Just in time to give anglers the upper hand in some of the best bass fishing of the year, St. Croix Rod is excited to announce immediate availability of its all-new Legend Tournament Bass Series of high-performance technique-specific bass rods.
These 24 new Legend Tournament Bass rods feature next-generation hybrid SCIV+ carbon fiber blanks, with select reaction-bait models featuring all-new iACT Glass hybrid blanks.
In addition to their unique combinations of proprietary materials, all-new Legend Tournament Bass rods also incorporate St. Croix’s top technologies and premium components. The result? A lighter, stronger family of Legend Tournament bass rods poised to elevate the bass-fishing experience with an elite combination of balance, performance, and capability in any technique or presentation.
New St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass Features
New St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass Casting Models
New St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass Spinning Models
Bassmaster Elite angler, Bob Downey, was among a handful of anglers involved in beta-testing these next-generation Legend Tournament Bass rods. He’s fished 11 of the 24 models and says the new LBTS73MLXF DROPSHOT FINESSE XL is one of his favorites.
“I’ve primarily used this rod Neko rigging for largemouth,” Downey reports, “and it balances extremely well in the hand with a 3000 to 4000 size spinning reel. The tip feels crisp and light and this slightly longer medium-light rod excelled in delivering longer casts, detecting the lighter bites that tend to be common with this finesse technique, and picking up line quickly for faster hooksets.” Downey describes the sensitivity and balance across the entire Legend Tournament Bass lineup as next-level. “I’ve caught northern largemouth in Minnesota up to five pounds on the DROPSHOT FINESSE XL and other LTB models, and the performance has been phenomenal across the boards.”
Downey also “wormed” a lipless crankbait with the new LBTC75MHF WARHORSE model to earn a second-place finish at the recent Bassmaster Elite at St. John’s River. “It’s a little stiffer rod than you would normally use for a lipless crankbait, because the fish are usually hitting it on the fall and you need set into them like you would with a Texas rig or a jig,” Downey says. “So you don’t really want a soft, limber rod for this technique. The extra length helps make long casts and allows you to pick up line quickly, too, which is also important for this technique. The 7’5” WARHORSE is an extremely versatile rod that excels in a bunch of different presentations, and worming a lipless crank is definitely one of them.”
Downey says the new hybrid blanks are really what make these rods unique, but new handle designs, also contribute significantly to what anglers will notice in the way of optimum balance, comfort, and performance. “The SCIV+ blanks feel lighter in weight, and I didn’t notice any reduction in strength. St. Croix’s team says they actually tested stronger than previous LTB rods on their Dynamic Analyzer, and after fishing them I have no reason to doubt the claim.”
Downey has also fished two of the iACT Glass reaction-bait models, specifically the LTBC72HM RIP-N-CHATTER and the LTBC74MHM POWER GLASS CRANKER. These moderate-action models – along with the LBTC72MM FINESSE GLASS CRANKER – are laid up with Linear S-Glass in addition to SCIV and SCVI carbon. “I was very impressed with their lighter weight and significantly reduced blank diameters when compared to a pure glass cranking rod,” he says. “I’m not aware of anything else remotely like these rods on the market and I found their overall performance with chatterbaits and crankbaits to be in a class all their own.”
Overall, Downey says new Legend Tournament Bass rods do what they’ve always done for angler, only better. “They give you the ultimate confidence. You don’t question whether the rod is going to perform as it should while you are fishing. They’re light, balanced, sensitive, look great, and perform without compromise in their intended applications,” he says. “All I have to worry about is finding the fish and selecting the right bait – I know the rod will give me the upper hand in making the presentation and getting any fish that bites back to the boat.”
Florida big-bass specialist and St. Croix pro, Joe Balog, spends most of his time flipping and punching. “Day in and day out, these are the most productive techniques for targeting double-digit bass where I fish,” he says. Balog’s experience and expertise made him uniquely qualified to test and help develop the new LBTC711HMF POWER FLIP’N model, as he’s done for other heavy-power sticks throughout St. Croix’s lineup.
“St. Croix makes some truly impressive flipping and punching rods, but the new LBTC711HMF – in my opinion – is the new top dog,” Balog says. “Before getting to what’s new, you need to start with what’s right. The extra length, heavy power and moderate-fast action of the LBT711HMF provides the proper platform for what a flipping and punching rod should be, all helping in both presentation and fish-catching ability. The more parabolic bend allows for easier lobbing and flipping of heavy baits, and also helps load the rod up when incorporating the requisite sweeping hookset. Extra length allows for more line to be picked up faster while providing better overall leverage, and heavy power for obvious reasons; it’s required for doing battle with giants in the thickest cover you can fish.”
Now for what’s new. “Most notably, to me, are improvement in overall feel and sensitivity that I can only attribute to the new SCIV+ material. This new rod is simply the most sensitive flipping-style rod I’ve ever used,” Balog reports while noting anglers opting for the LBTC711HMF can also expect to experience next-level balance. “That’s not something that’s easy to pull off on an extra-long, heavy-power bass rod, and considering how well balanced some of their other flipping rods already are, what they’ve created in this rod is really unique.”
With superior balance and sensitivity, Balog says the LTB POWER FLIP’N rod feels and fishes exceptionally light in demanding, heavy-cover situations. “That’s something often overlooked,” he says. “The physical stress of punching heavy baits through thick vegetation all day is real. Having a light, balanced rod greatly reduces arm fatigue when deploying what’s inherently a very demanding and frustrating technique. St. Croix talks about elevating angling experiences, and this is a prime example of one way they’ve done it.”
Experience the New Legend for Yourself
The brief wait is over. Experience all 24 models of the new Legend Tournament Bass Series – available right now – at your nearest St. Croix dealer or stcroixrods.com.