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Event Article: 2006 ICAST Rod Coverage

ICAST Coverage Day 2 (Rods) - Perfectly matching reels in application, balance, and style (continued)

St.Croix: This is yet another exciting year for St. Croix as they strengthen their Legend brand by introducing an entirely new series of saltwater rods, the Legend Inshore. Like other high-end St. Croix rods, these are hand-crafted in Park Falls, Wisconsin using St. Croix’s SC IV blanks in a nice Belize Blue finish. When you hold the Legend Inshore rod you’ll notice how light they are. That’s because the Legend Inshore series rods incorporate the latest technologies such as IPC and ART, and uses REC Recoil spinning and casting guides along with Fuji SiC Titanium frame tip tops. All components on these rods are 100% rustproof which help make them a great rod choice for inshore anglers. The Legend Inshore rods will have 8 spinning and 4 casting models, and prices range from $300 to $330.


JIP inspects the new St. Croix Tournament inshore

Last year we saw a redesign of the Premier series and this year St. Croix did a complete overhaul on the Tidemaster Inshore series to increase strength, sensitivity, and to give it even more hook-setting power. “Our main focus with the redesign of the Tidemaster rods was to take a very popular series and dramatically improve it by re-tooling the blanks with new mandrel and patterns, upgrade the guides, cork and appearance – plus increase the selection,” says Jeff Schluter, St. Croix’s VP of Marketing.

The Inshore rods make use of recoil guides


What we liked most about this particular series are the impressive 3-piece travel rods. Now anglers can go on adventures and bring their favorite rod with them. These rods are now available and retails for $110 to $200.


Attractive graphics...let it be known that the Legend Inshore has arrived


The Legend Tournament Bass series has been a big hit and this year St. Croix introduces new additions, one for crankbaits and another for flipping. The Magnum Cranker is made to run the large deep diving crankbaits. These big lipped cranks require the right rod and action to get down, and also not to strain the anglers as they crank the lure. The Big Gulp is a lightweight 7’11” one-piece flipping stick in heavy power and moderate fast in action. The Legend Tournament Bass Magnum Cranker will retail for $230 and the Big Gulp for $250.


These rods look "clean" and feature a simple yet elegant design, something we have grown to love about these well-designed rods

We have the Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series, and now there’s the Legend Tournament Musky series. These rods make use of St. Croix’s ART and IPC technologies to produce the perfect performance attributes Musky anglers look for.

The three piece travel rod is perfect for anglers that fly to fishing destinations


The Legend Tournament Musky series are five strong which come in these models: Downsizer – designed for smaller lures. The Jerk – perfect action for running jerkbaits. Lipstick – a moderate fast action rod for big lipped crankbaits. Top-n-Tail – made for topwater and also bucktails. And lastly but not least the Big Dawg – for tossing large rubber baits and large 8-10” wood jerkbaits.


The Legend Tournament family just got a whole lot bigger


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