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Not going to say which one, but was watching a newly posted video from one of the popular channels and amid the clowning around and eating lunch footage a rod broke during a cast. Certainly rods break but the folks in the video were disparaging the brand and talking about getting a new sponsor which left me questioning the validity of the incident. This wasn't the first time I've seen a situation like this either. 

Fishing is a big industry and traditional shows on TV are about pushing products. I just don't recall people saying a competitors product sucks in the process. If it's a straight up product review, that's fair game. But when you're being sponsored and paid to use something, isn't it a bit unseemly to trash a previous sponsors product? 

Just curious what others think as the YouTube thing is exploding now and money is getting thrown around.

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I seen the vid and I think it's better than pushing something you don't believe in.He gave his honest opinion on the rod sponsor or no sponsor,which I can appreciate.

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If he was only trashing it just because it was a previous sponsor, that's a bad look. But if that's how they genuinely feel, I cant blame them for speaking their mind. 

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I'd agree with that but there's no way to know if there wasn't a new sponsor in waiting or a falling out with the old prompting the incident. It's all fun and games until there's money or the promise of money. 

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10 minutes ago, U-boat Aficionado said:

I'd agree with that but there's no way to know if there wasn't a new sponsor in waiting or a falling out with the old prompting the incident. It's all fun and games until there's money or the promise of money. 

He isn't sponsored and isn't paid by Powell rods. He just wants to use a different rod company because he keeps breaking his Powell rods.  He only said he wanted to "switch rod companies" because he seemingly likes to use just one rod company for all his rods.  The clown did the same thing when a quantum reel handle broke on him and he threw it in the lake. This youtube fishing stuff is becoming Keeping up /w the Kardashians esque. How these guys have more of a following and influence than the folks at, for example, T.aC.ticalBassin is mind boggling.. 

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15 minutes ago, iabass8 said:

He isn't sponsored and isn't paid by Powell rods. He just wants to use a different rod company because he keeps breaking his Powell rods.  He only said he wanted to "switch rod companies" because he seemingly likes to use just one rod company for all his rods.  The clown did the same thing when a quantum reel handle broke on him and he threw it in the lake. This youtube fishing stuff is becoming Keeping up /w the Kardashians esque. How these guys have more of a following and influence than the folks at, for example, T.aC.ticalBassin is mind boggling.. 

Cutting to the chase, the video in question is from LunkersTV and Rob who may seem a bit harsh at times I think gives an honest opinion. If a the handle of a reel hand broken off during fishing good chance I would of done the same. I understand your concern, but don't see it as you do. Whether you think it's turning into kardashians style or what, there is still plenty of people who can learn from these YouTubers. If rods were snapping on me during mid cast I would consider changing sponsors. One could argue that rods n reels are expendable such as barrels are to competitive to shooters, however I don't think a shooter who's barrel or gun that during middle of a competition throws the odd round that they would stay with that company or not have a serious conversation with their sponsor. If this is a continued behavior with LunkersTV then there would be concern. 

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I'm going to see if I can muster enough effort to do the sponsor's job of caring about this sort of thing; Ok, here goes....

"mmmmnnnnnnnnnnh........uuuuuhhhhhnnhhnnnnnhhhhh!...."

Nope, can't do it. 

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4 hours ago, iabass8 said:

He isn't sponsored and isn't paid by Powell rods. He just wants to use a different rod company because he keeps breaking his Powell rods.  He only said he wanted to "switch rod companies" because he seemingly likes to use just one rod company for all his rods.  The clown did the same thing when a quantum reel handle broke on him and he threw it in the lake. This youtube fishing stuff is becoming Keeping up /w the Kardashians esque. How these guys have more of a following and influence than the folks at, for example, T.aC.ticalBassin is mind boggling.. 

It's very simple. Matt and Tim go out and catch fish on a daily basis that would be most people's PB or a fish they only catch once a year at best. They do fish some of the best water on the planet, but they do better than most on that water. 

There isn't any drama and there aren't any tricks. They put in a ridiculous amount of time and it pays off, which is the only way to become a good stick. 

With all of this most people don't have the time like Matt (fishing guide) and Tim (game warden & guide) to always be out there. 

These YouTube "stars" go out on normal water and catch 2lb fish all day. That's a thing that most guys can relate to. Watching guys boat flip 8 pounders on Top 10 lakes with 10" lures is very hard to relate to. Also, Matt & Tim are swim bait guys which is hard for people to relate because they don't want their couple days a month to end up with a couple bites at best. 

Matt does just enough to keep his boat loaded with clients. These other guys are trying to make a living being normal fisherman. Legit vs. Pretend. 

The West Coast Big Baiters should have a insane following too, but they don't for the same reason. 

