I am in Korea. I arrived at Seoul at 5:00 am yesterday(01-22) and I spent time for getting some documents from local governments in the moring and visted N.S. company which makes Black Hole rods.
I have been helping them to develop jigging and popping rods called Cape Cod Special
and I am glad I visited the company as there were some miscommuncations by exchanging ideas and information by e-mails and telephone. It took only two hours to understand each other.
The chief rod designer understand exactly what I want and explain me cleary and precisely what they can do and whty they can not do.
When I tested their prototype rods in Panama, I was pretty satisfied with the performance and action of their jigging rods, but I was wondering whether they can reinforce the backbone of popping rods while reducing the weight a little bit.
When I checked the products there, I found they have been making lighter popping rods already, they just misunderstand my intention and sent me different prototype popping rods. Their 8'6"/8'3" popping rods in production weighs about 14 oz with proper bend which I wanted.
When I asked to make them a little stiffer for big tuna in 150 - 200 lbs range with similar light weight, the chief designer said he would. Finally my missing puzzle is solved.
After completing discussion of jigging and popping rods, I showed the chief rod designer a Superseeker 2X4 blank explainging this blank is one of the most popular cow bait rods on the long range boats out of San Diego and they use it for the railing.
He just shake his head with a smile. When I asked him whether it is possible to make blanks with similar action, half weight and more strength, he said he didn't see any problem. If they can introduce those blanks, it will be great as the Superseeker 2X4 weighs as heavy as 18 oz. 8@
When they showed me their sample room, I was in awe. It must be hundreds smaples of rods there !!!
I learned many things while touring the company. I saw at least 30 differnt materials they use for making rods. Who said rod/blank making is easy and any rod company make any action of rods you want.
They have to know exactly the strength and weakness of each material and their results of combination of those material.
I heard no other rod making companies in the world use more Fuji guides than the company use. They said they are going to use newly introduced Fuji SIC guides for Black Hole popping rods.
I expected it takes at least 2 - 3 days to discuss with them, but our discusssion was needed only two hours. So I asked whether I could go codfishing on Sunday, but unfortunately all cod boats were booked completely. :x
rod sample room