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RH Custom Rods CTS S8 Surf Rods

RH Custom Rods CTS S8 Surf Rods

The S8 Surf series is the lightest, most powerful long range casting blanks in the world today. The Surf series excels at casting plugs and poppers at large predatory fish.

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Model
TD Code
LengthPiecesLure
Rating
Blank
(oz.)
Butt Dia.
(in.)
Price
SE1160-2
CTS-0004
11'6''21-3 oz.8.2.887$488.00 USD
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RH Custom Rods CTS S8 Surf series is the lightest, most powerful long range casting blanks in the world today. These blanks feature a zoned action; the butt is stiff and tapers into a moderate midsection and then a fast action tip. This design transfers all the power you put into the cast efficiently to your payload.

The Surf series excels at casting plugs and poppers at large predatory fish and has become a favorite of many who chase Roosters and Jacks on Mexican beaches. Metals are put in orbit and schools on the far side of the bar are no longer safe. The heavier rated rods perform extremely well as weight and bait heavers targeting stripers, drum and sharks.
  • Taper: Extra Fast
  • Action: Fast
  • Material: 57msi Carbon
  • Core: VeroCore Carbon Helix


A $7.00 oversize packaging charge may apply to these items as they ship in a long heavy duty tube to protect your items. This fee will still apply when discount shipping coupons are used.
4.5 Stars based on 6 reviews
By John
St. Augustine, Fl.
Almost perfect
September 22, 2015
first the flaws. Oddly there is no "stop" for the lower real seat ring. If you loosen it all the way it literally slides down the real handle. Obviously a manufacturing flaw. Not good for a $500 plus rod!,, also, not the same handle depicted on the TD site. They said I could return it, but I decided to give it a try. Wow, this is a great rod. This is my first 12 foot rod. I wanted it for distance and a guy at T D suggested I go with this SE model rather than the Vapor Trail. It's rated as 3 to 6 and I believe the rod is most efficient at the upper end of the range. It took me no time to get used to the additional length. At the end of the first day I was hitting 100 yards and I don't consider myself a particularly great caster. I'm in the process of teaching myself the 'off the ground" technique with the hope of hitting 130 yards. If you are a strong caster i am sure you could do this easily with this rod. The rod loads beautifully and has a perfect curve. recovery seems strong. It outcasts my St. Croix Legend and blows my Loomis IMX ( a rod which is a major disappointment) out of the water. Of course you can't forget they are 11 ft. Rods. The rod is also light as a feather , at I believe 12.9 ounces. No regrets with the purchase. It would be rated 5 stars if not for the defect mentioned above and the lack of a shrink wrapped handle ( it is a basic but comfortable foam type handle).
Prosgreat casting rod, feather light, loads beautifully
Consmfg flaw, lack of shrink wrapped handle and, of course the price
By Joe
Texas
Awesome rod!
August 16, 2015
This rod is very light and tough. It casts very far also. Very well built rod. Handle feels nice and I could fish all day with this rod. Thanks!
ProsVery light Casts far
By Rono
Foothill Ranch, California
Fish catching machine!
June 2, 2015
I just recently returned from my annual trip to Cabo San Lucas and couldn't be happier with my purchase. I usually take my rods in a custom made tube which is over six and a half feet in length. The airline I fly charges me $75.00 each way because they say it's "over sized". Not anymore! I put it in my old St.Croix 10' traveler rod case and carry it on with absolutely no problems. How does it fish you ask? Well as soon as I got it unpacked and put together I ran straight to the beach and started casting, on the third cast I hooked into a beast of a Jack Crevalle which I promptly beat into submission with the help of this new rod. The rest of the trip was epic I lost count of how many fish I caught. The line and weight rating is pretty much spot on. It cast great with proper technique it can easily cast 100+ yards. I have been searching for years for a rod like this and finally CTS has made it. I matched it up with the Shimano Stella 14000 reel and what a combo this turned out to be, light weight and strong. I was able to fish and cast all day long with very little fatigue. In conclusion if you are sick of paying the extra money to your airline for the over size charge and you feel this rod is a little expensive. Look at it this way. In just a few trips this rod will practically pay for it's self.
By DAMIEN
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
GREAT ROD STRONG BLANK
April 9, 2015
OK SO I ORDERED THE 12' 3-6 S8 A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, ITS A GREAT ROD, I USE OT FOR CASTING HEAVY PLUGS . THE SWEET SPOT SEEMS TO BE AT AROUND 5 OUNCES. IF I COULD DO IT AGAIN I WOULD GO WITH ONE SIZE LIGHTER, I PLAN ON GETTING ONE SOON.
ProsVERY STRONG AND VERY LIGHT WEIGHT, GREAT FOR CASTING RUFF SURF FOR POMPANO AND HEAVY TACTICAL ANGLER PLUGS!
ConsIMHO THE RATING SEEMS A LITTLE OFF, TO ME IT FEELS MORE LIKE A 4-8 .
By Timotao
cherokee iowa
I love it.
February 21, 2015
I love this rod it is perfect for my needs. I fish the Mexican Pacific Beaches on vacation every year and I need a rod that fits in my luggage. You will need longer luggage and maybe pack it diagonally the longest section is 30 1/2 in. It doesn't come with a travel case. It is an excellent over head thump rod. Great distance. Several times my companions would call on me to get to the schools out of their range. The 1oz to 3oz rating seems to be right on I did throw some 3/4oz metal with it with good success and I could throw 1/ 1/2oz to 3oz 120+yds all day long. It is a good Idea after a few cast after assembly to check to make sure the sections are still seated properly especially when new. I have been looking for the right rod for years and I have finally found it. Thanks RH Custom Rods and CTS you have finally come up with the perfect surf travel rod.
ProsGood packability and the forward slanting guides keep the wind knots down. I haven't had a wind knot yet!
ConsNo travel case.
By Rex Adili
Wayne, NJ
Really Like it so far, time will tell
March 19, 2014
Only use it once and for a little while, will have to see how it progresses with use.
8 Questions & 8 Answers
Bo
from Kentucky asked:
January 18, 2017
What kind of reel would be suggested to be put on this rod for very far casting?
The Shimano Ultegra XSC Surf Spinning Reels would be a great reel to put on the RH Custom Rods CTS S8 Surf Rods.
Donald
on January 19, 2017

