Ordered the 10' heavy action rod for trip to Cabo. Case was too big for my suitcase, but carried it on. Also able to fit a 4 piece, lighter action spinning rod inside case. Cast 2.5-5oz topwater plugs, 2-2.5oz metal, 2.5oz plastics with good distance. Tested at a football field before the trip with a 3oz bank sinker, and was reaching between 110-117 yds consistently. Matched with a Shimano Ultegra XTD 5500 with 30lb braid. Although it's tough casting big plugs and screaming them back to shore all day, this rod was up to the challenge and light enough not to wear you out. Now, I'd like to see if I can get just the top 2 sections and save some $ and have 2 rods, H and MH.
ProsRod is built well and looks really nice. No line tangles.
ConsYou need a suitcase or bag at least 26" long inside
By Blind A.
April 13, 2020
Sweet rod Bought it for traveling by train and bus. Yes, I said bus. Due to an eye disease, I can no longer drive. Sooo.... I have been refitting my equipment for travel compatibility and ease of use. This rod does both. compact and light enough to carry anywhere without being up in someones Kool-Aid, it stows well, even on the bus. The ferule design is tight and easy to assemble, perfect for the sight impaired as it allows you to feel the connections at each segment. I was hesitant to purchase it due to the price. This is definitely a luxury investment for those of us on a fixed income. This is not the most expensive travel rod out there, but it is competitively priced. Any rod will due the job, and brother there are a LOT of rods out there. It just turns out that this one works for me. Gave it 4 stars, was disappointed with the case design. NOT very user friendly! A better case would be advisable.
ProsTravel ready Tight ferule connections Sensitivity Bonus A good choice for the visually impaired.
ConsCase is weak, rod has to go in just right was expecting something more like the Nomad Express case design. Which I have and use for inshore.
April 2, 2019
I bought the rod to take with me to Cabo to avoid the airline fees which are over the top. I have yet to use the rod but will provide feedback once I have. Shipping was quick and easy,
Staten Island, NY
Good travel surf rod
March 21, 2019
I like everything about the rod, but the action is stiffer than the Med Fast that it claims to be. It can be a bit broom sticky
By Newbie c.
5 guides + tip not 7 + tip (NTS-S-1004H)
September 21, 2018
I have a PhD in math so I know the difference!
August 16, 2018
I didn't go to use it but it look realy nice and strong
Gets the job done
May 15, 2018
Got this rod for Christmas to do some fishing when on vacation and to keep in my trunk when Iâ€;™;m on the go and have some time to sneak in some jetty time .....Was a little disappointed that the 1-4 lure rating isnâ€;™;t accurate I think this rod tops out at 2oz .. 2-1/2 on a side cast but other than that I landed a fair amount of blue fish and a couple 30lb stripers so it does the job
By James W.
Broke in half after two trips. Defective rod and the Okuma Warranty is garbage.
February 7, 2018
I bought two NTS-S-1004H to bring with on a trip to Baha used them off the beach and never caught a fish with them. Next trip was to the Florida Gulf side. Caught a few Bonita in the 10lb class. One of the rods performed flawlessly and the other snapped in half where section 2 and 3 come together while reeling the fish in. We ended up holding both sections and were able to boat the fish but the ease at which the rod broke was pathetic. I contacted Okuma and they want $25 plus freight to them to repair a rod that literally broke in half reeling in the very first small fish caught on it. The email I received Kevin at Okuma is as follows. Jim, UPS and Fedex are always raising the shipping fees. If you do not want to do the standard warranty that is fine, You can do our accel program and just send us the model section cut out of your rod(4-6inch piece) and a check for $50 and that covers the rod and the return shipping and handling and you will get a new rod back. -kevin So rather than trying to appease a customer that has quite a bit of Okuma tackle they are saying they don't care really at all. I have always been happy with Tackle direct but it will be a long time before I by an Okuma product again.
Merchant Response:Rods can make, but atleast they have a warranty. Paying return shipping fee and paying the shipping to get to them is standard..to be fair to Okuma.
ConsUnbelievably fragile with very poor customer service from the manufacturer.
Quebec, canada - fish the Caribbeans and Central A
NTS 1004 MH too soft
August 17, 2017
I purchased the rod in MH power, but although its rated 1-4oz by Okuma, I really do feel that rod is way over rated. In fact, I believe the sweet spot is at 1-1.5oz, and I feel the rod cannot cast more than 2.5oz properly. On an easy side cast, yes, but on an over head powerful cast, the rod does not handle the weight. Very disappointed since I planned on casting stickbaits and poppers in the 45-75grm! I would advised getting the Heavy one instead.
Otherwise, the look and the feet are great! Love that bleu colour.
Love it. It has all the qualities of a one piece surf rod and the convenience of a travel size. Yes you could argue many conveniences of a one or two piece rod... but those two are difficult to carry around.
All in all... love it.
ProsTravel size, travel case, aesthetics, sensitivity, rod length
ConsNone that I can think of.
Okuma travel surf rod- 10 ft.
May 6, 2017
I bought this travel rod to fish at the lakes in Arizona. I use saltwater techniques and have been successful. It handles well and I can't wait to use it on the beaches of California.
ProsEasy to assemble and take down. Compact size is perfect for any size vehicle or backpack.
