The two models currently in the Airwave Elite bluewater spinning series are the model TSAWEBWS-862H, which is a heavy action, two-piece rod that measures a total of eight feet, six inches in length and is rated for 40- to 80-pound braided lines and lure weights from two to four ounces. The other model, the TSAWEBWS-862, is shaped with an extra-heavy action, rated for 50- to 100-pound braided lines and lure weights from three to six ounces.
Through the use of unique, high-pressure production techniques, each Tsunami Airwave rod delivers powerful high-fiber density blanks with no excess weight. The result is a stronger, lighter weight, high performance stick for inshore or surf fishing. All-day casting no longer means sore arms and a tired angler because light weight is part of every Airwave rod design from the high-density modulus fiberglass and graphite blank to the Fuji Concept Alconite guides used on these models. They’re tough, smooth, braid-proof guides, finished off with durable, textured vinyl grips and a gimbal butt for use with fighting belts.
The high-fiber density blanks provide extreme sensitivity and resilience to transmit more power to each cast. That means increased distance and accuracy with less effort. Once the hook is set, the reserve power in each blank helps beat bragging size gamefish and get them boatside in short order. If your arms are tired after a day of fishing with Airwave rods, it probably just means you caught more fish!
The 12-inch long foregrip on the Airwave Elite had a built-in diamond cross-hatch pattern to it, which provides an excellent handhold, even when wet. When you do hook-up, the heavy duty machined aluminum gimbal will snug into your fave fighting belt and you are off to the races. I was able to launch some of my favorite tuna popping plugs anywhere from 65 to 80 yards away with this stick, matched up to a Penn Battle spinning reel spooled with 50-pound Western Filament Tuf-Line braid and a 12-foot wind-on 60-pound fluorocarbon shock leader. Sending out over 100 casts to potential target areas was an effortless experience, but alas I did not have the good fortune to get any hook-ups. Be advised that these rods are a full 8.5 feet in length, so keep that in mind when you are out on a boat and be sure to watch your casting motion to avoid hardtop rocket launchers, outriggers, center riggers and radio antennas.
Both Tsunami Airwave bluewater spin rods feature a number of common features, including high density glass and graphite composite blank construction; increased sensitivity; super fast shock recovery for improved casting; the aforementioned Fuji Concept "K" series Alconite guides; Fuji graphite and stainless steel reel seat; tough, durable, diamond textured shrink vinyl grips; a unique machined aluminum ball gimbal; and is backed by a five-year limited warranty.
The MSRP for the 40- to 80-pound “heavy” Airwave Elite is $199.99 and $209.99 for the extra-heavy 50- to 100-pound model.