Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Tsunami TSAWESS-962M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Price: $194.99

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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
5 Stars based on 77 reviews
9'6" Airwave Elite - Very Smooth and Comfortable
October 12, 2020
I needed a new rod in a hurry and Tackle Direct was able to get it to me within a few days of ordering and in time for a planned weekend trip. Much thanks to them for the quick processing and shipping.
After fishing with the rod over the weekend I really enjoyed the feel of it. It casts very smooth, has nice action for a wide range of lures. I threw bucktails, darters, poppers, bottle plugs, etc and it felt nice and responsive for all. The light weight and smooth feel of the rod was very comfortable when casting for hours.
The only time I felt a little under powered was when the wind really kicked up from the incoming storm and I had a 30 knot wind running down the beach. Other than that I really enjoyed it.
ProsLightweight, responsive and smooth action.
ConsUnder powered in heavy conditions. Butt end of the rod could be a little thicker, may have to build that up with another layer of tape.
By John
Great rod
July 17, 2020
Great rod for the money,can’t bet tsunami surf rods
By Jim
Very happy
July 12, 2020
Great rod at a very good price. Wish i could more of them, almost impossible. Great service good delivery. Would by another if could find one.
ProsPrice, size, line weight class, well balanced.
By ernest h.
Chesapeake, Va
Airwave Rods are awesome!
June 17, 2020
I have been using these rods for many years and have yet to find a better value for my hard earned dollar. TDirect has the best selection anywhere and spot on delivery.
ProsOverall build quality
ConsSome rod butts are just a little too long. However, I just cut them to the perfect length and re-butt.
By Rich O.
Long Beach NY
Great surf casting pole
June 3, 2020
Been using this pole with my van staal reel, I get good distance when casting, very happy with this purchase.
By Tony
Navarre, FL
Extremely Lite
May 12, 2020
Just getting into surf fishing. Love the weight and quality of the rod. Matched it with the Ultegra CI4 5500. Seems to be a good combo for a beginner. Casts very well even though I have some technique to develop.
Proslite weight
Consnone so far
By Rick M.
Half-Moon, New York
Perfect for medium jigging
April 16, 2020
Rod is extremely well constructed, reel seat and guides are good quality!

The shorter 9'3 made casting in tight spots much easier then the 12 footer's

I caught several schoolies and a nice pike up near the Troy Ny Dam

It cast well handled jigs perfectly

Another Great buy from Tackle direct, they talking to someone on Amazon about a rod,,Ca;; these guys they fish them!
ProsPowerful Nice appearance Good Parts and the deal was right
By brian
Rhode Island
Unexpected quality
February 24, 2020

Tsunami TSAWESS-932XH- this is more rod than I expected for the price. The worksmanship (thread/epoxy) is better quality than most rods in a similar price range and the 70/30 split makes the action excellent. No fish yet but it seems like the perfect weight to throw a 3 ounce plug and the rod is light enough to do it over and over.
ProsCost, quality
ConsNot a huge deal but the butt section of the rod is an odd brown color, it contrasts the rest of the quality/clean thread work.
By Pedihomes
February 12, 2020
It was a good rod. Pretty enough backbone to flip 15lb fish.
By Kenny
Favorite budget rod
November 18, 2019
This is a fantastic budget performance rod, it’s a 70/30 split to give it that one piece feel. The action on the 11ft is great for plugging. Casts really well within the 1-2 1/2 range
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
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 https://www.tackledirect.com/tsunami-tsawess-1102h-airwave-elite-surf-spinning-rod.html
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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