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Picking the Perfect Panfish Rod

Go ahead and picture a panfish angler. Chances are your mind’s eye is portraying a viking-like vision of Brian “Bro” Brosdahl – the legendary fishing guide and fishing ambassador from the micro-metropolis of Max, Minnesota. Bro has made his passion for panfish a big part of his business for over 30 years now, and still gets giddy when asked to chime in on anything bluegill, crappie or perch related.

Bro’s favorite all-around panfish rod is the St. Croix Legend Elite Panfish 7’, light-power, extra-fast action spinning (LEP70LXF) rod.

Why is Bro so bullish on this rod? “It’s simply the best multi-purpose panfish rod for long, bomb casting, searching, and slip bobbing,” he says. “It’s gentle on a slab crappie’s fragile mouth, can feel every nibble, quiver or shake, and has the backbone to pull giant, augering bluegills out of the jungle,” he adds, “with enough muster to defeat incidental catches of large bass or walleye.”

Bro frequently rigs the LEP70LXF with Sunline SX1 green 10-pound braided main line, a Northland Fishing Tackle Lite Bite ¾-inch bobber, and a size 10 swivel tied to 2-1/2 to 3 feet of Sunline Fluorocarbon 3 or 4-pound leader. At the business end, he most often ties on a 1/32 to 1/8-ounce Firefly jig or Gypsy Jig loaded with a wax worm, minnow, or chunk of night crawler – a versatile float rig that be adapted for any panfish species in almost any situation.

Bro says anglers who fish bobber rigs without a lighter leader are asking for unnecessary trouble. “It allows snags or snap offs to take your whole rig. If you use a low-diameter braid for your main line, it’s going to be much stronger than your leader. This way, a snag is only going to claim your jig and you can get back into the game much more quickly,” Bro advises.

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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 over 70 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®, Avid®, Premier®, Imperial®, Triumph® and Mojo, St. Croix is revered by all types of anglers from around the world.

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