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CharkBait! is very pleased to announce
our expansion into the rod blank category. Many or our clients have
special ordered blanks from us in the past, given their experience with us for
other products. Sort of made sense to expand our offerings to
accommodate the rod builders among us. We'll not be offering the other
components associated with rod building, just the blanks at this time. One
caveat for buyers, rod blanks are non-refundable. Blanks are
subject to a 20% restocking charge by the manufacturer. Know what you're looking for BEFORE you
make your purchase, or contact Tom or Mark at our shop prior to ordering if
you have any question regarding application for a particular blank.
Seeker blanks carry a lifetime warranty. In the unlikely event you receive a
defective product from us, rest assured you are protected. Defects in
workmanship will be replaced at no charge. Just contact us within 30 days of
receipt of goods. All blanks are inspected prior to shipment by
both Seeker's and our staff.
UC - NEWS 09/26/2011 UNITED
COMPOSITES NEW FACTORY IS UP AND RUNNING!
Composites-USA represents a line of quality
blanks the like of which you've never felt or
seen...well, not quite true. If you remember
dual helix design rods earlier this decade, you'll no doubt see some
resemblance in design of these new blanks. There
are some important differences, too. The old Graphite
USA (GUSA) blanks were excellent, which is why we sold
them previously and sold the built rods here as
But, they began a decline as a result of poor
management, and went out of business. Further,
old owner was in such a financial scramble at the end that
he sold off expensive rod building equipment as
"scrap" for pennies on the dollar. Worse yet,
since he didn't have the necessary equipment in
working order, the blanks built in recent years
were not up to par and suffered needless
breakage. Built right, the Dual Helix rods are
unbreakable. Graphite USA's demise was the
right thing to happen, no government bailout
owner ran the firm into the ground. GUSA's
demise opened the door for the sale of the
company to folks who had a commitment to build
The new owners know what they are doing, and are
building the rods the right way. The new owner was the
Australian distributor of GUSA who had the
benefit of the Challenger series of blanks -
which were not available in the USA - and which
was essentially created by the new owner, Peter
Williams (pictured at the top of this page along
with his son Andrew who is their production
manager). The challenger series
became the blank/rod of choice for the more
discriminating Australian fisherman.
facility is located here in California. It's taken
the staff at United a
months to get the rod building gear back
together and purchase new equipment to
manufacture the rods, the right way. But,
up and running now. At the present time we are
only offering blanks, not finished rods.
(Pictured, cutting the graphite, GUSA mandrills,
rolling a blank and showing off the final
Helix Facts: Dual Helix ply construction
produces a rod blank that has outstanding
resistance to both crushing and twisting. This
unique construction technique, adapted from the
experience of aerospace activities, is superior
to the conventional rod blank "roll-wrap"
manufacturing process adopted years ago from the
textile industry. Two advantages are readily
apparent; firstly the Dual Helix structure keeps
the rod round when heavily loaded during casting
or fighting a hooked fish, the Dual Helix
construction adds extraordinary crush and nick
resistance. The second major advantage is the
outstanding resistance to twist imparted to the
blank through the Dual Helix Design.
Releases: Originally designed exclusively for
Australia, the Challenger series is now finally
being released and available for the USA market.
The Challenger range of blanks was originally
designed in 2004 specifically for the harsh and
rough fishing conditions of Australia, tackling
some of the word's toughest species of fish.
Beyond doubt these ranges of blanks have proved
themselves well beyond expectation and have
become the benchmark for saltwater blanks "down
With the opening of the new UC factory in
Huntington Beach, I made a little trip to their plant see what they've
accomplished. Very interesting time, and wonderful to see all the
progress they've made since moving here to HB. I'd been by their old
place in Calimesa, that was a 1/2 step towards what Peter wanted to
accomplish. By moving their factory they are closer to the "action" in
terms of rod building and saltwater fishing. Now within about 20 miles
we have UC, Calstar and Seeker all producing the best fishing rods in
We can go through a bit of the rod building
process via video and still images below.
The first step is selecting the appropriate
material, then cutting the "flags." Then the correct mandrel is
pulled for forming the "matt."
The "flag" is formed to the mandrel under high
pressure, then enclosed in cellophane, and checked for spec
UC's oven is huge, capable of "baking" 10'
blanks, in volume. It's one of the largest rod ovens in the
Once the blank as been "baked" it's then sanded
and painted. All the blanks have six or more points of quality
control. Of course the final step is pulling on the rod by real
live humans! The blank pictured left is one of the CP
(Challenger Platinum) series models.
United Composite is up and running, they are
producing rods full speed.
The long wait is over!
several lines of blanks made by United, but two
of them fit into our style of saltwater fishing very well:
- These are the same/better
as the familiar GUSA rods and are constructed
using the patented Dual Helix graphite designs.
100% multi modulus graphite incorporating Dual
Helix ply construction, provides unparalleled
strength, lightness of weight, and a thinner
diameter of the finished rod.
Platinum Series - This was a line that was
not sold here in the USA but became the best
known and the most popular rods in Australia. They
are a composite design using E-glass and
Graphite, both mat materials incorporated for
strength, durability, light weight and
resilience under high stresses. You'll find that these are
exceptionally strong rods, exceptionally nice to
fish also. Composite Dual Helix ply construction
combining woven carbon fiber and E-glass.
Both series above carry
a 2 year limited guarantee from date of
purchase, limited to the original
purchaser/owner. Rod blank orders are
non-refundable, exchange privilege exists only
within a seven day period from the date of
receipt of goods.
Taking things a bit
further, UC indeed does make a wide range of
blanks probably something like 400 + in their
design lineup at present. These cover many
applications. One series that has proven very
popular in the Australian market and also gained
a strong USA base is their Pioneer SHX
Series of single helix graphite spinning
and casting blanks. We've added this series to
our available options for our clients for 2010. While we
are a saltwater "house" the Pioneer Series is
known as a freshwater blank with some inshore
and bay saltwater application. So, it does fit
into our game just as do the Seeker React and
Inshore series of rods. The Pioneer SHX Series
carries a 1 year manufacturers limited
We've received most
new Custom built United Composite RODS! Finally, they are here, not
in great depth, but we've had their most popular blanks turned into
some of the most beautiful and functional rods you'll ever come
across. The new rods are stunning, and they feel great in the hands
- as expected. While we will try to maintain a bit of
an inventory of these rods, we also expect that there will be times
when the rods will be out of stock due to demand. Like any custom
built piece of gear, expect a wait while they are in the process of
manufacture. Please visit the
CharkBait Custom Rod page for more information regarding the
*Blanks do carry a shipping charge. While we
do have free shipping for orders over $100,
for most items, blanks are not covered by
this policy. So, please do understand that
there will be shipping fees associated with
blank purchases. Shipping will be $15 within
the continental USA for blanks of seven feet
or less, 8 footers will run $20, and note
that it's impractical to ship anything
longer than 8'6" given excessive freight
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