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St. Croix adds to Legend Tournament Bass line-up

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Launched at this year’s Bassmaster Classic in Houston, Texas, were two spinning rod additions to its Legend Tournament Bass line-up.
↑ The new additions to the Legend Tournament Bass line-up have been inspired when B.A.S.S. opened competition rods to lengths of up to 10ft.

For days when finesse-fishing holds sway over finicky feeders, St. Croix is adding two new, 8’6” spinning additions to the Legend Tournament Bass line-up.

“The first is the speciality dropshot rod, which is equally as effective for casting lightweight hair jigs,” says St. Croix Marketing Director, Jesse Simpkins. “The other is a big water finesse version for heavy, shaky-head jigs or big wacky rigs.”

“They’re incredibly lightweight,” says St. Croix’s Dan Johnston, who put the rods through their paces with virtually every lure avid bass anglers might throw on them. “Even with light lures like hair jigs, you can throw them a long way, and the added rod length, combined with braided line and a fluorocarbon leader, means if you do get bit on a long cast, there’s no stretch. You hardly have to set the hook.”

Johnston doesn’t know how many fish he landed with the new, now-seasoned designs; he stopped counting. But he does know that the fast-tipped, 8’6” rods are capable of putting more distance on a lure than a traditional-length finesse rod. And, he says once a fish is hooked up, the added length gives you unparalleled control over your prey.

New at the Bassmaster Classic, St. Croix’s 8’6” Legend Tournament rods were born when B.A.S.S. opened competition to rod lengths up to 10’, lifting a ban that had been in place since the 1970’s.

“At first, people talked a lot about float-n-fly being the technique that would benefit most from the new rule,” adds Johnston. “But what we’re entering now is a really exciting time for rod manufacturers. There are a ton of techniques that can benefit from the added inches.”

“When you’re fishing humps and drops, and you want that lure to fall before you bring it across, you need to be able to pick up extra line quickly when they bite. These rods absolutely do that,” adds Simpkins.

Diehard competitors and the everyday angler alike will immediately improve their efficiency with modern techniques like dropshotting, casting hair jigs and working wacky-rigs and shaky-heads with these tape-measure spinning rods.

Features include:

  • Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology;
  • Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART);
  • High-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite with FRS for unparalleled strength and durability;
  • Fuji K-Series Concept Tangle Free guides with Alconite rings. Ideal for super braid, mono and fluorocarbon lines;
  • Fuji TVS blank-touch reel seat on spinning models;
  • Machined-aluminum wind check and trim pieces;
  • Split-grip/super-grade cork handle;
  • Kigan hook-keeper;
  • Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish;
  • 15-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.


LBS86MLXF (Hair Jig/Drop Shot) 8’6”, Medium-Light Power, Extra-Fast Action;

LBS86MXF (Big Water) 8’6”, Medium Power, Extra-Fast Action.


Tel: +1 715 762 3226


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