First time poster and new to rod building...so I have a LOT of questions!
Looking to build a nice set of six big cat rods for myself.
I do a lot of fishing for big blue cats in fast current (Mississippi and Missouri rivers). I fish with heavy braided line (80-100#), big weight (8-16oz), big bait (big chunks of shad or skipjack herring--the size of a mans hand or bigger) with circle hooks while anchored. The average big fish for me are 30-40 pounds but I have caught them as big as 65 and want to be ready for the new record (135#!!!) I sometimes find these fish in currents as heavy as 5kts.
To date I have only used off the rack rods for this task but I would like to build a custom but I need some advice to get started. To give you an idea as to the type of rod I currently use for this task I'll share a bit about the "off the rack" rod I currently use--the serge elite. It is a MH 7'10" CASTING rods rated 15-40 line weight and 3-10oz lure weight. They have an aluminum rod seat and a total handle length of 25".
Thanks in advance for the help.