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ICAST 2023: Introducing St. Croix Panfish Ice Combos

PARK FALLS, Wis. – Collectively, crappie, bluegill, and perch are the most-targeted species through the ice. Their appeal extends to experienced anglers who crave the hunt for the biggest specimens of each, as well as more-casual anglers looking to catch a lot of fish while keeping a few for the frying pan.

St. Croix’s popular Panfish Series of open-water spinning rods provides panfish aficionados with resolute, high-performance tools in the lengths, powers, and actions necessary to target all manner of panfish with a full range of today’s modern techniques. New for 2024, St. Croix Panfish Ice Combos bring the same benefits and abilities to ice anglers, plus the convenience of purchasing these panfish-optimized tools with an included, precision-matched winter-ready spinning reel.

Consisting of three models ranging in length from 28” to 36” and covering ultralight and light powers, St. Croix’s new Panfish Ice Combos support optimized panfish presentations while offering extreme durability, high-quality components, and precision-balanced St. Croix performance. Panfish Ice rods are crafted from precision-taper ultra-sensitive solid carbon (SC) blanks with bite-indicating hi-vis tips. Guides are lightweight and durable stainless steel, while reel seats support multiple hand positions. Precision-matched 800-size spinning reels feature 8+1 bearings, aluminum spools, and one-touch folding handles. Retail prices are $95 to $105 with a one-year warranty.

Receiving special accolades from St. Croix field testers, sales reps, and dealers, the PFI36L-C model, specifically, was developed in direct response to a lack of longer, quality ice-rod combos in the marketplace. “The 36L has been one of the most talked about and anticipated ice-centric product releases from St. Croix since the first concepts of Croix Custom Ice,” says St. Croix Brand Manager, Ryan Teach. “There are numerous benefits that come from using a 36” rod for panfish applications, especially when paired with today’s live sonar. The PFI36L fills that void with exceptional performance and value, and the feedback we’ve received from the staff and retail partners who helped us develop it has been overwhelmingly positive. People are crazy about this combo.”

New St. Croix Panfish Ice Combos Features

  • Solid carbon ultra-sensitive blanks picked specifically for panfish applications
  • Chartreuse, bite-indicating tips
  • Lightweight, ultra-durable stainless-steel guides
  • NPS Nylon and stainless-steel reel seat for variable hand position
  • Premium, 800-size composite, 8+1 bearing spinning reel with aluminum spool and one-touch folding handle
  • 5-year rod warranty and one-year reel warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
  • Designed and assembled in Park Falls, USA; rods handcrafted in North America at St. Croix South, imported reels crafted to St. Croix specifications on proprietary, St. Croix-owned tooling
  • Retail price $95 to $105

New St. Croix Panfish Ice Combos Models

  • PFI28UL-C – 28”, ultra-light power, spinning combo / Retail $95
  • PFI32L-C – 32”, light power, spinning combo / Retail $100
  • PFI36L-C – 36”, light power, spinning combo / Retail $105

All-new St. Croix Panfish Ice Combos are designed and handcrafted to excel in the execution of all of today’s panfish-centric ice-fishing presentations at a favorable retail price that appeals to a wide variety of anglers’ budgets. They will be available for purchase at St. Croix dealers worldwide and online at stcroixrods.com on September 1. See them in the St. Croix booth #3022 at ICAST 2023 and in the Ice Fishing category of the 2023 ICAST New Product Showcase.

Interested in becoming a St. Croix dealer? See us at ICAST 2023 in booth #3022 or email dealersupport@stcroixrods.com.

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About St. Croix Rod

Headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin, St. Croix has been proudly producing the “Best Rods on Earth” for nearly 75 years. Combining state-of-the-art manufacturing processes with skilled craftsmanship, St. Croix is the only major producer to still build rods entirely from design through manufacturing. The company remains family-owned and operates duplicate manufacturing facilities in Park Falls and Fresnillo, Mexico. With popular trademarked series such as Legend®, Legend Xtreme®, Victory Avid®, Premier®, RIFT, Imperial®, Triumph® and Mojo, St. Croix is revered by all types of anglers from around the world.