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Sturgeon Rod Blank Suggestions
Posted by: Matt Hehn (---.static.123.net)
Date: March 10, 2020 08:15AM

I have been asked to build a couple sturgeon rods for a fellow captain fishing the St. Clair River (Michigan). The captain is currently using a Sharkspeare TIger rod 7' 30 - 60lb rated. He's looking for a rod with a little more sensitivity in the tip. There are a lot suckers and small sturgeon around so they would like to see the bites a little better. Big sturgeon for our area in the mid 100 pound range. He would like to stay with a 7ft rod or so. I'm looking for recommendations on blanks. I'm looking at the Rainshadow RX6 E-Glass RCLB70M-CG or the RCLB70ML0CG.

Any other tips for building a rod like this would be greatly appreciated. I typically build Salmon, Stealhead, Walleye and Bass rods.

Thank you for your suggestions.

Matt Hehn

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Re: Sturgeon Rod Blank Suggestions
Posted by: Grant Darby (172.92.68.---)
Date: March 10, 2020 10:42AM

I know the Rainshadow BP line up has a couple of blanks used for Columbia River keeper sturgeon. Call and ask them.

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Re: Sturgeon Rod Blank Suggestions
Posted by: Mark Blabaum (---.broadband.sta.mhtc.net)
Date: March 10, 2020 10:59AM

You may want to look at the Rodgeeks XComp blanks, they like them of Black Fishing and large Cats, should work great as a Sturgeon rod as well probably the XC734 or XC735. [rodgeeks.com]

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Re: Sturgeon Rod Blank Suggestions
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (50.35.82.---)
Date: March 15, 2020 04:31PM

Matt,

We catch a lot of sturgeon on the Columbia river - we have a 40-60 in the SilverBack series that is loved by local guides. The blank is very light, with a sensitive tip. It has a massive amount of power in the backbone and butt.

[northforkcomposites.com]

Thanks,
Alex

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