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Rod Building Components

Rod Building Components

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CharkBait! is very pleased to announce our expansion into the rod building category of sportfishing products. We've long carried blanks from the best manufacturers, such as Seeker, Calstar and more recently United Composites USA and Rain Shadow. We now also supply rod building products from Alps, Fuji, and other respected manufacturers. There are literally thousands of parts available for rod building, we will not stock that range of products, though all parts are available from us. We will however be stocking the most popular components from the major players in rod building, our selection matches the needs of most builders and if we're missing something critical please do let us know during this build-up, expansion process.


Alps produces a wide range of reel seats, from simple inexpensive composite products, high end jigging and casting size seats to heavy duty trolling seat designs. All are top quality, innovative, state of the art products. We are listing some of their most popular designs, many others are available as special orders. The one's listed below are typically in stock and available immediately.


Description Price
Alps AGB22 Heavy Duty Graphite Reel Seat with Large Nut $3.99
Alps AGB24 Heavy Duty Graphite Reel Seat with Large Nut $3.99
Alps CAH20M-B Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat Black $19.99
Alps CAH22M-B Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat Black $22.99
Alps CAH24M-B Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat Black $25.99
Alps CAH26M-B Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat Black $31.99
Alps CAH20M-S Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $19.99
Alps CAH22M-S Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $22.99
Alps CAH24M-S Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $25.99
Alps CAH26M-S Centra-Lock Machined Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $31.99
Alps CAH22LX-WTS-B Light Aluminum Reel Seat w/cushion black wTexalum Silver insert $39.99
Alps CAH24LX-WTS-B Light Aluminum Reel Seat w/cushion black wTexalum Silver insert $40.99
Alps CAH22LX-WTS-S Light Aluminum Reel Seat w/cushion silver wTexalum Silver insert $39.99
Alps CAH24LX-WTS-B Light Aluminum Reel Seat w/cushion Silver wTexalum Silver insert $40.99
Alps AHD20M-B Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat Black $14.99
Alps AHD22-B Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat Black $15.99
Alps AHD24-B Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat Black $16.99
Alps AHD20M-S Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $14.99
Alps AHD22M-S Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $15.99
Alps AHD24-S Heavy Duty Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $16.99

Alps AT16 Aluminum Trigger Reel Seat Black w/cushion $54.99
Alps AT17 Aluminum Trigger Reel Seat Black w/cushion $55.99
Alps AT20 Aluminum Trigger Reel Seat Black w/cushion $56.99
Alps AT16 Aluminum Trigger Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $54.99
Alps AT17 Aluminum Trigger Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $55.99
Alps AT20 Aluminum Trigger Aluminum Reel Seat SILVER $56.99

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Gimbal butts are available in silver and black, other colors by special order. Recently Alps introduced a very nice Rubber Gimbal which is can comfortably be used without a cap when not making use of a rod belt. Butt caps are available in several sizes, popular not only for making rods but as replacements for lost pieces (pretty common to lose one in the heat of a good bite...).


Description Price

Alps AXG25-B Aluminum Gimbal - Black $6.99
Alps AXG27-B Aluminum Gimbal - Black $7.99
Alps AXG22-S Aluminum Gimbal - Silver $6.99
Alps AXG25-B Aluminum Gimbal - Silver $6.99
Alps AXG27-B Aluminum Gimbal - Silver $7.99
Alps RG1-23 Rubber Gimbal 23mm ID x 27mm OD 46mm Length - Black $2.99
Alps RG2-27 Rubber Gimbal 27mm ID x 31mm OD 44mm Length - Black $2.99
Alps BC25B Bulb B/C 25mm Black $1.49
Alps BC26B Bulb B/C 26mm Black $1.49
Alps BC27B Bulb B/C 27mm Black $1.49
Alps BC28B Bulb B/C 28mm Black $1.49
Alps BC29B Bulb B/C 29mm Black $1.49
Alps BC30B Bulb B/C 30mm Black $1.79
Alps BC31B Bulb B/C 31mm Black $1.99
Alps MBC24-B Medium Butt Cap Black $1.99
Alps MBC25-B Medium Butt Cap Black $1.99
Alps MBC26-B Medium Butt Cap Black $1.99
Alps MBC27-B Medium Butt Cap Black $1.99
Alps MBC28-B Medium Butt Cap Black $1.99

