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Old 04-06-2004, 04:27 PM
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I've ordered some Shimano Tiagra TI-30WLRS (570yds/50#test) reels for offshore, primarily tuna, fishing. I know the sky is the limit on what you can spend on rods, however in this case my wallet is the limit. I think my criteria for a stand-up rod is 1)less than 6', 2)all roller guides, 3)aluminum reel seats and gimbals, and 4)price less than $250. Not knowing very much about this, I'm asking for as much and as detailed advice as you can offer.
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:32 PM
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Take a look at Chaos: http://www.chaosrods.com/
I haven't bought any of them yet but everything I've heard about them sounds very good. I think thay have something that will fit your requirements.

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Chaos makes good rods that will fit that description...

A custom rod...
6', Calstar blank, Aftco WindOn rollers and Unibutt will run around $375 to $400.
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:43 PM
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Look specifically at the Chaos STA 30-50 and the STA 50-100. They are 6ft long but otherwise meet all of your requirements. BTW, I have several Penn Tuna Sticks that are 6' long, and I think 6' is just about as close to the perfect length as you can get for a stand-up boat rod. Good luck with making your choices and let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:06 PM
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That's a nice reel!!! If you want to save alot then.

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/w...7&cat3=1388134

But it sounds like you want custom rollers.

This guy makes nice ones. If you want rollers the ask for Steuart? 1 yr unconditional warrenty.

http://www.amazingcustomfishingrods.com
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:05 PM
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I recently ordered 6 Chaos rods and got the reels from them. They are very good to deal with, most of the tourny guys are using their rods. If you want you can pick a wrap type, a fish, and a name to put on the rods.
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:41 PM
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Thanks guys. Marlintini, you blew the budget!
It looks like Chaos rods enjoy a good reputation. There website certainly is awesome. jclaude, looking at the STA 30-50 and the ST 30-50, the only difference seems to be the roller guides. The STA has "black Aftco heavy duty roller guides" and the ST has "gold Stuart roller guides". Assuming Stuart is as good a guide as the Aftco, I think the gold guide would have a sharp look with the gold colored reels. Any thoughts?

jclaude, you asked about the 150 Yamaha 4 strokes, I have 36 hours on them now. That trip to the gulfstram put 14 of them on! I forgrt to reset the fuel mgt gauge but I filled up the night before (holds 161 gals) and I had over 1/2 tank when I got back in.
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I have both of those Choas models you mention - the gold guides are much larger than the black ones. They're very good for wind on leaders, and even the smaller SPRO barrel swivels fit through them easy. If you're not using wind-ons, you really don't need the gold guides.

I have 9 Chaos rods, from the heavy stand ups to their spinning models, and I'm real happy with them. You can get them customized - just give them the specifications, and the service is exceptional.

Give them a try!

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I just purchased the same reel from a local store in Metarie La. and paired it with a custom built Star rod 6' 50-80# alluminum butt and gimball, gold rollers by Aftco. The reel cost $400 and the rod cost $169. Thats cheap on the rod but I thought i would give it a try. Lifetime warranty so what the h*%#.
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I just purchased the same reel from a local store in Metarie La. and paired it with a custom built Star rod 6' 50-80# alluminum butt and gimball, gold rollers by Aftco. The reel cost $400 and the rod cost $169. Thats cheap on the rod but I thought i would give it a try. Lifetime warranty so what the h*%#.
Do you have a model # on the rod?
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I dont have access to the rod at the moment but i can E-Mail you the Phone number of the shop that i bought it from.
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mangrovemaster - 4/7/2004 8:05 AM

I dont have access to the rod at the moment but i can E-Mail you the Phone number of the shop that i bought it from.
Thanks. tarnold@nc.rr.com
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tarnold,

brant carries star rods....

good luck
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ps i have them on my 80's and 50's love em
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never hesitate - 4/7/2004 8:28 AM

tarnold,

brant carries star rods....

good luck
john

ps i have them on my 80's and 50's love em
I've bought 4 from them for some tld's. They also have 4- Penn rods that were w/ Penn 30TW reels that were sold w/o rods. I'm going to to look at those.
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I have many star rods for lighhter stuff like 113hsp' s with wire and some others.Held up really well for three years. I dont have the model #s. I have a 6'6 spinning rod with a 9500 for casting to footballs. Its a pretty strong setup for short money. At $170 its worth a shot but you usually get what you pay for.
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Tommy, the Stuart guides are no where near the quality of Aftco. Stay away from them!!! I have some Penn Senator rods that I paid someone to replace the Stuart roller tips and strippers w/ Aftco pieces.

I have two of the Penn Formula 4960 IST stand up rods. 6', Aftco roller tip and stripper but ring guides in between. I've been very happy with them and they only cost $130 or so.
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Old 04-13-2004, 11:11 AM
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I make my own and I couldn`t make one using top of the line componets for $250.To save youself some money I would op for a thru-butt ,with a slick butt grip.The blank goes all the way down to the gimbal.In other words the blank doesn`t have to be trimmed at the butt section.In my opinion it makes a stronger rod. Also I use Calstar Grafighter blanks on my tuna rods and Aftco Wind -Ons.
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I have the reels, 4-Tiagra TI-30WLRS (570/50lb)

Does anyone have any experience/thoughts on these? Pls keep in mind that I am not looking for the very best. I am looking for a good rod that has some features but at a reasonable cost.

http://www.greatoutdoors.com/go/prod...tersworld.com/
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i know you guys all hate me but try Knight Stik Jim Knight is from Florida and builds a rod out of the same blank that Kenny from Biscayne Rods uses.......the rod does top the chaos rod...I 've tried both and have had better action with Jim's rods. His number is 850 537 5719
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