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Costly day on the water for this guy.  Went out for a few hours with my buddy and we were catching a few fish here and there.  Some barely legal largemouth and some pocket rocket pike.  We were setting up on one side of the lake we were on and letting the strong wind drift us to the other side, rinsing, and repeating.  Just as we were clearing the decks to make another run across, my foot slipped on a bag of trick worms(shoulda known) and to keep from going in the drink I stuck my left hand out and braced myself against the side of the boat.  Jammed my wrist a little, no biggie, but my left hand HAD BEEN holding my Falcon Bucoo Micro squarebill rod.  Over the side it goes and out of sight.  8 feet of water, never to bee seen by mine eyes again.  So that was upsetting.

Decided to not let that get me down and we went to a little cove with a bunch of cover so I decided to brush up on my punching while my buddy stuck to his hollow-body frogs.  I use a 7'6" Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 MH for my heavy cover punching/flipping/Texas rig fishing and immediately caught 3 decent bass on a Texas rigged green pumpkin/chartreuse tail worm.  Switched back and forth between that rig and a jig and craw a few times before I hooked up again on the worm.  Biggest bass of the day was a wily one that got into some thicker wood and I ended up breaking off.  So, I tie another 1/2 oz bullet weight, another 3/0 EWG hook and rig on another worm.  Go to cast, and hear a "clunk".  Look up and my rod snapped between the 5th and 6th guides.  "What in the..."  first time I've ever seen that happen.  We decided to leave shortly after that.  While going through my ritual of making one more cast with every rod I have on deck before I put it away for the outing, I tossed out a ned rig and hooked up with a big, big pike.  Probably wouldn't have been a PB, but over 30", probably around 10lbs, or so.  Get it to the boat and, after forgetting to put the net in the boat I grabbed my fish grips to get it in the boat after I thought it was ready.  WRONG.  Went to grab it, it shook it's head, there goes the ned rig along with my pride.  That's what I get for trying to grab a fish with my lady parts instead of my hand like I knew I should.  Not a good day.  Not good at all.

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that sucks!  i'd have probably gone swimming in 8 feet of water though!

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Can't say I've lost a nice setup and broke one on the same day before.  Don't worry about the pike.  They're junk anyways

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Glad to hear you remained dry and that your human self (wrist) is not injured. 

Broken & lost tackle is a bummer, and (I know you know this) except in rare cases, usually replaceable.

However, losing a big Pike, well now that may just send me into a "trifecta" loaded tirade.

Here's to Better days ahead.

:)

A-Jay

 

 

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I only laugh because I can relate...

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21 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Glad to hear you remained dry and that your human self (wrist) is not injured. 

Broken & lost tackle is a bummer, and (I know you know this) except in rare cases, usually replaceable.

However, losing a big Pike, well now that may just send me into a "trifecta" loaded tirade.

Here's to Better days ahead.

:)

A-Jay

 

 

Already started the claims process for the broken rod.  Luckily I was only into the lost set-up about $75 since I got the rod at a garage sale and the reel for a deep discount.  The lost pike WAS my least favorite part of the trip.  Kind of lost my cool there...

37 minutes ago, buzzed bait said:

that sucks!  i'd have probably gone swimming in 8 feet of water though!

I didn't bring my goggles.  Plus with the snapping turtles, leeches, snakes, and samsquanches known in these parts I wasn't going in that particular water.

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Stay away from Veritas rods.  I liked mine until this happened.  I bought another one thinking it was just operator error, but another poster on here told me he broke three of them.  I'm buying a replacement stick to have on hand for when my new one breaks.  

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1 minute ago, Hog Basser said:

Stay away from Veritas rods.  I liked mine until this happened.  I bought another one thinking it was just operator error, but another poster on here told me he broke three of them.  I'm buying a replacement stick to have on hand for when my new one breaks.  

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I've got a back-up.  And a back-up for my back-up.  And a back-up  for that one.  But I'm confident in their product.  I'm sure they just make and sell so many that there are bound to be a few here or there that slip through the cracks at quality control.  Warranty should take care of it.

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3 minutes ago, lecisnith said:

I've got a back-up.  And a back-up for my back-up.  And a back-up  for that one.  But I'm confident in their product.  I'm sure they just make and sell so many that there are bound to be a few here or there that slip through the cracks at quality control.  Warranty should take care of it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of AG stuff, just not super-confident in this particular line of rods.  I was trying to pop a hung lure off a log and it snapped at the thickest part.  I've put way more pressure on other rods with similar specs without a problem.  I'll continue to fish this one until it breaks, then switching to a different rod.  

Going to the pond this weekend, so will probably be heading out to get the backup in the next few days.  

Just figured out the poster who broke 3 of them @GORDOmay want to chime in with his Veritas experience.  

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Rough, I would of been ticked. 

Atleast you're not hurt, all that counts

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21 minutes ago, Last_Cast said:

Rough, I would of been ticked. 

Atleast you're not hurt, all that counts

That is a terrible thing for you to say.  Think about all the fish that I would still not catch with my squarebill rod if I hadn't mistaken it for a power pole.

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Cant argue with you there..my apologies :mellow:

Are you shoppin around for a new one?

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1 minute ago, Last_Cast said:

Cant argue with you there..my apologies :mellow:

Are you shoppin around for a new one?

Not at the moment.  Told the wife I would try to limit myself to one new rod per offseason after I got my technique specific lineup done.  So I'll improvise in the meantime.  I mean, I always have my eye on something.  Just have to wait until a realistic opportunity to justify the purchase.

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Just now, lecisnith said:

Not at the moment.  Told the wife I would try to limit myself to one new rod per offseason after I got my technique specific lineup done.  So I'll improvise in the meantime.  I mean, I always have my eye on something.  Just have to wait until a realistic opportunity to justify the purchase.

I feel you.
Just lie. Don't listen to the wife.

Trust me. :dance:

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36 minutes ago, Last_Cast said:

I feel you.
Just lie. Don't listen to the wife.

Trust me. :dance:

I would, but I still enjoy my wife's company.  

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3 hours ago, lecisnith said:

I didn't bring my goggles.  Plus with the snapping turtles, leeches, snakes, and samsquanches known in these parts I wasn't going in that particular water.

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I've got 6 Veritas rods that I've had for the last 4 years.  I fish every weekend in open water season with them and have yet to have an issue.  Caught bass over 6 lbs; pike up to 38" and cats up to 12 lbs.

 

I know some guys have had issues but I have not.  I store them in rod socks in my boat locker if that matters at all.

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I broke the only two spinning rods I had with me during a tournament once, and that is what I was catching fish on!

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That sucks. I love my falcon bucco crankin rod and would hate to loose it. If your in the market I bought a crankin rod from Academy Sports that i now like more than the falcon. It was their brand (i think its called x20) was about $70. Now my favorite square bill rod.

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22 hours ago, bassh8er said:

I've got 6 Veritas rods that I've had for the last 4 years.  I fish every weekend in open water season with them and have yet to have an issue.  Caught bass over 6 lbs; pike up to 38" and cats up to 12 lbs.

 

I know some guys have had issues but I have not.  I store them in rod socks in my boat locker if that matters at all.

Like I said, I'm sure it's just a matter of large volume creating a few problems and that's what you always hear about.  I am confident that the replacement will be good.

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After that I think I would have called it a day.

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