Picked up a brand new LDXS on Thursday to try to get a little more distance on my casts. Went to Brigatine on Sat with a couple of guys from my club to work out the bugs. On the 3rd cast, I hooked up with a nice sized skate. The rod handled great up until the thing broke in half 4 " above the reel seat. Now the big question is do I replace the rod with a similar one and hope that it was a manufacturers defect, or go with a different rod. I was pleased with the feel of the rod and felt that I got extra distance out of it, but will I get gun shy about getting another large fish on? When I stopped @ RipTide to show the guy, he said he never saw a rod break that way. Any body have any input on this rod? Thanks, Joe.