By Neil Taylor, owner at www.Capmel.com

Guide:   www.strikethreekayakfishing.com

In the economy class, Tsunami put in a reel that fits that “beginners equipment” category that people are going to like.   The reel is called The Guard.   Decent weight.   Good line capacity on the spool:  This reel will help you catch some fish and do it at a bare minimum cost.   This one, probably just about everyone has a use for a $65 reel.  

Performance is fine.   Durability is good.   This is one you can buy and hand to the kids and not worry about it.   They are going to have a reel that works and you don’t have to worry about whatever happens to it.

I’m using three kinds of their reels.  They are all doing the job.   This one is the most basic but it works.    Again, for just have a functioning rod and reel, get the Carbon Shield or Air Wave rod and put a Guard reel on it.   Prices I checked online, $65 to $70 maximum gets you a Guard reel.   More info on the reel and how it is built below:  

https://fishermansheadquarters.com/tsunami-guard-spinning-reels/

“You’ve heard about the Tsunami Shield. Now introducing his more affordable brother, the Tsunami Guard! Starting at $69.99 with sizes ranging from 2000 to 8000. There is definitely a size for all situations! Just like the Shield, he Tsunami Guard features 13 internal seals on all models to protect key components from saltwater intrusion when dunked or sprayed on. Unique to the guard is an aluminum body and side plates house a 4-bearing drive system wich makes for smooth operation, while an all graphite rotor, aluminum bail wire and a braid ready machined aluminum spool come together to make for a light weight package. Bringing water resistant engineering to an all new level. Do not miss out on this great value!

Tsunami Guard Spinning Reels are designed for saltwater fishing applications. They feature a full aluminum body with machined aluminum side plates and 13 internal seals to protect their components from the saltwater environment.”

·        3 shielded bearing plus 1 one way bearing

·        Full aluminum body with machined aluminum side plates

·        Lightweight graphite rotor

·        Screw in machined aluminum handle arm

·        Ported and machined aluminum braid ready spool

Size Braid Cap. (yds/lb test) Gear Ratio  Drag (lbs) Weight (oz.)
2000 180/10 5.1:1 8 9.6
3000 150/15 5.1:1 15 9.9
4000 200/20 5.1:1 15 10.4
5000 300/40 4.9:1 20 16.3
6000 350/40 4.9:1 20 16.6
8000 300/65 4.9:1 25 17.5

From Eastern Outfitters:

“Looking for an inexpensive reel that won’t break down on you after one season? These reels, along with the more expensive Shield, have really surprised us with their top-notch performance. The Guard is designed with some of the same tech that makes the Shield so impervious to saltwater, and while it does not have the lock-down stopping power of the Shield, it certainly gets the job done.”

Description: If you’re familiar with the Tsunami Shield then meet his more affordable brother, the Tsunami Guard. Offered in sizes ranging from 2000 to 8000 the Tsunami Guard offers a size and performance for all situations. Just like the Shield, the Tsunami Guard features 13 internal seals on all models to protect key components from saltwater intrusion when dunked or sprayed on. More unique to the guard is an aluminum body and side plates which house a 4-bearing drive system making for smooth operation, while an all graphite rotor, aluminum bail wire and a braid ready machined aluminum spool come together to make for a light weight package.

The Tsuanami brand is growing in the industry.   They are in on tackle, rods and reels and they are well known throughout the fishing world.   Quality equipment will do that.    I am using their stuff and I will work with them on some other ideas to expand their business.   

Neil

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor

Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding.Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.
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