Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels

Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels

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Braid CapacitySealRatioBearingsPrice
10/220105.1:14+1$119.99 USD
15/300105.1:14+1$119.99 USD
30/400134.9:14+1$129.99 USD
30/450134.9:14+1$129.99 USD
134.9:14+1$139.99 USD
The Tsunami Shield series of Salt waterproof spinning reels feature up to 13 internal seals in key, strategic locations to shield critical components from harmful saltwater intrusion. The internal seals, super smooth and strong CF3 carbon fiber drag system and 5 sealed stainless steel bearings are wrapped in a hybrid machined aluminum body combining protection, precision and toughness. The heavy-duty rotor brake controlled bail system and precision machined aluminum, braid-ready spool assure the best control of super braids cast after long cast.

The 3000 and 4000 SHIELD models contain 11 strategically located internal seals for years of reliable use with minimal maintenance. The 5000 and 6000 Shield reels contain 13 various internal seals at all of the locations where salt water could reasonably be expected to penetrate the reel for even greater protection in these larger reels. Hybrid all metal construction includes precision machined aircraft aluminum and tempered aluminum precision stampings and heavy duty protective anodizing to keep these reels operating up to factory specifications year after year. The combination of these top-notch designs and precisely mated components are what make the Tsunami Shield spinning reels an all new contender for your favorite reel for years to come!

Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels Features:

  • 10-13 internal seals for water resistant protection
  • Aluminum body
  • Machined aluminum spool, rotor, side plate cover, and handle arm
  • 5 sealed stainless steel bearing system
  • Braid ready spool
  • Carbon fiber drag system
4 Stars based on 34 reviews
By Chris
hit and miss
February 19, 2022
i have an 8000 size. i must say that i really like how light it is and i like the feel of the reel overall. the drag is stronger than the reel and the reel will fleck under load a bit. i did have an issue when it was colder at night with the drag being so tight it would basically lock up. this would go away once the sun came out and the day warmed up.
  • light. price.
  • flex. drag seems to be affected by heat and cold.
By Mark
Waste of money
August 22, 2021
I've owned many 100 dollar reels in the past and this reel is a piece of junk. If you need a reel for just one trip than this will work. The drag clicker broker within one use, the handle is very wobbly and squeaky, and reeling is not smooth at all. If you are going to spend the money on this, get a daiwa bg or shimano spheros.
By Fred
July 30, 2021
Excellent reel really enjoyed fishing with this reel
  • Power handle
  • None yet
By Peter
Long Beach, NY
Best Surf Reel for the Price Category!
June 29, 2021
The shield takes abuse from the salt, sand, and water and prevents them from entering the inside of the reel. It may not be the smoothest reel so if you do not plan on getting this reel wet then I would go to other products but for surf and jetty fishing this is a must. Plus they have a excellent 1 year warranty.
  • Price
  • Practically completely seal
  • not the smoothest
By Shevy
Half Moon Bay, CA
Over Rated
June 18, 2021
Tsunami designed this reel with one thing in mind, resist corrosion. And it does not do that very well, the reel started ceasing up within 6 months of moderate use while surf fishing (never dunked). Initially the reel is very smooth, light, looks good, and has good line capacity. However the bail, reel seat, and handle feel very cheap and bendable. If you fish with this reel for long enough you can tell it has cheap components. I've been through 2 of these, both ceased, and have had the bail bend after dropping it twice.

It's a good entry level surf reel, but it's over rated, I'm much happier with my PENN Spinfisher.
  • Very smooth, price, light, looks good, and has good line capacity.
  • Cheap construction, not as sealed as marketed, ceases up and breaks easily.
By Matt
So far so good
May 12, 2021
Bought these for my kids to use and so far they’ve been great. They cast well, reel smoothly. Paired them with Offshore Angler Gold Cup 7’ rods. Good affordable reels.
By Curtis M.
Southern California
Solid Reel for the Money
November 30, 2020
For around $100 this reel has features that make it great value. I got it for surf fishing but it's really a versatile size that can perform varied styles and functions.
By Curt M.
Southern California
Excellent Quality to Price Ratio
November 22, 2020
This reel delivers way more quality than you would expect at the price. I'm just getting back into fishing after over a decade hiatus and back in the day a reel of this quality and features would have been priced near the top end of the market.

