Gear Review: St. Croix Mojo Yak

What is it?

St. Croix Mojo Yak

What sets it apart?

St. Croix invested serious thought into developing a line of rods designed to address the needs and considerations of those who pursue their bass with paddle or pedal power. Exemplifying an understanding of the common impediments and “gotchas,” St. Croix packed the Mojo Yak series with a generous array of kayak-specific characteristics, such as Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames. Castability benefits, but this also fortifies a key rod element often compromised by inadvertent impact with unforgiving polyethylene hulls during casts, retrieves and fish fights.

How do I use it?

Available in six spinning and two casting models, (7-foot to 7-foot, 6-inch) in medium-light, medium and medium-heavy powers; the Mojo Yak series are made of premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite with Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) mandrel technology and two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish. Spinning rods include Fuji DPS reel seats with black hoods, while casting models get Fuji ECS reel seats with black hoods. All have Kigan hook-keepers.

How much?

Starting at $150

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Angler’s insight:

Possibly the most impressive area of the Mojo Yak design is the handle. St. Croix incorporated Winn’s renowned patented polymer grip technology for a comfortable, shock absorbent surface that provides a sure-grip even when wet or cold. Considering that jockeying between paddle and rod, or simply handling a net or fish at boat side leaves hands slick and slippery, this design is sure to help. Moreover, shorter split-grip designs with rounded butt ends facilitate movement within the cockpit without catching on clothing or PFD.