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St. Croix Rod: BASS X Hits the Racks

St. Croix Rods’ highly anticipated BASS X series now appearing in stores

by: Dena Vick, Traditions Media

Photo by courtesy St. Croix
Photo by courtesy St. Croix
(Nov 7, 2016 - Park Fall, WI)  We’ve all gotten caught up in the hoopla around the release of a “life changing” product. Don’t be ashamed if you camped out to own the latest and greatest iPhone. (Now if you slept outside a store praying to snatch a Cabbage Patch Kid or talking Minion character, you might want to keep that on the low.)
But if you stand outside a sporting goods store longing for the open sign to illuminate – battered thermos and powdered donut in hand – aimed to own a new BASS X, well, that’s fully acceptable in our book…even something to brag about.
So why all the hype? Because never has a bass-fishing-specific series been developed with this level of thoughtfulness and technology in its price-range, BASS X models ranging from $100 to $110.
BASS X combines St. Croix’s legendary, handcrafting with high-quality componentry. The magic begins with St. Croix’s proven SCII graphite blank; not the amalgamation of anonymous carbon fibers found in similarly priced rods. Moreover, the SCII graphite blank gets two coats of Flex Coat finish to add durability and fuel that awesome BASS X mark with extra pop.
BASS X’s guides and reel seat don’t come out of the bargain bin, either. Hard aluminum-oxide guides deliver line with perfection from stripper guide to tip. A Fuji ECS® reel seat ensures ironclad connection with the reel while yielding all-day casting comfort.
Speaking of comfortably throwing baits, all 10 casting and 4 spinning models feature sporty split-grips. The supremely balanced configuration not only positions your hands for serious launching, but also reduces the overall weight of the rod.
 esigned with super-fast tips on some models, moderate deflections on others, bassers will find the 14 models in the BASS X lineup able to cover every technique from dropshotting to slopping to punching jigs through gnarly weed mats.
BASS X rods were designed in Park Falls, Wisconsin and are handcrafted in our Fresnillo, Mexico facility. Retailing for $100 - $110, BASS X delivers incomparable value. When paired with a 5-year warranty backed by its Superstar Service…St Croix delivers on its goal of affordable performance.
    •    Premium-quality SCII
    •    Designed and built for bass anglers
    •    Hard aluminum-oxide guides with black frames
    •    Fuji® ECS reel seat with black hood on casting models
    •    Fuji® DPS reel seat with black hoods on spinning models
    •    Split-grip / premium-grade cork handle with EVA trim
    •    Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish
    •    5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
    •    Designed in Park Falls and handcrafted in Fresnillo, Mexico
About St. Croix Rod
St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 68-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.
Photo by courtesy St. Croix
Photo by courtesy St. Croix