St. Croix Avid Series Surf Fishing Rods

St. Croix Avid Series Surf Fishing Rods

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TypeLengthPowerActionLine WeightLure WeightRod WeightHandlePrice
1 pc
MediumFast8-17lb5/8-2oz7.2oz1$260.00 USD
1 pc
MediumModerate-Fast8-17lb3/4-3oz7.9oz2$270.00 USD
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2 pc
MediumModerate-Fast10-20lb1-4oz10.5oz3$340.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast12-25lb2-6oz11.5oz3$350.00 USD
2 pc
MediumFast10-20lb1-4oz11.5oz3$350.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast15-40lb3-8oz13.0oz4$380.00 USD
2 pc
MediumModerate-Fast20-60lb6-16oz19.0oz5$430.00 USD
2 pc
MediumFast10-20lb1-4oz11.0oz6$350.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast15-40lb3-8oz13.0oz7$380.00 USD
2 pc
HeavyModerate-Fast20-60lb6-16oz19.0oz8$430.00 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 standard by which surf rods will be judged.

    • High-modulus SCIII carbon
    • Fuji K-Series KW tangle-free guides with alconite rings and corrosion control (BC matte grey finish) frames.
    • Fuji DPS deluxe reel seat with Back Stop lock nut and matte grey hoods
    • Custom cork tape handle with machined trim pieces
    • Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
    • 15-year transferable warranty backed by unmatched St. Croix service.
    • Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
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 16 reviews
By Bruce
Canton Ohio
Avid surf 9.5 and 11ft spinning
October 7, 2021
Have both rods and are paired with penn slammer 3 6500..been using them in the surf in North Carolina..they cast great…plenty of distance and sensitive to the lite biters…using mostly bait and mullet rigs for blues…my only complaint is with the cork handle…sand spike and beach cart were damaging the lower portion so picked up heat shrink tube and sleeved it…cheap easy cure…the rods are great and have no other issues…
  • Great action
  • Good reel seat
  • TD great and good protection during shipping
  • Lower cork handle delicate and easily damaged
By Adam
Southport, NC
My favorite surf fishing rod
May 24, 2021
I enjoy this rod, it has great feel. You can almost see what is happening under the water. It is a very light rod and I have no fatigue after a full day of casting.
  • The warranty, the lightweight, the balance
  • none
By Innkeeper
Staten Island NY
Good cast rod for metals
April 2, 2021
The Avid Surf rod is lighter in weight and have a better guide configuration than the bulky Triumph line.
  • Light weight, fast tip for chucking metals
  • Maybe a quality wrapped handle would be better than the cork.
By Ryan
Marmora, NJ
St Croix Avid Surf
March 19, 2021
Using the 8' for light artificials.Paired with a vr50 its hard to find a lighter combo for the beach or back bays. Im pleased with the performance of the avid so far, I will comment that the butt section is slightly longer than most other surf rods of comparable size. I will be purchasing a heavier rod in the future because I like this one so much.
By Brooklyn B.
Nice stick
March 17, 2021
Top of the line materials and warranty. A very light and strong rod. Casts a mile can't wait to put in some work striper season.
  • Very well made
  • Pricey
By Jerry
8'0 Avid Surf
October 28, 2020
Incredible value and rod. Super light in weight. It is NOT tip heavy which is impossible to find in a surf rod. The butt was too long for me so I cut down 4" making it a 7'8. Casts 3/8-1.5oz perfect. It feels stiff but when fishing it loads great. Have it paired with a stradic 5000.
  • super light
  • NOT tip heavy
  • 1 piece
  • 15 year no questions asked warrantee
  • excellent guides
  • butt too long, cut 4" off now is perfect
By Bruce
Canton ohio
St croix 9’6” avid surf spinning rod
August 18, 2020
The rod looks and feels great..paired it with a penn slammer 6500...getting ready to hit the beach in North Carolina in September...the rod came direct from the factory and was well protected in the shipping container..
  • Great quality I?ve come to expect from St croix as this is my fifth rod from them..
  • 2 Avid
  • 2 Mojos
  • And a fresh water Triumph
  • None as yet
By Brian
New Jersey
Handle way too long.
February 17, 2020
Nice looking and balanced rod but in my opinion the handle on the 9' model is way too long. It's a full 2" longer from butt cap to reel seat than the 9' Mojo and it just makes the rod feel like all handle.
  • Good components.
  • Handle too long. Stripper guide frame too large for 9' rod.
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
Great rod
November 19, 2019
Just a step above the mojo this feels even better in the hand. Got it paired with a 5k stradic and it feels great
By Vinny
East coast
I like the old model better
September 23, 2019
I like the improved real seat
By Javier
New York
Amazing rod
March 25, 2018
I have the 10ft 1-4oz and I love it. The color is amazing too
By Andrew
New York
Was great until this happened
December 4, 2017
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 Henry
North Carolina
May 1, 2015
I purchased this with a Penn Torque reel and Suffix 832 65 lbs. line. The grip is the perfect diameter comfortable to hold all day and grippy dry or wet. The large surface area of the butt/gimbal is comfortable to rest against you also. So once i get this thing loaded with a 8/0 hook with a whole shrimp and a 6 oz. pyramid I cast it, no pendulum cast or anything fancy, holy sh*t, I had no idea it was going that far and with only a 6 oz. sinker. So I didn't even leave it out there after I saw that. Reeled in a pendulum cast damn even farther. This thing is a cannon and only with a 6 oz. sinker. I'm going to get an 8 and 10 oz. in the future. I didn't have any problem all day with the sections coming apart of line wrapping around the guides. I only had to be careful not to knock the sh*t out of a pelican. So after 10 minutes of standing there with this beast of a pole I realize this thing is light. The Penn reel is 75% of the weight. This is a great rod no complaints St. Croix makes a great product i have 2 of their fly rods and one other surf rod. For Sharks and Bull Redfish from the beach this rod is perfect with braided line it is super sensitive I could feel pinfish hitting the shrimp with who knows how much line out. GREAT ROD. Can't wait to go surf fishing again.
  • Distance, weight, tangle free guides, grippy handles, snazzy paint scheme-my wife even said it looks nice!
  • none. Stop thinking about it St. Croix makes a great rod. May hit someone kayaking in Bermuda. Be Careful!
By Alex
California, MD
Great surf rod
April 25, 2015
Paired with a Torque 5 bail less, you will be set to catch every striper in the ocean. It is a very strong rod and I am happy with it.
By Margaret
Poughkeepsie, NY
Very light and tough!
April 18, 2015
I have a nine foot model paired with my Van Staal 200 for fishing in Montauk and it's a great combo! The rod is unbelievably strong for how light it is.
22 Questions & 22 Answers
from bahrain asked:
June 26, 2019
what is the weight of the 12ft and what is the max lure weight ?