I usually avoid Chinese-made products like the plague (no pun intended) but this is an example of a company that is right on top of the quality control at their Chinese manufacturer.
  • Water-resistant seals
  • All metal construction
  • Soundness of overall design
  • Handle is strong yet light with nice ergonomics
  • Spool is braid-ready
  • Spool is on the small side for a 3000
  • Not as free-spinning and smooth as a Daiwa, but that's a function of the water-resistant design so this isn't really a con
By Brian
Chesapeake, VA
good for the money
September 12, 2020
relatively lightweight vs the competition and well built, not as smooth as a Shimano nor Daiwa- comparable to Penn without the weight
  • good price
By Matt
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Excellent throw away reel
September 12, 2020
Bought this reel last off season, initial hopes were high. Seemingly very well built, nice and smooth out of the box, and a decent drag. After 5 months of fairly light use the bearings started to make noise. During disassembly for service, both side plates were too tight for the factory tool to handle, and the inserts stripped out almost instantly. Grabbed the trusty vice grips, and instantly the threads ripped out of the case rendering the entire case and side plates useless.
  • Price
  • Sub par materials used
By Sead
richmond virginia
Beast of a reel
June 2, 2020
This was my first "pricey" reel and it was worth every penny. It's built amazingly and durable, since it was weather sealed i didnt have to worry about it dropping the sand, and when it did i just washed it out with saltwater and didnt have any issues with it.
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Looks great, light
March 19, 2020
Seems like many of the bugs that impacted this reel are worked out. Checked out several, they were smooth and super light
  • Lightweight
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
Really love the company but this reel eh
November 20, 2019
Reel started to become a bit grindy after a couple outings with very few fish (bad season) I typically rinse after every usage so I don't see how it could've corroded in such a short time maybe I just got a bad batch but it was fine when out the package brand new with the first few outings
By Michael
Satellite Beach, FL
I wanted to love this reel
September 26, 2019
I have now bought 5 Tsunami reels, 4 Guards and this Shield. All of them had issues that needed addressing. Quality control is bad on these. I would not recommend them. Save the money and get something nice like a Slammer or a Saragosa.
By william
New Jersey
Normally a huge supporter of this company
April 5, 2019
Never had a single problem with any of their rods to date and still love them, but their spinning reels on the other hand not so much. I made the mistake of recommending them to a friend who was just getting into surf fishing at the time on a budget. Seems as though he had the same problem as a few other people detailed in their reviews here and on other sites with a distinct clunking in the reel after minimal use. He swapped the reel for another new one and the same problem occurred with that one. This time he just spent the extra $ and went with a Penn, and could not be happier.
52 Questions & 55 Answers
from Florida asked:
May 23, 2019
Can the knob be exchanged 
1 Answer
It can be replaced but no aftermarket knob available 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 24, 2019

from California asked:
May 16, 2019

I want to buy Tsunami Shield 6000. As i know that It had a problem with the first generation ones. My friend told me that Bail of Shield is auto close if we throw popper lure strongly and far away. So it could break rod. And Now, This problem has been fixed in new generation. Is that right ? Thanks you.

1 Answer
The 6000 shield has a manually closing bail which should eliminate the bail closing on you
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 27, 2019

from deleware bear asked:
April 5, 2019
what is the max drag on the 8K
1 Answer
30 pounds max drag 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 17, 2019

from Katy TX asked:
March 7, 2019
I'm considering purchasing the 8000 reel for surf fishing. What is the recommended rod length / action for this reel?
1 Answer
A 10 foot medium or medium heavy, fast action rod. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 8, 2019

paul seiden
from long beach, ny asked:
February 25, 2019
Thinking about buying Tsunami Shield 5000. What rod would U put with it. Saltwater fishing from a boat South Shore of LI. Fluke, Sea Bass and jigging strippers.
1 Answer
A 7 ft medium heavy St.Croix tidemaster would pair well with the the Tsunami 5000
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 7, 2019

Roberto ladrĂłn de Guevara
from Veracruz MĂ©xico. C.p 91714 asked:
August 21, 2018
Hola estoy interesado en comprar el carrete tsunami 6000 el envĂ­o es a la ciudad de Veracruz MĂ©xico. Cual es el costo de envĂ­o o el costo total del producto.
1 Answer
Hola, el envío a México sería de $ 33.48 UPS Worldwide Expedited además de los impuestos y aranceles que se pueden pagar durante el pago.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 22, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
August 3, 2018
Hello, I have 7' 3 piece travel rod, lure rating 3/8 to 11/2 Oz. Would you recommend a 3000 or 4000 series reel ?
1 Answer
The 3000 would balance out better with the 7' 3" rod.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 3, 2018

from NJ asked:
July 25, 2018
What is the size of the hardware on the reel handle? Looking to try and replace the foam paddle with a power knob.
1 Answer
That would be a great question for the manufacture, there's no spec sheet on this reel as far as what size hardware was used to attach the handle.
Submitted by: Bernie on July 26, 2018

from South Amboy, NJ asked:
April 3, 2018
I'm looking to get either the 3000 or the 4000. My question is does it come with the wrench for opening and maintaining these l three the inside. I've been told only the 500 0&6000 comes with the tool. Any truth to this rumor.
1 Answer
Hello Tim, let me put that rumor to rest because the 3000 and 4000 do come with the wrench to open the side plate.
Submitted by: Bernie on April 4, 2018

from NY asked:
August 2, 2017
How to get extra spool?
2 Answers
Extra spool can be purchased through Tsunami.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 2, 2017
Unfortunately we to not carry spare spools for the Tsunami Shield. Your best bet purchasing spare spools for this reel would be directly through Tsunami.
Submitted by: Donald on August 2, 2017

from Boston, ma asked:
January 4, 2017
What is the max drag on the 6000?
1 Answer
Dan, Hello the max drag on the 6000 is 30lbs
Submitted by: Tyler on January 5, 2017

from Virginia asked:
May 27, 2022
Does this come in left hand retrieval? I have mostly 10-12 foot rods. What size would pair well with those sizes?
1 Answer
The handle is reversible. You'll want 6000 size for 10' rods and 8000 for anything larger. 

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 31, 2022

Luke Butler
from Florida asked:
May 11, 2022
What is the max drag on each size?
1 Answer
Hi Luke, The Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels have max drag as follows: The 3000 and 4000 model both have 20lbs Max drag, the 5000 abd 6000 model both have 30lbs of Max drag, and the 8000 model has 35lbs of Max Drag. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 12, 2022

from Uruguay asked:
January 20, 2022
Cu es modelo recomendado para pesca de playa ( surfcasting) con carnada y lance mayor a 100 metros , utilizando ca de 13 a 15 pies? 


1 Answer
Hi Juan, Based on your fishing application I would recommend a Penn Spinfisher VI SSVI8500LL Spinning Reel. https://www.tackledirect.com/penn-spinfisher-vi-ssvi8500ll-spinning-reel.html This would balance your rod well and be perfect for any bait surf fishing applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on January 20, 2022

from Florida asked:
October 27, 2021
What would pair well with the star rod stellar lite 7 foot 8-17 pound rod
1 Answer
Hi Kaleb, I would recommend Tsunami Shield Spinning Reel model: TSSHD3000, TackleDirect Code: TSU-0209. This size would pair well with you Star Stellar Lite 7ft. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 27, 2021

from Orlando Florida asked:
October 7, 2021
What size is the knob on the 5000 and 6000?
1 Answer

The Tsunami Shield spinning reel 5000 & 6000 size both have a Ball handle that measures 1 5/8" in diameter.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 11, 2021

from Florida asked:
September 19, 2021
Could I pair the 8k on a star 9 foot paraflex for tarpon and fir fishing the mullet run
1 Answer

The Tsunami Shield 8000 can be paired with the Star Paraflex 9ft as a surf Tarpon combo.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 21, 2021

from Florida asked:
August 2, 2021
Could I use a 8000 on a 9 foot star paraflex for snook and tarpon on beaches and jettis
1 Answer

You could use the TSSHD8000 on the 9ft rod.  But what might be a better fit for what you are targeting, would be the TSSHD6000 with 30 or 40lb braid.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 4, 2021

from Frontenac,Kansas asked:
June 4, 2021
How would this reel hold up to river fishing ,wader fishing in the muddy water rivers of mid west with fish up to 60 to 70 pounds.flatheads and blue cats?will us  to drift baits as bid as 10 inch shad and blue gill. Use it with 9.5 long rods ?
1 Answer
This would be really good for catfishing. I would opt for the 5000 size personally giving you plenty of line to fight.
Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 7, 2021

Rickey R Ahye
from NY asked:
May 11, 2021
Do this reel vome in right hand reeling
1 Answer

The handle is reversible and can be swapped over to right hand retrieve right out of the box.

