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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.:eek: 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.
 

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I am assuming you treated the rod like gold for the two days before you used it. So under that assumption you got a bad blank. It happens sometimes but I would not be worried about replacing it with the exact same model. The LDX is made by a great company who stands behind their product.
 

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Gilly, the funny thing is that I never even looked at the rod before I went to the beach. I took it out of the bag that morning, no hits, bangs, or dings. Joe.
 

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I have been using my LDX for a year with no problem. Most of the guys I know have one too, and they have no problem. I have heard of a couple breaking, but Breakaway replaced the rod for them, and they never had more trouble with the new rods.

I would not have a worry about getting a new one, I have seen many big fish come in on these rods this spring, with out a hitch.:)
 

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Bigguy, I build my own rods, and it is an unfortunate fact that from time to time this happens: you got a dud of a blank. It happens to all manufacturers, and unfortunately there's no way to tell, from visual inspection, that the rod is going to break. It looks fine, and then pop, you have a multi-piece rod. Like I said, it happens to all rod manufacturers, and Breakaway will surely replace it for you.

If you liked the rod before, I would get a replacement and not even think about it. I'm not a huge fan of Breakaway products - I think that the importance of being able to cast for distance in the surf is wildly overrated - but despite that I would advise you not to penalize them for something that happens to all blank manufacturers. And don't think that one bad blank is representative of the others: due to the technical methods that are used to produce modern graphite blanks, an occasional dud is inevitable. But the other ones will peform great.

I recently read a report from a guy who spent almost a thousand dollars on components for a custom tarpon fly rod, including a $500 blank from a very high-end manufacturer (I won't say which one). This guy is an ace rod-builder, and put together a mean fishing tool. And on his client's first day out fishing with it - bam, it split in two. Nobody was happy about it, but it goes to show that it happens, and not just to junk blanks.
 

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joe don't know whats more believable , the rod braking or you hooking something.........................haha:D :D haha........just kidden joe see ya in LBI.
 

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I talked to Rich and he is going to replace the rod.Keppy, maybe it was the shock of feeling something move on the end of the rod that made me do a power stroke and snap it!! FishBucket........Whats a drag?????:rolleyes:
 

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you might want to go with some of the custom breakAW blanks,and build or have built. 1507,08,09, these blanks have alot less failure rate than the new lighted up ldxs.:confused:
 

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B8 KASTER said:
you might want to go with some of the custom breakAW blanks,and build or have built. 1507,08,09, these blanks have alot less failure rate than the new lighted up ldxs.:confused:
The one thing that saved the day when the rod broke was that I did not make that rod. I would probable wonder what I did wrong instead of thinking the obvious, that the blank was defective. I have the new rod ready for a trip to Brigatine this afternoon.:) Joe.
 

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Phil. no problem at all. I got the rod from Digital Daggers, and Rich was right on top of things. The new one is still waiting to be christened.:D Hopefully,not a repeat!:eek: Joe.
 

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Phil. no problem at all. I got the rod from Digital Daggers, and Rich was right on top of things. The new one is still waiting to be christened.:D Hopefully,not a repeat!:eek: Joe.
A company that stands behind it's product and takes care of the customers, is a rare and VERY GOOD company.

Kudo's to Rich and Phil for being on the ball with Good customer Service!

PS Big Guy, That rod has a rating that is neceassary to stay in.
 

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NJFisher, thanks for the info. I had only 3 casts on the blank when it broke. I have to agree with you about good service, plus it helps that Rich is local and really helps out with all the ASAC clubs and tournaments. Joe.
 
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