alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial makaira 10 II - field test results, 8/22/2010
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2017, 02:51:08 PM »

The Wahoo will work just fine for 40 & still not shut off abruptly or be to harsh on the fisherman. For a 40-50 rod that will cast about any type stuff its a hard one to beat. Regardless I believe the rod your after will come from the Challenger Elite series. I'm all curious to see what you end up with.

Thanks so very much for all your help! It really helps a newbie like me! I plan to go to Charkbait sometime this month which is over an hour away because no one close seems to carry a big supply of UCs. 
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2017, 03:06:01 PM »

Where do you live?  Canyon Counrty? Bob Sands in the Valley has them too and is much closer than Charkbait. Go when Jamie is there and he’ll educate you on UC.
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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2017, 07:04:02 PM »

The Wahoo will work just fine for 40 & still not shut off abruptly or be to harsh on the fisherman. For a 40-50 rod that will cast about any type stuff its a hard one to beat. Regardless I believe the rod your after will come from the Challenger Elite series. I'm all curious to see what you end up with.

Thanks so very much for all your help! It really helps a newbie like me! I plan to go to Charkbait sometime this month which is over an hour away because no one close seems to carry a big supply of UCs. 
                             

If you're headed to Charkbait in Huntington Beach you might as well call United Composites and see if you can swing by their Factory and check out all their rods
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« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2017, 08:47:38 PM »

I'm close to the intersection of Soledad Canyon Rd. and Whites Canyon Rd., Canyon Country, CA. I hope to visit the UC factory when I visit Charkbait; thanks for the suggestion.
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2017, 02:28:02 AM »

The GUSA Line of UC rods are all graphite & are usually a fast taper also a rod for someone who wishes to put pressuse on the fish. I have the 8' Tilefish from this series.

The Challenger Elite series are graphite with more fiberglass past the midsection being softer tipped than the GUSA. More parabolic in their action compared to the GUSA series.

 They cast very well & will fish the full spectrum of their line rating like all of UC's will. With there sweet spot usually in the middle of the rods line rating. I own the Wahoo from this series. Much different than the Wahoo from the GUSA Series

The Challenger Platinum are beasts with extremely fast taper but soft E glass tips that can toss live bait & are good for some styles of jigging.
I have 2 70hp's from this series.  For my fishing they have become my all time most favored heavy live or cut bait rods. For when my rods are spiked or in a holder. They have no equal. While they are an extremely fast taper they still fish easy for what they are.

These rods are built along the lines of Calstars Graphiter
Only the Challenger Platinum from UC is much better. Not my opinion it is a fact.
You can feel the difference & see it any time you start to really lean on one or make a cast with one of these two.

Like to hear what you end up with.

Tell Mark, Beta or Blake at Charkbait Jeff from Kansas says Hi.... they know that I know & I love these rods....Jeff

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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2017, 09:08:15 PM »

Interesting as I have owned a Calstar Grafighter GFGR-800M for a number of years I had made as a spinning rod for the Penn 9500 I had. It's the rig I just gave to my oldest step-son.
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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2017, 01:35:31 PM »

The difference between UC Challenger Platinum & Calstar Grafighter is very noticable while using them, casting & with fish on. 

To further differentiate blanks in Randy's line the Challenger Elite is a moderate action, thin walled grahite E-glass blank. The Challenger Platinum is a heavy walled, woven graphite, fast action blank that transitions past the 1/2 way point to an E-Glass tip.

Randy makes the CP in a 8'. The CP 80H 20-40 & CP  80HP 50-80. But do understand there is a lot of material in these 8' models vs the 7' blanks. They are beastly sticks for their given line class. In spite of this they are well balanced for fishing the middle of their line rating & cast extremely well. 

A lot of people feel that Randy under rates his rods. Most all his rods can fish their rating with out stressing the blank in the least bit. However I feel most all of them fish best at the middle of their rating. I have 2 CP 70HP's. this blank is rated for 50-80 line. A lot of fellas out your way use this blank for 50 while Mark owner of Charkbait feels it's an almost perfect blank for 60. I fish these rods at 15 lbs. of drag when they are in my hands. However when fishing structure or bridge pilings which is where I use these rods most, I'll throw the lever forward with drag at 25 lbs.
Would this be the rod I would use for an extended battle using 80? No Way! Not much shock or flex left, but enough & it works great for my fishing & the fish I'm after & would work well enough for some one who only had this rod & needed to go from 60 - 80.
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2017, 02:53:43 PM »

CE Wahoo lifting 10 lbs. Based on what your saying this is the rod i think might work for you.


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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2017, 03:05:17 PM »

8' Tilefish lifting 15 lbs. A fantastic 50 lb. rod The bend shuts off quick & it does not cast as well as the CE Wahoo....   Jon Vadney here on this forum did this blank for me   http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=21396.0


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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2017, 03:26:25 PM »

Challenger Platinum  CP 70hp lifting 15 20 & 25 lbs.


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« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2017, 08:12:09 PM »

Wow! Now those pics say a lot!  Shocked
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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2018, 04:49:28 PM »

jeff

i like your clock
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2018, 05:09:34 AM »

jeff

i like your clock

 Grin That clock was thrown together from actuall trash.
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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2018, 05:12:02 AM »

jeff

i like your clock

 Grin That clock was thrown together from actuall trash.

Shut the front door, who would throw that away? Good job salvaging it.
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