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6 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
Lance, if you don’t mind, could you please shoot me an email. I would like to pick up a conversation again and get more of your thoughts on a thread I posted a couple of weeks back on longer rods and longer casts. Given both of our fishing experience on the Texas Coast, I think you might be able to assist me. Thank you very much. Larry Berkovsky
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6 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
Thanks for your insight Norm. Always appreciated.
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6 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, I’m picking up my original post and attempting to give it another shot at life. I think it died originally toward the end in a flurry of a great conversation on rod tip velocity. So my goal here is to get some thoughts on some blanks from some of the heavy hitter rod builders on this forum who might not have read my original post to the end and who have experience with Rainshadow blanks.
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7 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
David, as usual, thanks for your input. The CCS# on your blank really scatter the book specs all over the place as is sometimes the case. By those #s its definitely not a ML considering the #s I have for the P70M are 70/350 g (AA/IP) and the P70M is listed as a med power. Nevertheless, since the weight range I'm looking for is close, and you vouch for its casting prowess, I'm going to put the
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7 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
Guys, great feedback and things to consider. Roger, 10-4 on the two-handed casting. Couldn’t agree more. Love the analogy about the musky and 1000s of casts. Next time I come home empty handed from the coast I’ll tell my wife the musky weren’t biting. Lance, drop me an email. We probably tromp around in some of the same areas down here on the Tx coast so I’d love to continue this conv
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7 weeks ago
Larry Berkovsky
Guys, looking for some feedback…..Been talking to a cousin of mine who, like me, is a long time fisherman on the Tx Gulf coast. We throw lots of the same plugs, plastic tails, spoons, etc. for trout and slot reds. I’m building my own baitcasting rods now and what I’ve really settled on for my own use are rods built on several blanks, MHX CB843, the Immortal P70M and the Elliott AP7 M-F and AP7
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
David, a quick follow-up on this conversation on something I tried which is a variation to your technique above on handling/shaping tenons. I'm working on a carbon fiber straight rear grip that has the carbon sleeve on it already cured. I cut off one end, with the cured overhang on it, with a miter saw which left me with a nice clean square shouldered end. Then I took the point of a chisel,
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Great video David. Thanks!
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Wow David talk about timing. What Mudhole doesn't say either is the difficulty one might have while trying to put the sleeve over a long piece of core. Yikes that was painful and I only got about half of it straight. It was ugly but valuable lessons were learned. I'd plan to use this as practice to do some cutting and shaping and hoped a grip would come out of it. It's curing up now. I hav
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
And BTW, nice piece of work!!
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Yes it does David. Thank you very much.
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Sorry, Chuck I should have been more specific. I'm building grips for some bait casting rods. I've already built a couple of tapered foregrips using the CFX carbon fiber kits from Mudhole. Those were easy. No tenons required. Just follow the Mudhole video. Twist the ends. They're now cured up. I just trimmed off the excess and rough edges on the ends and butt up against the reel seat to
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8 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Guys, some questions.....ordered the CFX grip making kit from Mudhole. Just finished shaping and gluing up some foregrips but still well into the learning curve. Rear grip comes next. First ques....once the grip is cured, what is the best way to cut it to length. I've thought about blue taping over the spot to cut and using my miter saw. Sounds like overkill but I figure that's my best way
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10 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Herb, back to your comment about being less stout. If you’re referring to the P70 then I’d have to agree w you. Hence the reason for this post in the first place. I find that it gets pretty loaded up if I tie a weighted cork, a split shot and a med size live shrimp on it. Not sure why RS calls it popping rod. There are better blanks for this application IMO. But it slings 0.3 - 0.4 oz jigs a
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10 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Yes, jig heads were right out of the package. Sharp but not razor like. Tormented by the over-thinking and the ones that got away. The rod is saved! Thanks guys.
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10 months ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, finished a build for myself about a month ago. Blank is a Rainshadow Immortal P70M. I love the blank for throwing plastic tails and swim bait jigs w/ braid and Curado. So here’s the deal. Wade fished with it yesterday down on the Tx coast. Lots of redfish in the water. What I noticed was that I had several hookups where the red fought for a while then got off. I thought that this w
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1 year ago
Larry Berkovsky
I believe I read on this forum that if you apply a coat of color preserver around the decal edges prior to your next over coat of epoxy, it helps make the edges disappear. I’ve tried this a couple of times and it really helps.
