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TFO GIS Tactical Series Surf Rods

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I have the blue 9 footer, rated 1 - 5,  and it's great.

It pairs nicely with a VS 150.

I know the earlier blanks without the fuji guides had rust probems.

 

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I have the 9’ 1-5 too and I love it. I’d call it more of a 1-3 and definitely not something I’d throw 4+ with. It’s really stiff, so keep that in mind.. Great for metals and jigs with plenty of backbone. The blank is tough too - I’ve had a few mishaps that I thought would be the end of it but it’s still alive. 

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I still have the original 9' and 10'6" TFO rods.  They work great.  Its a fast action rod and its great for the canal.  Never understood why they went with a "blue" blank color....

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6 hours ago, Chrishockey said:

Does anybody have any comments about the TFO tactical surf rods? How is the "Magnum Action"?

 

4 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

Garbage.

 

Why would you say that?

Personal experience?

 

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4 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

Garbage. Better to buy a used high end rod on the BST 

Can you elaborate on that?

People come here looking for looking for help/advice in making tackle purchases.

Making a strong statement like you did won’t help anyone unless you explain why you think the rod is garbage.

I’m interested in reading your explanation as well.

Thanks

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4 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

Garbage. Better to buy a used high end rod on the BST 

Why is it garbage?

I am just curious about your statement, rods are cheap not expensive to make but I wouldn't spend more than $150 on a rod.

So my question is totally out of curiosity.

HH

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What's the difference between the tactical surf and the gis surf? I see all of the gis models are out of stock on tfo's website. Did they do away with the gis and redesign it and give it a new name? FWIW, I have the 10'6" gis 2-6 and I absolutely love it.

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6 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

Garbage. Better to buy a used high end rod on the BST 

 

2 hours ago, valentine said:

Can you elaborate on that?

People come here looking for looking for help/advice in making tackle purchases.

Making a strong statement like you did won’t help anyone unless you explain why you think the rod is garbage.

I’m interested in reading your explanation as well.

Thanks

Yeah I would love to hear why it’s not good. What experience did you have with it?

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6 hours ago, Popasilov said:

 

 

 

Why would you say that?

Personal experience?

 

Yes personal experience but maybe it’s because of the way I fish. I always lean hard into fish. The faster I get them in, the better shape they will be in for a release. They lose their performance/crispness eventually 

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6 hours ago, Heavy Hooksetter said:

Why is it garbage?

I am just curious about your statement, rods are cheap not expensive to make but I wouldn't spend more than $150 on a rod.

So my question is totally out of curiosity.

HH

They feel brittle to me when I lean hard into fish. After a half season of use, it lost some of its performance and developed a “flat spot” near the top of the blank where the rod typically bends to. Made sensitivity pretty much nonexistent. But maybe it’s just me you know. I fish a lot and I put a lot of pressure on my gear and the fish to get them in as fast as I can so I don’t have to do much reviving and the fish is in better shape. I’ve had the same experience with other low/mid-their rods that have done the same thing. Airwave elite. Mojo surf. Star Rods VPR. Penn prevail. I’ve abused my legend for 3 years (3-4 nights a week in 2017 at the canal), handled vaportrails that were 6+ years old, couple of century rods, and action on them are as crisp as the day I last used them. No loss in performance. 

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7 hours ago, LockedDrag said:

They feel brittle to me when I lean hard into fish. After a half season of use, it lost some of its performance and developed a “flat spot” near the top of the blank where the rod typically bends to. Made sensitivity pretty much nonexistent. But maybe it’s just me you know. I fish a lot and I put a lot of pressure on my gear and the fish to get them in as fast as I can so I don’t have to do much reviving and the fish is in better shape. I’ve had the same experience with other low/mid-their rods that have done the same thing. Airwave elite. Mojo surf. Star Rods VPR. Penn prevail. I’ve abused my legend for 3 years (3-4 nights a week in 2017 at the canal), handled vaportrails that were 6+ years old, couple of century rods, and action on them are as crisp as the day I last used them. No loss in performance. 

I have to be honest with you, I never ever heard of a ride getting squeak or soft or whatever you want to call it.

I never noticed any of that with any of mine.

But, I must say stranger things have happened.

HH

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4 mins ago, Heavy Hooksetter said:

I have to be honest with you, I never ever heard of a ride getting squeak or soft or whatever you want to call it.

I never noticed any of that with any of mine.

But, I must say stranger things have happened.

HH

Lol yeah I wasn’t sure how to explain it honestly. But yeah maybe it’s just me and the way I fish. I’ve had rods like my recent mojo inshore that when I whip it around, I can hear the fibers creaking and splitting like it’s ready to blow on the next hook set but that’s after 4 years of use

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16 mins ago, LockedDrag said:

Lol yeah I wasn’t sure how to explain it honestly. But yeah maybe it’s just me and the way I fish. I’ve had rods like my recent mojo inshore that when I whip it around, I can hear the fibers creaking and splitting like it’s ready to blow on the next hook set but that’s after 4 years of use

That is interesting idea, I wish there was somewhere or someone that actually did or does testing right now to see if a fishing rod does/ would actually get weaker and fail.

Some of my oldest rods(20+years) Creek from day one and then some don't creak at all.

So, until someone actually does a documentary or something like that experimenting and showing that I'm not going to go with it.

I will say this, when I get a hit I try to stand that fish on its head and none of my big sticks make any strange noises or anything like that.

HH

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