St. Croix Rod bass professional Jesse Wiggins finds success in exact technique-specific rod matching to crack powerful bass bites

Park Falls, WI (October 6, 2017): Name ‘em “naturals,” there are some anglers who simply have a knack for locating and catching fish. One such angler is St. Croix Rod bass professional Jesse Wiggins, the 27-year-old Addison, Alabama native presently ending out his rookie B.A.S.S. Elite season.

Professional bass followers and pundits rapidly acknowledged the child’s uncooked expertise and outside-the-box fishing model. Take into account his Bassmaster Southern Open win this previous January on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes the place he cranked and labored a shaky head deep when the sphere was both sight-fishing spawners or working grass.

Add a 3rd place end in his first Elite match on Cherokee Lake; 37th within the Toyota Angler of the 12 months standings; and his most up-to-date win at Southern Open No. three on Alabama’s Smith Lake. All this culminates in triple-qualification for the upcoming Bassmaster Basic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

However it’s not the primary time Wiggins has demonstrated prowess on his hometown waters of Smith Lake in northern Alabama. In 2016, Wiggins climbed the leaderboard to edge out Jordan Lee and take tops within the 2016 Bassmaster Southern Open #2.

Picture courtesy of B.A.S.S.

However regardless of his previous success and intensive expertise on the 21,000 acre lake, Wiggins says apply revealed it could be powerful fishing this time ‘spherical.

“It’s been actually sizzling, the water’s down, and there’s been numerous fishing stress,” says Wiggins. “However I knew I might nonetheless get some topwater bites early within the morning, then run up a creek for a number of extra bites later within the day. That’s what I did all three days.”

In addition to a morning buzzbait routine, Wiggins stored a bunch of St. Croix rods rigged with shaky heads and sq. payments.

“Matching the best rod with the best bait is an enormous deal,” says Wiggins. “That is my first 12 months with St. Croix and I’ve been blown away by the efficiency and the folks. They’re actually superior rods, and so they’ve bought quite a few fashions for each approach I can consider. I’ve some new rods in growth with them, too. Fairly enthusiastic about that.”

Wiggins stored three major set-ups on deck in the course of the current Smith Open, all matched particularly to how he fishes every bait. “I spend numerous time refining the precise combo for every approach on every physique of water. For Smith, it was a St. Croix AVID X for buzzbaits, St. Croix Legend Elite spinning for shaky head, and ‘Croix Legend Glass for crankin’.”

Realizing the satan’s within the particulars, listed below are the precise specs of his successful weaponry:

Rod: St. Croix Avid X (AXC70MHF​) 7′ Medium Energy, Average Motion Casting Rod​
Reel: Shimano Curado 70
Line: 50 lb. Seaguar Smackdown braid

Bait: 1/Four-ounce Cumberland Professional Lures buzzbait w/Zoom Sexy Toad (each in black and white)
“I used to be capable of make correct casts taking place the financial institution, casting to remoted rock wherever from proper on the financial institution to Four’-5’. There was as much as 10’ of water visibility,” says Wiggins.

Rod: St. Croix Legend Elite (ES70MHF​) 7′ Medium-Heavy Energy, Quick Motion Spinning Rod​
Reel: Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500
Line: 15 lb. Seaguar Smackdown braid w/ 10’ of 12 lb. InvisX fluorocarbon tied to the principle line with a Modified Albright knot.
Bait: three/16-ounce shaky head and Zoom Fluke Stick (inexperienced pumpkin)

“I fell in love with the Legend Elite from day one. It’s actually delicate and that’s key,” says Wiggins.

Rod: St. Croix Legend Glass (LGC610MHM) 6’10” Medium Energy, Average Motion Casting Rod​
Reel: Shimano Chronarch 6.Four:1
Line: 12 lb. Seaguar InvisX fluorocarbon
Lure: Jenko Fishing CD15 Squared (flaming craw/spring craw)

“The St. Croix Legend Glass is the most effective crankbait rod I’ve ever had. The 6’10” is the right size for actually correct casts underneath limbs and dock cables. Plus, the way in which the rod hundreds, I by no means misplaced any fish. Actually retains hooks from popping out.”


Day One began nicely for Wiggins, who culled a pair bass early on a buzzbait. However by 11 am he knew it was time to modify up. “It began taking part in out like I believed it would; we’re speaking fishing for 5 – 6 good bites a day. I ran up a creek, caught two huge ones on the Jenko sq. invoice, then got here again out of the creek and bought one huge one on a buzzbait off a shady financial institution proper earlier than weigh-in.”

He ended Day One with 15-2.

“Day 2 was an absolute grind. I didn’t catch any on the buzzbait. Misplaced a pair that short-bit it after which caught a pair on the shaky head with a Zoom Fluke Stick in inexperienced pumpkin and three on the sq. invoice. I used to be feeling okay, however I knew I had missed some good alternatives within the morning and it could be an uphill climb. Nonetheless, I bought a pair good bites off the identical spots the place I caught fish on the primary day so I felt good going into the final day.”

On Day three Wiggins caught a pair keepers chasing bait off a deeper level and adopted up with a four-pounder on a shaky head. “Then I ran up the creek and caught my final huge one on a sq. invoice from the very same space I fished the primary two days.”

In the end, Wiggins’ three-day 39-15 whole eclipsed second place by 5 kilos plus and earned him over $50,000 in money and prizes.

“I’ve needed to fish professionally so long as I can bear in mind and it’s nonetheless my dream, however I additionally notice it’s nonetheless simply fishing. Working as a respiratory therapist at a hospital has taught me loads concerning the extra necessary issues in life. I take my fishing severely, and fish every match to win, however I really feel humbled simply to do what I do. The primary factor is I‘ve realized to remain constructive about every part. I benefit from the successes, however the journey is simply as necessary.”

Following the win, Wiggins will return to selecting up hospital shifts, as nicely begin getting ready for the primary 2018 Bassmaster Open and his second Bassmaster Basic.

“I’m fairly excited to fish Hartwell. You’ve bought blueback herring and each noticed bass and largemouths—fairly much like my dwelling lake. I’m anxious to stand up there this winter and determine one thing out.”

This a lot is for certain: Followers will likely be cheering for the brand new child on the block, together with the parents on the St. Croix manufacturing facility in Park Falls, Wisconsin.

“Jesse Wiggins is a gifted younger angler with a terrific future forward of him in professional bass fishing. In a really brief time he’s confirmed he’s bought what it takes. He’s additionally a terrific ambassador for our model and a improbable useful resource to assist hold us on the entrance strains of what progressive younger bass anglers are in search of when it comes to rod design and software. We congratulate him on his most up-to-date win and occasions forward,” says Jesse Simpkins, Director of Advertising, St. Croix Rod.

About St. Croix Rod
Now in its 70th 12 months, Park Falls, Wisconsin primarily based St. Croix Rod stays a family-owned and managed producer of high-performance fishing rods with a heritage of USA manufacturing. Using proprietary applied sciences, St. Croix controls each step of the rod-making course of, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned amenities. The corporate provides an entire line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods underneath their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Match®, Avid Collection®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and different logos by a world distribution community of full-service fishing sort out sellers. The corporate’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo collection rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and in-built a brand new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Based in 1948 to fabricate jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis ironmongery store chain, St. Croix has grown to grow to be the biggest producer of fishing rods in North America.