That is when used properly landing a fish. The Rod was a North X Northwest Special, 8'6" X 2H, Line wt 10-30 lb. I was using 30# Maxima. I arrived ay my spot about 6:25 am. Back near the end of August. The sun was along the horizon and the mist was in the air. There were just a few other locals chanting in the morning light. I readied up my stuff with a #5 Chartuse Blue Fox and waded into the tide water near the low tide. I was throwing my line where I best estimated the fish were channeling back up to the hatchery. Wow, I must have hit it right on about my 5th cast because I felt bumps all over the place on the muddy bottom with no rocks. I never even gave a jerk and a Huge Tule hooked himself. The fish slowly meandered down stream about 60 feet not putting up that much of a fight, I starting started to real him back in, he didn't like that, he made another run and jumped out of the water revealing himself. The fish was a Monster, slightly showing some Red and had to be in the range of 45-50#'s. I started to real him back in again and tightened my drag slightly to contain him. Then the fish went on his another run nearly spooling my level wind, I attempted to thumb the spool double clutching and nearing burning up my thumb from the heat and when I was on my last layer of line, the rod broke in half, I sounded like a 410 shotgun going off. Then I released my thumb as it was on fire and the fish continued spooling and snapped the line at the knot on the reel, this time it sounded like a .22 going off. An arbor knot might have saved my fish but I learned more about knots after the fact. So now the fish is gone, the upper piece of my rod is gone just above the break. Which occurred just above where the 2 pcs come together. When I got home finally after a long trip on Hwy 30. I looked for the receipt, it not to be found, the rod was only 9 months old. So I'm wondering if I take it back to GI Joes, will they do anything. Maybe they going to say since I don't have the broken piece above or the receipt, I'm out of luck. Well, what if I buy another Rod exactly like it, save the receipt, then take the broken one back. I hate to do that, it kind of goes against my ethics.