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St. Croix Avid vs St. Croix Mojo

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I'm finally going to buy a St. Croix spinning rod, and was just curious to see if it's worth spending an extra $80 to go up from the Mojo to an Avid? I plan on getting a 7' medium for wacky rigging, and pairing it with the new Shimano Nasci reel. Any input would be great. 

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That's a tough one.  I would say, no it's not. The avid x maybe....I'd recommend you watch some YouTube videos ask some questions in the rodbuilding forum and learn to put one together yourself!!

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55 minutes ago, EvanT123 said:

That's a tough one.  I would say, no it's not. The avid x maybe....I'd recommend you watch some YouTube videos ask some questions in the rodbuilding forum and learn to put one together yourself!!

Maybe a hobby to get into in the future, but for now I'll just be buying. Being from WI, I've wanted a St. Croix for years but didn't have the extra cash to justify it. Now I finally do so I'm in the market for one. 

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To me it would be worth it because the avid is made in us and the mojo is made in mexico. I also like the full cork on the avid. The avid X is supposed to be very nice also, I'm just partial to full cork. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the avid has a better warranty also. The new mojo is a very nice rod also, and I think you would be happy with either of those or the avid x

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33 minutes ago, timsford said:

To me it would be worth it because the avid is made in us and the mojo is made in mexico. I also like the full cork on the avid. The avid X is supposed to be very nice also, I'm just partial to full cork. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the avid has a better warranty also. The new mojo is a very nice rod also, and I think you would be happy with either of those or the avid x

I think you're right, both would be quality rods. Mojo is made in Mexico, Avid is made right here in WI. It wouldn't make much sense for me wanting a "WI brand" rod and buying the one made in Mexico. Plus the warranty is probably worth the $80 difference. 

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I've never fished with a Mojo, but the Avid is worth every penny of it's asking price.  I would recommend it any day.  If you keep an eye on the flea market, you could find one for the price of a new Mojo.

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I have both, and the avid is a much better rod. Completely worth the extra money

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Seeing you're from Wisconsin maybe worth a trip over to the St Croix store. I remember a post that someone made regarding going there and they said you could get rods with very minor irregularities for a good discount.

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The Avid Series is where St. Croix starts to shine.

 

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I've been told that both rods being SCIII graphite,  by no means makes it the same finished blank.  

Avid all the way.

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2 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Seeing you're from Wisconsin maybe worth a trip over to the St Croix store. I remember a post that someone made regarding going there and they said you could get rods with very minor irregularities for a good discount.

I have debated that, but with it being a 2 hour drive it would be more of a touristy thing than a money saver. I'm sure I will make the trip someday though. For now, you guys have convinced me on the Avid!

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I used to fish an Avid a few years back, I must say hands down the best spinning rod I ever owned. I switched it up for a legend casting rod after I broke it on a boating accident. If money is not an issue go with the avid for sure but you cant go wrong either way.

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I have over a dozen Avid rods, some more than 15 years old.  I own no Mojos, though I've tried them.  They aren't as crisp and light as an Avid.  Within Saint Croix's product lines, the Avid is where the rods take a decent jump up in quality and performance.  After that, the gains are incremental.

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1 hour ago, Travis Gasper said:

I have debated that, but with it being a 2 hour drive it would be more of a touristy thing than a money saver. I'm sure I will make the trip someday though. For now, you guys have convinced me on the Avid!

Trust me....it's worth it to make the drive. The store itself isn't that big (although they're planning to expand soon). You get a good look at everything they make. The B-stocks are one heck of a bargain. I was super tempted last night by another Legend Xtreme. $185 and the only defect I could see was one of the guide wraps weren't quite as tight together before it got clear coated. From a distance of more than about 8" you couldn't tell. Granted they don't have the full warrantee like the a-stocks do, but for the price difference it's easy to live with. They're now offering tours as well so you can see how they're made. One of the best days to go though is on their customer appreciation day. They have the Linders come out along with Joe Bucher. They've got free food, chances to win prizes, and they have some pretty good closeout sales. 

As far as Mojo vs. Avid, go Avid or Avid X if you can swing it. The Mojo's are nice rods though and took a nice step up with the redesign.

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Avid, for sure!

St. Croix is a fine bunch of rods, but the Mojo was the only line that I was thoroughly dissapointed with. I thought they were on par with $75 rods. I sold them in the Flea Market on here.

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3 minutes ago, BassThumb said:

Avid, for sure!

St. Croix is a fine bunch of rods, but the Mojo was the only line that I was thoroughly dissapointed with. I thought they were on par with $75 rods. I sold them in the Flea Market on here.

You sold the Gen 2 SCIII rods in the flea market for $75?

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56 minutes ago, Turkey sandwich said:

You sold the Gen 2 SCIII rods in the flea market for $75?

 Probably means first generation Mojos. I sold mine. My second generation Mojos? I wouldn't part with them. 

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I would go with the Avid X ,but if you want one for wacky rigging take a close look at the Avid X 6'8"MXF rod. I have a friend that been fishing with one and he loves it for unweighted sencos, light texas rigs, tubes, grubs etc.  It is going to be my next rod, only I am going to match it up with an Okuma RTX30, man that thing is light.

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8 hours ago, Turkey sandwich said:

You sold the Gen 2 SCIII rods in the flea market for $75?

They were the first gen. I don't think I even got $65. 

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Unless you fish with leaders or fish in the winter I would personally go with the Avid X over the regular Avid.  The difference in guides will make it a much more responsive rod.  Being from WI, the guides will ice up faster with the X, so that might be a deal breaker for you.

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4 hours ago, Jrob78 said:

Unless you fish with leaders or fish in the winter I would personally go with the Avid X over the regular Avid.  The difference in guides will make it a much more responsive rod.  Being from WI, the guides will ice up faster with the X, so that might be a deal breaker for you.

Similarly, the micro guides are also a slight pain in the ass with line wrap/tangling if you're fishing seated in a kayak.  Still, even using a leader, I like them.

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Put it this way, I live a hour from St Croix... I bought my first triumph st Croix and thought it was a nice rod, then I bought a 6'9mlxf avid spinning. And it felt like a whole new world in sensitivity and crisp and how perfect that rod was. Now I own 3 of the exact same rod. Buy a avid with a lifetime warranty and enjoy it.

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I plan on buying a 7' medium Avid tomorrow after I'm done fishing for the day. Right now I use a 7' medium Fenwick Eagle with a Shimano Symetre for wacky rigging, and I really like it. I'm curious to see how different the St. Croix Avid will be compared to it. 

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9 hours ago, Travis Gasper said:

I plan on buying a 7' medium Avid tomorrow after I'm done fishing for the day. Right now I use a 7' medium Fenwick Eagle with a Shimano Symetre for wacky rigging, and I really like it. I'm curious to see how different the St. Croix Avid will be compared to it. 

I actually don't like the spinning M powered rods by st Croix. I think they feel a little heavy. I love my ML rage rod and spinning avids. With the XF actually they handle some pretty hefty lures. Just a personal preference! Enjoy your avid tho, you wont be disappointed. Mine are all matched with the new Daiwa Revros 2500s...

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