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Rod Review


A Spin on Affordable Versatility - St. Croix's BassX BXS610MLXF


Date: 2/11/18
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: St. Croix
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.17 - BEST VALUE AWARD

Despite what appears to be a full recovery by the economy, the value priced segment of the fishing tackle market remains the most contested year after year. We continue to see manufacturers debuting new and exciting product in this category each year at ICAST. Back in 2016, St. Croix lowered the threshold for buy-in to their product philosophy with the introduction of a $100 series of bass rods. Today, we take our first detailed look at the BXS610MLXF - a six foot, ten inch (6'-10") spinning rod in their brand new Bass X series of rods.


St. Croix BassX BXS610MLXF Specifications

Material SCII Graphite
Length 6'-10"
Line Wt. 6-10lb
Lure Wt. 1/8-1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 6+Tip (black frame w/ aluminum oxide inserts)
Rear Handle Length 7.5"
Power Rating Medium Light
Taper Xtra Fast
Rod Weight 3.9oz
Origin Made in Mexico
MSRP $100

Introducing St. Croix's BassX BXS610MLXF.

Impressions: The BXS610MLXF is a 6'-10" spinning rod built from St. Croix's SCII material - a mid-modulus graphite also used in their Triumph and Mojo series bass rods. The handle assembly is finished with a Fuji reel seat, a split rear grip made of cork and a very small foregrip/hood made of EVA. Guides are an unspecified brand with hardened aluminum oxide inserts and black frames.


This rod features a split rear grip made of cork...


Overall, the rod is not over stylized and features a more utilitarian design with a very clean build. Our test model had a very straight blank, perfectly aligned guides and had a light, slightly tip heavy feel right out of the shipping tube. There is also a closed loop hook keeper just above the handle assembly on the underside of the blank.

... a Fuji reel seat ...

Real World Tests: For our tests, I paired the BXS610MLXF with my trusty Daiwa Ballistic spinning reel spooled with 10lb Sunline Supernatural monofilament. This rod is more than just a finesse stick but I can't help but stick to finesse techniques when fishing a spinning rod.

... and a small, EVA cap to finish off the handle assembly.

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