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Old 02-05-2009, 08:45 PM
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Recent 18-19 wt 9 foot build for BFT. On Biscayne blank. Fuji guides. Everything is heavy duty. Idea was to be able to cast one or two handed. Will fit gimbel Braid harness or a small belt plate w/ the rubber butt attached. Harness attachment at handle is removable.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:48 PM
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:35 AM
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Nice looking rod . Who knows this may be the beginning of Miller Tuna Sticks!!!
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:22 AM
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Very cool! Have you thought about what kind of lines you will match it up with?

Had a chance to cast it yet?

The gimbal/harness rig would be pretty sweet for the vertical slug-fest!
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:59 AM
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Jim, looks sweet, and I know a lot of thought went into the final product. Is that a Rio Leviathian intermediate on the Pacific? If the same class of tuna return, I'd practice clearing the line, and get the legs in shape.

I'd personally welcome a smaller class this year. I think there were some footballs east of Chatham last year, but not in the bay. If we don't see a lot of them this year, it doesn't portend a rosy future.
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Jim, really nice and compact....love the belt hook up....nice job!!!!! I now have a 14 wt TF but it is hard to throw... I just spoke with Nat Moody at First Light and asked about his custom rods. he indicated that he is not making them anymore and has recommended to me a new 14 wt Sage... which I think I will order from him. Naturally, I would love to have a 18 or 19 wt in my collection but will have to wait that out.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:18 PM
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Jim, really nice and compact....love the belt hook up....nice job!!!!! I now have a 14 wt TF but it is hard to throw... I just spoke with Nat Moody at First Light and asked about his custom rods. he indicated that he is not making them anymore and has recommended to me a new 14 wt Sage... which I think I will order from him. Naturally, I would love to have a 18 or 19 wt in my collection but will have to wait that out.
For that type of fishing, I would not buy a Sage. During a long battle one is going to make the occasional mistake, and I've seen the Sage rods explode the first time they're high-sticked. Two mid-priced rods that are far better at lifting, but are still capable casting sticks, are the Cam Sigler and the TFO. Both are under $400.00 (the TFO is under $300.00) and both are available in a 16/17 weight version. I fish the Cam Sigler rods and think they're the best value on the market. You could just about buy two of them for what one Sage would cost and you'd have to seriously high-stick a Sigler to have it break.
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:05 PM
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I have a 13 wt Sage Xi2. Casts very nicely and is light. I matched it with a Tibor Gulfstream.

But.... I have not put it to the test on a Tuna ..... yet.
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Thumbs up Howlin' at the moon again...

Jimbo's Hunt for BIG FISH...
Why on earth would you want heavy gear like that?!
Let me think...

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Old 02-08-2009, 07:32 AM
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:14 AM
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Xi2 1480

I can vouch for the 14 Xi2 - it has been a fantastic rod and is not likely to break unless the angler makes a major mistake. I would estimate this year's class of fish was about maximum capacity on a 14. Next year a setup like Jim has devised may be a requirement
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Jim,

You are a mad man. That is F'n nuts.

I hope you have a retainer paid to your chiropractor.

Curious about the line also.
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