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Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

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Spinning9'62Medium15-30lb3/4-3oz$194.99 USD
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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)

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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
20 Questions & 22 Answers
from toms river, NJ asked:
September 3, 2019
Which SaltX reel would match up the best with this rod. Thank you
1 Answer
The 6000 size saltx would match up well with the 9'6 airwave elite surf 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on September 4, 2019

from Stamford, CT asked:
June 5, 2019
Does this rod match up with shimano SRG5000SW Saragosa SW Spinning Reel? Any other suggestions?  Fishing from shore CT and NY.
1 Answer
Either the 5000 or the 6000 will pair up well with the Tsunami rod 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 6, 2019

from Annapolis asked:
April 25, 2019
Daiwa BG 4000 or 4500 with the 9'6" Medium airwave elite? Or should I pair a Daiwa BG with a Daiwa Coastal Salt Pro?
2 Answers
The Daiwa BG will pair with either rod well. Depending on your fishing application a 4000 and 4500 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on April 30, 2019
The 4500 would pair up well, you can even step up to a 5000 size reel with that rod 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

Cassius Ka
from San Francisco, CA asked:
April 22, 2019
What size Saragossa would pair well with the TSAWESS-962M? I was thinking 6000 or 10000.
1 Answer
The 6000 would be a good fit but you can also go with the 8000 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

John Bozzella
from Mitchell, SD asked:
November 28, 2018
My question is, What is the weight of this rod ? (TSAWE SS- 962M) The answer 4.8OZ Was that to actually be 14.8 OZ ?
1 Answer
The 9'6" actually weighs 11.2 oz's
Submitted by: Bernie on November 28, 2018

from Oregon asked:
July 24, 2018
Will this rod work wiyh van stall vr 50 ? would like to have a !0' - 11' rod that will cast 1-3 oz . and as light as possible any recomendations welcome
1 Answer
That rod would work with a vr50 and is rated up to 5oz so that pairing would work very well.
Submitted by: Bernie on July 25, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
July 24, 2018
Would this rod be good for plugging for stripers in the surf? Also I what reel size from the van staal vr series would be the best match with this rod?
1 Answer
The vr50 would pair up the best with the 9'6" and would be a fine choice for the surf
Submitted by: Bernie on July 25, 2018

from Adrian PA asked:
June 5, 2018
This question has been asked before but I think the answer was incorrect. How much does this 9'6" airwave elite weigh? My 11' elite weighs 13oz, I doubt the 9'6" weighs 4.8oz.
1 Answer
Hello Steve, the Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod weighs 11.2 oz's.
Submitted by: Bernie on June 14, 2018

from 08005 asked:
November 4, 2018
What is the action?
1 Answer
This rod has a Fast action.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 6, 2018

from Elverson PA asked:
April 7, 2017
will this work with the tsunami shield 4000 spinning reel?
1 Answer
The Tsunami Sheild 4000 is a bit too light for the Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod.
Submitted by: Donald on April 7, 2017

Chuck Sorrentino
from New Jersey asked:
March 19, 2017
How many guides does the 9.5 have including tip top? Are these guides the Fuji LC (long sweep)?
1 Answer
The 9 1/2 ft. Airwave Elite 8 guides including the tip. The guides are the tangle free K frame Fuji guides.
Submitted by: Devon on March 20, 2017

from TN asked:
March 15, 2017
Which model would you recommend to match with a Stradic 8000 FJ? Reel weight is around 20 oz. Would be making long casts with 2 and 3 oz lures.
2 Answers
Albert, Hello i would recommend going with the 11 foot rod
Submitted by: Tyler on March 16, 2017
The Tsunami TSAWESS-1062MH Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod will be great to match with the Stradic using 2 - 3 oz lures. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 16, 2017

from Milltown nj asked:
December 7, 2016
What type of action does this rod have
1 Answer
The Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod is not available at this time. More specs will be provided once rod is available and in stock. Thank you.
Submitted by: Donald on December 8, 2016

from jerusalem , jerusalem asked:
October 2, 2016
Can use the Daiwa BG Spinning Reel 4000 with that rod ?
1 Answer
The Daiwa BG 4000 would be a good fit for the Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod.
Submitted by: Donald on October 3, 2016

Mike Blanco
from Houston, Texas asked:
June 13, 2016
Is the Shimano ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB Surf Spinning Reel, which weighs 15.8 oz a good balanced match for the Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod?
1 Answer
Both rod and reel make a good balanced combo.
Submitted by: Donald on June 14, 2016

Michael Mirante
from United States asked:
March 7, 2016
Is the 9'6' a 50/50 split, if not how is the longest section?
1 Answer
The tsunami TSAWESS-962M is a 70/30 split.
Submitted by: Tyler on March 8, 2016

from United States asked:
January 5, 2016
How long is the butt after the reel seat on this rod?
1 Answer
The measurement from the bottom of the reel seat to the butt of the rod is 20".
Submitted by: Kaitryn on January 6, 2016

Nazir Ahmad
from Pakistan asked:
November 6, 2015
Can use the Daiwa Emblem Shot Spinning Reel 6000 with that rod ?
1 Answer
That reel might be a bit big for that rod depending on what you are fishing for, but it would work.
Submitted by: David on November 9, 2015

from NYC asked:
October 23, 2015
Hello, How much does this rod (TSAWESS-962M) weigh? Thank you.
1 Answer
Submitted by: Kaitryn on October 24, 2015

from Toms River, N.J. asked:
October 22, 2014
what size penn spinfisher 5 or battle 2 would you recommend for this rod
1 Answer
4500 to 6500 size reels
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 23, 2014


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