alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial United Composites US80 Tilefish for Jeff Davis
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 02:56:10 PM »

 It's a beaut! Somehow subtle and flashy at the same time.
 It's set up differently from most, with the trigger seat and cork. How will it be used?

   Jack
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 03:44:16 PM »

It's a beaut! Somehow subtle and flashy at the same time.
 

Jon could not have captured / built any better what I was wanting.
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 04:00:32 PM »

Beautiful Jon.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 04:08:11 PM »

 
 It's set up differently from most, with the trigger seat and cork. How will it be used?

Most of my life has been spent dreaming of & desiring that perfect go to rod. The rod I grab most & that stays in my hands when used. A rod & reel combo that is reasonably light & is more than able to go against the biggest fish I may ever encounter any time under any circumstance.

This rod will be used on the river in my endeavor for a record catfish. It will take a little time to see if this is "THAT" rod. However if not & the search continues Jon's work will most certainly adorn my nest blank.... .

I am forever grateful for having found this sight & through this having come to a greater understanding of what makes a good reel & rod great for the task at hand ....Jeff
                                                                                                                                                
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 04:10:49 PM »

i've got 8 of jon's rods now.  true works of art!
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 04:12:20 PM »

Awesome as always!  Great to see these customs.  Email sent btw.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 04:28:27 PM »

Beautiful job Jon, love that purple, black and silver combination.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 04:36:02 PM »

 I thought this rod was going to be used for something other than the live bait tuna fishing I'm used to seeing. I thought maybe some kind of jigging or maybe tile fishing  Shocked, which I know nothing about,But I never considered cat fishing. Now that I see who the rod is for I understand, I've been following your reel selection adventures.
  If the blank characteristics prove suitable you've got a rod that should be more than a match for the baddest catfish. And should you decide to go off shore, you're set.
  The UC's are awesome, light & powerful, and Jon builds the best stuff, I've got a Calstar 700XH he built.
  I can't wait to see a photo of a record breaker.

  Jack
  
 What reel do you plan on using?
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 05:24:01 PM »

Beautiful! I have the factory version that I picked up last month at the Long Beach FHS.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2017, 05:53:30 PM »

What reel do you plan on using?

Reel....I could write a book about my search.   34 years ago with my grandpa laughing so hard he was farting as I was having a nuclear melt down on the bank of the Kansas River. All because my reel had just gone knuckle buster then locked up & broke the rod. Fishes tail slapped the surface & he was gone . I've no patience for ones that dont work right for a good period of time.

I did think about an improved US 113 but Randy's CP 70HP is just a perfect match for those reels.
For right now Ive chosen the Andros 12. I have 3 of them.  . They can can do 25 lbs. of drag when needed. Some fish the Andros 12's at this level all the time. I dont reccomend it. However 25 lbs. of very smooth drag & a little bit more is there when needed. This rod will fish 60  "MAYBE" more. Until I know for sure  I will drop the tip when ever I might need to crank the drag up....Jeff  
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2017, 06:25:15 PM »

Mine feels good with 13-17# of drag. I'll be using an Avet JX Raptor with 50#.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2017, 06:59:04 PM »

Mine feels good with 13-17# of drag. I'll be using an Avet JX Raptor with 50#.
Yup I agree the one I palyed with had a JX on it. Going past 17 - 18 lbs. of drag with this blank most definetly changes the dynamics of this rod very quickly. The bottom portion is the same as a UC 8' Wahoo rated up to 80 lb. line.

So the 8' Tilefish is the same as a Wahoo but with a size 8 tip vs the size 10 tip of the Wahoo.... Jeff
 
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2017, 09:07:45 PM »

Enjoy that rod Jeff.
It doesn't get any better.
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2017, 09:13:58 PM »

Love those colors.
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