Assassin vs Poseidon surf rods

 Proud new owner of an Assassin Evo 14'6" and its damn awesome,  got it at an extremely good price and casting distance has reached a new level. Just looking for some opinions as to which rods any of you fellow rock / surfcasters would rate and rely on for long casting and sliding. Cheers !

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 420 what do you chase off

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:19

 420 what do you chase off the shore mostly?


You do realise to catch a 50lb Mulloway you need to wade out as far as you can, turn around and then cast back at the shore!!


The old 13ft Snyders were a South Aussie favourite but generally speaking the men there were bigger tougher and smarter so they could generally use a much smaller rod than the wee light Western Australian chappy...

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 I love my assassins, the Evo

Thu, 2018-10-11 12:39

 I love my assassins, the Evo is a wicked rod.


I'm running a few different Beachmasters for both my spinning and sliding gear. In my personal experience the Poseidons have been lighter but assassins stronger and more durable, thats changed now with the new Zero series from assassin which are equally as light if not lighter than pretty much any other surf rod out there with similar capabilities.


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Thu, 2018-10-11 14:37

 Ive heard from a few people similar,  I have seen more Assassins available locally too... 

I also have a couple of Beachmasters and I have only used it for spinning so far. Are you running braid or mono when you slide?   

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 Assassin have definitely

Thu, 2018-10-11 21:32

 Assassin have definitely taken advantage of our market and the quality speaks for itself despite the high price. Poseidon have recently moved to Aus and you should start seeing a few more around even tho they're based on the east coast. 


I run mono topshot (0.52-0.58mm) for my sliding on my overheads with braid backing. You need the stretch of the mono off a beach to keep the sinker anchored, it is possible to slide with braid but can be very frustrating not to mention the much higher chance of the slide getting tangled in the surf break


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 Got an assassin beachmaster

Thu, 2018-10-11 14:32

 Got an assassin beachmaster in medium and light. Love the light for my general tailor fishing but the medium is too heavy for me (yes its for sliding) I struggle to pendulum cast above 8oz with it and can actually cast further with my older poseidon. Also i hate the way the line touches the blank between the reel and first guide when its loaded up. Im about to strip and rebuild the poseidon which im looking forward to.

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Ballistic surf

Thu, 2018-10-11 18:12

Ive got two daiwa ballistic surf rods that I've built up myself, ordered the blanks from the US. Extremely light to hold but very powerful fish fighting rods and cast a mile, pity daiwa built them up with the ultra high reel seat and strange guide numbers and spacings. Never used any assassin or poseidon rods but being south african I'm sure there awesome, they know what there doing over there



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If Ya fishing the stones wear

Fri, 2018-10-12 05:29

If Ya fishing the stones wear you need to fish hard to keep them out of the snags glass rods all the way mate I run ozflex fsu 6120, fjh17 I've had these rods for over 10 years and caught tons of fish on them
I own assassin rods and would never try deadlift a good pink with one love them off the beach but have heard of a lot snapping that's graphite for Ya
Horses for courses mate
I am looking forward to trying the new horizon when the prices come down assassin are a rip off till they bring there new models out watch


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Gotta agree

Fri, 2018-10-12 09:06

Got to agree there Callum, the FSU rods are awesome for the cliffs, I use a SU9153 for cliff winching, but have used my ballistic for winching small mulloway and big tailor off the Kalbarri cliffs, handles it well but you are waiting for the inevitable explosion and tears afterward!