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$250.00 USD
1 pc
MediumModerate-Fast8-17lb3/4-3oz7.9oz2$260.00 USD
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2 pc
MediumModerate-Fast10-20lb1-4oz10.5oz3$330.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast12-25lb2-6oz11.5oz3$340.00 USD
2 pc
MediumFast10-20lb1-4oz11.5oz3$340.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast15-40lb3-8oz13.0oz4$370.00 USD
2 pc
MediumModerate-Fast20-60lb6-16oz19.0oz5$420.00 USD
2 pc
MediumFast10-20lb1-4oz11.0oz6$340.00 USD
2 pc
Medium-HeavyFast15-40lb3-8oz13.0oz7$370.00 USD
2 pc
HeavyModerate-Fast20-60lb6-16oz19.0oz8$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 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 9 reviews
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.
ProsGood components.
ConsHandle 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.
ProsDistance, weight, tangle free guides, grippy handles, snazzy paint scheme-my wife even said it looks nice!
Consnone. 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.
By Tony
Avid series surf rod 8 ft
January 29, 2015
Very light rod and surprisingly strong! Walking butt is a nice feature too.
14 Questions & 14 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 11â€â"¢ 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

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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