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I have not had a day like yesterday in quite sometime.  I don't mean that in a good way.  First cast of the day my line breaks and my buzzbait goes sailing across the lake.  The area I was fishing was only about 4 to 5 feet deep so I was able to snag my line and get the buzzbait back.  Tried to retie and my line kept breaking.  I don't know what was going on there, maybe the mono I was using was too weathered.  That rig was put away.

I got one bass on a fluke, and two on a blue/black jig.  All three were about the same size, around-1-1/2 pounds. That's when I had my next problem.  I noticed that the jig was hanging down from the 2nd guide from the top.  I thought the line was wrapped around the rod so I turned the rod over, but that didn't help.  I take a closer look at the rod and see the reason that the jig is hanging down from the second guide is because the rod tip is gone.  The guide is down the line next to the jig.  Rod tip is ok the guide just came off.  I cut off the jig and put the guide in my pocket so I wouldn't lose it.  This is the second tip for this rod.  The original was damaged and replaced about 6 years ago.

I tied the jig on my rig I was using for t-rigs and fished a couple of more hours managing to catch two more that were about 1-1/2 pounds.  When I got home I decided to clean the reels and put new line on all of them.  Rod tip has been reattached with epoxy.

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Well at least you did catch some fish. Also no lure was totally lost and even the guide was saved so all in all it could have been way worse. :)

 

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The more TLC I have to give to a fishing rod, the more attached to it I am. 

My swimbait rod has a replaced tip and a replaced guide, both of which were done by yours truly with sewing thread and scotch tape heated with a lighter so it shrinks. The tip is 2 years old and the guide is 1 year old. Still going strong!

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3 hours ago, S. Sass said:

Well at least you did catch some fish. Also no lure was totally lost and even the guide was saved so all in all it could have been way worse. :)

 

There were thunderstorms in the area, so it could have been a lot worse.

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Makes you appreciate the good days! I had six on today and couldn't set a hook apparently on any of them. All of them swam towards me and I am reeling as fast as I can and didn't have the hook set. Not sure what was going on today. Still a good day.

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I had the same exact day last week where every strike was a miss or near miss. Totaling about 5 strikes in 3 hours and 2 reeled in on wooly bugs.

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Sounds like it could have been MUCH worse.  The rod tip wasn't broken, you saved the guide, and you even managed to find the lure you (almost) lost.  When I lose a lure, it is usually completely, totally, and utterly lost (at least for me).

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