ConsThe carrying tube doesn't have a shoulder strap. But for the price and quality I can live with it
April 27, 2017
terrific travel rod
February 16, 2017
I got the is for a recent trip to Tobago. Top flight performance and packability, with zero compromise. Best fish was a 31" False Albacore of the jagged rocks of Mt. Irvine Bay. Plenty of backbone for the 30lb braid, and a reasonably soft tip for working light plugs.
Despite the surf rod layout, I think it'll make a great salmon rod for rivers in the NW as well.
December 19, 2016
Travel surf rod for the Caribbean and keeping in the back of my car.
ProsSeems solid when assembled.
By Ervin W.
Best Travel Surf Rod Hands Down !!! Cast better than my other High-end Surf Rods!!!
November 30, 2016
The Okuma Nomad Travel Surf NTS-S-1004H is probable the best rod I own and my favorite to take everywhere from beach vacations to bank fishing at the lake. I have other Hi-end Rods to include Shimano Terez Boat rod, St. Croix Premier casting rod, G.Loomis Escape travel rod, Okuma Nomad Boat travel rod, and I have 2 other Surf rods to include a 10Ã¢â‚;¬â"¢6Ã¢â‚;¬ St. Croix Mojo Surf, and a Custom 12Ã¢â‚;¬â"¢8Ã¢â‚;¬ Carolina Pro Series by Tommy Farmer. My main long cast reel is a Daiwa Millionaire 7HT Mag ST and when mated to the Okuma NTS-S-100H I can pendulum cast a 5oz. sinker on average between 125-134 yards with minimum effort. The Okuma is super lightweight and very easy to cast equal or further than my 12Ã¢â‚;¬â"¢8Ã¢â‚;¬ CPS. I highly recommend this rod and I also recommend the Heavy which is comparable to and lighter than my Medium-Heavy St. Croix Mojo Surf. I almost made the mistake of ordering the 1004MH Medium Heavy which would have been too light for a 5 oz sinker. I think Okuma rates the rod load based on performance test because this Rod outcast my Mojo by 10 yards even though the rod tip looks like itÃ¢â‚;¬â"¢s on the edge of being overloaded. For the longest time IÃ¢â‚;¬â"¢ve been wanting to buy this Okuma rod but recently decided to buy the new Diawa Ardito 1105MHFS-TR 5-piece travel Rod to match up with my Diawa 7HT Mag ST but after waiting 3 months on Backorder and looking at the high quality of my Nomad Travel Boat rod I decided to pull the trigger and go with Okuma again and I must say this Rod was the best decision and highest yield of performance to Investment of all my rods.
ProsUltra Light weight, easy to cast, 4 Piece vs 5 Pieces, Larger guide ring hole on tip allows passage of #90+ Size Barrel swivel on pre-tied reel to make set-up and break-down easier from travel case to water in minutes. Same quality you would expect from a $350+ Rod
ConsShorter handle, and rod rating not apples to apples with other similar rods (Heavy is equal to Medium Heavy with other rods)
Hi, 1. Would this rod (10'Heavy model) be effective casting 6oz YoYo and Surface irons on a F/V for Yellowtail Kingfish? I'm traveling to San Diego this Spring and don't normally cast conventional so would like to have my own spinning setup...and will be needing it for casting heavy lures to Stripers in the Cape Cod Canal...
The 10 foot heavey model would be ideal for 6 oz lures, the lure rating of the rod is 2-6 oz's.
The description/specs on the 9' M say 2oz max? That seems a little light for a surf rod. Would the BG 3500 pair okay with it?
Travel rods are made differently and will have different recommended weight specs based upon size of the rod. The 2 oz is correct and i would have to say the 3500 BG would be just fine using it on the 9' travel rod.
The Shimano Thunnus TU6000CI4 Spinning Reel 6000 would be a great option pairing it with the Okuma Nomad 9' Travel rod. The two would balance well together and compliment each other well especially if your using live bait.
Would the Shimano Ci4 5500 pair well with this 10' rod?
If you are referring to the Ultegra Ci4 5500, then yes that would be a perfect fit. Any of the Stradic Ci4+ models would be too small to pair with a surf rod. Another good option would be the Saragosa 6000.
I see that there are lure weight ratings but how do these compare to throwing pyramid sinkers. I want to be able to throw 3-4oz lead but need to stick with the 9' length.Will this still work?
3-4 oz. sinkers plus bait will likely be a little too heavy for the 9 foot model. You could run the risk of breaking the rod while casting and the rod would bend a lot under the weight of just your terminal tackle.
If I match this rod with a BG 5000 with 50lb braid, which will cast further when beach fishing and perform better - The 1004MH or the 1004H? This will be for beach fishing in Mexico.
The casting performance of these rods will depend on how heavy the lure or weight you will be casting is. I suggest comparing the lure ratings on each rod and selecting the one that falls within the range of what you are casting.
Hello TackleDirect, Do these rods also come with a soft case to put the pieces in before putting them in the hard tube? Thanks,
It comes with a velcro strap that holds the rod pieces together before putting it in the rod case, and the rod case is a hard tube but it is lined with a softer fabric on the inside and outside. The rod seems fairly secure inside the tube.