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well to start things off just read my post in maryland inshore fishin reports to find out mine but I included a pic of my worst reel blow up which happened early march. I had a knot get caught in my last rod eye and this is what happened.

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Three years ago.

Grabbed this post of mine from someplace else...

Haven't had a bad day like this one again (yet).

Some of you may remember this.....

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7/28/05 - Assateague

On my first cast I took a whole live Whiting and cut the tail so it would bleed. The braid line somehow decided to saw a nice gash in my finger which bled pretty good. So much for taking bait out on the boogie board. On the cast, the bait smacked the surface about 50 feet out and skipped another 100 feet. I figured that was far enough.

Within 10 minutes the pole went WAY down and I grabbed it. She fought hard and turned east, I had her back west and fighting hard. Suddenly the line went phfft. Limp. Brought it back in and you could see where she bit the 80 lb leader in a few places.

Next cast I used a frozen Bunker head. It only went out about 100'. Ok, good enough, they got to be in here feeding on the Whiting....

Yep, sure enough, within 5 minutes the pole danced hard. This one started running the beach both ways. Had her facing west when all of a sudden I heard a ZING! CLINK! She spat the hook out and it barely missed me and clocked my truck.

At least I got the hook back...

Ok, next try, (storm coming)...

Can't cast worth a darn, probably getting the big hunk of Whiting about 50 feet out after trying many times. I'm thinking, there's GOT to be something this close....

Sure was, and the pole tip was looking dead east and the drag was whizzing. I grabbed it and she just kept heading for Africa. Once in awhile she would stop and I'd get some line back. Then off she'd go again. I saw my high-dollar line going out to sea, kept turning the drag tighter and she kept taking it.

Well guys, I finally found the breaking point of the new braid line and it sure wasn't 50 lb. Must have been at least 80. I was pulling hard and leaning backwards when the line finally gave up.

Oh what a video that would have made....

With me leaning back and the line breaking, you probably know what happened....

Yep, I went flying backwards and landed flat out, not on my butt, but flat out. I laid there laughing at myself. I was alone but you could have heard me in OC.

I nearly crunched my head on the bumper because I actually landed under it. I had enough time whilst airborn to say SHEEEYT!

I hear the rig flying past me and hear this clink and THUNK!

The cling was it glancing my cold beer on the tailgate. As I laid under the bumper I hear this little noise then something rolling. All of a sudden I'm getting wet. The rig glanced my beer and dumped it on my head. Then I see my brand new 15-piece bucket of chicken drop off the tailgate and roll into the ocean. What luck....

Next cast:

I had about 10' of leader and then the weight on a 5' section. Laid it all out behind me and walked into the water and threw.

THWACK!!!

Right in the back of the head with a bloody Bunker head.

Stunk the rest of the night and all the way home.

Got home and girlfriend says "You must have caught something because you smell like fish".

I didn't EVEN tell her....

Dang, head hurts too...

The whole evening was a comedy of errors and screw-ups. At least I know HOW to do it now and can get a hook-up. I just need heavier leader. The 80 lb mono was like cheese to her. Got good running line, heavy rod and reel, right hooks and bait, yadda yadda yadda.

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