Thumb-Burner

ST Croix Triumph - Please tell me i’m smart. :(

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1 hour ago, Thumb-Burner said:

Please get me over my buyers remorse.  No one near me has the st. Croix to look over..    I did tons of research and it was honestly all over the board as i know rods are “personal preference” to a large degree.   

 

I just got a new “Blem” Triumph 10’ 3/4-4 spinner.  Hoping to use for bottom fishing for small fare (whiting, trout, etc.) at obx and would love it to be able to serve as a decent plugging rod when i get up north hopefully this fall.    I got it for $105 shipped.   I’m smart, right?  I’m not dumb, right?  LOL

I have used st croix triumph's for 6 years now and really like them.  Mine broke twice but was not the rods fault lol i was trying to pull loose from a snag on my yak in heavy current and snapped in half.  Other break was on a 5' brown shark on a 7' triumph which i high sticked the whole time. I have fought big cow noses and 30lb flatheads with no problems. 

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I have a 9 ft Triumph surf. Its their bottom of the line surf rod. That being said the blank is great. Casts far. I however had to replace several guides.

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3 hours ago, BromBones said:

Just out of curiosity, why would you only use this rod for small fare?  Savage Gear, Berkeley, and other bait manufacturers make soft bait crab imitations that are 1 Oz.  Check out Hogy too for crab baits.  Why not use this for Redfish?  Would be a perfect rod for Winter Stripers at OBX too! 

It will be for whatever bites.  I don't think winter stripers from surf have been a thing for years unfortunately.

 

Most fishing for big redfish in obx is 5-10 oz and bait.  I have good rods for that.

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My bubby has the 10’. I have the 9’ and 10.5’ Triumph. I think they are great rods for the money.  I also have the 10’ mojo 1-4 oz and wish I bought the 10’ triumph instead.  The 10’ triumph has a softer tip and is therefore better as a light bait rod for the whiting and other small game you will be using it for.  You will be able to lean into casting with 3 oz and lob 4 oz with small bait.   The 10’ triumph has enough backbone for any bass or bluefish you will catch on the surf. 

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Its an entry level rod from a premium company, just like my Lami Surf king, they work! The fish don't care if they are being hauled in by a rod that cost $100 or $1000.

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Love  mine, Broke my top on vacation  last year (my fault).Ordered  new top(30 bucks)was at my  house  when  I  got  home from  vacation. Entry  level  rod top shelf service. 

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Not sure bout the newer models but the older rods could beach almost any beast.

The 10 was real good to me. Even the 9 worked well but stuck with the 10' 99.9% of the time.

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