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Power: On one trip this past Fall in the California Delta, Zander and I were just waking up on the water from our dark o'clock start time. I had spent the majority of this morning using other rods from our Rod Wars to toss topwater baits like the 3:16 Lure Company Baby Wake and the Black Dog Bait Company's Lunker Punker. For whatever reason, it just wasn't happening, so I told Zander, "Ok, if they're not going to come up for us, let's go down after them."

And launches Cal's bait (the little grey dot halfway between the top of his head and the top of the picture) up near shore.

I reached for the KBSBS80 I had pre-tied the night before with a sinking, hardbodied swimbait. On about the third cast with this setup, I was pulling my bait out of the water when this big ole doghead, as Zander referred to it, came out of the water to swipe at my bait. It missed, but its tail splashed somewhere towards the back of the boat where Zander was. It was a HUMONGOUS STRIPER! Zander and I belted out the requisite expletives, collected ourselves, and returned to the task at hand.

Checking out the KBSBS80's tip

A few casts later, Zander yells Fish On!, but just as I turned my head his line went slack and his spirits were deflated. It got off.. or did it? As if in slow motion, Zander's rod tip was still up when his line made a sudden jump to the side off towards the back of the boat! Just as we both realized this, and as his line was going taught again, but still with practically zero pressure, the unthinkable happened, *SNAP* his line broke just like that! There were serious fish about!

A closeup of the stainless steel framed hardloy insert guides

It got kind of quiet after that. Zander even got a phone call - one of the hazards of fishing on the California Delta - excellent cell phone reception! Unfortunately, it was one he could not ignore, so he leaned back on the rear pedestal seat and answered the phone - line still in the water. I continued to pound the bank and as I made this one cast up close to shore and cranked the handle of my reel about three or four turns, all heck broke loose!

Something non-too-common on a heavy duty rod - an exposed blank reel seat


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