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Old 04-28-2010, 12:55 AM   #1
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I am looking to build a boat Sturgeon rod for the Willamitte/Columbia in the keeper range. What would you suggest for a good blank? Would you go glass or composite or graphite?
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:58 AM   #2
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Rainshadow SWS597 great tip anchor pulling back bone
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:03 AM   #3
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I would build on a 7' 20 - 50 Lb composit blank so you have a soft tip with good back bone. see earlier threads on Sturgeon Rods.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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No question. Rainshadow SWS 597
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:55 PM   #5
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thanks guys,
I will check out the Batson blank. how heavy guides should go with?
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I put Alps XNs on mine and a Blue Avet MXJ to go with it - oh its wrapped in blue also
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Rainshadow SWS597 great tip anchor pulling back bone
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:12 PM   #9
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SWS 579 is what I picked up for therm and pulling gear for nooks. Very nice blank and I think you will be pleased with it.

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I am in the process of wrapping up the SWS597, it is a great blank. I can't believe how light it is for the amount of power it has. The fiberglass core with the rx4 graphite are a great combo in this type of blank. better yet is the price. It is very affordable, allowing me to splurge a little on components. I called Batson on this blank and got put right through to Kerry Batson. This is the blank that he personly uses for keepers. He sent the specs that he uses in a nice spiral wrap. I will post some pics when I finish the wrap.

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Old 06-02-2010, 07:25 AM   #11
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I am in the process of wrapping up the SWS597, it is a great blank. I can't believe how light it is for the amount of power it has. The fiberglass core with the rx4 graphite are a great combo in this type of blank. better yet is the price. It is very affordable, allowing me to splurge a little on components. I called Batson on this blank and got put right through to Kerry Batson. This is the blank that he personly uses for keepers. He sent the specs that he uses in a nice spiral wrap. I will post some pics when I finish the wrap.

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Kerry's is painted white and he is a great resource for their gear. That is one very useful blank. Used it for Chinook at B10 dragging herring on a diver, used it for keepers, 2slow managed a 7' to boat with one of his last week, used it for ocean coho (not the greatest match, but it got the job done), dead bait for tuna, swimbaits for tuna, iron for tuna, jigs for inshore bottom fish. I suspect we will hear some stories about Chinook off downriggers from Maverick Maxcat as I gave him one last year.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:40 PM   #12
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I bought two which are both sitting in the corner waiting to be wrapped. I wanted an all around blank for keeper sturgeon, B10, tuna, bottom fishing ect. Sounds like I made the right choice.

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I know this is an old thread. I recently attempted to purchase 2 SWS597 blanks to build a couple of Columbia River sturgeon rods. I was disappointed and surprised to find that this blank is no longer offered by Rainshadow.

What other blanks would you guys recommend for a Columbia River sturgeon boat rod targeting keepers and making them fun but with the ability to land an over-sized if necessary?

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Old 08-02-2019, 07:57 PM   #14
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Most all of us use a salmon rod rated for 40 or 50 and around 9ish ft. Long.
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I know this is an old thread. I recently attempted to purchase 2 SWS597 blanks to build a couple of Columbia River sturgeon rods. I was disappointed and surprised to find that this blank is no longer offered by Rainshadow.

What other blanks would you guys recommend for a Columbia River sturgeon boat rod targeting keepers and making them fun but with the ability to land an over-sized if necessary?

Thanks!
Call Batson up and see what they recommend as a"like" blank to the SWS597.
I would take a couple of these blanks as well if they became available as we use them for live bait albacore.
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Old 08-03-2019, 12:23 PM   #16
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Call Batson up and see what they recommend as a"like" blank to the SWS597.
I would take a couple of these blanks as well if they became available as we use them for live bait albacore.
Thanks guys.

I did just what you recommended.

Geoff Staples of Batson suggested REVSB710MH-SB and MB945-CG as similar graphite blanks as well as SWB70L and SWB70ML as possible glass options.

Is anyone familiar with these blanks?

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Old 08-04-2019, 02:36 PM   #17
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Thanks guys.

I did just what you recommended.

Geoff Staples of Batson suggested REVSB710MH-SB and MB945-CG as similar graphite blanks as well as SWB70L and SWB70ML as possible glass options.

Is anyone familiar with these blanks?

No, sorry 2slow and I were talking about a nearly similar blank I can't remember if it was the ISA1086, or102something.


The 8' Rob Geeks XComp 802, might be interesting, but I have not seem on of these yet, I have several of the 73x series
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I am not familiar with the blanks the guy at Batson mentioned. I have built a few BP1025s lately and I think they are very similar to the SWS 597. They are reasonably priced. The ones I built were for the B10 fishery so they would double for that as well.
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I am not familiar with the blanks the guy at Batson mentioned. I have built a few BP1025s lately and I think they are very similar to the SWS 597. They are reasonably priced. The ones I built were for the B10 fishery so they would double for that as well.
Thanks for the recommendations.
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Has anyone tried the RCLB79L or RCLB79ML for a Columbia River sturgeon rod?

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Has anyone tried the RCLB79L or RCLB79ML for a Columbia River sturgeon rod?

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I have a 79ml it is set up as a spinner and I've used it for pitching swimbaits and Iron at Albacore. I suspect the L probably has a more sensitive tip, but I wouldn't think twice using the ML on sturgeon. The 597 and the ML are very similar.
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I have a 79ml it is set up as a spinner and I've used it for pitching swimbaits and Iron at Albacore. I suspect the L probably has a more sensitive tip, but I wouldn't think twice using the ML on sturgeon. The 597 and the ML are very similar.
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