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St. Croix Avid Series Surf Fishing Rods

St. Croix Avid Series Surf Fishing Rods

St. Croix Avid Series Surf rods are built on St. Croix's unique SCIII graphite. Avid Surf rods feature Fuji's K-Series concept tangle-free guides and designed to give anglers their maximum cast possible. Avid Surf spinning & casting rods are the standard for surf rods.

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PiecesLine Weight (lb)Lure Weight(oz)Rod Weight (oz)HandlePrice
16-123/8-15.61$240.00 USD
18-175/8-27.21$250.00 USD
Mod Fast
18-173/4-38.02$260.00 USD
Oversize Large Packaging Required
Mod Fast
210-201-410.43$330.00 USD
212-252-611.33$340.00 USD
210-201-411.43$340.00 USD
215-403-813.34$370.00 USD
Mod Fast
220-606-1619.55$420.00 USD
210-201-410.76$340.00 USD
215-403-812.97$370.00 USD
Mod Fast
220-606-1619.08$420.00 USD
St. Croix Avid Series Surf rods are built on St. Croix's unique high modulus SCIII graphite woven blanks. Avid Surf rods feature Fuji's K-Series tangle-free, Alconite guides with alconite rings that prevents the line from catching on the frame base of the tip top. Perfect for many lines such as the Super braid, mono, and flourocarbon lines. The St Croix Avid Surf rods are designed for provision of maximum casting distance to anglers. Avid Surf spinning & casting rods are the new standard by which surf rods will be judged.

    • High-modulus SCIIIgraphite and SCIIW woven graphite.
    • Specialized taper designs for unequalled casting distance.
    • Lightweight aluminum-oxide surf guides.
    • Fuji's unique "tangle-free" tip top with Alconite ring.
    • Fuji DPS reel seat/gun-smoke hoods.
    • Custom cork tape handle.
    • Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
    • Lifetime warranty backed by unmatched St. Croix service.
    • Handcrafted in the U.S.A.

    St. Croix Trucker Mesh Cap w/TackleDirect LogoPurchase any St. Croix Rod other than a St. Croix Ice Rod, Ice Combo and receive a FREE St. Croix Trucker Mesh Cap w/TackleDirect Logo - $16.00 retail value. The FREE St. Croix Trucker Mesh Cap w/TackleDirect Logo will be added automatically to your shopping cart.
St. Croix Avid Series Surf Fishing Rods Features
  • High-modulus SCIIIgraphite and SCIIW woven graphite.
  • Specialized taper designs for unequalled casting distance.
  • Lightweight aluminum-oxide surf guides.
  • Fuji's unique "tangle-free" tip top with Alconite® ring.
  • Fuji DPS reel seat/gun-smoke hoods.
  • Custom cork tape handle.
  • Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
  • 5-year warranty backed by unmatched St. Croix service.
  • Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
4.5 Stars based on 30 reviews
By Christian
North Branch, MN
December 21, 2018
Nice rod
Love the rod I have it rigged with a Van Staal and with 8oz it casts a long ways. Now I only need a big fish to use the rod to it’s full protenal as fish under 4 lbs feel like bait when reeling in.
ProsLightweight,feels good when casting and reeling in.
ConsNone yet
By William
Panama city beach, Florida
December 3, 2018
Performance and durability
I use the 12 foot AVSS120HMF2 6-16oz for targeting bigger shark on spinning gear. Can cast a chunk of bait w/ a 4-8oz sinker like it was nothing. After putting dozens of 80-150lb fish on the beach with these rods, I now own 3 and stand behind them. All still work and perform as if it was the first day I used them.
ProsDurable and can be absolutely put to work. Will cast heavy weight very well.
ConsWish this setup came with an Aluminum reel seat option.
By PrunedaleMike
Prunedale, CA.
July 8, 2018
Great rod for walking the beach!
St Croix HIT a homerun with this rod. Light weight but has a strong backbone, making life easier as I fish the Monterey Bay beach. Walking this beach is the only option to find the fish as no vehicles are allowed. St Croix built in a replaceable rubber butt pad that can be replaced when needed, cool idea.
I put a Abu Garcia Beast on the rod and created a very balanced set up. The rod loads with 2 ozs. without breaking a sweat, and handles up to 4 oz's very well.
The rod looks gorgeous, beautiful red finish that proudly shows its American made quality .
I highly recommend this rod !
By Javier
New York
March 25, 2018
Amazing rod
I have the 10ft 1-4oz and I love it. The color is amazing too
By Chad
February 10, 2018
Another winner from St Croix
Just received my 8' Avid and right away I'm liking it. Can't wait for the spring run to put it to the test of catching fish. Own other St.Croix rods so have no doubt it will perform. So far it's a great feeling rod and sharp looking. Will be pairing with VR50 and 6000 baitrunners
ProsGreat construction and looks
ConsStill winter
By Andrew
New York
December 4, 2017
Was great until this happened
I ordered this rod a few months ago during the beginning of the fall run. I loved the action and feel that the avid series surf rod gave me with the Van Staal VS 150. Everything was going great until one day while I was making a cast and the rod snapped just above the handle...What made it worse was that I was in the middle of a good bite as well with no backup rod (I learned my lesson). I was on a school of 10 to 20 pound fish the day before but that should not be a reason for something like this to happen. At the time, I was using a 1 ounce bucktail so I also cancelled out the option that the lure was too heavy for the rod. About a year ago, the same thing happened to my buddy who was using the St. Croix Premier rod. My buddy and I do have a lot of torque when casting so that is the only viable option I can think of. St. Croix has been the brand that I have been using for the past 4 years and I have never had an issue until now.

