I’m looking for recommendations for a blank used specifically as a build deadstick. I intend to use this build to target walleye with either a large flathead or small sucker as live bait when the rod is in a holder within a headed shack. Ideally the blank’s rip would be sensitive enough to see the swimming motions of the minnow, have a soft enough action to allow the walleye to bite without feeling much feedback from the rod and have enough backbone in the bottom half of the blank to offer decent control during the fight.
I see that most ice rod manufacturers use 100% fiberglass blanks for deadstick rods.
Is there a specific blank you’ve built on and would recommend?
Can fiberglass blanks be sanded with fine grit to alter their action?