EARLY in the year we looked at some light Samurai spin rods for throwing small lures and soft plastics. This time of year we use baitcasters more often with anglers chasing flathead, mangrove jack and barra around the estuaries, while the impoundments start to fire for bass and golden perch.
One of the light spin blanks we did was the 002 SC. That’s the new composite Samurai blank for anglers using braid and are after a more resilient rod.
Most rod manufacturers would agree that there has been an increase in rod breakages because more anglers are running braid over their light spin and baitcast rods. The fibreglass added to a composite rod makes it more durable for braid. While the tapers are thicker and the blanks slightly heavier, you can still build great rods from these composites.
The 004SC is a six-foot blank that makes a great baitcaster and is very economical for the home builder. All the parts and blanks are readily available and your retailer will be able to get you everything within a few days after just one phone call to the supplier.I’ve used cork grips on this model. Baitcasters don’t need long butts because anglers retrieve with the hand partially on the reel and partially on the rear grip. So it’s a short rear grip – 12 cm of cork followed by a
There’s a good reason to use this style. If you have a look at many rod holders on smaller boats, it’s the bulge in the butt cap that stops the rod from sliding straight out. A straight cap will pull straight out.The reel seat is a standard trigger No. 16
Blank: Samurai 004 SC
Butt: 12cm x 9mm corkCap:
Foregrip: 6cm x 6mm cork.Tip: