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Tsunami TSAWESS-1102H Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Tsunami TSAWESS-1102H Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

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Model
TD Code
TypeLengthPiecesPowerLine WeightLure WeightPrice
TSAWESS-1102H
TSU-0093
Spinning11'2Heavy20lb/40lb1 1/2 - 4 1/2oz$229.99 USD
Surfcasting is usually a distance game with longer casts often required to reach prime territory. The Tsunami Elite Series surf rod selection has been designed to achieve maximum distance performance with the least amount of physical effort ! Each model has been tailored to specific lure/sinker and line ratings to allow for long hours of use without the fatigue often associated with other rods. Extra Long thick walled ferrules on the 70/ 30 split 2 piece models ensure one piece rod performance and strength while allowing for the portability of 2 piece 50/ 50 style surf rods.

Airwave Elite Surf Rods Feature:
  • High density, high fiber blank construction offers , light weight, increased sensitivity and faster shock recovery
  • Fuji reel seats and Fuji Concept K series braided line ready guides
  • Light durable diamond textured shrink vinyl grips
  • 70/30 split ferrule rod

Download More info on F3 Tsunami Friction Fit FerruleView complete details on F3 Tsunami Friction Fit Ferrule (pdf, 46KB)
5 Stars based on 67 reviews
By Max A.
Nantucket, MA
9.6 the perfect rod for light plugging
July 23, 2019
I originally ordered this rod from another vendor and it arrived in a flimsy carton. First cast with a 1.5 oz Hopkins and the tip snapped. I have a hunch that it was damaged during transport and it wasn't a manufacture's defect. Since I was on my way to Nantucket, I didn't want to chance it and re-ordered from Tackle Direct. It arrived on the island in a very rigid tube in pristine condition. Hats off to Tackle Direct for the care they take in packaging.

I fished with it extensively for a week and love it. Only on a few occasions when bluefish were hitting further out did I sort of wish I'd opted for the 11' 2" but the trade off is comfort. I cast for hours and the 9' 6" was just about perfect and I never got fatigued. The 'sweet spot' is probably around 2 ounces but I was mostly throwing bombers, sluggos, and small Hopkins in the 1.5 ounce range and it loaded just fine. As for the fish, I didn't get a chance to test it against anything huge but it was definitely up to the task with stripers and blues in the 10-13 lb range. The right amount of responsiveness, sensitivity, and muscle.

I've read some reviews that complain about the thinness of the rod, but I didn't find it to be an issue at all. I think the very thin rubber grip (almost a sleeve) was perfectly comfortable and didn't dull the sensitivity when a curious bass would bump my offering.

I have quite a few rods including a G Loomis, a Tica Dolphin, and a bunch of longer/heavier rods from St Croix that I use for heavier plugs and bait. I didn't touch any of them on this trip. For the cost, I'd be hard pressed to think of a better option.
By Jim N.
New England seacoast
Tsunami 9’ 6”! Elite surfcast cast trials
July 18, 2019
Good quality rod .
Build quality ::10
Weight : moderately light
Action : stiffer than expected
Casting: (w30 lb cast king braid) strong force gives better results, heavier weights give better distances,
I will try again with 30 lb power Pro line.
Plugs tried: Diawa SP minnow 1.25 oz, 7†minnow long , yo Zuri mag darter

Will be using bucktail jigs in next test

I’ve not landed anything yet so I can only refer to videos by the guys at surf casters journal on the web.

ProsBuild quality 2 piece construction - fits inside my Mini Cooper! Nice grips Rugged construction Good value$
ConsStiffness: more than expected by this Newbury Weight: again,more than expected coming from fly fishing it seems casting rods are overbuilt compared to top of the line fly rods ... take that with a grain of salt
By Jt
Mass
Exceptional!!
June 29, 2019
Tosses lures from 2 to 6 oz with ease I use for heavy jigging and plugging on top awesome Rod If you need distance
By Alvin
Rego Park, NY
Excellent Rod 9’6”
June 2, 2019
I wanted to test this rod before I write my review...
Before that, I just want to say Kudos to tackle direct for the hassle free shipping, the rod was well packaged, couldn’t be happier... 9
I took the rod this morning to fish for some blues... the rod handled a gator blue with ease
For a 2 piece rod with a thin diameter, it has a lot of backbone..
it is light weight, sensitive and gives you the bang for your buck.
At first I was hesitant to purchase this because of the 70/30 split, but after repetitive contemplation, I pulled the trigger and purchased 1.
Couldn’t be happier.
ProsPrice
ConsI want another 1
By Philthy
Staten Island, New York
Quality product at a great price
May 3, 2019
This rod is amazing, super good for throwing lighter soft plastics. Very nice quality and price
ProsGreat Price, superior performance
ConsNone
By Joe
Philadelphia, PA
Really cannot say enough
March 4, 2019
For the price , this rod is super well built. Not to mention if for any reason something fails I have the comfort of knowing Tsunami will take care of it in the next state.. I do not think there is a more value packed rod for surf fishing.
ProsPrice Materials Customer Service
ConsI do not have 20 of them :)
By waly
long island, NY
great surf fishing rod
February 22, 2019
feel like a one peace rod.
By 617
Boston
Great
January 30, 2019
At 9.5,, this rod size is perfect for throwing 1oz 2oz lures. Powerful stick.
By Daniel
Middlebury, CT
Good rod
January 27, 2019
I got this rod for tossing shads and bucktails in the inlets and it does the job fantasticly. only thing I do not care for is the butt cap is a littler larger than I like so it does not fit the D-rin I attach to my belt, otherwise great stick.
Prosgood stout rod for jigging, eeling and plugging. good moderate price point.
ConsButt cap is a little larger than I like but it is not overly bad.
By John
Cape Cod
can't wait for spring
January 25, 2019
Great price, fast delivery in perfect condition, very well packed for shipping. Very light , love the diameter and grip. Over all impressions are of very good quality
By Michael
Mount Pleasant, SC
932XH Pretty beefy
January 10, 2019
So far I've only had it out about a half a dozen times so my experience with it is limited.

But I have it paired with a Penn Spinfisher vi 5500 which size and balance wise seems to be a good match.

Models TSAWESS932XH, TSAWESS1002XH, TSAWESS1142XH are 50/50 split ferrule rods.

^ Not the case on the one I received, (mine is 70/30) Must be a new model or a revamp. 70/30 is what I wanted anyway, so wont harp on it.

It is a very stout rod for a 9 footer. I bought it thinking it would be a good compromise between soaking bait and tossing lures. Generally speaking it isn't It's difficult finding lures that will actually load out a rod this beefy at a good price point, that or the ones you do find are huge or have huge hooks seeing they're 3-4 oz, that or they won't swim or act natural because they are so heavy.

As far as a set and soak rod though it will load and cast with as little as 2 oz+ some live or frozen mullet, especially on a dropper where all your weight or the bulk of it is at the terminal end of your line.

There could be more guides as well the ones that are on it are great just not enough of them while I believe they are Fuji K guides they're not in a "concept" layout. (8 or more with most of them close together and biased toward the tip of the rod {the ones toward the tip being relatively tiny}).

All in all it is a good caster with a long cast reel and proper line size as well as rig weight even an average person like me should be able to at least throw it 150 yards with minimal effort.

If you plan on fishing lures most of the time get a lighter rod, or a noodle, or even a steelhead rod.
ProsFast action backbone 70/30 split
ConsAlmost too heavy actioned for its size
By Joe
PA
Great Rod for up to 3 oz.
December 28, 2018
Delivery was quick and the rod is light and strong. I know it will be a reliable tool for many years.
Proslight weight, strong
Consit is still six feet long when broken down
By Jeff
Manchester-by-the-Sea
Great rod for the price
November 19, 2018
Very well built. All Fuji components including the reel seat. Rod is a lot lighter than I imagined. Casts 3-4 oz lures a long way.
Cons70/30 2 piece
By Tim
Long Island, NY
Light rod with nice action
November 8, 2018
I spent a lot of time looking for just the right rod. I came upon this rod from reviews on youtude. I was looking at this and a couple other brands. I finally saw this rod at a local fishing expo. At first I thought it was going to be too delicate. As it goes, I chose the Tsunami Airwave Elite 9'6 rod. I paired this rod with the Penn Slammer III 6500 reel.

My first use of the rod was casting a 2oz diamond jig. I was very happy with the rod from the very first cast. Felt effortless. Fished for about an hour until the jig got snagged in a muscle bed. Walked back and forth pulling trying to get it unsnagged until I gave up and cut the line.
ProsVery light nice action effortless to cast reasonably priced
Consnone yet
By Long f.
Long Island
Airwaves Elite882m
November 4, 2018
Bought this rod for fishing false albacore on Long Island.great rod for the speedy fish.rod is very light with good power for such a small diameter rod making it great when many casts are sometimes needed between nights.Rodrated to two ounces but able to cast 2 3/8 ounce super strike.great rod for medium size fish .would recommend
ProsLight weight good power
ConsHandle diameter thin but not a big problem after using it .could always put on a layer of cork tape
8 Questions & 8 Answers
Bill P
from NJ asked:
June 22, 2019
Do you sell the top section M action for a Tsunami 1142? I have a H action and heard the tops are interchangeable 

TY Bill

1 Answer
We only have the complete rods. Contact bimini bay outfitters, they may be able to help you with the replacement section. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

Marlon
from Brooklyn, NY asked:
October 8, 2018
Are the top section of the 11h and 11m interchangeable?
1 Answer
They are interchangeable
Submitted by: Bernie on October 10, 2018

Greg
from NH asked:
June 4, 2019
What size Tsunami Shield would balance with the airwave elite 1102h the 6000 or the 8000
1 Answer

Hello Greg,  I would personally would

 go with the 8000,  450 yards with 50LB braid and 35lb of max drag

Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on June 6, 2019

Dave
from Pensacola, FL asked:
May 5, 2018
Would this reel, Penn Spinfisher V SSV5500allow for maximum cast distance for the TSAWESS-1102H? I typically use a 3 or 4 oz weight to surf fish for Pompano. A friend suggested this rod. What would you recommend as the 'ultimate setup' in this price range for max distance casting for smaller fish like Pompano? Thanks!!!
1 Answer
This rod will work fine for casting up to 4 1/2 ounces. The SSV5500 will balance the rod nicely for maximum distance for casting.
Submitted by: Ricky on May 14, 2018

Ayid
from Singapore, SN asked:
April 24, 2018
Is this made by china oem or usa?
1 Answer
The Tsunami TSAWESS-1102H Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod is made in China.
Submitted by: Donald on April 26, 2018

Vincent
from Italy asked:
September 22, 2016
is this rod a 50/50 split? What are the lengths?
1 Answer
Vincent, Hello this rod is a 70/30 split. The butt section is 50 inches. The top section is 85 inches.
Submitted by: Tyler on September 22, 2016

Victor
from Puerto Rico asked:
March 14, 2015
Hi I'm looking for a 11' rod with lure rate from 1-3, this one is from 1.5-4oz. This half an once difference can affect too much casting as low as just 1oz? I mean can this rod low to 1oz cast effectivelly? Thanks Victor Garcia
1 Answer
Victor this rod would be able to drop down to a 1oz lure, however it would affect the casting distance because the lure is lighter than the normal rating. You could cast this rod effectively just not to the max distance or capability of the rod.
Submitted by: Frank on March 16, 2015

Gary
from NY asked:
November 6, 2014
Would the new penn battle 2 5000 be a good match with this rod or would I need to go for the 6000? Thanks, Gary
1 Answer
With an 11' rod, you will probably want to go with the 6000. It would allow for longer casts. The 5000 would work well for rods up to 10'.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 7, 2014

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