Falcon and St Croix are awesome rods. I have owned just about every rod at some point, but I have never sold any of my Falcons and Croixs!
If you are having issues with the baitcaster, it could be the reel and not you. The reel needs to be adjusted to prevent free spinning when casting or the lure is falling through the water. Turn the brakes and the tension on the reels so that the lure has to unwind the line and simply the weight of the lure won't cause a free spin and backlash!
Capt. Craig Copeland
2013 Nautic Star 2110 Shallow Bay Boat
Nautic Star Boats Pro Staff (nauticstarboats.com)
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