|Bass Anglers: Discover What the Right Rods Can Do|
|Top pros speak up on the topic of specialized bass rods|
|Park Falls, WI (March 16, 2020) – Whether bass fishing for fun or competition, matching the right rod to the technique or presentation du jour, helps anglers catch more fish. And while plenty of weekend anglers find success casting plastics, crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits – you name it – on the same 7’ spinning rod, some heed the lessons of their childhood:|
You’re gonna break the tip of that knife if you use it as a screwdriver! Quit using that wrench as a hammer!
You remember, right? There were different versions, but the lesson
always boiled down to using the proper tool for the job. Only problem is,
to use the proper tool, one must have the proper tool.In the realm of
fishing, St. Croix Rod has owned the mission of providing all anglers withthe best tools for the job for over 70 years. Solid support for this claim
can be found in the company’s ever-expanding lineup of specialized bass rods. Check out what the pros have to say about a sampling of St. Croix
models, purpose-built for increased success with some of today’s hottest
Sweeper Spinnerbait Rod
“Anglers often find themselves going through numerous rods to find one
that has the correct balance, sensitivity and other characteristics for the
presentation at hand,” says Hudnall. “For fishing spinnerbaits, St. Croix
absolutely nailed it with this rod. To be successful with spinnerbaits, you need a rod that’s sensitive enough to feel your way through cover, soft
enough to withstand slashing strikes, powerful enough to get hook
penetration, and balanced to a point where accuracy is maximized. The
Sweeper is that rod,” exclaims Hudnall, who typically rigs his Legend
Tournament Bass Sweeper rod with 15-lb Seaugar fluorocarbon and
either a 3/8- or 1/2-oz Colorado blade spinnerbait – especially early in the year through mid-summer.
“The Sweeper may be my favorite technique-specific rod in St. Croix’s
vast lineup, and in addition to spinnerbaits, it performs incredibly with
bladed jigs as well.”
“The Sweeper Spinnerbait rod is one of St. Croix’s hidden gems. It’s an
excellent open water spinnerbait rod, and my favorite tool for combing
shallow flats for smallmouth,” he says. “Its 7-foot length is great for
covering water, but what makes it special is its moderate-fast action.
The slower action deters explosive smallmouth from spitting the hooks
and puts more fish in my boat.”
As a resident of Wisconsin, Hahner has access to some exceptional smallmouth fisheries that are ideal for spinnerbait fishing at certain times of
the year. “In the early fall, northern smallmouth move up with the bait
and roam large, open flats,” he explains. “On those windy fall days, a
spinnerbait burned just under the surface can elicit explosive bites. To
get the speed I need, I pair the Mojo Bass Sweeper with a 7.1 gear-ratio
reel spooled with 15-lb fluorocarbon. It’s the perfect burning
combination, and the Sweeper’s sweet action handles those brutal strikes on a fast-moving bait with ease.”
Tournament pro, Stephen Browning, also sings the Sweeper’s praises. “It’s hands down the best spinnerbait rod I’ve ever put in my hands,” says the MLF angler, who also employs the Legend Tournament Bass Sweeper rod for light chatterbait duty. “It casts accurately and the parabolic action
allows the fish to get my spinnerbait and load the rod for awesome hook ups. I keep two Sweepers rigged and ready on the deck year around.”
Dock Sniper Rod
The 7’, heavy power, fast action Dock Sniper is a casting rod designed and built to deliver the extreme accuracy necessary for skipping, pitching or
casting almost any ½- ¾-ounce bait around the docks, as well as the
requisite muscle to hoist bass away from the cables, pilings boat lifts and ladders that attracted them there in the first place. Available in both the Legend Tournament Bass (LBC70HF / retail $290) and the Mojo Bass
(MJC70HF / retail $140) series, the Dock Sniper has become a favorite of
bass anglers everywhere, including Hahner.
“Dock fishing is all about efficiency. How many docks I cover and how
accurately I’m presenting my bait is critical to the amount of bites I’ll
get,” says the young pro from Wisconsin, who pairs the Mojo Bass Dock
Sniper with an 8.1 gear ratio reel and 17- to 20-lb fluorocarbon to quickly and accurately pick apart likely targets.
“The Dock Sniper is the best tool for job when pitching and skipping in
tight quarters with deadly accuracy,” he says. “The rod’s soft tip allows
me to slide baits in and under the smallest openings where the true dock monsters reside. And once I hook up, the Dock Sniper delivers heavy
power to pull fish away from any trouble. When it comes to skipping and pitching, I’m confident I have the advantage over my competition with
the Dock Sniper in my hand.”
Rip-N-Chatter Rod and Target Cranker Rod
It’s no secret that glass rods are popular options for fishing crankbaits
and other reaction baits. The best glass rods offer that sweet and precise moderate action that cushions slashing strikes on a moving bait, while
keeping the fish securely pinned. But some glass rods can be relatively
heavy and lack sensitivity when compared to graphite. Too bad, because crankbait anglers need sensitivity in order to maintain contact with
structure and cover and to ensure their chosen lure is fishing with
exactly the desired motion.
New for 2020, St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass series rods now employ
Integrated Poly Curve (IPC®) mandrel technology and design. That means their super premium, 100% linear S-glass blanks have gradual, consistent tapers and uniform wall thickness from tip to butt, resulting in incredibly smooth, strong, light and sensitive, moderate action glass rods. Best of all, all this technology and performance comes at an attractive Mojo Bass
price point, starting at $140.
“The new 7’2” Mojo Bass Glass Rip-N-Chatter rod is ideal for throwing
everything from chatterbaits to bigger crankbaits,” says Wiggins. “Its
100% linear S-glass blank with IPC® gives it awesome sensitivity for
maintaining the right amount of contact with cover, and its heavy power allows me to rip the chatterbait through that cover when I need to,
which often triggers strikes.”
“This is the rod I throw square bills and other shallow diving cranks with whenever I’m fishing to laydowns, boulders, stumps or other specific
targets,” says Wiggins. “A lot of time those targets are also close to the
bank, which means you’ve really got to be accurate. The 6’10” Target
Cranker allows for the kind of precision casting it takes to maximize
opportunities in those cases, and when a bass slashes my moving bait, I
know she’s going to stay pinned up.
Wherever you’re at in the bass-fishing spectrum, having optimized rods
designed for the ways you fish will increase your angling success. Don’t
use a wrench as a hammer. From putting your cast where you want it, to hooking up, to winning the battle… St. Croix makes the right tools for any presentation and helps anglers bring more bass to hand.
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