March 26th 2024

Mick D Forum Post BFS

Take Your BFS Game on the Road

Avid rod builder and angler Michael Danek gives an insightful and highly technical review of two models from Rainshadow's new Revelation RX7 multi-piece travel rod blanks.

There is a lot of discussion on this forum about BFS, bait-cast finesse system.  With regard to the issue of the most appropriate BFS rod characteristics, I submit the following: The most important characteristic in casting, whether spinning or bait-casting, is....   read full post here at


March 10th 2024

Handing Out Good Angling Vibes.. 

Batson Enterprises' show giveaways create awareness of our craft and get folks hooked on the lifestyle, for life. Please remember to take your kids fishing!

While Batson Enterprises does not sell direct to the public, our CEO and Owner Bill Batson loves to give to the public. If you have never witnessed this in person, take a look. It is a display of generosity at its finest, no strings attached. Hundreds of free raffle tickets are given out during each event and put into four categories, under 16, 16 and over, first responders and veterans. People line the isles and flock around us for a chance to win a custom built fishing rod. Bill calls it “chumming the water” when hats and other items are thrown out to the crowd. The excitement builds for the one of a kind Batson Raffle. The rods are built by industry greats, upcoming rod builders and master weavers. The smiling faces of the very young to the seasoned fisherman are in awe of the gift that they win. Bill says “Its my way of giving back to the industry and helping our future generations follow in the footsteps of their elders”.

Here is what a recent Batson Winner had to say “I attended the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival on 3/10/24 in Southern California, and was the VERY fortunate recipient of a BEAUTIFUL custom rail rod built by Jim Trelikes, as a part of the end of show raffle program that was sponsored by Batson Enterprises and Bill Batson. I am writing this email to THANK YOU for giving away this absolutely gorgeous rod!! I am looking forward to using it this summer to catch a big Blue Fin Tuna! However, it is such a work of art that I'm a bit hesitant to expose it to that treatment, but I promise that I'll make every effort to keep it in pristine condition. I'll definitely plan to pass it down to my son(who loves to fish also) when I am no longer able to wrestle those sea monsters. Thank you Batson Enterprises for this one-of-a-kind gem that will be cherished by our family for many years to come!!”

February 9th 2024

Mudfish Podcast

The Legacy and Innovation of Batson Enterprises with Bill and Keller Batson 

Dive into the world of custom rod crafting in this episode of the Mudfish Adventures Podcast, hosted by the enthusiastic Captain Steve "Scooby" Stubbe. Broadcasting directly from the bustling Houston Fishing Show, this special edition features an engaging conversation with Bill Batson and Keller Batson.

From humble beginnings on a Hawaiian cattle ranch to becoming a renowned name in the fishing industry, Bill and his son Keller Batson share their captivating journey of innovation, craftsmanship, and passion for fishing. Captain "Scooby" and his guests delve into the technicalities of rod components, the artistry behind custom builds, and the future of fishing gear technology. Join us on the Mudfish Adventures Podcast for an unforgettable journey through the legacy and future of fishing with Batson Enterprises.


October 4th 2023

Road Trip Angler

Team Rainshadow's Jameson Redding Hits The Road 

If you haven't watched Jameson Redding's Road Trip Angler, you're missing out on one of the best fishing shows today.

Over the past two years, long-time Team Rainshadow pro staffer Jameson Redding has logged some serious miles pursuing angling adventures all over the U.S. in his TV/YouTube series Road Trip Angler. During the show’s most recent season, Jameson made it up here to Batson Country to experience some of our favorite Pacific Northwest fishing spots. We invite you to check out Road Trip Angler on YouTube. He's always fishing new and interesting locations and, of course, always showcases his custom-built Rainshadow Rods. Jameson's go-to blank series' include The Judge Crankbait, Revelation RX7, and Eternity RX10New episodes are still becoming available so be sure to subscribe to the RTA YouTube channel and get notified when new episodes drop. Jameson is always up to something fun and interesting. See what he's got going on currently at, or on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Road Trip Angler is hosted by Jameson Redding as he hits the road to find the best fishing spots in America. Jameson grew up enjoying the outdoors in the foothills of NC. After discovering kayak fishing over a decade ago, he took a leap of faith and dedicated himself to the sport. He has developed an unmatched connection to the fishing community, and he loves exploring new waters, meeting new people, and sharing his passion for fishing through his many adventures. 


August 7th 2022

Bill Fishing with Kid

A Fishy Family Affair 

Bill Batson and family took a trek to the beach and ended up creating a new angler. See the video on Facebook.

