St. Croix Rod Pitches Perfect Game
Park Falls, WI – In bass fishing, like baseball, every pitch counts. Much like painting the corners of the plate, pitching a wakeless bait into a laydown or grass pocket is often what wins games.
"As time goes by, a lot more anglers are pitching than flipping," says Dan Johnston, National Accounts Manager for St. Croix Rods and bass fishing expert. "Down and up with one hand pitching is being used in more scenarios all the time, from docks to laydowns to grass edges. The funny thing is, many of the rods being billed as pitching rods are actually flipping sticks, and there's a big difference in the technique mechanics and what's required from a rod."
"First, 7'5" is the perfect length to cover a wide variety of pitching distances - from short to far - without getting in the way of common obstructions. The length is also long enough to transfer a lot of energy for sure hooksets. Secondly, the moderate-fast action protects braid and fluorocarbon lines and supplies the right amount of deflection given braid's lack of stretch. This means you can jack fish from a close distance and the rod absorbs much of the energy to keep bass buttoned. As to the heavy power, we wanted to create a rod that's simply going to get fish around cover and into the boat, end of story," says Johnston.
"The Pitchin' rod is fantastic addition to the family," notes Johnston, "We retained the Fuji K-Series Tangle-Free Guides with Alconite Rings and put a pitching/casting guide platform on it to reduce line slap and increase accuracy. The result is a rod where the line moves like a laser through the guides for far greater pitching accuracy."
The new rod also features a Fuji PTS blank-touch reel seat with built-in hood, which drops the reel farther down into the reel seat. "This is a really comfortable set-up for anglers who palm the reel when pitching. The feedback has been very positive," adds Johnston.
All-new for 2018, Legend Tournament Bass rods have been refined to include a new guide train, improved reel seats and split-grip cork handles. The series has also been expanded to 31 models, including new 8' plus models leading the way in long-rod performance. All Legend Tournament Bass rods boast 15-year transferable warranties backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Retail prices range from $250 to $400.