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What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 07, 2022 02:20AM

I've ran into some interesting blanks, the problem is their website offers little more than standard " this blank is so sensitive and powerful etc... I've dug around quite a bit and it doesn't seem like there's much out there particularly for the 7'demon or the 7'3" weapon mag Jr. I'm trying to sample the best of the best if people can vouch that these are worth the money.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Kendall Cikanek (---)
Date: May 08, 2022 01:08PM

They have a great reputation and lots of positive reviews in some of the highest skill required, highest challenges presented angling segments. The company seems to have a deep understanding of composites and it’s apparent they have designed to address the physical challenges placed on rods. The UK cottage race car industry is no joke, their affiliation with that bodes very well. Someday, I want to build on one of their blanks. I’m far too nascent in my surf casting knowledge to be ready to properly select and outfit a blank in this price range, though (I may never get there). I did fish next to a fisherman who owned a factory built Century and gave it a high recommendation. He was the only person who left the jetty that morning with a limit of chinooks. There are many people who carry around expensive fly rods and quickly show that they aren’t nearly as sage in fishing as they are painfully trying to appear. Conversely, the Century equipped anglers seem commiserate in skill to the price of their rods. I know that I only offered impressions and not firsthand experience.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: May 08, 2022 03:50PM

I made a 7’6” Weapon JR into an inshore spinning rod for a friend. Got the blank at the Expo a few years back, so the blank was discounted from its high retail price. A very nice blank, but not as light in weight as some other high end blanks I have used with similar rating. It was unsanded and thus had resin ridges similar to the NFC X-ray blanks. The butt section of the blank had a CF weave which looked very nice. It was advertised as a fast action blank, but I would consider it more of a moderate fast action. It’s CCS numbers were, IP=470 grams, and AA=68. It casted very well, and the person I made it for was quite happy with it.
Norm

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 09, 2022 10:37PM

Thanks for your input guys!!

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Jake Carey (---)
Date: May 14, 2022 02:45PM

When I lived in the northeast and the centuries were new in the market the most serious surf fishermen I knew of were building light moderate action 9 footers for nighttime striper fishing, plugs and eels. They were targeting and catching soft-biting 50 pounders from the rocks and beaches in the pitch black at slack tides. Tat's all I know about them but it sure made me want one. The local rod shops said they were a game changer at the time, they were probably somewhat right giving how much things have changed while I was out of the loop. Granted, the decline of the fishery did more to change things than new players like century but still, they are apparently still a hot ticket.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 14, 2022 03:54PM

Yeah the salt water and brackish crowd out there really speak fondly of them. The whole reason I got curious was I watched a video where a rod builder (black pelican, I believe )was making rods with century blanks for bass. I checked out their website and read about them. They're either extremely good with their marketing jargon or they really are making somewhat of a game changer over at century. They've got blanks rated 1/32-3/4 oz. Is it really possible to make a blank that can effectively cover that range from a performance stand point? They do know their composites, working in the f1 industry.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Jake Carey (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 12:33AM

Based on what I was told (bearing in mind this is 6 year old intel) it's certainly plausible. My understandign is that they basically stick to the european sensibility and remember that a truly, honest moderate rod can go twice as light for a minor loss in the upper end. I don't know if I'd believe a 32nd but I don't know of any rod where I trust the low end rating beyond 20 feet. Even if you bump that up 2 brackets to 1/4 you've still got a serious unit if you can afford it. My gut tells me they're legit and I've never seen their marketing, I only know the environment those guys were fishing very well and the people who were selling them the blanks. They were kind of people, elderly ladies, that would talk you out of a 15 dollar plug to sell you a 2 dollar jig head and rubbers instead. Essentially at they time they didn't think a rod could be that good and then one showed up and they were a little shook up. Within sane reason I'd trust the ratings.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 10:22AM

Those were my thoughts, that the blank would have to err on the side of moderate vs the fast action it claims to have. I do like a moderate action with some of my bottom contact stuff so I just might have to buy one and see for myself just what they're all about.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: ben belote (---.hsd1.va.comcast.net)
Date: May 15, 2022 10:32AM

Shawn, maybe it,s the three quarters that should be questioned..

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 10:58AM

The entire range is in question, is 1/32 way overstated, is 3/4 way overstated, are both slightly overstated? Until someone comes and says " I've built on that, here's what I found" I'll remain skeptical. The best way for me to find out is to build one out and see for myself. I've dropped almost 250 on worse things. Even if it turned out to be the standard 1/8-3/8oz that a lot of ML blanks are rated, I won't know if it's the best option available for that range unless I test it myself. like I've mentioned previously, I'm hoping to cross paths with someone who has built either of the blanks I listed in the original post just to get another builders opinion on them.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Kendall Cikanek (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 04:05PM

I’ve seen quite a few other European rods rated for similarly wide weight ranges. For instance, Guideline rated some of their spinning rods like this, and so did Daiwa for European only models. It stands to reason that the top number could be covered by pitching or jigging uses. I think it’s a very different system more than overstating.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 04:36PM

Which is what I'm trying to figure out, is this similar to the fast action blanks I'm used to or is fishing with it just "different" like I've read a lot about point blanks, ppl love them but say there's a learning curve almost. Sounds like century could be the same type deal.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: ben belote (---.hsd1.md.comcast.net)
Date: May 15, 2022 04:38PM

Shawn, my spider senses tell me to stay away..lol

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---)
Date: May 15, 2022 05:33PM

"spider senses" ???? I hear what you're saying. My curiosity is just driving me nuts, in all reality, if they had the " it factor " people would likely be using them and talking them up at least here and there, as far as their freshwater bass fishing class blanks. We'll see if curiosity wins in the end. I'm just going to continue to hold out for first hand use of them. (Hopefully)????

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Jake Carey (---)
Date: May 20, 2022 04:00PM

Shawn I hope you keep us updated if you do succumb. It'd be really interesting to hear.

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Re: What do you guys know about century blanks?
Posted by: Shawn Mattson (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 20, 2022 07:27PM

Jake I will most definitely be back to share my opinion if the tackle monkey wins the battle.

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