St. Croix Tidemaster Inshore Casting Rods
Excellent Rod for a price
I paired my 7 mediun action with a Curado 300E and 20# braid line. I normally use the rod for baby and medium tarpons. But this rod can handle more than that. Two days ago I catch a 140 pounds tarpon with no problem. A 1:40 hour fighth but the rod responded to the war. No complain at all. Only I have a problem when I first bought the rod. The guides were out of line; I had to re wrap the guides again.
May 29, 2012
First, the good points. This rod is well built as with all the St. Croix rods I have purchased. It is nice and light with a straight grip butt (no hump) Fuji handle with a stainless hook keeper. It also has large diameter guides which are essential when using a long leader tied directly to your line. Although it has good backbone, I do not care for the "soft" tip which I suppose is because of the SCII graphite. I prefer the crispness of the SCIII graphite such as is used on the "Avid" series of rods. This aside, I think it is a good rod and would be very well suited to fishing open flats. The soft tip will likely throw a plug a little further, but most of my fishing is around treed shoreline where the crisp action of the SCIII makes for better accuracy. It's a bit expensive, but the "Legend" inshore series with it's SCIV graphite and titanium guides fits the bill for me perfectly. As mentioned, I hope they will come out with an "Avid" inshore rod. Somewhere between the "Tidemaster" and the "Legend" with a more modest pricepoint.
February 2, 2009
Finally got the rod Ineeded
I tried purchasing this rod online, but someone in the shipping department liked it too. They stole the original rod and shipped me a three foot trolling rod in it's place. After a few months, I finally got my money back. Then I went down to Outdoor World In Ft Lauderdale and found the rod. I bought the 8 ft heavy duty casting rod for fishing at the beach and throwing a 1.5 oz spoon. I fish for bluefish, snook, tarpon, shark or whatever else shows up at the beach. It's a super light rod that allows you to cast for hours without weary you out. The heavy duty part allows you to set the hook right after a long cast which often happens in the surf. The 5 year warrantee makes the rod a good buy. St Croix stands behind their product. Invest in a great rod.
September 22, 2007
Sturdy and Reliable
This rod is excellent. I have a 3 piece travel version that has great feel and sensitivity. I have used it on my homewaters in IL for big bass, catfish, pike and bowfin. I use it with and Ambassadeur 6600 C4 and a Johnny Morris Limited edition model. I took this rod and reels out west to portland and back through montana and south dakota for Sturgeon in the columbia river and bass and pike in montana and it performed both tasks great.
July 13, 2010