St. Croix VSS80MMF Avid Series Surf Spinning Rod

St. Croix VSS80MMF Avid Series Surf Spinning Rod

Price: $270.00

$100 Oversize Fee Required - Long Tube or Box
TD Code
TypeLengthPowerActionLine WeightLure WeightRod WeightHandlePrice
1 pc
MediumModerate-Fast8-17lb3/4-3oz7.9oz2$270.00 USD
Oversize Large Packaging Required
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 fluorocarbon lines. The St Croix Avid Surf rods are designed to provide 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.
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.

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