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Grip Enhancment

We're stocking more rod building gear at both our shops, and our San Diego shop offers a bit more depth in the rod building department, plus the shop manager is a rod builder. Staff at the HB shop also has experience in this regard, with Beta and Tom having build many, many rods over the years.  Forecast has recently brought a hard to find product to market, an item most of us have seen on better quality rail rods. We have stocked the XWrap material at our shops for a few years now, that's a product you also see on many factory rods either replacing or used in conjunction with corktape. The new Cold Shrink product from Forecast takes the XWrap to another level.  The product arrives as a tube with a hard core, almost 2 inch diameter.  Put the tube over the area of the rod you wish to enhance, pull a tap on the end and you will pull out the hard core as a spiral one piece.


As the core is removed the material shrinks down tightly, offering a durable XWrap type feel. It's a great way to add a durable outer layer over an existing grip that's worn, or a dandy way to build a new grip.  Some make use of the product on their deckhand style rods, some will use it on the foregrip of their rail rods to add protection and a non-slip durable area on their rod for use on the rail. I'll suggest that this is mandatory on a properly built rail rod.  Another thing I really do like about this product is that if it gets worn, it's easy to replace! You don't have to cut off your old grip, remove the reel seat, etc. All you have to do is slip on Cold Shrink, pull the tab and presto! You've got new material on the rod with no installation hassle or expense. So, I guess you can say it saves some money and time long term. Now for the downside, it's pretty expensive stuff. That's one of the factors which make rail rods rather expensive. I'm going to put this on a couple of my own rods, one deckhand rod of mine uses sine-cord rather than corktape, a common build, but for my hands that's not so comfortable.  This stuff will make a big difference on that rod... And, then there's that other rod that spent some hard time on the rail fighting a bluefin for too many hours..., a rod not made for that purpose. That 6 1/2 foot custom UC RCP65HP really got hammered on a charter a couple years back. This material will fix the problem I created by damaging the hypalon foregrip. Now it's going to look better, and perform better should I get stuck in a similar position again. This is some neat stuff that a lot of fishermen and rob builders have been trying to find. Look no further, we've got it!

(This item is very similar to what United Composites uses on their Rail Rods, but it's not exactly the same product. UC makes use of a more expensive USA made 3M product on their rail rods to protect the foregrip and add a bit of tackiness to prevent the rod from slipping on the rail. The Forecast product is an import. Works and applies the same way, does the same job, and is more readily available to rod builders and fishermen looking to enhance their rods.)

Buy Description Price
Forecast Cold Shrink 12 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter
Forecast Cold Shrink 18 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter

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GRIPS - Fore Grip, Rear Grip and Butts

Who Needs Hypalon?
Who Can Find Hypalon??

For Rod Builders:
(chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) synthetic rubber) has been something we've used for handles on most sportfishing rods for decades.  However times are changing.  The EPA does not like the stuff, both it's manufacture and use. So, DuPont stopped manufacture. Other suppliers came on the scene, most from overseas, but many of those dropped out. EPA wasn't happy with the material whether domestic or imported. This past summer we saw a rather huge problem sourcing the material. That slowed rod production for US factories which used Hypalon. There have been other substances used for grip material, corktape, X-Rap over corktape or sine cord, but for rods with reel seat EVA foam grips were commonly used as an alternate to hypalon and that material works well - but with some reservation. One problem is that EVA has a bit of memory, so if you have the rod in a position of getting some pressure on the handle you might end up with a permanent crease.  It's light and works for rod handles, it's just that hypalon is a bit nicer, less slippery, less memory.  In the case of UC, hypalon is what's used for their upgrade rods, EVA for the standard build for Challenger Elite series. Most imports use EVA.  This summer it was a huge problem and slowed production. Custom Rod builders were in a major bind.

Well, there is now an alternative, and the alternative is a very, very good option.  Forecast has developed a new material, which we got the chance to play with this past week.  It's indistinguishable to hypalon, shares all characteristics...except the EPA's objection. We are now stocking the new product which was first shown off at ICAST 2017. If you build rods, no need to search for hypalon, there's an alternative which is priced well and will perform very well.




