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Got a 185 and 140 lb bigeye without breaking a sweat.

Bird,

I just had a chance to try your rod out on some early bigeye, and it's just awesome. Got a 185 and 140 lb bigeye without breaking a sweat. Nice piece of gear, and well done! I'm psyched. By the way, both of those fish came right at dawn on 7" POP funnel jetheads with lumo over black skirts. I'd like to get a couple more rods for my lighter setups. What would it cost to build two rods with Calstar 755H blanks and all-black AFTCO components and detachable butts? I'd be using them with Penn 30VSW reels and 50 or 60 pound line.

I'm looking forward to taking you fishing. Also, I had an email from Chris saying that he's hoping to come over with you this summer and fish with us. Do you know if he's serious about coming to the East Coast?

Hang in there, and congrats on a superb rod, man.

Josko