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So there are Century …Black Hole….  etc threads so I figured I would start a Zenaq thread 

 

a place to post pics of fish scored on Zenaq rods 

 

I got interested in this brand and I am very impressed with the rods

 

Finish is what you would expect @ this price point they are light and punch above  their weight class 

 

the bad news is that they are pricey and hard to get. The good thing is the only guy to get them through is a great guy named Tomo @ Tomo’s Tackle 

 

He is a solid guy that can keep a gear head like me happy 

 

I think I am like 16 or 17 rods deep into these Japanese manufactured rods …….from small mouth rigs to surf and all over popping &  Jigging gear. This will be my first full season coming up fishing them I have only been fishing them since this past fall 

 

so post up your Zenaq images and we will see where this goes in time 

 

check out Tomo his service is as high end as his kit 

 

I have been fishing them since this past fall 

 

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14 hours ago, Joe Paranee said:

The good thing is the only guy to get them through is a great guy named Tomo @ Tomo’s Tackle 

 

He is a solid guy that can keep a gear head like me happy

 

 
Nice guy, awesome shop. Every employee was great. Ended up there when I got stuck going to Salem for a wedding. Great online ordering as well. 

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Hey hey!!! Great idea for a topic...you got my attention...been hitting the Tomo Tackle button on a regular basis...you made him a few bucks I'll bet with this post. I keep reaching for my Visa...can't stop myself...hope I can hold out until I can pay him a visit: of course you should feel every rod before you buy, but Amazon guy didn't get rich off smart consumers: it's the emotional kick that comes with an impulsive, high end purchase that drives the best of us into the poor house...but who cares? Gotta love dysfunctional consumers..we make make the modern day world go round.

 

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1 hour ago, petespeak said:

Hey hey!!! Great idea for a topic...you got my attention...been hitting the Tomo Tackle button on a regular basis...you made him a few bucks I'll bet with this post. I keep reaching for my Visa...can't stop myself...hope I can hold out until I can pay him a visit: of course you should feel every rod before you buy, but Amazon guy didn't get rich off smart consumers: it's the emotional kick that comes with an impulsive, high end purchase that drives the best of us into the poor house...but who cares? Gotta love dysfunctional consumers..we make make the modern day world go round.

 

I hear ya 

 

I am a gear head like mentioned and I am always looking for superior kit whether it be how do firearms , knives , boats etc.

 

I have been around fishing and hunting heavily my whole life ….grew up in a sporting family working on marinas and have used and seen almost everything out there.  I will admit buying the first Zenaq rod sight unseen was a gamble. First i didn’t know where to get them. I tried buying over seas like I do with the Jigstar stuff but no one would ship here. Than I found Tomo and started speaking with him on the gear and availability. 

 

We started with a few orders as rods became available and now I just have standing orders in as rods become available 

 

I like them obviously and I like dealing with Tomo whom I have bought multiple reels etc from at this point. He goes the extra mile and he knows his craft. It’s one thing to ask a guy who just sells the stuff info vs a guy that uses it. 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Joe Paranee said:

I hear ya 

 

I am a gear head like mentioned and I am always looking for superior kit whether it be how do firearms , knives , boats etc.

 

I have been around fishing and hunting heavily my whole life ….grew up in a sporting family working on marinas and have used and seen almost everything out there.  I will admit buying the first Zenaq rod sight unseen was a gamble. First i didn’t know where to get them. I tried buying over seas like I do with the Jigstar stuff but no one would ship here. Than I found Tomo and started speaking with him on the gear and availability. 

 

We started with a few orders as rods became available and now I just have standing orders in as rods become available 

 

I like them obviously and I like dealing with Tomo whom I have bought multiple reels etc from at this point. He goes the extra mile and he knows his craft. It’s one thing to ask a guy who just sells the stuff info vs a guy that uses it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns, knives...oh, boy now we are talking. Another pair of rabbits holes where I spend way too much time climbing up and down. I've throttled down my knife quest to finding the perfect EDC fixed blade. And to further whittle it down, it has to be a factory made collaboration with a tactical knife guy who actually knows how to use it: precision machining, minimalistic design, high functioning,  industrial art. And guns: Been putting together AR style rifles since the first gun buying frenzy when Obama first took office...it became a super fun challenge trying to gather up all the parts needed to assemble a top shelf rifle. Then came the fun part: putting all the parts together and constructing a beautiful 556 carbine, then patiently taking it all apart, add and subtract superbly engineered, impossible to find at the time modular parts and turn it into a long range sniper shooting 6.5 Grendel into quarter sized holes at 500 yds. My favorite is a 6.5 Grendel 12inch pistol I put together for chasing whitetail through the twisted thickets in Maine: great round, rivals 308 on a lightweight ar platform. I have several on-going projects converting Russian made Saiga Sporters into ak battle rifles...impossible to get now, Russian firearm and ammunition imports banned forever. Got one in 308 just in case the Russian stuff dries up in the near future.  I'd sell it all and settle for a SCAR17, Benelli M4 12 gauge, HK USP Compact45 and a pair of Sig p365's for EDC. oops...hijack alert...sorry bout that.