Submitted by: Brian - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 12, 2021

from Brooklym, New York asked:
April 6, 2020
What is the drag capacity of the 5000 model
1 Answer
30lbs max drag.
Submitted by: Brian on April 7, 2020

from South Shore Long Island asked:
November 9, 2018
Would the Shield 5000 work well with a 10 ft med heavy surf rod for bucktails and plugging using 30lb# braid?
1 Answer
Yes the shield 5000 would be a great for that application.
Submitted by: Tyler on November 9, 2018

cody reeves
from Florida asked:
November 5, 2018
How much drag does the 4k have?
1 Answer
The 4k has a Max Drag of 20.0 lbs.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 6, 2018

Anthony J Aveni
from WALLA WALLA, WA asked:
July 17, 2018
The latest version of the 3000 and 4000 have 13 seals, as opposed to 10. Is that what you have in stock, the newer 13 seal style? It will indicate it right on the box
1 Answer
Our boxes say 13 seals.
Submitted by: John on July 20, 2018

from Orlando, FL asked:
April 25, 2018
What exactly does “hybrid machined aluminum body“ mean? What is made of aluminum metal, what is made if something else?
1 Answer
That just means the reel body/rotor is made of a mixture of die casted, machined, and stamped Aluminium
Submitted by: Tyler on May 7, 2018

from Atlantic City asked:
April 8, 2018
Which size reel would be best too pair with a St. Croix triumph surf 8 foot 1/2 oz too 2oz?
1 Answer
The Tsunami Shield 3000 would be the best reel to match and balance with the 8' St Croix Triumph rod.
Submitted by: Donald on April 10, 2018

from South Amboy, NJ asked:
April 3, 2018
Looking to put together an ultralight setup for fluke fishing from shore throwing mainly 3/8 - 3/4 oz jigs. I was thinking of using the 3000 with 10lb braid but not sure what rod to team it up with.
1 Answer
The St Croix Mojo inshore 7' M would be a great rod to pair with the Shield 3000. The two would make up the light setup your looking for.
Submitted by: Donald on April 4, 2018

from New York asked:
March 29, 2018
what's the best size rod for Tsunami Shield 5000. Fishing off Beach, plugs, bucktail, and poppers.
2 Answers
A size 10' - 11' rod would match well with the Tsunami Shield 5000 size spinning reel.
Submitted by: Donald on March 30, 2018
We'd highly suggest looking into the St. Croix Mojo Surf. Something like model number MSS100MMF2 would be a perfect fit.
Submitted by: Devon on March 30, 2018

from Heidelberg, Gauteng asked:
March 3, 2018
Hello... Is the handle interchangeable between left and right handed..?
1 Answer
The Tsunami Shield Spinning Reel handles can be changed from the left side to right side.
Submitted by: Donald on March 3, 2018

from Oklahoma tulsa asked:
February 22, 2018
What is the weight of the shield 8000?
1 Answer
The weight of the Tsunami Shield 8000 is 18.8 oz.
Submitted by: Donald on February 22, 2018

from New York asked:
January 4, 2018
I was looking at getting either the 7 or 76 foot mojo inshore spinning rod for some shore/kayak fluke and light gear application saltwater fishing. Would the 4000 be the best size for that those rods?
1 Answer
I would for Kayak fishing I would suggest the 7 foot rod with the 4000 size Tsunami Shield.
Submitted by: Devon on January 6, 2018

from Blackwood New Jersey asked:
December 29, 2017
What Tsunami shield will pair up nice with the Tsunami trophy series 8 foot medium heavy rod?
1 Answer
The best match for pairing the Tsunami trophy series 8 foot medium heavy rod would be to match it with the 5000 Tsunami Shield. The two would balance well and compliment each other nicely.
Submitted by: Donald on December 29, 2017

from Cranford, New Jersey asked:
December 2, 2017
I am wondering what size would be the best fit for a 7ft medium heavy fast action tide master st.croix. My guess would be a 3000 or 4000?
1 Answer
Either the 3000 or 4000 size would be a good fit on that rod.
Submitted by: Devon on December 5, 2017

