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on August 12, 2012
I bought a 13' Tundra rod. It's big. I fished for a week in the Outer Banks, NC (in August, so not much action). I am glad I brought a smaller rod- this one is big and heavy. If I caught a big ole fish, I'd be glad I had it, but the truth is I'll probably end up using this monster very rarely- only when a LONG cast is necessary.
I did catch a 6" Whiting. On a 13' rod... funny.
Anyway about the rod- 13' 3 piece rod- I bought it because 3 pieces of less than 5ft will fit in the luggage box we have on top of the car. I think the tip is somewhat sensitive, but it's a long long way from the reel. It's stiff and not particularly light for its size. I am sure that's where the low cost comes in- a light and strong rod would cost 4x as much. I do think it's worth having around, though if you are fishing at the beach like did, you don't need a very long rod. (unless you catch a 12' fish). 6 or 7 feet of rod would have been plenty for me to catch what we did in the breaking surf. Another thing to consider is this- I would hate to have to use this as a cast-and-retrieve rod. It's too heavy for that. You will get very tired.
When I buy another surf rod, I'll probably spend a lot more on a much lighter weight rod- not necessarily a light-tackle rod, but made thinner and lighter out of more expensive material.
I hope this review helps-