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ICAST 2020 Coverage


72 Years in the Industry With No Signs of Slowing Down : St. Croix Rods


Date: 7/11/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: St. Croix Rods
Reviewer: Cal

Introduction: How do you celebrate 72 years in the industry? Well, if you're St. Croix Fishing rods out of Park Falls, Wisconsin, you do it by expanding a series here, refreshing a series there, and taking your flagship freshwater rod line to new heights by raising that flagpole even higher. Here's what St. Croix has cooking for the coming year.


Legend Xtreme is raised even higher up the flagpole


Legend Xtreme: Originally introduced in 2012 and written up by yours truly back in 2013, St. Croix's Legend Xtreme series represented a departure from the norm for rod manufacturer. Known for their more traditional looking builds, Legend Xtreme bucks that trend with new handle materials and avante-garde styling. But as different as St. Croix tried to make this series, there were not enough differences to set it apart from the old standby flagship line, Legend Elite. Well hello 2020.


Legend Xtreme has always been a departure from the norm for St. Croix


St. Croix is leveraging Daiwa's AGS Carbon Fiber guides in this series


Technically introduced at the BassMaster Classic, the new Legend Xtreme is now an abbreviated suite with three spinning and four casting models. Built with the company's highest end blank, the super high modulus SCVI graphite with FRS in the lower section to maximize power and strength, the companies proprietary IPC, ART, and TET technologies, the big news about Legend Xtreme are the guides.


To set these Legend Xtreme rods further apart St. Croix sources Daiwa's AGS Carbon Fiber Guides to build their rods and the manufacturer goes the extra step by installing a Fuji KG Torzite guide for the tip tops. Retail price ranges from $630 to $650 depending on the model.


Croix Custom Ice gets three new sticks including the CI38MXF Eye Raiser


Croix Custom Ice (CCI) : Established in 2018 and expanded last year, the Croix Custom Ice (CCI) series is built for the most discriminating ice anglers. This year, St. Croix is adding three brand new models, the 30" medium, extra-fast House Rod (CI30MXF), the 32" light, extra-fast Pan Dancer (CI32LXF) and the headline introduction, Eye Raiser, a 38" medium power, extra fast taper rod (CI38MXF) with advanced tubular carbon/glass (TCG) construction.

The CI30MXF House Rod is built with big walleye in mind

The Eye Raiser is ideal for jigging with baits as light as 1/8 oz. The TCG construction results in a blank that is extremely light and exceptionally sensitive with enough tip flex to detect even the most subtle of bites yet enough power to control the big ones. Retail price on the three new models will be $140 for the CI30MXF & CI32LXF, and $150 for the CI38MXF Eye Raiser.

Mojo Inshore gets a new blank!

The new JIC79XHMF looks like a stick big bait anglers will enjoy regardless of whether they are fishing their favorite salt or fresh water body of water

Mojo Inshore : St. Croix's popular, affordable, and versatile Mojo Inshore, is renewed for 2021 with an upgraded blank (SCIII carbon with Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) mandrel technology), and an expansion of nineteen (19) new models! Each rod in the series features Sea Guide Hero Hi-Grade guides made with slim, aluminum oxide inserts and gun smoke finished stainless steel frames, Kigan hook-keepers, and Fuji reel seats. Whether you're fishing inshore or on a lake, big bait anglers might want to take note of the new JIC79XHMF in this series. It's a 7'-9" casting with a lure rating of 2 to 6 ounces. Retail price on St. Croix's Mojo Inshore rods will range from $160 to $210 depending on the model.









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