It was a beautiful summer day in the Great Pacific Northwest. We decided to take a hike to one of our favorite Surf Perch fishing spots. My Beautiful Wife (Shelley) my Son (Keller) and my Youngest Daughter (Eden.) It was one of those days you dream about with fish after fish coming in.. Lots of laughter and some friendly family banter>>who has the most, who has the biggest...
In this particular spot other hikers and coming by once in a while.. All stopping to watch us having fun catching and releasing all of these fish. This one boy was very intrigued by what we were doing. I could see him out of the corner of my eye so I asked him if he wanted to try? He was very shy and just looked at his parents, so I asked his parents if he wanted to try. They said he has never caught a fish before, just then I hooked another one. I looked back at him and said here you go want to reel it in.. His eye got so big and he said YES PLEASE...So I handed him the rod, it was a 12' salmon rod (BP1446F-M) so it was a bit much for him. So, as you can see in the video, I helped him balance the rod by holding the top part while he reeled it in. He could feel the fish on the rod so he knew he had something. It was great to see the smile and SHARE the excitement with this young boy.. His family thanked me and we took plenty of pictures then Safely released the fish. These types of memories will last a lifetime for this young boy and his family. I am blessed to have been in the position to make that happen for them. " Remember that time we were hiking and I caught that big fish off the beach"


August 2nd 2023

Simple Spiral Wrap - Fish AK

Simple Spiral Wrap Rod Build with Fish Alaska Magazine 

Fish Alaska Magazine staffers George Krumm and Marcus Weiner build and fish a spiral-wrapped Rainshadow Vertical Jigging Blank Model RCKJB600-112.

Spiral wrapped fishing rods are stable under heavy loads, making them especially well suited to fishing for large Alaska bottomfish. The simple spiral is the simplest, and for many types of rods, arguably most effective way to spiral wrap a fishing rod. There is a reason it is called the “simple spiral.” There aren’t numerous transition guides set at multiple, varying degrees of offset.

The simple spiral is easy to layout, that doesn’t mean it’s not as good as other spiral wrapped fishing rod methods. On the contrary, for most types of rods, it is arguably the best spiral wrap method because the line is routed from the top of the rod blank to the bottom with the fewest number of more


January 4th 2023

Tackle Tour Review of Eternity RX10 BFS Build 

BFS (Bait Finesse System) rod builds are becoming very popular very quick.  Tackle Tour reviews their custom BFS build created on Eternity RX10 model ETES72ML.

Check out this great RX10 performance review and detailed specs put together by Cal over at  He built an ultra light, ultra sensitive BFS rod on one of the finest blanks Rainshadow offers.  Cal's article doesn't just do a great job of highlighting the features of Rainshadow's flagship freshwater rod blank series, it also provides an interesting view into his own unique processes when designing and building a custom fishing rod.


November 2nd 2022

A Batson Visit with Rod Building Industry Legend Garry Land

Garry pays a visit to Batson HQ and explores the Olympic Peninsula.  Bill and Garry talk rod building history and swap a few good stories.

We're always glad to get a visit from the great Garry Land.  Click below to read our bio on Garry and checkout his interview with Bill Batson.  


September 20th 2022

Albacore Tuna Fishing with Team Rainshadow and Far Corners Sportfishing

Join the Batson Crew for a day of albacore fishing off Washington's Pacific Coast with Team Rainshadow Pro Staff Charter - Far Corners Sportfishing.

Every summer the Batson family and staff gear up for one of our favorite offshore fisheries - albacore tuna.  Anglers run 30-80 miles offshore to the Pacific's continental shelf to chase these long-finned beauties.  Click below to get the full story and see the Batson Crew give their Rainshadow rods a workout.   


December 5th 2022

Why Industry Pros Do Business with Batson

Batson proudly serves the fishing industry's most successful custom fishing rod builders, distributors, OEM fishing rod manufacturers, and fishing charters.  See what they have to say about us.

"In my business, QUALITY is extremely important and we can honestly say that when we send out rods with the Batson blanks, guides, and reels seats, we can feel confident that the customer will be 100% satisfied and they are getting a true quality custom made rod that they can enjoy for many years."  - Bryan Connley, Connley Fishing


November 6th 2022

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From Redfish Champs to Redfish G.O.A.T.s

Sean O'Connell and Edward Adams Win 2022 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship

It’s rare in the world of professional tournament angling for a team to post back-to-back wins, let alone 4 or 5.