Well, a bit of a lesson learned I guess. I have the "lil pros" which have 3/8 inch bases. Last weekend a 43# Blue ended up bending one of them. All of my reels are set to rip off drag at a very reasonable tension. Even after the incident I checked to confirm that my drag was set right for my style of fishing. I was quite suprised that this occurred because I have caught much larger fish on these rod holders without any problems. I was on this fish pretty fast too. I now know that I should have gone with the "pro" model which have 1/2 inch bases. Oh well, live and learn. Still shocked that it bent though.