Black Pelican Custom Spinning Rod Review [Top Pros & Cons]

Have you ever considered getting a custom fishing rod?

I recently got my first custom rod from Black Pelican Custom Rods, and in this video, I’m going to do a review of it.

And not only will I share my thoughts on this particular rod, but also custom rods in general.

If you’ve been considering getting a custom rod, or want to know more about the advantages of getting one, this video is for you.

And by the way, we are not affiliated with Black Pelican Custom Rods or any other company, so you can be sure that this review is totally unbiased.


Black Pelican Custom Rods Review [VIDEO]

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Here are the specifics of this rod:

  • Century Blank
    • Autoclave processed carbon with anti-twist technology
    • Graphene impregnated resin
    • TexTreme outer armor
  • 7′ 6″ in length
  • Fast action
  • Lure rating of 1/4 – 1 3/4 oz
  • Performance Winn grips
  • Alps reel seat with the double locking mechanism
  • Fuji Titanium Guides with Torzite inserts

Custom Rod Pros

The biggest pros of getting a custom rod are:

  • They’re usually made with lots of care by one person, so you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality rod
  • You can choose the specs and components of your rod (I very purposefully chose all of the specs mentioned above because they are best for my fishing style)
  • You can get a custom design (pictured below)

black pelican custom rod review

Custom Rod Cons

The biggest cons of getting a custom rod are pricing and time for delivery.

You get what you pay for, and high-quality rods take time and money to be made well.


redfish on black pelican custom rod

I’ve enjoyed using this rod and it has passed the test of handling big fish like the red pictured above.

Brandon, the owner of Black Pelican Custom Rods was recently featured on our podcast, and you can listen to that here:

And if you want to keep up with Brandon, or get your own custom rod, you can check him out here:

Have any questions about having a custom rod made?

Have you had one made for yourself?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Kim MacCartney
1 year ago

Tony…Good review but one of the main downsides of any custom rod is their warranty. The Century warranty is “one year” and the importer of the blanks sticks to it. I know of two Century customs sitting in Nags Head with the tips broken due to no fault of the user. Because they were both more than one year old there was no response under warranty. I had two St. Croix custom trout rods break and while St. Croix stepped up in both instances, it cost me over $200 to transfer components and build the new blank. So my $450 customs became $650 customs. The same would apply to any custom; the builder is going to charge to build the new rod even if the blank is covered. Had I spent the $450 on a high end St. Croix, TFO, G. Loomis, etc. they would have all sent me new rods for the cost of shipping. To me this is the major down-side to custom rods and the reason I’ll never buy another. PS: The Century rods are not mine but sit in a tackle shop in Nags Head and to say the owners are not fans of Century would be an understatement!

Freddie Zayas
1 year ago

Hey Tony – Great Rod Review and one that certainly has my attention. Given more time on the water since your original post, can you add some experience insight on strengths/weakness between the Weapon Jr. and Weapon Jr. Magnum please? I got the top level physical aspects – Fast vs Extra Fast taper and 1 3/4 oz vs 2 oz top end power. I prefer 7’6″ rod length and focus on inshore Trout/Redfish/Snook/Tripletail in the Sanibel/Pine Island region. Keep up the great videos! I’m always learning new fine points or realizing that I have another bad habit formed over my many decades of fishing that I need to correct.

Sean Shimmel
2 years ago

Tony, I took your lead with Black Pelican and had a blast for 2 weeks exploring, researching and thoroughly comparing custom rods from 6-8 competing brands. Brandon’s rods are positioned far above the other offerings and his detailed communication during the creation of my rod was intriguingly educational… still amazed as how my Weapon can throw .5 all then way to 2.5 ounces with ease.

James Woodmansee
2 years ago

Hi Tony, the Black Pelican website describes the Weapon and the Weapon, Jr as freshwater rods even though it describes catching seatrout, redfish, snook, snapper, grouper, etc. So, if the Weapon Jr you have is designated freshwater then what makes a rod saltwater? What is the difference? Trying to learn before I spend that kind of money.

James Woodmansee
2 years ago

Also, are you still quite happy with that rod?

Steve Rackas
3 years ago

Tony what rod do you use that you consider the best value?

George Pappas
3 years ago

What’s the price point on a custom rod like that?

Art Heiter
3 years ago

Once you fish one of these rods, you’ll find it hard to go back to what you were using before. The increased casting distance and performance will completely exceed your expectations. The quality is exceptional.

3 years ago

They are out of stock at the moment. Can you recommend any alternatives?
Thank you,

James Woodmansee
4 years ago

1/4oz to 1 3/4oz? really? how is that possible?

Brandon Elinich BPC Rods
4 years ago

Hey James I’m the builder and can help you with your question.

Century has a very technologically advanced way of processing the carbon. Autoclave curing results in a very resin lean composite compared to traditional curing. Make the carbon very dense.

Graphene (a super material) impregnated resin bonds the carbon almost structurally and allows the carbon to stretch and stay strong. It basically eliminates the brittleness of traditional carbon composites.

Double helical anti-twist tech greatly reduces torsional load. So when the energy is released on the cast the energy goes in a linear plane and not side to side

TexTreme is added as an outer armor wrap, adds protection to the carbon matrix and creates a lot of compression while casting. Speeds tip recovery dramatically. It also makes the rod feel very “punchy”

I personally throw anywhere from 1/4 Oz paddle tails to 1 1/2 kastmaster or spoons in the surf with this model.

Any other questions feel free to contact me

Thomas Campbell
4 years ago

I’m jealous man! So it’s a fast action rod but it looks like it loads up like a moderate action. How u like the wynn grips?

4 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

do you set the hook differently?


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