great prices on Graftech rods at the show.