henry
from MASS asked:
November 3, 2015
CTS S8 10.5' 1-4oz What is the distance from but end to center of reel seat? What is the distance from top of reel seat to first guide? Is it about 36"? Is the first guide a size 30? What is the smallest guide? Is it a size 8? How many guides runners in that size? Is it a 50/50 split? Thank you, Henry
Butt to the center of the reel seat: 24" Top of reel seat to the first guide: 35" Top section of the rod: 71" Bottom section of the rod: 59" Tip Guide: Size 10 First Guide: Size 30
David
on November 3, 2015

david mollinedo
from guatemala central america asked:
April 23, 2015
When I order a CTS S8 SE1201-2, can I order the blamk in lemon color?
Hello David. We can special order any CTS rod you would like. Depending on their current stock and lead times, this can take up to 6 months time. Please feel free to give one of our product specialists a call and we will be more than happy to check availability and give you all the details.
Brandon
on April 25, 2015

Walter
from Grayslake illinois asked:
December 28, 2014
Is there a warranty on the s8 cts ? Does the 5 piece 11 ft 6 come with a travel case or just in a cardboard shipping tube?
Hello Walter. These particular rods come with a limited lifetime warranty. And unfortunately the 5 piece rod does not come with a carrying case. It will come in a cardboard shipping apparatus. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Customer Service
on December 29, 2014

Jason
from Boynton Beach, Fl asked:
December 11, 2014
Are these rods spinning or casting? im interested in the 12ft 10-14oz in a spin..
It is a spinning rod. Please give us a call when you are ready to order as the rod may take a week or so to be built.
Customer Service
on December 12, 2014

Walter
from Grayslake Illinois asked:
December 3, 2014
Has any one used the 5 piece cts 11 ft 6 ? I am thinking of upgrading my stcroix 10 ft travel surf rod. I use a diawa saltist 5000 reel and usually throw 2 to 3 oz plugs and metal in Mexico for jacks, roosters ect. I was wondering if it will be easier to get more distance, the st croix only throws about a 100 yds max with 3 oz metal. You really have to put all you have into it to get any distance. Any disadvantages with 5 piece? Thanks
Make the switch! The CTS will definitely cast further than the St. Croix travel rod and it is more powerful. It will make fighting those Jacks and Roosters much easier. The 5 piece also allows for much easier travel. You may want to consider moving up in reel size to the 6000 due to the added line capacity.
Customer Service
on December 4, 2014

Todd
from NJ asked:
November 5, 2014
do you have 1 piece RH Custom Rods? S8 or Vapor Trail?
We can get them, but we can not ship them you would have to pick it up in store.
Customer Service
on November 5, 2014

Bill Swift
from Amherst, NH asked:
October 27, 2014
What reel would you recommend for use with the SE1102-2 (11 ft, 3-6 oz). I use bait (not live) at high tide 80% of the time but will throw plugs the other 20% when surf casting for stripers. I am considering the Penn SpinFisher 7500.
The Spin Fisher will work well with the 11' S8. We would suggest looking into the 7500LC Long Cast model. The S8 will absolutely launch your offerings, so a long cast reel really makes sense.
Customer Service
on October 28, 2014

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