CYPRESS, Calif. – ICAST 2022 Introduction (Available August ‘22) – When it comes to surf fishing, anglers who ply the beach launching long casts to big stripers can be very selective when it comes to the rod they use. Most are absolutely fine with a quality-built rod from a quality manufacturer that can be purchased at their favorite tackle shop. Others look for a quality blank, but when it comes to the reel seat, the type of guide and how the guide train is set on the rod, that’s a strictly personal choice. Surf anglers now have that choice with Daiwa’s new Tournament Ballistic surf rods offered in both ready-to-hit-the-surf versions and to-be-finished blank versions.
The three-piece, 13-foot Tournament Ballistic surf spinning rods feature Daiwa’s SVF (Super High Volume Fiber) Nanoplus construction, providing anglers with an overall thinner, lightweight and exceptionally balanced thinner blank. Both finished rods and blank versions are offered with Daiwa’s unique V-Joint Technology where the ferrules bend to avoid any rod blank flatness and aid in longer casting abilities and uniform flex. “When you’re fighting both a big fish and breaking waves, you’ll notice how the features from the V-Joints will make the entire retrieving effort much more manageable,” said Daiwa’s Marc Mills.
Beyond the Tournament Ballistic rod blank technology, the finished rods use Fuji LC guides, a Daiwa custom reel seat, and fore and rear shrink grips. Both versions can be balanced to the surf reel used with a weighted counterbalanced butt cap section where weights can be added or removed.
Both Tournament Ballistic rod versions are offered in three actions, including a heavy action for casting lures from 2- to 10-ounce, an extra heavy for 4- to 12-ounce lure weights, and an XX-heavy version – dubbed the ‘Outer Banks’ special – for lure weights from 6- to 15-ounces.
“While we can see the Tournament Ballistic rods being a staple for any East Coast and Mid-Atlantic surf action, there’s more and more interest and growth among anglers in Florida waters and the Gulf coast to target many species from the surf,” notes Mills. “These rods will be ideal for use with our Saltiga and award-winning Saltist MQ 10000 and 14000 size saltwater spinning reels. You’ll have the power you need to land that bucket-list 50-pound-plus striper or big shark.”
For more information on the Tournament Ballistic surf rods – both finished version and blanks you can finish how you see fit – to request a copy of Daiwa’s catalog – or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: CSR@Daiwa.com. Visit Daiwa’s website at http://daiwa.us.