Have you ever busted a rod?  When it happens, it’s usually due to user error. For example, car doors are tough on rods.

It’s only happened to me twice. The first time it happened, it wasn’t a mistake I made. My rod had been pre-stressed with a surprise 30-lb. white seabass on my bass rod. I managed to land the fish.

A month later, I was catching small yellowtail offshore. I wanted to make it more sporty and one of the little “rats” finished off the job started by the seabass. (I guess that’s still kind of user error.)

This break looks legit. In this video, angler Chris Carlyle lands his personal best pike despite his rod failing mid-battle.

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Photo & video: Chris Carlyle