I am thinking about buying a , St. Croix panfish rod. Has anyone bought one, and how do you like it. Also how does it compare to a Avid spin cast rod.
St. Croix panfish rod
Thanks guys, I have been doing more panfishing in the last couple of years. I use my Avid now, and love it. Put thinking, getting a rod just for panfish. I don’t normally use a bobbers. There about $60 difference between the Avid and the panfish series.
I seldom fish panfish with any rods under 7ft any more,I have gone to diawa presso ul 7.5 and 8ft what a blast cast way better then short ul's.The only time I fish a shorter ul is for small stream trout.
As Shad said, no need for a costly rod to bobber fish. I mainly cast small plastics. I have all 6 ft UL rods. I do have 3 St Croix's, a panfish series, Premier and an Avid. The panfish series is better than the Premier IMO. All 3 the tips are very delicate. I have broken all 3 4 inches from the tip. :( I keep them in rod socks and it just takes that unintentional ding on the side of the boat to make a stress crack.
Something to consider is that the Panfish rod is made in Mexico and has a 5-year warranty, but the Avid is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty. I'd compare the Panfish more to the Premier for price performance as the Avid is in reality a step up from both of those.
I use a 6’ panfish series UL for panfish and stream trout and I like it. It may be the same blank as the premier, but the guides are much lighter making it more sensitive. I don’t have any experience with the Avid UL so can’t compare.
Also, 6’ does limit casting distance with light baits so you may want to go longer if that’s a concern.
I have a St Croix Avid 7' UL spinning rod that is super fun to fish. I love swimming small plastics with it. It is the only St Croix spinning rod I stil own because I really do not like their brand very much, too many have broken over years.
I strongly suspect based on price point the panfish rod is just their premier blanks or even something cheaper. You might not get the sensitivity you get from an Avid