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How To Design Your Own Custom Built Rod
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:43:34 AM »
I picked up my new Tom’s Custom Crankbait Rod and fished a local pond.  It is beautiful, super light, loads up to cast a mile, and with the Winn Split grip fits like a leather glove in my hand.  Alas, I did not catch a fish this time out but I am looking forward to seeing how it handles.  Thanks again Tom!

So how did I go about having this rod made?  Simple, I know Baybass excels in crankbait fishing and I asked him what blank he recommended and what ideas he has on components.  From there I went to and for additional examples on various set-ups, colors, components, and graphic placements.
I then contacted Tom, with the following list:

•   Blank: Batson Rainshadow RX7 7'0" MH CB series,
•   Reel seat:  ALPS Carbon fiber exposed,
•   Handle Length:  11" from butt to the tip of the trigger on the reel seat – this is the preferred Baybass length  ;D
•   Grips:  Winn Split Grip, fighting butt (the rounded one), all Red -
•   Guides:  Fuji Ring Lock, titanium
•   Hook Keeper:  AJ454 Single Foot hook keeper, stainless:  place on the left side,
•   Rod Color:  Similar to the Red Sox rod, black with red highlights.  Red windings and trim
•   Graphics:
       o   On the split grip between the butt and the reel seat:
       o   Just above fore grip: - If this doesn't
            have enough resolution let me know.  I just want a pic of a bass engulfing a crankbait.

Tom then got back to me to make sure he understands the components and to discuss additional ideas based on his experience and the latest rod building practices.  The list and some time and you will have your own masterpiece!  It was easy!

Tight Lines,

Peter Arnold, BayBass writer


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Re: How To Design Your Own Custom Built Rod
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 12:29:11 PM »
Baaaad ass rod!!!!!  Congrats to you both!!
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Re: How To Design Your Own Custom Built Rod
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 05:39:46 PM »
Peter   You made excellent choices on your components.  I really like the color combination of the grips and wraps.  The RX-7 is a sweet crankbait rod, in all graphite construction.   It was a pleasure to build you another rod and looking forward to hearing about some nice big bass caught this year.



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Re: How To Design Your Own Custom Built Rod
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 09:34:56 PM »
Great choices and I think you will love the Winn Grips. They made a huge difference on my G Loomis spinning rod that Tom modified for me.  I love your color scheme.   Congrats again Tom just another of your masterpieces!!!


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Re: How To Design Your Own Custom Built Rod - 1st fish update
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2016, 07:45:07 AM »
LOL - Not every fish is a monster but it was the 1st fish caught on my new rod!  ;D

Update, 3/8/16- Size moving in the right direction!
« Last Edit: March 09, 2016, 07:44:28 PM by petersarnold »