Carlos Sandoval
from Huntington New York asked:
November 25, 2017
I have a g loomis PBR844S I will be doing mostly spring-early tog fishing with jigs, also jigging for fluke. I was thinking about the 4000 size, I have the 6000 on lamiglas surf rod and I love it. Which size would be best? Thanks
1 Answer
The 4000 size would probably be the most appropriate size for your applications. I would only suggest going up in size to the 5000 if you plan on using a very heavy braided line for tog fishing, as some anglers choose to use braid in the 65 lb. range (sometimes even higher) for the additional abrasion resistance around structure.
Submitted by: Devon on November 27, 2017

from long island NY asked:
November 6, 2017
what is the max drag on the 8000
1 Answer
The max drag is 35 lbs.
Submitted by: Devon on November 6, 2017

from NJ asked:
October 22, 2017
What size would be best on a 10 foot plugging rod that throws 3/4 to 3 oz.
1 Answer
I'd suggest the 5000 size.
Submitted by: Devon on October 23, 2017

from Mass asked:
October 22, 2017
What is the weight of the 8000 model ?
1 Answer
18.8 ounces
Submitted by: John on October 23, 2017

from Hawaii asked:
September 15, 2017
I have a 7 1/2 ft st croix mojo inshore heavy action spinning rod. Will the 6000 be just right?
1 Answer
I would say that the 5000 would be the idea size for that rod.
Submitted by: Devon on September 15, 2017

from irishchevy@msn.com asked:
July 29, 2017
Is there a bailess version or conversion kit available for the 5000 or 6000?
2 Answers
We do not have a bailess conversion kit available for the Tsunami Shield Spinning reels.
Submitted by: Donald on July 29, 2017
As of right now there is no bailess conversion kit available.
Submitted by: Devon on July 29, 2017

Troy Marden
from Massachusetts asked:
June 21, 2017
would this reel in the size 5000 be a good fit for a 9 ft surf rod and would a 6000 be too big and better fit a 10 ft rod?
1 Answer
Hello Troy. The 5000 size would balance well with the 9' rod and the 6000 size reel would not be to big for the 10'. Both would balance well.
Submitted by: Donald on June 22, 2017

Anthony Veliz
from Florida asked:
June 2, 2017
What is tsunami's warranty on these reels?
1 Answer
The Tsunami Shield reels have a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
Submitted by: Donald on June 2, 2017

from Florida asked:
May 9, 2017
What is a good 7 ft boat road for the 6000? The reel will be spooled with 50lb braid.
1 Answer
The St Croix Tidemaster Inshore 7' MH rod would be a good match for the Tsunami 6000 using the combo from a boat.
Submitted by: Donald on May 10, 2017

from east coast asked:
May 2, 2017
What is the line capacity of the 5000
1 Answer
The mono line capacity for the 5000 size Tsunami Shield is 400/8 lb • 300/10 lb • 220/12 lb.
Submitted by: Donald on May 3, 2017

Joe Piduch
from New Jersey asked:
April 5, 2017
What is the retreve rate on the 6000?
1 Answer
Tsunami does not list inches per crank as a spec.
Submitted by: Donald on April 6, 2017

from New jersey asked:
March 22, 2017
What rod will go good on 5000 size? For plugging?
1 Answer
the tsuami Airewave Elite Surf Spinning rods will be a 9'6'' M rod would be a good fit for the Tsunami Shield 5000. This combo will balance well and will be suitable for plugging. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 22, 2017

from Nj asked:
March 21, 2017
What size would be recomended for a 10 ft rod used for plugging
1 Answer
The Tsunami Shield 6000 would be a good match for that height of rod and for plugging from the surf. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 21, 2017

from San Francisco asked:
February 15, 2017
What is the gears made of?
1 Answer
The gears for the tsunami shields are made of Zinc. http://www.surfcastersjournal.com/first-look-at-tsunami-shield-600-reel-video/
Submitted by: Donald on February 16, 2017

from Fort Lauderdale, FL asked:
January 10, 2017
How much drag does the 4000 size have? And is this reel like the Spinfisher V that you can put it underwater, but just can't turn the handle?
1 Answer
The max drag for the 4000 shield is 20 lbs and can be put underwater but not cranked underwater.
Submitted by: Donald on January 10, 2017

Nestor Hernandez
from Palmetto Bay, FL asked:
January 6, 2017
How many lbs of drag
1 Answer
The max drag for the Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels are 20 lbs max drag.
Submitted by: Donald on January 6, 2017

from Boston, ma asked:
January 4, 2017
What is the retrieve rate on the 6000?
1 Answer
The Tsunami TSSHD6000 Shield Spinning Reel has 20 lb max drag.
Submitted by: Donald on January 5, 2017


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