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Feature Article: St. Croix Swim Frog Rods

New Swim Frog Rods at the Bassmaster Classic

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 13, 2019

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St. Croix launches Mojo Bass MJC75MHXF and Legend Tournament® Bass LBC75MHXF


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NEW LEGEND TOURNAMENT Bass Swim Frog Rod (LBC75MHXF).

Park Falls, WI — St. Croix has always strived to provide bass anglers with exactly the rods they need for the situation and the presentation, from power to finesse. Now, catering to the growing trend of bass anglers fishing swim frogs, St. Croix is proud to introduce two new rods designed specifically for the presentation at the upcoming Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tn.


But the rods are no one trick pony. Not only are the rods designed to work specifically for topwater “buzz frogs,” they are equally adept at managing swim jigs in the same waters that swim frogs excel, as well as traditional topwater frogs, big swimbaits, speed worms, and more. Truly, the rods excel throughout the entire water column, from swim frogs thrown around docks and cypress trees knees to working a keel-weighted swimbait in sparse cover, the Mojo Bass MJC75MHXF and Legend Tournament Bass LBC75MHXF are must-have rods.


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NEW MOJO BASS Swim Frog casting rod (MJC75MHXF).


With that, meet the new for 2020, Mojo Bass Swim Frog casting rod, MJC75MHXF, a medium-heavy power, extra-fast action 7’5” weapon comprised of SCIII carbon fiber. The rod now occupies a niche anglers have long been looking for—and at a price, $140, certain to please anglers on all budgets.


For fans of the Legend Tournament Bass series, anglers will be ecstatic over the release of the new LBC75MHXF Swim Frog model, a gorgeous 7’5” piece of rod artistry in medium-heavy power with extra-fast action and comprised of SCIV carbon with IPC®, ART™, and FRS technologies.


Bass pro Jesse Wiggins and Florida-based bass expert Joe Balog were instrumental in design of both rods, from inception to reviewing the final versions where big bass live.


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Wiggins adds: “There are a lot of times throwing baits when you have to pick up slack quickly to set the hook and these rods really excel at that. On the long casts you can make on these rods because of the length and extra-fast action you can pick up a lot of slack quickly, no matter what the technique is, whether it’s throwing a buzz frog way back in the pads or jerkin’ a big ol’ swimbait.”


Balog concurs: “If you’re fishing in lily pads with matted grass and make a super long cast those first couple cranks of the reel have to pick up a lot of slack. If a fish hits the bait it’s tough to get that fish out with a traditional 7’ medium-heavy rod. You really need something that has more leverage, a long handle, and plenty of power. Both of these rods, with medium-heavy power and at 7’5” long have the meat to handle big fish in the junk on long casts.


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Fishing here in Florida, I don’t typically undergun with any technique, where the next fish could be a seven, eight, or nine-pounder. If you do, the biggest bite of the day could be the one you lose, so these rods are now part of my day-to-day arsenal for a host of techniques: buzz frogs, hollow-body frogs, speed worms, skinny dippers, swim jigs, and big swimbaits. They’re hardcore rods.”


Besides long casts, both anglers agree that the rods excel at throwing light baits, which frogs tend to be. “At that length and power and extra-fast action they’re substantial rods. But because they’re extra-fast action you can still cast a fairly light bait. A buzz frog doesn’t weigh much so you need an extra-fast action rod to really cast it. Plus, the action allows anglers to throw frogs up around the knees of cypress trees, docks, duck blinds, grass, and other cover. If you’re fishing around vegetation — especially where there’s wood mixed in — they’re perfect,” says Balog.


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ABOUT MOJO BASS


—Technique-specific bass rods featuring SCIII carbon and IPC® mandrel technology for stunning performance at an unbelievable value.


— Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) mandrel technology.


— Premium, high modulus SCIII carbon.


— Slim-profile ferrules.


— Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and 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.


— Kigan hook-keeper.


— Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish.


— 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.


— Technique-specific bass series designed for superior performance.


— Designed in Park Falls and handcrafted in Fresnillo, Mexico.


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ABOUT LEGEND TOURNAMENT® BASS


— Redesigned for 2018, Legend Tournament Bass refinements include improved reel seats, guide train and split-grip cork handles. This ever popular series leads the way in rod design and performance.


— Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) mandrel technology.


— Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™)


— High-modulus/high-strain SCIV carbon with FRS for unparalleled strength and durability.


— Fuji® K-Series tangle-free guides with Alconite® rings and Corrosion Control™ (CC™) matte finish frames.


— Fuji® TVS blank-touch reel seat on spinning rods.


— Fuji® PTS blank-touch reel seat on casting rods.


— Machined-aluminum wind check and trim pieces.


— Split-grip/super-grade cork handle.


— Kigan hook-keeper.


— Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish.


— 15-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service


— Technique-specific bass series features unrivaled technology and performance.


— Designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, U.S.A.




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