Guys I dot abuse any of my equipment. Actually I am kind of a freak when it comes to up keep. I used to mate on some of the best private boats on the east coast in some of the largest t tournaments. I am fishing about 2 to 3 days per week. These breaks are coming not from split shot or abuse , but from fishing. The rods itself are breaking in some strange spots. Especially at the ferrules. As for the angel reel. That thing was the biggest peice of crap. And if u want to know how good I keep up on my equipment I just sold 2 hatch reels in order to purchase two brand new hatch finatics . They were used 2 seasons. Here's the blog to one guy that I sold it too The Weary Angler.
Rods should not break like this. I have a few sage esn and have a bunch of zaxis rods. None of them to this date has skipped a beat. Since sage has been so good I me I just purchased two sage one rods. Thankfully I do have the disposable income in order to buy this but it does get me annoyed that those hardy Rods break so easily. And after seeing there sloppiness at the recent somerset show I am done with that company.