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1 year ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, first off Happy Thanksgiving to all and I sincerely appreciate all the valuable info from the website over the last two years. Always a good read. So here’s what I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks….a while back I wrapped for myself an MHX CB843 and a Rainshadow IMMP70M. Both are great for throwing jigs, spoons and flukes down on the Tx coast. Very similar in performance for me.
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1 year ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, 50 years or so ago I was eliminated from my one and only spelling bee competition. My first word was groceries. Pressure was on. I went with g-r-o-c-e-r-y-s. I was politely asked to return to my classroom. I never forget that word and was reminded of it every time I wrote a check at the store and filled in the memo blank with the word "groceries". Well today I was finishin
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1 year ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, I’m looking for some advice….what is the best way to get a nice straight epoxy line on the blank below the guide ring, when coating the wrap on the ring-side of a single foot guide. I’ve tried to do it by hand and when the blank is rotating and have not quite been successful on either. Obviously its less challenging to get a straight line of epoxy on the butt side of the wrap with the bl
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, I picked up several unknown blanks from the Swampland Tackle bargain box at last week's fishing show in Houston. After looking, measuring, flexing and comparing to the known blanks that I have in my fleet, is it reasonable to believe that blanks that have the same specs (length, tip, butt OD, weight) and bend similarly under simple bending tests will generally have the same performance?
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, I just got back from the Houston Fishing Show. What I’ve noticed this year is that I’m seeing more and more of the recoil-type guides on the commercial new builds. One sales guy from a local rod manufacturer said that they are better than conventional insert ring guides because you don’t have to worry about losing the inserts when fishing with braid. I didn’t ask him to elaborate but I
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Guys, I contacted Batson's customer service. They will be replacing the blank. Roger, Rick, Herb....thanks for the history and your feedback on Batson and the Eternity blank. And a big shout out to Batson Enterprises for standing behind their products in this situation.
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Broke two of my own builds this past weekend. One was a Rainshadow Eternity ETES86MXF that broke in two places while I was casting a 0.5 oz swim bait. Both breaks on this one were right above the single foot guides about 2-3' down from the tip. I'd guess the stresses on the rod are different in the vicinity of the epoxied guides. Looks strange. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this regarding
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, thanks for the feedback and the hook keeper suggestions. But old habits die hard and this one will as well since there is a new wrinkle involved and a "what the heck-why not" risk involved. My thoughts are along the lines of what Jason is suggesting. Foregrip will be 2" EVA. Ream the foregrip as needed for passage over the dec wrap and arbor the area for snug fit for t
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, been thinking about this for a while…..I’ve been building for about a year now. Most of my rods are for myself, my kids, relatives or for fund raising donations so I have a lot of leeway for errors and learnings. I enjoy trying new decorative butt wraps for each but the issue I have is the tiedown wraps for the butt wrap. I’ve been trying to incorporate a hook keeper in my tiedown wrap
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Thanks guys. Epoxy it is! Or was.
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents, a quick question....I have some minor scratches on a blank exactly where I'd like to put my rod decal. Is there some kind of polish or something that I can use to hide the scratches before sticking the decal over it. I have a feeling they'll show thru the decal if I don't. I also intend to epoxy over the decal once installed. Thoughts? Thanks for the help.
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Gents a quick question.....just finished applying color preserver to my cross wrap. With it pretty warm out it dried pretty quick leaving a few air bubble craters and some brush strokes on the blank. Do I need to get these smoothed out by applying another coat before I epoxy the wrap. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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2 years ago
Larry Berkovsky
Wow Earl! It looks great. I’m a newbie as well and built the same setup several months back. Without a doubt there are more experienced builders on the board that have better ideas than I on this rig up. But I’m constantly looking for a “better mousetrap” so I’ll offer an aftermarket suggestion you might consider before you drive your new ride away. Cut some narrow rings out of 2” PVC. Att
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