If you had to ask me which fishing rod was my all-around favorite for inshore saltwater fishing, the St. Croix Tidemaster would certainly be in the running. It’s light weight, fast action, and strong enough to take on trophy-sized stripers. Check out our St. Croix Tidemaster Review for more details.
St. Croix Tidemaster Review Features
The St. Croix Tidemasters are built on mid-modulus SCII graphite blanks that find a great compromise between sensitivity and durability. Remember: he higher the modulus the better the sensitivity may be, but the more brittle a rod becomes. The Tidemasters are, in my experience, pretty darn tough. In fact, I’ve had ‘em piled up in the cabin during white-knuckled rides through summer squalls, seen ‘em fall out of under-gunwale rodholders, and dropped ‘em from the bridge, all without killing the rod. (Though I did find one broke when I slammed the car door on it…surprise.)
Grips are cork, reel seats Fuji ECS, and stainless-steel guides are lined with aluminum-oxide. There’s a large range of sizes in the series from a 6’6” rated for eight to 17-pound test, to an 8’ long heavy action rod rated for line up to 40. My testing has been with 6’6” medium-heavy action rods rated for 10 to 20-pound test line (the TIS66MHF) which is absolutely ideal for chumming up stripers and blues when matched up with a Penn 5600L Liveliner—and has conquered rockfish up to 44 inches long. However, I’ve also cast the TIS76MF and TIS70MF, which showed the same excellent sensitivity.
- Length: 6’6″
- 1 piece spinning rod
- Weight: 5.0 oz.
- Power: Medium Heavy
- Action: Fast
- Line Rating: 10-20 Lbs.
- Lure Rating: 0.5.-1.25 oz
- Rear Grip: 9″
- Aluminum Oxide Guides
- SCII Graphite blank Construction
- Cork grip
St. Croix Tidemaster Pros & Cons
- Extremely sensitive
- Tough as nails
- Versatile for mid-sized inshore saltwater species
- Light weight
- Well balanced
- 5 year warranty by St. Croix
- Metal reel seat rings may come looser over time
The Tidemaster is a great all around spinning rod for inshore chummers and casters on the hunt for mid-sized saltwater species like striped bass, bluefish, and redfish in the 22″ to 40″ plus size range. It’s built extremely sensitive with great durability and the price point ranges between $160 – $200 depending on the model. Although it’s annoying that metal rings on the reel seet tends to come loose over time, it’s purely cosmetic. The St. Croix Tidemaster is versitile, sentative and tough as nails. I highly recommend giving it a shot, you wont be disappointed. If you liked our St. Croix Tidemaster Review, have and questions, or just want to give your two cents, leave a comment in the section below.