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immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time. We process
orders manually, preferring to have a human
actually check things over and contact you
should there be questions. Within 24
hours of placing your order you will receive a
follow-up email confirmation and final invoice reflecting your total charges
(Monday-Friday). You are not billed until we actually send you your final invoice.
Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes applied, out
of state orders are tax free. Orders over $100 are shipped
FREE!* Orders less than $100 are billed $8.50 for shipping. During the
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We are very pleased
to introduce you to some unique CharkBait exclusive rods which
represent the best in the business. We offer high quality travel
rods and some wonderful Custom Built Rods. All rods featured on this
page represent our philosophy of how a rod should be built. Noting
both borrowed wisdom of things that work, and specific gaps in
what's presently offered by major manufacturers we provide what we
consider rods well worth owning. Our first group of Custom Rods
feature blanks made by United Composite (formerly known as Graphite
USA) and are built and designed in the USA. We have added some other
specialty rods, featuring blanks by Seeker and Calstar. These rods
have achieved a cult like status, similar to the UC's, for folks
targeting Wahoo (Calstar 875) and cow size tuna (Seeker 2x4 and
Calstar 770H, XH, XXH, and XXXH).
Our Custom Rods are being built by
someone well known on the West Coast, and beyond. The reason for my reluctance to custom rods
in the past was pretty simply, finding a reliable, high quality builder was
difficult. There are many who can build a rod, but few who can build
them correctly in my estimation, few that can build them to a
professional level beyond the hobbyist level (and I'll direct that
towards tackle shops who dabble in rod building and the larger
outfits that build to a least common denominator). To be done right
requires more than labor time, it requires knowledge of the rod,
it's action, components, the proper spacing of guides, the
proper materials and skill... The gentleman building our rods is one
such a knowledgeable individual of high integrity. I'd suggest, he's
one of the best in the business.
Several years ago we offered
GUSA custom built rods, made by the factory. They were wonderful
sticks, and folks lucky enough to own one will attest to their
excellent fishing characteristics: strong, light, narrow diameter
which just seems to feel right in the hands and superb actions for a
wide variety of applications. When the old firm began having
problems we had to stop doing business with them. The old owner took
a great product and ran it into the ground through poor business
practices and even worse follow through in production. We missed
them. Our clients did too. So, we were very much excited when John
Baker told me that through his association with the Australian
distributor for his reels, they'd be bringing the old GUSA's back to
life and build them as they should be built. We committed on the
spot to support their efforts, both in terms of blanks and hopefully
with finished rods too. Things have come together!
The Custom built rods featured below represent our
philosophy with respect to building a rod off a blank like the
United Composites. We are using state of the art components,
excellent wraps, perfectly spaced guides and have shaved no corners
in trying to produce the finest rod we can possibly build. You'll
note that where appropriate the rods have aluminum ALPS reel seats,
Spectra safe guides, gimbals... They're built the way I'd like my
rods built, by someone who arguably knows more about rod building
than anyone else on the West Coast.
Guides are all triple wrapped, with attention to detail. All
Grips are hand sanded. Each rod represents many, many hours
of labor in it's completion.
Alps center lock reel seats on most rods.
All rods feature a gimbal where approriate in terms of test
Bent Butt, "Slick Butt" and Straight Stand-up butts.
Durable Spectra Safe Guides from Alps
US 80 and 85
Most rods have a fish logo.
Sanded Cork Grips on the 79XFm 79 Mag, 711H, 85XF and 85 Mag
Challenger Platinum (CP) series rods utilize Dual Helix
Graphite technology and transition to Fiberglass composite
through the tip section. (Rods in this series were only
available in Australia in the past, now we've got 'em,
too! For the heavier action rods, this design provides
greater strength, lift, and forgiveness.)
Challenger Platinum (CP) Series - note the woven graphite
(click on the images for a better view)
Seeker and Calstar
In the world of long range
fishing Seeker established a rather unique new tool for folks
targeting tuna, larger grade cow size tuna, their 2 x 4. The
concept behind this rod was to build a rod capable of casting a
bait further to lure a fish that might be out of range using more
traditional means. The rod had a relatively light tip, but
followed that up with serious strength in the butt section.
Calstar echoed that design, and expanded upon it very successfully
with a lighter range of offerings and lighter weight.
For our custom versions of
these new factory rods, we also had a concept to fulfill. The cow
rods ultimately wind up on the rail of the big long range boats.
That's part of their design. But, the Seeker and Calstar do not
build them with that in mind. Our cow rods feature a rail pad, so
you won't beat up your rod when you try to leverage a big tuna at
the rail. Further, we felt we could build the Seeker with a better
guide set, and add a roller tip. The Fuji guides we use feature a
rolled lip, securing the spectra safe insert, verses a stamped
guide with glued on spectra insert. Ours is arguably better. The
roller tip we use is a Winthrup, a big meaty tip top with enough
room to fit a pencil through the thing. So, there's no issue with
line and knot diameter and better dissipation of heat and less
friction. We make excellent use of some great blanks with our
custom designed rods, built right and better than the original. We
also make the Rail Rods with AFTCO ring/roller tiptops. These are
a bit lighter in weight than the larger Winthrups, have plenty of
clearance for casting, and represent another option on the custom
rods that go beyond the factory's offering.
