Inshore angling techniques are as varied as the coastal waters themselves. All have unique habitats, ecosystems, weather, and forage, and these variables combine to determine the myriad gamefish that live or make seasonal visits there. And the individual anglers who fish these waters? Well, they have preferences, too.
St. Croix’s all-new Triumph Inshore Series recognizes this with 13 all-new Triumph Inshore spinning and casting rods. The series includes six versatile spinning rods with full, premium cork handles, plus seven unique casting models with a mix of full cork and split-grip handles. Ranging from 6’8” to 7’6” in length and medium-light to heavy power, all are one-piece construction, handcrafted from trusted SCII carbon, and feature all-new Triumph-family cosmetics with a distinctive new Sea Smoke color.
All have fast or moderate-fast actions, with the exception of the 7’ medium-light casting model, which features a moderate, parabolic action. These new, handcrafted rods will break new ground in St. Croix’s inshore rod retail pricing structure, too, with all models selling between $130 and $150. And they’re backed by a five-year St. Croix warranty.
“Beyond the primary fact that these new rods were designed with key angler input, the biggest thing we hope anglers and dealers understand about the new Triumph Inshore Series is that they offer a combination of exceptional quality and performance at a price point St. Croix has never previously attained in a coastal series,” says Alex Smay, St. Croix NE Regional Account Manager. “Triumph Inshore is also a highly complete series, meaning from the whole regional fisheries perspective, we’ve got varying lengths, powers and actions to handle any inshore species from redfish, snook, striped bass and tarpon all the way down to small trout.”
When researching and designing the new Triumph Inshore Series, St. Croix relied on input from coastal anglers throughout the country to deliver the exact rods they requested, made precisely for the kinds of fishing they do.
“Typically, Texas and Louisiana coastal anglers fish one or two rods based on techniques like lighter plastics and slightly larger baits like Corkys or topwaters,” says Eric Kraimer of St. Croix Rod-affiliated Red Heron Sales. “These anglers prefer specific actions that allow them to cover a lot of water with one rod. St. Croix listened to the market needs and after several renditions nailed the actions and grips desired by the market.”
Split grips are preferred and drive a lot of the business in certain inshore markets. Full cork grips are preferred in others. “That’s why Triumph Inshore offers both; we wanted to ensure we had the needs of anglers covered,” says Kraimer. “The product development team must have had five different meetings discussing grip lengths and diameters alone, and additional multiple meetings on lengths and actions. Then St. Croix’s engineers nailed the designs. Their attention to detail is obvious in these rods… the 6’8” lengths are especially light, crisp and responsive, just like anglers want – the ideal parabolic action in the medium-light, moderate model – they addressed all these little things that add up to make a huge difference in a rod’s performance, but are often overlooked elsewhere.”
St. Croix Product Manager, Ryan Teach, dives deeper into Triumph Inshore’s DNA: “Triumph Inshore rods are built for any opportunity an angler might face with coastal fish. All of our saltwater rods are built with a slightly heavier power to take advantage of the opportunity to make that hookset.
“In terms of the rod development, we did our homework and worked with Sea Guide to supply the exceptional componentry for Triumph Inshore,” Teach continues. “At a retail cost between $130 and $150, these rods represent a new standard in value and performance that’s going to be appreciated by all coastal anglers – from the angler who wants to explore inshore fishing for the first time to others buying their second, third, or twentieth inshore rod. These rods perform well beyond their price point and are backed by a five-year St. Croix warranty.”
Looking for your next inshore rod? Look no further than the all-new Triumph Inshore Series. Designed for the value- and performance-minded savvy inshore angler, Triumph Inshore delivers specialized componentry, blanks, and handle configurations regionally requested by mindful inshore anglers seeking the ultimate experience.
NEW ST. CROIX TRIUMPH INSHORE SPINNING ROD MODELS
- 7’ spinning, medium-light power, fast action (TRIS70MLF)
- 7’ spinning, medium power, fast action (TRIS70MF)
- 7’ spinning, medium-heavy power, fast action (TRIS70MHF)
- 7’ spinning, heavy power, fast action (TRIS70HF)
- 7’6” spinning, medium power, fast action (TRIS76MF)
- 7’6” spinning, medium-heavy power, fast action (TRIS76MHF)
NEW ST. CROIX TRIUMPH INSHORE CASTING ROD MODELS
- 7’ casting, medium-light power, moderate action (TRIC70MLM)
- 7’ casting, medium power, fast action (TRIC70MF)
- 7’ casting, medium-heavy power, fast action (TRIC70MHF)
- 7’ casting, medium power, moderate-fast action, split-grip (TRIC70MMFSG)
- 6’8” casting, medium-light power, moderate-fast action, split-grip (TRIC68MLMFSG)
- 6’8” casting, medium power, moderate-fast action, split-grip (TRIC68MMFSG)
- 6’8” casting, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, split grip (TRIC68MHMFSG)
NEW ST. CROIX TRIUMPH INSHORE ROD FEATURES
- Premium-quality SCII carbon
- Sea Guide Atlas Performance slim aluminum-oxide guides with sandblasted frames
- Sea Guide XDPS reel seat with eco-friendly sandblasted hoods on spinning models
- Sea Guide ECS or TCS reel seat with eco-friendly sandblasted hood on casting models
- Premium-grade cork handle
- Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish
- 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
- Outstanding strength, sensitivity and hook-setting power
- Designed in Park Falls, U.S.A. and handcrafted in North America (Fresnillo, Mexico)
- Retail prices range from $130-$150