This occurred yesterday and I was able to get a hold of St. Croix about the situation today. They seem understanding about the situation in regards to trying to fix it AKA give me a new rod. St. Croix usually has great customer service so I am expecting them to resolve this situation. Just beware when you purchase St. Croix because this is the second time in two years I have seen/had a rod snap just above the handle.

By Drew
October 19, 2017
9’6 medium heavy
Rod is amazing. Top of the line rod everything is sealed for maximum corrosion resistance. Rod handles 30-40†stripers with ease. Paired it with a Slammer III 5500.
ProsSealed everywhere. Candy paint is beautiful. Cork tape handle is nice. Plenty of back bone
ConsNone yet.
By Anas
Springfield Gardens, NY
June 24, 2017
Great rod
Great chunk rod it got the looks and the power to cast. it will definitely cast 8 ounce and bait with ease.
ProsGreat quality. nice color. strong well made
By Lou
Panama City, Flordia
November 28, 2016
good but not so good
The blank of this rod is nice but the material on the butt of the rod isn't so nice. The material that covers the blank undo the real seat is horrible it is twisted in a spiral pattern around blank of the rod and it will unravel and fall apart. I fish this rod on pier and surf and it is pretty good it is extremely strong i fish it on a van steal 150vs. The guides are great just beware of the material on bottom portion of rod.
Prosgreat rod blank great guides
Consreal seat is bad the material at bottom of rod is horrible
By Nicholas
Pittsburgh, PA
November 13, 2016
Excellent Chunking Rod
This rod loads up nicely through the casting arch with 8nbait. It will definitely handle the 16oz rating at the same time. Paired with a Penn Fathom 15 and the set-up will hit well over 100yds with minimal practice. The rod, for a 12 footer, also feels very light in hand while having the backbone to handle larger fish with ease.
ProsCasting weight rating, Action and Power, Casting Ability, Made in the USA
By Corey
Manahawkin, NJ
September 24, 2016
Loved it at first
The rod its self is great. Good distance and action however, the handle loosens and the tape falls off. (This has happened to every avid surf I've seen not just mine)