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I understand that rods breaking is frustrating and you get angry when things you paid for break. He is entitled to his opinion and if a companies rods keep breaking over and over I would stop using them too.  It is his choice to switch to a different brand . Rods breaking isn't a new thing. 

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Bad reviews are everywhere. Check out amazon or tw's review section. I'm not worried about what someone on YouTube says. If they don't like a rod that's good for them. 

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If I had a rod snap on me mid cast the verbal tyrade that would follow would most likely end up having my videos require that you are 18 plus to watch them. And everyone I talk to about fishing would know how I felt about the company. I don't blame him at all for losing it just the little that he did.

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First thing that comes to mind is childish. Second is immature. 

Acting like a brat is one thing. Not editing the brat out of your video before posting is another. 

Shock n aww to get ratings "likes" "subscribers" may be great as you trash one company. Kids like it and some young adults get kicks from it.

But what this mentality doesn't show is the fact ALL the other sponsors are watching thinking what if we sponsored this kid?

So while the instant gratification of his channel may be great he may very well be cutting off the very hands he wishes feed him. Most all the companies with big money to sponsor are ran by mature adults. Might want to consider that. 

There are ways to handle issues adult and mature like.

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1 hour ago, trick worms said:

I would be mad if a rod broke for no reason too

Rods don't break for no reason. Unless it was a new Rod and never been fully loaded, 90%> chance it had been compromised by poor handling, or by accident. 

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I recently broke a rod on the water simply unhooking a jig from the hook keeper.  Snapped about 6 inches off.  Silent shock for a second.  No tirade necessary as it isn't going to accomplish anything.

Called the company, explained the situation and exactly how it happened.  Because I was honest and nice, guy sent me a new rod without asking for a receipt or proof of purchase.  Had the rod for a year and it had been used sparingly.  It was during a tournament, I simply switched rods for the rest of the day. 

Point is, being calm and rational usually gets you a much further than flipping out over something you cannot change at the moment.  Rods break and as has been said, usually it's user error or abuse.  No company goes out to intentionally make rods which break as they wouldn't be in business long. 

 

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I just watched the video, if you look at the 4:30 mark, they was on a golf cart and it went under some trees and you can hear the rod hitting the branches. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it breaking..

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If you've watching any of the other videos from any of the guys in that particular video, it's no surprise they break rods. High-sticking, boat flipping, slamming rods around, literally throwing rods, dead-lifting fishing while holding the rod a foot from the tip, yeah, it was probably the companies fault. 

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9 hours ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Rods don't break for no reason. Unless it was a new Rod and never been fully loaded, 90%> chance it had been compromised by poor handling, or by accident. 

Have to agree with Mike.  If you've been using a rod right along and one day it snaps on a cast, I highly doubt it is the company's fault for making bad rods.  I have rods from at least 14 companies.  The only one I ever broke came from falling face first into a pile of rocks....and the company (Falcon) gave me a $200 rod for $80 even though I told them exactly what happened.

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16 hours ago, iabass8 said:

 He just wants to use a different rod company because he keeps breaking his Powell rods.   

 

Disclamer:  i did not see the video in question, so i don't know the circumstaces.

If he keeps breaking them, one needs to question if it's not actually him instead of the rods.  How they're transported and stored.  Breaking on the cast or hookset is nothing new when talking about a compromised blank.  Was it impacted prior?  Whacked on the gunnell? Stepped on?  People are quick to trash a rod for breaking when in fact, operator error is the real reason it broke.

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I love when the Youtube fishing world gets brought up on here. You get to see a plethora of strong opinions. 

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If you've watched his other videos, you'll know that he's broken like it has to going on 7-8 other Powells too. He does do a lot of moving around and traveling with his rods and I guarantee he puts a lot of abuse onto them. So I'm sure that has something to do with it. But he gets more frustrated each time lol

I'll be interested to see how his next company of choice's rods do against the Lunkers TV torture test. Maybe he'll finally figure out it's probably just him, not the rods. 

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16 minutes ago, S Hovanec said:

 

Disclamer:  i did not see the video in question, so i don't know the circumstaces.

If he keeps breaking them, one needs to question if it's not actually him instead of the rods.  How they're transported and stored.  Breaking on the cast or hookset is nothing new when talking about a compromised blank.  Was it impacted prior?  Whacked on the gunnell? Stepped on?  People are quick to trash a rod for breaking when in fact, operator error is the real reason it broke.

I haven't seen the video either, but I know Powell has a good reputation for making very nice rods at decent prices.  They wouldn't have that reputation very long if they had a rod breaking problem.  Just ask the manufacturer of the old Carrot Sticks.  I've only got one Powell, but would not hesitate to buy more.  This guy's video wouldn't change my mind either.

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It wasn't lunker who broke it, it was Jon B. who did. Jon usually uses Cousins rods.

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I got three minutes in, couldn't stomach it anymore.

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