TinyTrout

Tsunami Airwave Elite 8'-8" or 9'-6"?

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I am considering scooping one of these up as I have been finding my 9' Triumph a little bit too stiff and want something more moderate/light. I was wondering if some of you guys can provide some insight which one would be better for me based on my locations/lures. I typically fish open ocean beaches and back bay spots usually on calm days. Plan on pairing it with a Slammer III 4500. I am also never on the jetty so I don't mind a slightly lighter powered rod. Has any one used both and can provide me some insight?

 

Typical lures:

1/2 oz bucktail + ottertail

1 1/4 oz Hydro Minnow (minnow)

3/4 oz Hopkins Shorty (metal)

1 1/2 oz Pt. Jude Pojee (metal)

1 1/2 oz Little Neck (popper)

1 5/8 oz Surface Cruiser (pencil)

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2 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

The 8’8

That's what I am leaning towards but don't want to get a stick that's too light. Unfortunately I can't go play with them in the store until this whole thing is over so I may have to wait until then.

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My “plug” rod is 8’.  The 9’6” sounds like a surf rod deal. Not sure how much distance you need, but I’d think that big of a rod would be tiring after awhile. Right now I leave the plug rod home and I’m casting no more than 3/4 oz stuff pretty far off the sodbank. With a 7’ Tsunami Carbon Shield II. Love the rod so much I bought a second one. 
I’ll use the plug rod in the surf in the fall.

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I have them both and I think either would work for what you described.  I would probably lean toward the 8'8" just because its a little lighter.  BTW, I have both of them paired with the Slammer III 4500.

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5 mins ago, CrappieAttitude said:

I have them both and I think either would work for what you described.  I would probably lean toward the 8'8" just because its a little lighter.  BTW, I have both of them paired with the Slammer III 4500.

How does it handle 1 1/2 oz for you? I think I've seen some folks on here say it's good to 2 oz and others say only up to 1 oz... Makes it tough for me to decide since that is such a big variance. 

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9 hours ago, Retainer said:

My “plug” rod is 8’.  The 9’6” sounds like a surf rod deal. Not sure how much distance you need, but I’d think that big of a rod would be tiring after awhile. Right now I leave the plug rod home and I’m casting no more than 3/4 oz stuff pretty far off the sodbank. With a 7’ Tsunami Carbon Shield II. Love the rod so much I bought a second one. 
I’ll use the plug rod in the surf in the fall.

I really think I just prefer fishing with a longer rod. I have an 8'er that I don't use that much and it has become the designated girlfriend rod. I do like a 7'er for summer shore fluke fishing though. I am also a fan of the longer butts that surf rods have over regular spinning rods and 8'-8" and 9'-6" are right around what I think is a sweet spot for me. Thanks for your opinion though!

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14 mins ago, TinyTrout said:

How does it handle 1 1/2 oz for you? I think I've seen some folks on here say it's good to 2 oz and others say only up to 1 oz... Makes it tough for me to decide since that is such a big variance. 

I thin it handles 1.5 - 2 just fine

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25 mins ago, joefishnj21 said:

8'8 is a work horse. holds up well, handles big fish. Light but still really durable. 

 

41 mins ago, CrappieAttitude said:

I thin it handles 1.5 - 2 just fine

 

Alright I think that's what I needed to hear, thanks for the info guys as I think my mind is made up! Just need to figure out a way to hide this purchase from the lady...

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I have the 8'8 and the 9'6. You probably want the 8'8. I cut the butts on both 4" and they seem to be perfect now. The butts are way too long.

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I have the 8’ 8” paired with the Slammer III  4500. Throws everything from paddle tails to 2 oz. metal. It’s great with SP’s.

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15 hours ago, TinyTrout said:

I really think I just prefer fishing with a longer rod. I have an 8'er that I don't use that much and it has become the designated girlfriend rod. I do like a 7'er for summer shore fluke fishing though. I am also a fan of the longer butts that surf rods have over regular spinning rods and 8'-8" and 9'-6" are right around what I think is a sweet spot for me. Thanks for your opinion though!

I see you ordered it, but I was going to it really comes down to what you’re comfortable with using, as you say preference, and who is to say which rod is better for you, except you? 

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Have the 8’8” that I use for plugging out back a lot. I run a vr50 and other 4000 size reels on it and it has been a work horse. At first I didn’t like the 70/30 split but it really does make it fish like a one piece. Great rod highly recommend. In the fall I use a longer rod to plug in the surf just because I like the extra reach, personal preference. 

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