 ID (MM) ID (IN) Price Buy
SRG10-500 EPDM 254.00 10.00 31.75 1.25 12.70 0.5000 $11.99


EPDM 254.00 10.00 31.75 1.25 17.46 0.6875 $11.99


EPDM 304.80 12.00 31.75 1.25 12.70 0.5000 $12.99


EPDM 304.80 12.00 31.75 1.25 17.46 0.6875 $12.49
SRG14-500       EPDM 355.60 14.00 31.75 1.25 12.70 0.5000 $11.99
SRG14-6875      EPDM 355.60 14.00 31.75 1.25 17.46 0.6875 $11.99


EPDM 254.00 10.00 25.40 1.00 12.70 0.5000 $11.99


EPDM 254.00 10.00 25.40 1.00 17.46 0.6875 $11.99
SRGS12-500       EPDM 304.80 12.00 25.40 1.00 12.70 0.5000 $12.99
SRGS12-6875      EPDM 304.80 12.00 25.40 1.00 17.46 0.6875 $12.99
SRGS14-500       EPDM 355.60 14.00 25.40 1.00 12.70 0.5000 $11.99
SRGS14-6875   EPDM 355.60 14.00 25.40 1.00 17.46 0.6875 $11.99
SRG12-875       EPDM 304.80 12.00 31.75 1.25 22.23 0.8750 $11.99
SRG16-500     EPDM 406.40 16.00 31.75 1.25 12.70 0.5000 $15.99
SRG16-6875    EPDM 406.40 16.00 31.75 1.25 17.46 0.6875 $15.99

EVA Straight/Tapered GRIPS

ForeCast™ EVA straight and tapered grips are made specifically to be used in any application requiring a flush fit. Both the straight and tapered grips can be used in any fore or rear grip custom setup. EVA straight and tapered grips are the easiest way to add appropriate power to any rod that is seeking the ultimate comfort. These grips are recommended for all saltwater applications. With 15 sizes to choose from, this will ensure you will find the appropriate grip for any rod build. (BS)


Description Price

BS08-500 8 INCH REAR GRIP .500ID EVA BLACK $1.99
BS08-625 8 INCH REAR GRIP .625ID EVA BLACK $1.99
BS08-750 8 INCH REAR GRIP .750ID EVA BLACK $1.99
BS10-500 10 INCH REAR GRIP .500ID EVA BLACK $2.49
BS10-625 10 INCH REAR GRIP .625ID EVA BLACK $2.49
BS10-750 10 INCH REAR GRIP .750ID EVA BLACK $2.49
BS12-500 12 INCH REAR GRIP .500ID EVA BLACK $2.99
BS12-625 12 INCH REAR GRIP .625ID EVA BLACK $2.99
BS12-750 12 INCH REAR GRIP .750ID EVA BLACK $2.99



ForeCast offers a wide variety of tapered salt water EVA grips. Ranging from 6” to 16" in length, we have the right size to fit your rod blank. The longer 14” and 16" grips are perfect for rail rods when the fish are too big to manage with just your hands. Pair these grips with X-Flock shrink tube for the ultimate in protection against grime and slime. (BSF)




BSF14-500/625 INCH FORE GRIP 1.43 OD Tapered, .500-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSF14-625/750 INCH FORE GRIP 1.43 OD Tapered, .625-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSFS14-500/625 INCH FORE GRIP Tapered, .500-625 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSFS14-625/750 INCH FORE GRIP  Tapered, .625-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSF16-500/625 INCH FORE GRIP 1.43 OD Tapered, .500-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSF16-625/750 INCH FORE GRIP 1.43 OD Tapered, .625-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSFS16-500/625 INCH FORE GRIP Tapered, .500-625 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99
BSFS16-625/750 INCH FORE GRIP  Tapered, .625-750 ID EVA, BLACK $4.99


ForeCast™ X-flock is perfect for any rod build, both new and old. Looking to enhance your current worn out grips? X-flock will revitalize your old grips into brand new while providing a custom look. Looking to add grip to your woven, EVA, or slick butt? X-fl ock is the perfect product to protect and provide a strong grip surface. X-flck looking worn out? Simply cut it off and apply new X-flock. Available in three different colors and six different sizes.


ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 25mm) .984 IDx39.4" Black $12.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 30mm) 1.18 IDx39.4" Black $14.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 35mm) 1.38 IDx39.4" Black $19.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 40mm) 1.57 IDx39.4" Black $24.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 25mm) .984 IDx39.4" RED/Black $14.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 30mm) 1.18 IDx39.4" RED/Black $18.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 35mm) 1.38 IDx39.4" RED/Black $22.99
ALPS Heat Shrink Tube (dia 40mm) 1.57 IDx39.4"m RED/Black $26.99

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If you have an interest in kayaking, this is a very useful part of your rod build.
Boomerang Retrieval devices were produced to eliminate a problem, lost rods/reels. The owner of the firm lost a $500 outfit, dropped in 45 feet of water - no way to retrieve for him. So, he came up with a solution...

The owner of the firm states:

Well, after five years and about fifteen different prototype versions, I feel like I finally have the product that I, and hopefully, all the other millions of fishermen in this country can be proud to have.

As a fisherman, I'm a purist, I want nothing on the rod and reel that doesn't help me catch fish or make catching fish a more exciting experience. So as I watched a couple other products come out and how they attached to the rod I knew something had to be done completely different. That's when I started studying the butt end of the fishing rods and how my retrieval device could be made to mimic the butt end of a fishing rod. I about got kicked out of Bass Pro for bringing my micrometer in and measuring all of the different rod diameters and handles, I got some weird looks for doing what I was doing.

Where did all this lead? Boomerang Retrieval Device. The device is:

Fully reloadable – reload as many times as you drop it into the water with just a simple Phillips screw driver and a new salt bobbin. This product uses auto-inflatable life jacket technology, that is both splash resistant and humidity resistant to minimize inadvertent set offs and to maximize intended releeases.

Adjustable – change the amount of fishing line that goes on the spool or how long it takes to set off underwater.

Light – prototypes weighing in at 1.45 oz, and production versions will likely be about an ounce. Ergonomic – once a couple of casts are made it will be virtually non- existent to the angler

And, the best thing about the Boomerang?  Well, imagine the last time a fishing rod slipped through your hands and was lost. This doesn't have to happen to you again! You can have a new "boomerang" reaction ... first it's a bunch of cuss words, then you will see the bobber and it's "damn, I'm glad I bought a boomerang".

Okay, so here's the deal, with this device you will need to cut off the but cap on your rod, or if building a rod incorporate one of the devices to the butt of the rod. It's not a hard process to have the piece installed, even comes with the two part adhesive to attaching. Now, once installed if you drop your rod/reel over the float will come to the surface making it possible to retrieve your gear. The product comes with about 50 feet of mono on a bobbin. If you need to deal with deeper water, then reload with 8-12 lb braid and you're good for 100 feet. We do stock other floatation devices for rods, but this is slicker no doubt. For a kayak fisherman, no need to swap out the mono for braid since most rolled 'yaks occur in the surf line so less than 50 feet. This is the first reloadable, adjustable, and most fishable retrieval device on the market.

The white portion, float and bobin will deploy once your rod goes into the water. It works by way of a Halkey-Roberts auto-inflatable life jacket component modified for use in the Boomerang Retrieval Device.
“Full Handle/Fighting Butt”  Black “Split Handle” Black
The full handle/fighting butt device is for the majority of saltwater oriented rods. Wider and shorter, use this one for your hypolon or eva grip rods. Split Grip Inshore device, replaces 1.5-2.5: long split grip butt handles. With a 2" mounting hole, most rods don't need to be trimmed.

Installation requires a bit of skill, not too much, but some experience and confidence is very helpful. We can have our rod builder attach the device for you at a cost of $30 per rod plus shipping if required.


How the Retrieval System Works...

Installing the Boomerang Rod Butt Device


Buy Description Price
Boomerang Retrieval Device Split Grip $34.99
Boomerang Retrieval Device Full Grip $34.99
Boomerang Reloid Kit $12.99

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