It's Confirmed... Anglers Win
The 74-year-old family-owned American company was awarded Best of Category honors in the Freshwater Rod category of the ICAST 2022 New Product Showcase Awards for its three all-new Legend Tournament Bass GRASP swimbait models.
"We're humbled and honored that those industry professionals who report on or sell fishing tackle for a living selected Legend Tournament Bass GRASP as the best new freshwater rod amidst a packed category, which included 34 other significant new rods from other manufacturers," says St. Croix CEO, Scott Forristall. "St. Croix is built - top to bottom - to seek out, understand, and serve the needs of anglers; it's what drives each one of our St. Croix team members every day, so everyone in the St. Croix family feels great pride and a real sense of gratitude for this recognition. Ultimately though, this award is for every angler around the globe who takes as much pride in using a St. Croix fishing rod as we feel in making them. It's also for our retail partners who are on the front lines of helping anglers choose the Best Rods on Earth® to meet their specific angling needs and objectives."
The trio of all-new Legend Tournament Bass swimbait models featuring St. Croix's proprietary GRASP reel seat firmly establishes a new standard in heavy-bass-lure rod design and performance. Designed to excel in the presentation of swimbaits and Alabama rigs from ¾ to 8 ounces, these three all-new swimbait rods bring the newly reimagined Legend Tournament Bass Series to an expansive total of 27 distinct technique-specific high-performance models for the benefit of bass anglers worldwide. New Legend Tournament Bass swimbait models (LBTC710HF LIGHT SWIMBAIT, LBTC710XHF MID SWIMBAIT and LBTC86XXHFT HEAVY SWIMBAIT) have the distinction of being the first-ever contemporary St. Croix rods released with proprietary St. Croix-designed componentry - in this case, the all-new St. Croix GRASP real seat.
New Legend Tournament GRASP swimbait models will be available to anglers at St. Croix dealers worldwide and at stcroixrodfactorystore.com in October. All 24 other new Legend Tournament Bass models which were announced earlier this year at the 2022 Bassmaster Classic are available right now.
New Legend Tournament Bass rods feature markedly lighter and stronger next-generation hybrid SCIV+ carbon fiber blanks. Select reaction bait models feature all-new iACT Glass hybrid blanks. In addition to their unique combinations of proprietary materials, all-new Legend Tournament Bass rods also incorporate all of St. Croix's top technologies and premium components.
While every new Legend Tournament Bass rod is special and distinct, St. Croix Engineering Supervisor, Gavin Falk, says the three iACT Glass models - specifically engineered for hardbait applications like crankbaits and chatterbaits - represent an even greater technological achievement for anglers. "These rods introduce a third material - our linear S-Glass - to the hybrid SCIV+ blank to produce rods with the softer actions reaction presentations demand. We call the combination iACT Glass. It stands for Internally Active, and it allows us to deliver those slower, parabolic actions while maintaining peak sensitivity in a blank that's significantly smaller in diameter and lighter than a pure glass cranking rod," Falk says. "Our anglers have asked for this and we're always listening, not being reactive but addressing ideas and opportunities as they come forward."
Falk wants to remind anglers that these are not "composite" rods. "All three materials in Legend Tournament Bass iACT Glass models - SCIV carbon, SCVI carbon, and Linear S-Glass - are individually patterned and laid up to spec, then all rolled together," he says, emphasizing that each of the materials are distinct, and adding that Legend Tournament Bass iACT Glass models are the first carbon/glass hybrid rods ever to be rolled on St. Croix IPC mandrels.
Bassmaster Elite angler, Bob Downey says, "I was very impressed with the lighter weights and significantly reduced blank diameters of these new Legend Tournament Bass iACT rods when compared to a pure glass cranking rod. 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."
MLF angler and crankster, Jesse Wiggins agrees. "I've always been a huge fan of St. Croix's Legend Glass rods - and I still am - but these new blue iACT rods have really impressed me, especially in any cranking situation where you need that extra bit of sensitivity."
Despite the improvements, some things will stay the same: neLegend Tournament Bass rods remain handcrafted in Park Falls, Wisconsin, USA with a 15-year transferrable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. They also retain their iconic Tournament Blue Pearl color.