The handle is also way too skinny after popping a popper or jigging a bucktail it will feel like your hand is going to fall off.
By Jonathan Leduna
Philadelphia, PA
June 5, 2016
Awesome Surf Rod
Tested this rod for 6 hours on a rainy and windy day with repeated casts of different lures to catch stripers and blues. This rod was very light and durable. Handle grip performed flawlessly with rain and water while holding it barehanded during the downpour and waves. It handled big fish like its nothing. The best part, my arms and shoulder were never sore with the number of casts I made during one session. Worth the money.
Pittsford, NY
April 29, 2016
Great rod but it's long even when broken down.
I love this rod. It's great for casting and is a nice rod to use with my Van Staal VS150. The only drawback to this rod is that it breaks down to a little over 7', which makes it tricky to transport. I live in Central NYS and so I have to ship it to where I am going in order to transport it: too long to entrust to airline baggage handling and my wife has a fit if I load it in the car for a long trip. I fish the surf along the southern US Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast. I sometimes think I should have purchased the 10' model but then realize it would only have been about 7" shorter broken down.
Prosgreat performance
ConsDifficult to transport due to it's very long breakdown size.
By Chhouvon
Philadelphia, Pa
April 23, 2016
Light weight perfect for all day surfcasting
Love it so much I brought a 2nd one from Tackle Direct. This rod is light weight but still have enough backbone to easily cast 6 oz. Perfect for throwing SP minnows and Talkin' Poppers however still able to handle 6oz and bait. Has very good action to handle both striped bass and gator blues.
ProsSuper Light Weight K guide frames Cork Handle grip rod action from tip to mid handle 70/30 split Nice Red color
ConsNone thus far
By Nick
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
February 24, 2016
Amazing rod!!
This is a great rod!! I use it to fish the Atlantic Ocean in Central Florida. With just a 3oz weight on this rod you can cast it a long way out into the ocean. It is amazing at casting. Super light also. The whole rod weighs as much as a small section of one of my old surf rods it seems. I got the 11' rod. I needed something long and powerful enough to get weight out into the ocean and also with enough backbone to fight a big fish. You never know how big of a fish or shark you might catch in the ocean. Great rod! It is pricy but worth every penny!
ProsColor Sensitivity Length 11' - is perfect for what I do. Weight - super light Warranty - St Croix Rods are like no other company from what I have heard.
ConsFedex shipping!!! I received the rod quick but the tube it was shipped in was broke in half. This tube is a solid cardboard tube almost as strong as wood that the rod is shipped in. I weigh 225lbs and I can stand on the tube lengh wise without crushing it. The tube was broke in half at some point during shipping and taped back together by Fedex, which the tape was falling off so my rod was holding the tube from bending in half. Luckily the rod was fine but I opened the rod in front of them and inspected it to make sure there was no damage. Horrible job Fedex! How do you break a tube of that size...? No cons about the rod. Just shipping.
10 Questions & 10 Answers
from Washington Court House Ohio asked:
January 31, 2018
When will the 11’ avid surf casting rod be available?
1 Answers
Were expecting more in at the end of February/ early march.
on February 1, 2018

from Florida asked:
January 21, 2018
What would be the best size for catching finesse fish such as Pompano or other good fish like that?
1 Answers
The 8 foot Avid inshore surf would be a good choice for finesse fishing if your fishing from shore from a boat I would recommend the 7 foot.
on January 24, 2018

John Leslie
from TX asked:
November 14, 2017
Reviewers are reporting the cork tape coming loose. Has this problem been corrected?
1 Answers
Hello John, first time we've heard about that happening to this rod but if you'd like you can call St.Croix directly at (800) 826-7042 to see if they are aware of the problem.
on November 20, 2017

from McDonough GA asked:
December 20, 2017
What rod would be the best fit for my Integra 14000 xtd
1 Answers
The St Croix AVSS110MHF2 Avid Series Surf Spinning Rod would be the best fit for the Ultegra 14000. The setup would be great for balance and durability.
on December 21, 2017

from NJ asked:
October 29, 2017
Planning on getting the 8ft rod. What reel would fit the best a 4000 or 5000 thanks
1 Answers
Either size would work. I'd suggest a 5000 size if you are using a braided line 30 lbs. or heavier. You would be fine with a 4000 size for line under 30 lbs.
on October 31, 2017

daniel Ross keenan
from NY asked:
October 22, 2017
How well would a Van Staal VS100 pair with the St. Croix AVSS70MF surf rod?
1 Answers
I think the 7' model would pair perfectly with a VS100 for a light tackle inshore/surf set up.
on October 23, 2017

from Florida asked:
May 12, 2017
Would the penn slammer III 4500 be a good fit for the 9ft 1-4oz rod?
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 4500 would balance well with the 9' 1 - 4 oz rod.
on May 13, 2017

Kevin lin
from Florida asked:
March 20, 2017
What size slammer 3 and daiwa bg would fit best on the 9'6 MH avid surf spinning rod
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 5500 or the Daiwa BG 5000 would match well with the St Croix AVSS96MHF2 Avid Series Surf Spinning Rod. Thank you for considering TcakleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 21, 2017

from Clayton, NC asked:
February 19, 2017
What reel would you recommend for the avid surf 12 spinning rod?
1 Answers
There are many different reels that would pair up well with the 12' Avid. I would suggest looking into the Daiwa BG and Daiwa Saltist for reels in the $100-$200 range, a Penn Slammer III or Shimano Saragosa for the $300-$400 range, and a Van Staal VR or VS if you are looking for a high end reel specifically designed for surf fishing.
on February 21, 2017

from Malibu, Ca asked:
July 28, 2015
How does the 11' surf rod breakdown for travel? 50/50, 60/40 or 70/30?
1 Answers
It is about a 70/30 split. It connects at the top of the butt section which is 34" long.
on July 29, 2015


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