St. Croix Tidemaster Spinning Fishing Rod Review

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St Croix Tidemaster

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Product Review

The St. Croix Tidemaster Spinning Fishing Rod is made of SCII graphite with aluminum-oxide guides wrapped in stainless steel frames. It comes with a cork split handle, with comfortable grooves. These cork split handles are sturdy and allow for a secure grip. The rod itself is light and balanced, and comes in one piece, giving it the strength it needs to handle the larger fish.

The rod is recommended for inshore fishing. If you are unfamiliar with inshore fishing, it is fishing in the bay where the water levels are shallow, between 1 to 20 feet. But it’s not just for inshore fishing; many people use it for surf fishing and boat fishing as well, as it’s perfect for these conditions. You can catch trout, stripers, and redfish with this rod. Although the fast action can be a little sensitive for the larger fish, the strength and durability evens it out well.

Personally, I wouldn’t purchase this rod due to the high price. The rod is at a great rod, but there are other options that are better from Abu Garcia and even St. Croix, such as the Abu Garcia Ike Dude (reviewed here) or the St. Croix Mojo Bass Rod (reviewed here). At the price, I just don’t think this rod is worth it.


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Company Mini-History

The St. Croix fishing tackle company began with two brothers, Bob and Bill Johnson, who built a bamboo rod. This rod was a solution to the problem of fishing gear transportation that many anglers had: they couldn’t fit their gear into their cars! Although this rod no longer exists in their line of products, the have kept that innovative mindset when designing their rods. Developing concepts such as the Extra-Fast Taper (EFT), which allowed for greater flexibility in their rods, they steadily built their rods to what they are today. Their history is a testament to their focus on innovation, putting technology in combination with functionality.

St. Croix is a company that focuses on the engineering and design aspect of their rods.  They have taken many steps forward, developing technologies such as their Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART), which strengthens their rods without adding weight or diameter. It is essentially a carbon fiber material that prevents the blank from being disfigured under pressure. Sure enough, when purchasing a St. Croix rod, you are buying a product that has been infused with many different technologies; it is a rod that has been tested, re-tested, and tested again to ensure the highest levels of performance and durability.


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Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.

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Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.