New St. Croix w Legend Tournament Bass Features
- Next-generation hybrid CARBON FIBER SCIV+ blanks
- Technique-specific iACT SCIV+ and linear S-Glass hybrid blanks on specific models
- Fortified Resin System (FRS) technology
- Advanced Reinforcing TechnologyTM (ARTTM)
- Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) mandrel technology
- Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) blank design
- Fuji® K-Series tangle-free guides with Alconite® rings
- Fuji® SK2 reel seat on casting models with ergonomic complimenting componentry
- Fuji® VSS real seat on spinning models with extended foregrip
- Precision machined aluminum reel seat nuts and wind checks on spinning and casting models
- Split-grip, super-grade cork handles customized per model
- Swimbait models (3) feature GRASP reel seat technology
- Full-grip super grade cork handles on select models
- Model specific hook keepers selectively placed per technique
- Single coat sealer on blank with slow cure finish
- Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish on guides
- 15-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
- Designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, U.S.A. for bass anglers worldwide
- Retail price $290 to $395
New St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass Casting Models
- JERKBAITS / LBTC68MXF - 6'8", medium power, extra-fast action / Retail $295
- ALL-IN / LBTC71MHF - 7'1", medium-heavy power, fast action / Retail $300
- FINESSE CARBON CRANKER / LBTC72MHMF - 7'2", medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action / Retail $315
- CARBON CRANKER / LBTC72MHM - 7'2", medium-heavy power, moderate action / Retail $315
- FINESSE GLASS CRANKER (iACT) / LBTC72MM - 7'2", medium power, moderate action / Retail $315
- RIP-N-CHATTER / LBTC72HM (iACT) - 7'2", heavy power, moderate action / Retail $315
- POWER FINESSE / LBTC73HXF - 7'3", heavy power, extra-fast action / Retail $320
- WORKHORSE / LBTC73MHF - 7'3", medium-heavy power, fast action / Retail $320
- FLIP-CHAT-CRANK / LBTC73HMF - 7'3", heavy power, moderate-fast action / Retail $320
- SLOP-N-FROG / LBTC74HF - 7'4", heavy power, fast action / Retail $325
- POWER GLASS CRANKER / LBTC74MHM (iACT) - 7'4", medium-heavy power, moderate action / Retail $325
- WARHORSE / LBTC75MHF - 7'5", medium-heavy power, fast action / Retail $330
- FLIP'N / LBTC76HMF - 7'6", heavy power, moderate-fast action / Retail $335
- BIG CRANKER / LBTC710HM - 7'10", heavy power, moderate action / Retail $345
- *LIGHT SWIMBAIT / LBTC710HF - 7'10", heavy power, fast action / Retail $350
- MAG CRANKER / LBTC710XHM - 7'10", extra-heavy power, moderate action / Retail $345
- *MID SWIMBAIT / LBTC710XHF - 7'10", extra-heavy power, fast action / Retail $360
- POWER FLIP'N / LBTC711HMF - 7'11", heavy power, moderate-fast action / Retail $340
- *HEAVY SWIMBAIT / LBTC86XXHFT - 8'6", extra-extra-heavy power, fast action / Retail $395
New St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass Spinning Models
- PINPOINT / LBTS68MXF - 6'8", medium power, extra-fast action / Retail $290
- DROPSHOT FINESSE / LBTS610MLXF - 6'10", medium-light power, extra-fast action / Retail $290
- VERSATILE / LBTS71MF - 7'1", medium power, fast action / Retail $300
- POWER VERSATILE / LBTS73MHF - 7'3", medium-heavy power, fast action / Retail $300
- DROPSHOT FINESSE XL / LBTS73MLXF- 7'3", medium-light power, extra-fast action / Retail $300
- POWER FINESSE / LBTS73MXF - 7'3", medium power, extra-fast action / Retail $300
- HAIR JIG / LBTS710MLXF - 7'10", medium-light power, extra-fast action / Retail $335
- SWIMMING BAITS / LBTS710MMF - 7'10", medium power, moderate-fast action / Retail $335