Another rod in this series
we're quite proud to have in the line is Calstar's 875 wahoo
specialty rod. Again, it's better built, though Calstar does
indeed build a great rod, we found a few things to improve upon
the design and of course ours are prettier and arguably better
FUJI guideset with rolled inserts
and ring tip top
Custom rods do not have to be
expensive, we have a high value custom built series of rods
available in the most used line classes for nearshore and offshore
duty. All are triple wrapped with Spectra safe guides using
Rainshadow composite blanks. There are four rods in the series. a
196, 270, 870 and 670 for use with lines of 12# through 50#
applications. We initially had these rods made to match our Newell
Blue and Pink reels, but folks have requested the rods for use with
other reels as well. So, we're offering them as an independent item,
Two new items from us, not necessarily
the most creative or revolutionary products we've ever come
up with, but nonetheless they are useful and they are a bit
different than what's available from others.
Our RodWraps are an upgrade from the
StickJackets we've carried for several years. We've made
ours a bit larger in
diameter so that they will accommodate larger saltwater
guides, even larger spinning guides. The StickJackets were
really made for freshwater use, sized accordingly but we
used their spinning models for our application. Now we've
got 'em made our way. We've reinforced the
top with a leatherette end piece and metal grommet which can
be used to hang rods, and we've increased the diameter to
allow your rods, even those using larger AFTCO wind-on
roller guides or larger size spinning guides to fit. The
Wraps are about 5 feet in length, will extend down the rod
into the handle material of most rods. They are not made to
cover the entire rod, only that portion it's designed to
protect - the blank, the finish, the guides.
wraps are all that I've been using now for the past few
years. I like the fact that I can use them for storage
protection, travel protection as well as leave 'em on my
rods on the boat. They are breathable and they don't absorb
moisture. So, they help me protect my rods when they're
bundled up once the fishing is over. On most long range
trips out of San Diego, you move your rods onto the boat and
off the boat all bundled up. They may stay that way
overnight on the boat as well. For a cloth sock, that's no
good. So, you can write off any protection of the rod. With
these things you do get that protection when you need it
most. I even leave them on my rods when I get home. I'll
spray off the rod wraps while still on the rod, loosening
any accumulated saltwater in the process. Then I'll take off
the wraps, clean the rods more thoroughly and allow them to
dry. Use of a cleaner like Penn's Rod and Reel cleaner for
that, and you've got things in great shape for your next
trip and your gear will stay in new condition. The Wraps are
five feet in length.
The other product we have for rod
organization are our CharkStraps. These are great for
bundling your rods together for transport or storage. You
can secure up to a half dozen rods with these things. Nice
thing about ours verses some others, they are made from a
softer foam/rubber material so they'll never scratch up your
rods. Unlike some similar products I've seen, we made it a
point to include three different sizes (which makes sense
since you'll use all three at different positions on your
bundled rods from the tip to near the reel seat). So, you
get three straps, all with Velcro through their length to
handle most any size bundle of rods you'll be totting, from
2 to 6 or more rods.
Our Chark-Sleeves are
a bit different than the one's above. They are
available in three sizes. The base of the
sleeve folds up onto the butt section of the
rod and then can be tied off. So, one size can
fit shorter rods with no problem. They are
made of 89% polyester and 11% lycra (like OJ's
gloves if you remember...). The material is
versatile, durable and quick drying. It's
super stretchy, and the micro polyester fabric
wicks away moisture - like those $60 golf
shirts. Nice product, nice price! These will
stretch up to one foot longer in length. So, a
5' will indeed fit a 6' rod, the 7 will
stretch to a tight 8.
questions? Please e-mail us, click on
the image-button link below or give us a call:
Sales & Service
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
on major holidays and weekends)
Mark, Leeana, Danielle, Blake, Nadiya, Ryan & Tom
Phone Toll Free 1-877-424-2751 1-714-840-4500 Mailing
Address: CharkBait Sportfishing
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Please also use this address
for sending reels for service.
If you are trying
to reach us after 5pm weekdays or weekends, our Huntington Beach
shop staff can assist. *
note: We're closed major holidays, both our offices and our shops.
New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day,
Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas. We reserve
the right to take off early if there's a great local bite...
& SERVICE CONTACTS
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Days a Week Hours
Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 1-714-846-6452
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Tuesday through Saturday
Saturday 9AM-5PM Closed:
Sunday & Monday
3166 Midway Dr. #101
San Diego, CA 92110
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time, the confirming email may not reflect oversize or
overweight charges or other issues requiring direct contact. We
process orders manually, preferring to have a human actually
check things over and contact you should there be questions.
Within 24 hours of placing your order you will receive a
follow-up email confirmation and final invoice (pdf doc)
reflecting your total charges (Monday-Friday). You are not
billed until we actually send you your final invoice.
Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes
applied, out of state orders are tax free. During the ordering
process you can select expedited shipping if required.
(Within the USA we usually ship
via Federal Express ground. International, and oversize/weight
items will be billed for shipping and you will be sent an
emailed invoice reflecting total charges prior to actual
billing. We will not ship without you having had a chance to
review the invoice). Hawaii and Alaska shipping will be
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We do apologize for any inconvenience this policy
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on-line and not receive so many solicitations from some family
member of a deceased "Nigerian" leader trying to move great sums of
$ out of the country...
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or suitability beyond those claims offered by the respective manufacturers.
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inventory of the products we represent, that saves shipping time for our
clients, and proves our belief in the products we represent. We stock the
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I think that about covers it.