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Rod builder Whiting, 73, passes away

Ken Whiting, a respected innovator and rod builder, passed away earlier this week. He was 73.

Whiting, who lived in Las Vegas, was instrumental in the development of the Carrot Stix line of rods, which incorporated fibers extracted from carrots into the rod blank, and also worked with Boyd Duckett on the Duckett Fishing line of rods. He also founded Airrus Rods and held a patent for the ceramic core bowling ball.

"Ken was a good guy," said Elite Series pro Jeremy Starks, who said Whiting provided him with his first sponsorship when he was breaking into the pro ranks. "I knew him a lot of years. I was able to speak with him last weekend and I'm glad I was able to do that."

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