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Old 04-08-2006, 10:24 AM
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My Dad (who passed away a couple months ago) always said, "I don't mind breaking up tackle, because those are the fish you remember." Or words to that effect.

OK, in cleaning out all his stuff, I found 6 or 8 rods with busted off tip tops. (He was ugly with car doors.)

Question for the crew is: What tackle have you busted up, and why? Break out the fish stories!

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Old 04-08-2006, 10:39 AM
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Like your Dad, I'm fairly good at breaking rod tips and guides. I broke a gaff on a shark once. Just trying to hold it steady for a picture. Didn't gaff it. Just kind of poked it near the mouth to try and record the big of girl. She didn't want her picture took and thrashed a bit and headed for the bottom. Took the hook of the gaff with her.

My youngest lost a 40+ Dolphin because of frayed line because a rod tip porcelan was cracked. He was mildly upset and now, for some reason, he inspects each eye on his rods before we go out. He's only 12
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Old 04-08-2006, 11:18 AM
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...broke a penn tuna stick on a 10 foot blue shark..... got him finally on half a rod....

....but my favorite was when I was about 12 years old. I had a "hoochie" off a penn Longbeach reel in Quick's Hole.... something hit it and headed for Gay Head and points beyond....being young and dumb and since we didn't have a prayer of stopping it, I tried to grab the line....you only do something like that once. I didn't bleed much since the burn of the line more or less cauterized the cut.... The reel basically melted. Never saw what it was....

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Old 04-08-2006, 11:21 AM
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I can remember as a kid I traveled to Fla. with my grand parents in a converted school bus. We had setup "camp" at Jenson Beach and had been fishing for a while when a big storm rolled in. It started to blow pretty good so my grandfather decided is was best that we turned the bus around and faced into the wind so that's what he did.

Well, to make a long story short, he backed over all the rods we left leaning against the back of the bus plus both tackle boxes that where sitting there also. While I was just a kid, I still remember the expletives that came out of my grandfather’s mouth when he realized what he had done. If that wasn't bad enough, he also had grandma to listen to for the next few days.
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Old 04-08-2006, 07:49 PM
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Well, to make a long story short, he backed over all the rods we left leaning against the back of the bus plus both tackle boxes that where sitting there also. While I was just a kid, I still remember the expletives that came out of my grandfather’s mouth when he realized what he had done. If that wasn't bad enough, he also had grandma to listen to for the next few days.
I watched a guy do this on a trapfield with 7 shotguns that were more expensive than myf250 supercab diesel each 3 were S.O. berettas ,an HnH sidelock and the others were k32 kreigoff's with exhibition grade walnut
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:21 PM
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If a reel is well maintained and drag is functional and properly set, no half-decent rod should ever break on a fish. Broken tips are usually the result of car doors and such. Graphite rods often get the blame for being fragile after they break, when in fact the rod was probably damaged under impact at some earlier time.

I once broke an ugly stik after I lost a 25lb+ bull dolphin inches from the gaff. Cracked it right over the gunnel.
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:40 PM
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I had my rods leaning up near the front door after a fishing trip. A friend of mine comes by and I'm showing him my catch of the day. He's 'amazed' and doesn't believe a Tuna Stick can bring those things in, so I decide to show him the flexibility of the rods. I proceeded to break the tip off one in my eagerness to show him what those rods can do. Funny thing is it's become my 5' 7" tuna buster. If you do a search on here you'll now know why I was looking for aftco roller titops!!
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Old 04-09-2006, 12:54 PM
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Had a dead sticked rod go overboard while Fluking in 70 feet of water. 10 minutes later, while drifting no less in a good 3-4 knot current, I hooked something. As I reeled in the rod came into view, I hooked the last eyelet on the rod that went over with my single hook Fluke rig. Went we grabbed the rod, and celebrated we started reeling, and on the other end was a 10lb Bluefish, exhausted from dragging that setup around the bottom for 10 minutes.....I will never win the lotto now
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Old 04-09-2006, 01:28 PM
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I was fishing off of the stern of the USNS Patuxent in the mid 90's in the Adriatic sea and saw what looked like a blue volkswagen hit a green machine just before chow. The reel (9/0 Senitor) was literaly smoking. It got so hot it poped two screw heads off the side plate and heated the handle so you couldn't touch any metal with you bare hand. I never saw the fish after the initial hit because he kept going the other way. The line finally parted and the reel hasn't worked right since. And that is NO SIHT!
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Old 04-09-2006, 02:07 PM
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I snagged a HUGE ray once with my brand new high dollar Orvis fly rod. After about 45 mins of fighting this cow...I got a little tired of her and wanted her off. I my zeal, I found out just how hard you can pull on a rod before it breaks. POW!

I had thought that the leader would let go long before the rod, but the Orvis guy said that he could break a rod easily by horsing too high with the rod. Oops.
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