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St. Croix Triumph or Mojo surf rod?

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Hello guys, I mainly fish jetty's and the open beach. I am looking for a rod that can cast light lures such as SP minnows and poppers but can also pull in Gator blue fish and  big striped bass. I am looking into the Triumph in the 10 foot rated Medium Moderate Fast 3/4-4 oz or the Mojo Surf 10'6'' Medium Moderate which is also rated 3/4-4oz. I am wondering if anyone has had any problems with these rods in the past. Any suggestions on what I should purchase? I will be using it very often and want something that will last. Thanks for the help in advance! 

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Both are excellent rods.  Both will work for you.  Triumph is a better bang for the buck but the Mojo is a nicer rod.  Eventually someday you'll get a Legend.  Look for a 70/30 split if possible.  That gives you 90% of the action of a 1 piece rod with the convenience of a 2 piece.

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I have the 10'6" Mojo for almost 5 years now and love it. I use it mainly for plugs and poppers as well. No problems at all in 5 years and love the moderate action when working surface lures. 

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6 mins ago, Romer Treece said:

I have the 10'6" Mojo for almost 5 years now and love it. I use it mainly for plugs and poppers as well. No problems at all in 5 years and love the moderate action when working surface lures. 

Same here but the 10 footer. It's my back up now, but still works awesome.

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31 mins ago, Romer Treece said:

I have the 10'6" Mojo for almost 5 years now and love it. I use it mainly for plugs and poppers as well. No problems at all in 5 years and love the moderate action when working surface lures. 

Yea I’m looking for something that will last and also cast very far. How is it with diamond jigs 1-3 oz?

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39 mins ago, Chunkah said:

Triumph. I've seen too many Mojo's blow up to feel good about them.

What has happened to the ones you’ve seen? I bought the fierce 3 combo and the rod snapped after 10-15 schoolies. Then I purchased the 10” tsunami airwave (not the elite) and half of the rod went flying off after maybe 50 cast. So I definitely want something that will not break and will stay on after I firmly put it on. 

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50 mins ago, fatbikerjoe said:

Both are excellent rods.  Both will work for you.  Triumph is a better bang for the buck but the Mojo is a nicer rod.  Eventually someday you'll get a Legend.  Look for a 70/30 split if possible.  That gives you 90% of the action of a 1 piece rod with the convenience of a 2 piece.

A friend of mine has the legend and it is absolutely amazing!!!! It’s just very expensive but the mojo and Triumph are just in my range. And you are right 70/30 splits are the way to go. 

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10 mins ago, Said_g15 said:

What has happened to the ones you’ve seen? I bought the fierce 3 combo and the rod snapped after 10-15 schoolies. Then I purchased the 10” tsunami airwave (not the elite) and half of the rod went flying off after maybe 50 cast. So I definitely want something that will not break and will stay on after I firmly put it on. 

Rod builder Lou Caruso did a vid with ******* showing how to properly attach a two piece rod to prevent the tip from coming off.  Basically you put them together with about 15-20 degrees off center and twist to center.  That should keep things together. Most people put them on by sliding them on straight which is incorrect.  The ferrule is a friction fit.  I've never looked into it but it's probably a morse taper.

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10 mins ago, fatbikerjoe said:

Rod builder Lou Caruso did a vid with ******* showing how to properly attach a two piece rod to prevent the tip from coming off.  Basically you put them together with about 15-20 degrees off center and twist to center.  That should keep things together. Most people put them on by sliding them on straight which is incorrect.  The ferrule is a friction fit.  I've never looked into it but it's probably a morse taper.

Wow I never knew that. Thanks for the help, I’ve also had a Lamiglas insane surf rod do the same thing! After maybe 100 fast the top piece went flying into the water And snapped my line. if it wasn’t incoming tide I would have lost the top piece. I had to sprint into the ocean to get it then ran back out. Worst experience ever!!

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The vid is on youtube with the online mag we all subscribe to.  Not sure why this stupid thing bleeped it out.

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32 mins ago, Said_g15 said:

What has happened to the ones you’ve seen? I bought the fierce 3 combo and the rod snapped after 10-15 schoolies. Then I purchased the 10” tsunami airwave (not the elite) and half of the rod went flying off after maybe 50 cast. So I definitely want something that will not break and will stay on after I firmly put it on. 

I've seen two or three just shatter. A couple surfcasting, and a 7' on a boat. I've had a 10' Triumph for years, and although I rarely use it now, it served me very well. A nice budget friendly rod.

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40 mins ago, Said_g15 said:

Yea I’m looking for something that will last and also cast very far. How is it with diamond jigs 1-3 oz?

It will work just fine with diamond jigs in that range, with 2oz being the sweet spot IMO. As long as you like your rod more moderate...it fits the bill. I usually sling metals and epoxy's in that range with an Avid 10' (as well as BT's) which has a MUCH faster action, but before I got the Avid, the Mojo worked very well for me with those lures.

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