 

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1 hour ago, petespeak said:

Guns, knives...oh, boy now we are talking. Another pair of rabbits holes where I spend way too much time climbing up and down. I've throttled down my knife quest to finding the perfect EDC fixed blade. And to further whittle it down, it has to be a factory made collaboration with a tactical knife guy who actually knows how to use it: precision machining, minimalistic design, high functioning,  industrial art. And guns: Been putting together AR style rifles since the first gun buying frenzy when Obama first took office...it became a super fun challenge trying to gather up all the parts needed to assemble a top shelf rifle. Then came the fun part: putting all the parts together and constructing a beautiful 556 carbine, then patiently taking it all apart, add and subtract superbly engineered, impossible to find at the time modular parts and turn it into a long range sniper shooting 6.5 Grendel into quarter sized holes at 500 yds. My favorite is a 6.5 Grendel 12inch pistol I put together for chasing whitetail through the twisted thickets in Maine: great round, rivals 308 on a lightweight ar platform. I have several on-going projects converting Russian made Saiga Sporters into ak battle rifles...impossible to get now, Russian firearm and ammunition imports banned forever. Got one in 308 just in case the Russian stuff dries up in the near future.  I'd sell it all and settle for a SCAR17, Benelli M4 12 gauge, HK USP Compact45 and a pair of Sig p365's for EDC. oops...hijack alert...sorry bout that.

 

No need to apologize I come on forums to see and talk about cool stuff so feel free to post away and that includes pics 

 

I still shoot a lot when I can and carry everyday since my youth and in a past life hunted a ton abroad and here.  Have most calibers  from .50 down to 22 cheetah , .470 nitro doubles etc. 

 

Here is a Snipe 76 with a 4000 Exist I got from a forum member NIB 

 

the 76 suggested reel size is 2500 to 3000 but since the Exist is so light the 4000 feels great spooled with JB 20#

 

should make a great inshore weapon and double for a wicked smallmouth and plug fro for Stripers on the Delaware 

 

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these are the size class Stripers and Smallies we see on the Delaware the most and they are a blast on the right rod

 

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12 mins ago, Joe Paranee said:

 Here is a Snipe 76 with a 4000 Exist I got from a forum member NIB 

 

the 76 suggested reel size is 2500 to 3000 but since the Exist is so light the 4000 feels great spooled with JB 20#

 

should make a great inshore weapon and double for a wicked smallmouth and plug fro for Stripers on the Delaware 

 

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Yeah these Exists are freakishly light, aren’t they?  Keeping with the theme, here’s my 5000 size on a Zenaq Fokeeto LongCast.  
 

 

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6 mins ago, FalmouthFisher said:

Yeah these Exists are freakishly light, aren’t they?  Keeping with the theme, here’s my 5000 size on a Zenaq Fokeeto LongCast.  
 

 

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Nice setup 

 

Yes they are and I am liking my Daiwa stuff more than my shimano stuff these days 

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6 mins ago, Busanga said:

Good timing this thread. am looking at Zenaqs. Which woul be best for casting lures from the beach for Jacks. Big surf so short rods not best

The Defi Muthos rods.  I’ve got a Muthos Sonio 100M-rg (10ft), but it’s for the lighter end of things.  Think Joe’s got both Sonios and an Accura, maybe others too.  He can probably give you a good rundown. 

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Saw some Zenaq videos and came away a bit impressed.  Impressed enough to part with significant cash to meet my immediate needs.

 

Right now, I need 7.5-8.5 feet to throw 1/2 ounce at back bay spring Stripers.  


Don’t want to kill any of them having a great time fighting them on too light a rod.  Need enough backbone to be decisive and sure to get them off the hook soonest, as well as the ability to handle the unexpected slot+ fish.

 

Based on real experience, what Zenaq should I be looking at?

 

Thanks.

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