Of Muskies, Misconceptions, and Spinning Tackle
February 19, 2017
St. Croix goes off the grid with new Premier Musky Spinning Rod
Park Falls, WI This isnt about the poor sap caught on camera with his spinning rod upside down. What matters is that the dudes hearts in the right place. Hes fishing. Not golfing, bowling or sitting in his moms basement shooting zombies with a joystick.
In terms of big green fish and rods that lob large lures in the real world, St. Croix has been leading the musky brigade for so long that what often what appears retro and goofy at first glance, actually turns out to be an ingenious idea. Consider a musky-centric spinning rod. Crazy, right? Thats what anglers in jumpsuits casting for bigmouths and bucks once thought, too. That is, until imaginative anglers discovered the absolute advantages spinning tackle lent to certain presentations.
Comparisons between green bass and green Esocids end here. Suffice to say, not every musky hunter wants to clutch a casting rod; fewer still get a kick out of picking at a backlash or heaving lures into a headwind.
Turns out, St. Croixs new 8-foot Premier Musky spinning rod (PMS80HF) is a pretty sweet tool for pulling big rubber baits from deep water, says Rich Belanger, St. Croix Promotion Manager and resident musky man. This is an affordable, super user-friendly musky rod that we engineered in response to considerable consumer demand.
As musky fishing has grown in popularity, weve continually met anglers new to the sport who arent experienced with casting gear. They want to catch a musky, but dont want to spend a lot of money to get started. The Premier Musky spinning rod hits a comfortable $200 price point. Add one of the great new 4500 size spinning reels for about a hundred-twenty bucks and youre armed and outfitted for a wide range of lures and situations.
Belanger describes the new 8-foot Premier Musky spinning rod as a great all purpose tool for throwing any of the following, from 1 to 5 ounces: Bull Dawgs, topwater lures, jerkbaits, minnowbaits, vertical jigging baits, such as the Bondy Bait or Fuzzy Duzzit, and even big in-line spinners like the #10 Double Cowgirl.
We built this one-piece rod to go toe-to-toe with our traditional 8-foot musky casting rods in nearly every respect, notes Belanger. The blank uses choice SCII graphite, providing ample strength and power to bring any musky to the net. Its also a nice light graphite material that wont wear you out after a full day of casting. Thats key. But so too is the ability to drive hooks into a muskys bony jaw. Leave misconceptions that spinning rods arent up to this task at the door. The Premier Musky spinning rod is an efficient hook-setting beast.
The blanks fast action, adds Belanger, also loads perfectly for propelling large lures impressive distances; an extended casting butt amplifies distance, balance and fish-fighting leverage. Youll likely shoot lures further with this rod than with a similar style casting stick.
Tricked out with premium-grade cork handles, advanced Kigan Master Hand 3D guides and hook-keeper and a Fuji DPS reel seat, each and every Premier Musky spinning rod is designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, Wisconsin, USAbacked by St. Croix Superstar Service.
Seriously, dont be surprised if you start seeing more musky heads out there flinging spinning rods in the near future, Belanger contends. Absolutely nothing wimpy about these rods, or a dude who puts more muskies in the boat than his buddies.
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 companys 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.