I use a 8 year old 13'3" daiwa saltiga ballistic surf rod with 2-10 oz cast wt with 5 oz the sweet spot, I use braid also. It is store bought. I am extremely happy with it but I am wondering with a custom rod would it get me that extra 15-20 feet I need to reach the other side of the bar. I keep coming up a little short. It isn't operator error, just wondering if a custom rod makes that much difference. This is what my rod has: 7 guides with v flex ferrels, 17-40 line wt, 28.5 to center of the reel seat. I don't need any fancy wrap so any input is appreciated, even a ballpark price estimate a builder sees this. Im in VaBeach but fish the outer banks. Target fish are drum, pompano, blues. I don't shark fish. Thanks for any input.