Old Bamboo Rod, amazing condition, need info from members
Hello Forum members. I am looking for some help trying to determine any info about the bamboo rod below. My neighbor found it cleaning out his dad’s home. He has no idea as to the age of the rod. It is 5’-11” long total length with a 23” two handed handle. Very stiff, but no designation on the rod at all. There is a missing circle sticker (sticker glue is still there) just above the rod handle on the bamboo. The wraps are in perfect condition. Truly a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
Re: Old Bamboo Rod, amazing condition, need info from members
I had an bamboo rod just like that when I was a kid growing up in Florida. Chrome plated hardware so the saltwater wouldn't corrode it. It had an old Penn Ocean City reel and 86 # test braided dacron line. We used steel wire leaders because the fish were pretty toothy. A 3 to 4 oz pyramid sinker would get the bait down quick. The rod would rest on the oarlocks, and the moving of the boat, as it bobbed in the waves would jig the bait up and down. We'd fish over reefs and coral heads for big snapper, jewfish, and grouper. I never had a scale or a net back then, but I know that rod dragged up a lot of huge fish. Thanks for dusting off a 50 year old memory !
If that was my rod, I'd give a coat of car wax, buff it glossy, and hang it up in the den. Nice display piece.