St. Croix Rods of Park Falls, Wisconsin is one of the leaders in fishing rod manufacturing and design in the United States. This 74-year-old family-owned American company is always advancing and showcasing its mission to handcraft the Best Rods on Earth®. So, at this year’s ICAST2022 in Orlando, Florida they unveiled an astounding 12 new or completely reengineered rod series. Of all of those one of them stood above the rest, their new line of Legend Tournament Bass GRASP swimbait rod models. Comprising of three different models, this new line won the Best of Category in Freshwater Rods in the ICAST2022 New Product Showcase.
The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades’ (ICAST) recognizes the best new fishing products in multiple categories each year. These products are voted on by attending product buyers and members of the sportfishing media. These “Best of Category” awards represent the best of in the fishing tackle industry and are fiercely competed over. So with how much competition is involved with these prestigious awards, it takes a great deal of effort to win them.
“We’re humbled and honored that those industry professionals who report on or sell fishing tackle for a living selected Legend Tournament Bass GRASP as the best new freshwater rod amidst a packed category, which included 34 other significant new rods from other manufacturers,” says St. Croix CEO, Scott Forristall. “St. Croix is built – top to bottom – to seek out, understand, and serve the needs of anglers; it’s what drives each one of our St. Croix team members every day, so everyone in the St. Croix family feels great pride and a real sense of gratitude for this recognition. Ultimately though, this award is for every angler around the globe who takes as much pride in using a St. Croix fishing rod as we feel in making them. It’s also for our retail partners who are on the front lines of helping anglers choose the Best Rods on Earth® to meet their specific angling needs and objectives.”
The three new Legend Tournament Bass swimbait models feature St. Croix’s proprietary GRASP reel seat. This unique reel seat firmly establishes a new standard in heavy-bass-lure rod design and performance. It is designed to excel in the presentation of big swimbaits and Alabama rigs from 3/4 ounce all the way up to 8 ounces. These three new swimbait rods bring the newly reimagined Legend Tournament Bass Series to a total of 27 distinct technique-specific high-performance models.
The new Legend Tournament Bass swimbait models; LBTC710HF LIGHT SWIMBAIT, LBTC710XHF MID SWIMBAIT, and LBTC86XXHFT HEAVY SWIMBAIT, all have the very unique new St. Croix GRASP reel seat. The Grasp reel seat effectively combats hand and wrist fatigue that commonly occurs when fishing with heavy lures and fighting those trophy fish all day. The Grasp does this by keeping the wrist properly aligned while affording the most comfortable and efficient grip on the rod and casting reel. This results in total control over the rod and fish. Causing less fatigue in anglers so they can fish longer, harder, and earn more success.
“The angler-requested St. Croix GRASP reel seat helps give anglers the upper hand by delivering superior ergonomic control of Legend Tournament Bass swimbait rods during the cast, retrieve, and throughout fight,” says St. Croix Brand Manager, Ryan Teach.
You can check out the St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass GRASP Swimbait rods here.