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For 2016, St. Croix Rod has re-energised its Mojo rod line-up, improving what it says were already killer features paired with distinctive technology.
“We’ve updated the graphite in Mojo Bass rods to feature our premium, high-modulus SCIII blanks, along with [Integrated Poly Curve®] IPC® tooling technology,” said St. Croix Vice President of Brand Management, Jeff Schluter. “This makes the rods lighter, more sensitive, more durable and fish with improved balance. We also tweaked the rod assortment to match current trends in bass fishing techniques.”
This means specialty rods like a 6’ 8” spinning for Wacky Worms and a 7’ 10” casting rod for Alabama Rigs and swimbaits. All told, there are 17 technique-specific models in the Mojo Bass assortment.
Brandishing Mojo Bass’ popular Black Cherry Metallic finish, the SCIII blanks are created with advanced high-modulus graphite, making the rods up to 15% lighter than before. St. Croix’s exclusive IPC technology aims to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, yielding smoother actions, increased strength and greater sensitivity.
Mojo Bass will continue featuring Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings surrounded by stylish black frames. The thread wraps are protected with two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
A Fuji® ECS reel seat with black hood graces the casting models, as a Fuji® DPS reel seat with black hoods comes standard on spinning rods. The split-grip/premium-grade cork handle offers extreme comfort and sensitivity in the hand. And let us not forget the exclusive Kigan hook-keeper, which holds lures steadfast while at rest. Mojo Bass Glass models sport all this on a super-premium, 100% linear S-glass blank.
St. Croix wasn’t happy with just spreading mojo to the conventional bass angler. It says that it was time to infuse that fishing buzz with other groups of anglers, including the fly fisherman.
Also new for 2016, Mojo Bass Fly was conceived to both offer the traditional fly angler a rod for subduing hulking quarry, as well as geting conventional bass anglers to reach across the aisles to fly fishing.
Winner of ICAST’s “Best of Show” in the Fly Fishing category, Mojo Bass Fly successfully achieved both intended results.
All three models of Mojo Bass Fly (MBF7117.2, MBF7118.2, MBF7119.2) are built on St. Croix’s lightweight yet sensitive SCII graphite 2-piece blanks. Black Cherry Metallic in color just like their spinning and casting brethren, they are designed with a moderate-fast action for quick, untroubled loading during the cast. Premium-grade cork graces the grip and the reels are secured with uplocking, machined-aluminum reel seats. Fly lines slide through the Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guides and hard-chrome snake guides with ease. And the thread wraps are protected by two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
The Mojo has also been shared with the catfish angler. Hatched, too, for 2016, is St. Croix’s answer for the bank and boat anglers who aren’t impressed with the what is currently offered in stores. Mojo Cat gives anglers an assortment of technique-specific and purposeful catfish rods engineered with precision features and components.
“We looked at how fast this sport was maturing and felt the time was right to design and build a new category of premium-performance catfish rods,” said Schluter. “Our goal with the Mojo Cat series was to create the best possible rods for hardcore catfish anglers. In the past, too many of these folks have had to compromise with inferior quality rods or custom models built on blanks not even designed for catfish angling.”
The company used premium-quality S-Glass, rather than cheaper, traditional E-Glass. “Our linear S-Glass material has a tremendously positive influence on blank weight and performance,” said Schluter. “Built on blanks with a dynamic blend of premium SCII graphite and 100% linear S-Glass, Mojo Cat rods provide exceptional strength and lifting power, plus enhanced sensitivity and tip flex.”
Bolstering strength and enhancing line flow and sensitivity, Mojo Cat rods carry Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames. All thread wraps are safeguarded with a dual coat of Flex Coat slow-cure finish. Fuji ECS reel seats with black hood clutch casting reels, while Fuji DPS reel seats with black hoods are affixed to Mojo Cat spinning models. Each rod is equipped with a high-grade cork handle and an exclusive Kigan hook-keeper for securing all sizes of catfish hooks.
Seven Mojo Cat models include five casting and two spinning rods. Built specifically for channel, blue and flathead catfish specialists—and ideal for die-hard tournament anglers—these rods are matched to specific line and bait/sinker weight designations. Both 7-foot medium power, fast action casting (MCC70MF) and spinning (MCS70MF) rods are rated for 10 to 25 lb test and ½- to 3-ounces of weight—tailor made for medium-duty channel catfish applications. The 7-foot 6-inch MCC76HF casting rod perfectly matches drift fishing approaches, including walking bait in rivers. And at 8-feet in length, the extra-heavy power MCC80XHF casting rod is ready to waylay the next world-record, beefy enough to handle 50 to 100 lb test line and up to 32-ounces of weight (or the equivalent of a 1 lb skipjack fillet plus a 16-ounce sinker). Lastly, for packing small but biting big are a pair of 2-piece, 8-foot medium-power models (MCC80MF2–casting and MCS80MF2–spinning).
Mojo Selfie Contest
Join St Croix at the Bassmaster Classic Expo, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this weekend (March 4 to 6). Come by booth #866, take a selfie with a Mojo Bass, upload to our contest – using the hashtag #MojoSelfie – and you could be the lucky winner of a Mojo Bass!
Not attending the Bassmaster Classic? No worries. Stop by a local retailer and take a selfie with a Mojo Bass or shine up your very own Mojo Bass rod and take a selfie at home.