Went fishing this morning and guess I should of stayed at home. First I baited my big reel up with cut bait. No problem ,then I baited one of my other rods got ready to cast it out and the back of the reel broke.No big deal so I get another rod/reel bait it up cast it out ,get a good hit,set the hook and the rod breaks in too.SO I reel in the fish on half a pole probably a 1#channel. So now I get to see how good Shakespere stands behind thier warranty.I just bought this rod back in March of 06. Oh by the way its an Ugly Stick. . Let you know what they say.