St. Croix ‘s Mojo Bass rods have become a mainstay within the fishing industry through quality performance, technique specific features and remarkable customer service. From ground-pounding hook sets to the softest dropshot movements, this is one model lineup that you should consider for your next fishing rod and reel combo.
I purchased the Mojo Bass Swimbait MBC79HF on December 28, 2010 as a $99 special. Initially meant for my 8” Huddleston Deluxe Swimbait, using this rod for other techniques such as flipping and frogging eventually made it into a versatile stick. With a 5-year warranty from St. Croix, the peace of mind reassured my decision and the rod performed very well for me during the 2011 season.
For a 7’9” rod, the Mojo Bass Swimbait is surprisingly light; much lighter than other manufacturers’ swimbait rods. The fast action tip loads quickly and transfers the hook set down the blank, to the backbone where all of that energy is captured and relentlessly applied to that bass on the end of the line. I chose to complete the package with a Shimano Cardiff 301A and the entire combo balances well. For chucking big fish baits, the rod makes a tough job relatively easy.
The Mojo Bass features aluminum-oxide guides with stainless steel frames and a Fuji ECS reel seat. Neither component has failed me. Just before a trip to the California Delta for a FLW College Fishing Tournament, my rod was victim to being placed against the trolling motor of my partner’s boat –the motor was tripped which sent my beloved Mojo Bass down to the ground like a UFC match. Her blank was only minorly scuffed but still went on to catch many fish last year. I take very good care of my equipment and hated to see this happen, but I couldn’t have asked for a better test of day-to-day durability.
While you may call it purple, St. Croix defines the blazing color dark cherry metallic. With a two-coat topping of Flex Coat, the color shines just like an ‘ole hot rod. With the split grip design and a price that will help any angler round out his or her arsenal, the St. Croix Mojo Bass is here to stay. Be sure to get your hands on one or check them out at Tackle Warehouse. You too are sure to find a high level of detail that is bound to impress both on and off the water.
Mojo Bass Swimbait Rod St. Croix
Model Number MBC79HF
Line 14-30 lb test
Lure Weight 1-4 ounces
Rod Weight 6.4 ounces
Retail Price $130