I would think that would be the case if the base and rod holders weren't brand new. It did this almost immediately. None of my other rod holders do that in any other base. It's just the one base on any rod holder I put in it. I feel it's a defective base.Whethole- I have Scotty holders and only one can you lift out of gun el mount while grabbing the pole. That is due to a person running to a bite and pulling straight up on the pole with the holder smoothing out the little “ridge “ on the side of the post that goes into the gunnel mount.