What's the worst piece of tackle you still use? Mine is a seven-year-old 9 ft Surf King rod with an eye missing and another about to fall off. There is a piece inside that is loose and slides up and down in it when handling/casting. It is complete with a Penn Seaboy 190 reel that has a frozen clicker, never had a guide and creaks and groans when reeling. I still use it and still catch fish. Biggest fish I've caught on it was a 90 lb alligator gar.