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Hi all, hope everyone is having a nice weekend, I am in Attleboro Ma. About 5 miles from Gillette stadium and 3 miles from the RI boarder. It is going to be close to 100 deg this weekend. This morning got up early no fish finder, no camera set up for photos. Going lo tech and heading to the pond right down the street from my house. Quick couple of hours. Don't need a camera because I always catch fish here but always small. Big trout here but small bass. Ha!

 

6am 7'1" med St Croix Mojo Bass, 12lb Pline floroclear 1/4 oz tungsten shakey head w/ Zoom shakey head worm wtrmln red. Fishing a shaded shoreline. A 15-20 lb snapping turtle comes swimming by. I move down the bank further. I get a good bite right off the bank, 2 pound bass wow! that is nice for this pond. 2 minutes later another bass about the same size. So I am in a kayak and when I catch a fish I reel in till about 5' of line is out, guide the fish to the left side of the boat, switch hands, and arch the rod/line over my head and lip the fish while it is still in the water. As little stress as possible on the blank. Well as I am about to lip this bass something was following it, I thought it was another bass but as it came out of the mirky depths it was a snapper trying to eat the fish that was on my line. I quickly steered the fish away from the turtle to the front of the kayak, got a better hold of my rod and lifted the bass to the other side of the boat but could still see the turtle below. So I winched the fish in over my boat he shook and the rod tip snapped. I did land the fish. 

 

It was  great day, caught my first fish on chatter bait, caught my first fish on buzz bait. Which was also my first top water fish. Awesome.  

 

So I have read a lot on this site about blanks, how they are not really built to bend beyond 90 deg. Did I subject this rod to too much? I am in southern New England, I don't catch giant bass. A giant bass is 4 pounds. This fish might not have even been 2lbs. Do I really need to be more careful? Higher end blanks tend to be even more fragile? Is a 130.00$ rod a high end blank? I loved this rod and plan on getting another. 

 

I just bought the rod in January, I will see if BPS will take care of me, I think they will. 

 

 

 

 

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Sounds like a fun morning! I caught some this morning too, on a frog and buzzbait. 😎. It sounds to me like you high sticked the rod. It’s common to break a rod landing the fish bringing the rod very high, super easy to do by mistake. If you use the entire rod to lift the fish from the water it’s much lass likely to cause a problem. Yes, a bend beyond 90 degrees creates a lot of stress on a graphite blank. Any graphite rod is subject to break in that manner. Sorry it happened. 😕

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Thanks man. It was a great morning 8 fish in 2 hours, 4 of them were way bigger than anything I expected to catch today. All great stuff. Hopefully the good fortune continues at BPS and I return with a brand new rod without to much discomfort. 

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Isn't rodstill under st Croix's protection plan. I'd contact them. Doubt bass pro will warranty it. They will probably tell you to contact manufacturer.

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It happens. In my yeas of kayaking i have noticed that when i lay my rods down they all pretty much are leaning in the same spot all the time and i have had rods break and it took me a little while to figure out why it was happening.  Once i put 2 + 2 together and figured out it was from where i laid them down it hasn't happened since.  I now try and be more careful as to where i place the rods and try to move them somewhat so they are not being placed in the same spot all the time.  I have also seen tips snap after line gets rapped around it and you apply too much pressure and it basically snaps them clean off.

Sucks but it happens....

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BPS will not cover it. 60 days with Bass Pro. 1 year warranty for all BPS brand. 

 

I have already been on St Croix web site. Looks like I just have to pay shipping. I can live with that. 

 

Thanks guys I am going to work on my technique for landing fish, little more line little less bend in the blank. Oh I almost forgot keep a sharp eye out for snapping turtles.

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13 hours ago, Bass Junke said:

BPS will not cover it. 60 days with Bass Pro. 1 year warranty for all BPS brand. 

 

I have already been on St Croix web site. Looks like I just have to pay shipping. I can live with that. 

 

Thanks guys I am going to work on my technique for landing fish, little more line little less bend in the blank. Oh I almost forgot keep a sharp eye out for snapping turtles.

Punch those turtles in the face with your paddle. Nets save rods everyday. Glad St. Croix is gonna take of you.

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"Nets save rods everyday" Never looked at a net in that light till now. Thanks Greenpig. 

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