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The Search For One... St. Croix's Mojo Bass (continued)

Power: In the Amazon, power in your stick to control a fish is one thing, but power in your stick to actually work a bait like a wood chopper is something that cannot be overlooked. For this reason, rods with typical “heavy” powered ratings really fare well and since the MBC70MHF tested out more like a traditional heavy powered stick, we assumed it would do well. We were right. Not only does the MBC70MHF cast baits like a chopper well, it has the backbone necessary to pull these baits hard and fast across the surface too.

... an open ended hook keeper ...

Once that peacock bass strikes, no stick , even in the heavy powered bass rod classification, is going to have the power to stop a peacock bent on running. Instead, what’s important here is a stick that can apply even and consistent pressure against which the fish has to pull. As long as you have a good hookset on the fish, a calm, controlled, even pressure from your rod will eventually wear your catch down as the MBC70MHF did on a number of peacock bass during our trip.

... and a no foregrip design. Note the clean execution of this characteristic ...

Design/Features:  Aside from the design features already discussed, the MBC70MHF and all Mojo Bass casting rods come with good, clean cork, a Fuji ECS reel seat, an open ended bait keeper, and Batson Forecast aluminum-oxide guides with stainless steel frames. None of this is anything really special or extraordinary, but it’s certainly all within acceptable standards for a rod in this price range.

... as well as the clean execution at the rod's butt end.

Application: While the MBC70MHF proved a very worthy stick for the Amazon, back home we’d suspect this rod to be suitable for any application where a heavy powered bass rod would be appropriate. This goes for both vertical and horizontal presentation baits.

St. Croix refers to the color scheme of the Mojo as Black Cherry Metallic. We call it purple and like it!

Warranty: Each Mojo Bass stick comes with a St. Croix five year warranty backed by their “Super Star” service. This “Super Star” service is a tiered warranty and replacement policy based on how your rod was damaged, whether or not you have proof of purchase, and how you’d like to proceed in facilitating a replacement. For exact details of this warranty and replacement policy, please contact St. Croix directly so they can be aware of your specific circumstances.

Looking for a good performing, affordable stick to build your arsenal? ...



St. Croix Mojo Bass MBC70MHF Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very cleanly built 8
Performance Nothing to complain about 8
Price excellent value 9
Features Decent components on par with price range 6.5
Design (Ergonomics) Nice contemporary styling, but a bit too tip heavy 7
Application Really good all purpose option in a heavy powered stick 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Contemporary styling - Quite tip heavy
+ Decent components on par with price range  
+ Excellent Value  
+ It's purple!  



... or maybe a stick you can purchase for travel and not worry too much about if it gets damanged. St. Croix's Mojo Bass rods fit the bill and are Amazon Certified!


Conclusion: Whether you’re on a budget looking to build a dependable arsenal of bass fishing rods, or looking for a solid performing stick to take with you on travel so you don’t have to risk breaking any of your expensive sticks, St. Croix’s Mojo Bass rods, and the MBC70MHF specifically, are worth while investments. St. Croix proves that budget doesn’t have to mean boring nor does budget have to mean compromise. Certainly the MBC70MHF is not built from the highest grade of components available, but what this stick proves is not all of that is entirely necessary. Sure, it’s nice to have super high grade graphite and ultra high end guides, and don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to trade out my collection of high priced sticks, but when it comes right down to it, having a stick that performs “good enough” is all you really need. St. Croix’s Mojo Bass series of rods more than fits that bill and at a price that will not break your bank. In today’s economy, that single factor earns top spot in a lot of peoples’ priorities, and if that’s you, be sure and take a serious look at St. Croix’s Mojo Bass series.


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