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What did he learn from all this research?
He recalled the development of his Carbon X crank rod as an example.
âThis crank rod was very popular,â he said. âOne thing we were told was that fishermen wanted a crank rod that had more casting power. It was one thing. The other thing was fish fighting power.
âThey wanted a rod that would throw a three-quarter ounce crankbait and on the backcast, they didn’t want the rod to lack power, collapse, we call it,â he said. âWhen they started casting it before, they didn’t want the rod to keep bending and flexing. They want it to start transferring power.â
When it came to being able to fight fish, he kept hearing the same thing.
âPeople fishing from Iowa up north have said to me, ‘I have a crankbait and I’m running along the weed line and a 5 pound bass is nailing it and going in the weeds. It pulls the weed line. , I pull and the rod comes bends and bends. The fish sneaks in the weeds and wins. In the southern areas it was the same, except it was not weeds, it was was heaps of brush, âGray said.
The result was a 7ft rod that will cast three-quarter-ounce lures over a long distance, and it has plenty of power to fight fish.
âIt’s made of all graphite,â Gray said. “The challenge for us was to have a smooth, absorbent action, so when a bass inhales the crankbait, it allows for a solid hookup. You don’t want a real stiff rod that will pull the bait out of the fish.”