You must be reading last years regs. That was the way it was written. I emailed them to ask your very same question. After numerous emails asking, with no reply, they finally said, "Well, You would look funny carrying all those rods to the river". This year they changed the wording to cover that loophole. It eliminated the "labled" part and says total number canot excede 3 rods and 2 on the Mississippi River. I too got lucky over the years, not getting a ticket.