The light, compact Terez Waxwing Rod's specially calibrated, fast-action tip loads and fires with ease (from boat or beach), for unprecedented distance and precision; sleek Fuji® K Guides with Alconite® inserts virtually eliminate wind knots. Extremely light and strong; ideal for braided line.
Rated 5 out of 5 by NaplesFisherman Awesome
This is a pretty sweet stick. I've got a 7'2 MH Crucial I use for all my inshore applications, and I recently added a 7'2 MH Terez Waxwing for fishing light baits to bigger fish. Man, it hasn't disappointed.
Although I LOVE my crucial, and with the upgraded IM10 graphite it's more sensitive, I haven't used it much since I got my Terez. The Terez is far and away the best skipping rod I've ever had, and with the 20-40lb rating on the rod you can skip live/artificial baits back to some pretty big fish and still pull them out. It's incredible the power rating on this rod compared to how lively the tip is/the overall weight and diameter. It's nearly the same size around as my lighter crucial.
Although subjective, the color of these rods really stand out in a positive way. I got the white and have had several compliments from nearly everyone who has handled the rod. Leave it to a company like shimano to take step away from the norm.
Should you buy one? Well I can tell you that I'd buy it again, and should it break I'd replace it with the same rod. The power/weight ratio (20-40lb MH setup for about 5 ounces), combined with the light/fast tip which allows you to fish nearly any bait, and the unbeatable warranty Shimano has is hard to match. Got me to bite, glad I did.
August 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stripermaniac Outstanding
FIrst of all, don't let the the "waxwing" label throw you off. These rods are absolutely designed to handle Shimano's Power Pro braid but they are not just for throwing Waxwings. I just wanted consumers to know that these rods are not really that lure specific.
When the Terez line came out my first thought was, "So what makes these rods so much better than the Teramars?"
The rod I purchased is the TZSW72MHSR, this means 7'2" in length, medium heavy, and the color (sr) sunset red. The power pro rating is 20 - 40 lb test. Although Bass pro doesn't currently carry this model THEY SHOULD. Of all the rods I handled at a recent expo this one was by far my favorite for inshore fishing. My runner up for all day casting would be the TZSW72MHPW, which bass pro does carry.
So what makes a Terez worth almost double the cost of a Teramar?
The rod I own is a medium heavy but is a far more slender and lighter rod than my Southeast Teramar (medium heavy). The guides are unbelievably slick and the sheer quantity of guides ( 9 on my rod) is about half the price alone. I never had wind knot issues until my last trip to Florida while casting in strong winds with the new Super Slick 8 Power Pro. 2 casts, 2 wind knots. These guides are designed to prevent the "slap" of braided line reaching in front of the guides forming twists that result in knots.
The blanks are thinner overall on every model I saw at a Shimano Expo than the comparable Teramars and the actions are all so dynamic and varied the perfect rod for any technique is somewhere in this line up.
Before you buy, go to Shimano's website to see exactly how many actions and lengths there are. The
TZSW72MH has a beautiful even flex in the tip before becoming dramatically rigid where you need the most power. I will be using this rod for stripers, snook, redfish, seatrout, permit, pompano, jacks, barracuda, and possibly small tarpon and sharks.
This rod will toss a live shrimp with a small split shot as well as any lure under 1 oz. Although these rods do not list lure weights I would use the recommended waxwing size as a guide.
Don't forget, these blanks are TC4 and C4S. Consider them nearly as strong as an Ugly Stik but don't do anything foolish with these $200 rods. I think you can toss heavier lures than indicated by Shimano but not by too much.
Is this rod worth $200? I can't answer that question for you but I can say that a rod with a TC4 blank is a sound investment. Limited Lifetime warranties are hard to come by. Teramars are a great value, the Terez is simply a thing of beauty.
April 6, 2012
Well, that depends your comfort level for light tackle angling and which rod you select. I would be willing to go after football size tuna and dolphin in open water with the medium heavy action. If I were pursuing larger tuna or in sharky waters I personally would definitely want a Terez boat rod rather than a waxwing model.