1 Answer
This rod is a pre-order, when it becomes available we'll be able to get the specs on the rod for you. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

from Brooklyn, NY asked:
June 21, 2019
I noticed the color is different from the candy apple red.  Is this a new updated model?
1 Answer
This is the newly updated avid surf from St.Croix. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 21, 2019

from Washington Court House Ohio asked:
January 31, 2018
When will the 11’ avid surf casting rod be available?
1 Answer
Were expecting more in at the end of February/ early march.
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 20, 2017

Steve Dupree
from Macon, Georgia asked:
September 14, 2021
I have a Van Staal 250 VSX 250. I’m throwing baits up to 4oz. What  model Avid Surf would best match with this reel?
1 Answer

The St.Croix Avid Surf spinning rod VSS100MF2 will pair nicely with the Van Staal VSX250 for throwing lures up to 4oz.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 14, 2021

from Cape Cod asked:
July 3, 2021
Would this the Avid or Mojo be a better fit for a Penn CLA5000? Looking to throw 2-3oz lures. What rod length? Was thinking 10’? I asked this under the reel too since I’m trying to find a good pole that will last a long time. 
1 Answer
St Croix makes a really good rod so you won't have to worry about the rod. Depending on how big the fish you are targeting is I would recommend either the 9'6" MH or the 10' M either one will work well and pair well with the Penn. 
Submitted by: Paul Olah on July 5, 2021

Steve Dupree
from Macon,GA. asked:
March 13, 2021
Which model would you suggest for throwing 3-4 ozs plus bait for whiting,pompano,drum and small to medium sharks?
1 Answer
9’6 MH or 11’MH are both rated for that amountof lure weight.
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 19, 2021

Steve Dupree
from Macon, Georgia asked:
March 12, 2021
Which model would you recommend for surf fishing in Florida for Pompano,Whiting,Black Drum and medium sharks? I need something that will throw 3 -4 ozs plus bait?
1 Answer
VSS96MHF2) will throw 2-6oz and the 11’ MH (VSS110MHF2) will throw 3-8oz.If you have between a 4500 and 5500 reel go with the 9’6” any larger and I’d gowith the 11”.
Submitted by: Cory on March 19, 2021

from NY asked:
March 5, 2021
Which one is more stiff, avid

11ft casting compare to mojo 11ft casting ?

1 Answer
The stiffer rod would be the Mojo Surf. It has a moderate fast action as opposed to a fast action, which will give it a slightly stiffer feel as opposed to the Avid that has a fast action.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on March 9, 2021

from PA asked:
January 26, 2021
What size PENN spin fisher  reel would you use with 10’ st croix avid surf rod

1 Answer
I would go with the 6500 size on a 10'. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 27, 2021

from Torres, Brasil asked:
January 19, 2021
I think the VSC120HMF2 fishing rod is out of my budget because it really is a top of the line rod ... But I still ask how is the division of the 2 sections? Is it 50/50?
1 Answer
This rod is a 70/30 split. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 20, 2021

from PA asked:
December 28, 2020
What length rod do I use for surf fishing for striper on the beach in New Jersey ?

Casting Ava jigs and deadly Dick lures 

1 Answer
Hello, Thanks for being interested in our products. For surf fishing I would recommend anything 9' and above. So that way you can ensure a further cast out. 
Submitted by: Bass O on December 29, 2020

from long island ny asked:
January 9, 2020
What is difference between 8ft Avid surf and Avid inshore,thanks John
1 Answer
The 8' Medium Inshore lure weight is rated 3/8 - 3/4 ounces whereas the surf rod is rated 3/4 - 3 ounces. Also the inshore is a lighter application weighing 5.2 oz's, the surf weighs 7.9 ounces. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on January 10, 2020

from Ny asked:
June 10, 2019
How does the 9' surf rod breakdown for travel?
1 Answer
This rod is a 2 piece, 70/30 split. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on June 18, 2019

from McDonough GA asked:
December 20, 2017
What rod would be the best fit for my Integra 14000 xtd
1 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Devon 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 Answer
I think the 7' model would pair perfectly with a VS100 for a light tackle inshore/surf set up.
Submitted by: Devon 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 Answer
The Penn Slammer 4500 would balance well with the 9' 1 - 4 oz rod.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Donald on March 21, 2017

from Clayton, NC asked:
February 19, 2017
What reel would you recommend for the avid surf 12 spinning rod?
1 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Devon 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 Answer
It is about a 70/30 split. It connects at the top of the butt section which is 34" long.
Submitted by: John on July 29, 2015


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