|Seeker is making some big, progressive, refreshing moves, from its new lines of rods in both the fresh and salt, to adding members to its pro staff and creating a junior pro staff.
The rail rod phenomenon has taken over the long range scene, and it's bleeding more into local fishing. Even in this tough economy, rail rods are the big sellers, as most big fish long range guys are passing on the 6- and 6.5-foot roller guide rods and fishing the rail rods. But rail rods are big ticket, big price tag items, thanks to the cost of components being so high.
Coming up with a lower price point on a beefy, brutally tough rail rod line was part of the thought process of the Rail Boss line from Seeker.
"The design concept for the Rail Boss originated during a conversation
between a few of our team members," says Darin Dohi at Seeker. "The conversation began with the need for more affordable options on rods and reels for the long range fishermen."
At that point it was all about coming up with rods that fit the bill.
"This in turn sparked a debate about materials, actions, construction, how the rod could be configured to minimize the cost to the new long ranger just starting to build their rod quiver," added Dohi. "It was then the decision was made to go back to the company's long range roots and create a rod out of the traditional materials of years past but without sacrificing the action as well as durability."
And the Rail Boss was born.
The shots taken by Paul Sweeney above are from our trip on the Maximus last month. We brought the 100- and 130-pound Rail Bosses out and the guys really liked them, as the heavy duty glass blanks really let them reef on the fish. While most rail rods are 7 footers, the Rail Boss rods are 6.5 feet long. It's been engrained in a lot of long range anglers that a rail rod HAS to be 7 feet--like a jig stick HAS to be 10 feet--but the 6.5-foot Rail Boss gives all the advantages of a rail rod, from the castability to the maneuverability around the props and rub rail and other anglers' lines.
The big things about the Rail Boss rods are that they are brutally strong and are built to hold up against the gnarly abuse rail rods take, from baking in the sun for two weeks to getting drug up and down the rails.
"The rods needed to perform," says Dohi, "but they also needed to last for those fishermen who may only fish long range every few years. The Rail Boss project incorporated all of the most important elements to building a suitable rail fishing rod."
Every aspect of building a rod that would meet the rigors of rail fishing went into Team Seeker's Rail Boss design process.
"The area of the blank where the rod would be levered against the rail has been reinforced," adds Dohi. "The foregrip took a little departure from the norm and only two small sections of EPDM foam was used for the base of the foregrip and the end of the foregrip. The cold shrink tubing is a major key as it allows the fisherman to drag the rod against the rail without destroying their foregrip. The tubing is highly tactile and will grab the rail even when wet. The rod is then finished off with a set of Fuji BHBNG ring guides and matching tip for castability and strength and wrapped with an all black 'custom rod' quality triple wrap detailed with metallic trim bands."
The whole Rail Boss line will be on display at the Fred Hall Show, which is just 23 days away. In the meantime, here is a shot of the first cow taken on a Rail Boss, a 230 that Matt Carleton took down on the Maximus on the 130-pound Rail Boss. After seeing the Rail Boss 130- and 100-pound rods at work, Maximus Captain Keith Denette ordered up a set for his anglers to fish cows with. Talk about speaking volumes...