How can a lure rod break after nearly two years of use?

Mark and I had a go yesterday morning, and whilst there were a serious number of birds feeding on what we presumed was a mass of bait very close to the shore (thanks Gary for the tip off!), it didn’t seem to be the case that bass were there working on the bait as well. Or if they were, we sure as hell couldn’t catch them! Still, for February it has to be good to see this sort of activity, but to be honest it didn’t feel anything like a mid-Feb day………

Anyway, nearly two years ago Mark bought the lighter 9’ long, 7-23g Major Craft Truzer, a rod that I had my hands on for a little bit and seriously loved fishing with. Mark fishes a lot and he tends to alternate these days between that lighter Truzer and his beloved 9’6’’ Skyroad Surf. It is fair to say that the 7-23g Truzer has had a hell of a lot of use, including bass to 11lbs, “occasional” overloading with a Patchinko - Mark is more than happy to admit to this - being used to test the water depths in gullies, up and down ropes, endless cliffs, being strapped to the Vac-Rac rod holders on my car, and along the way he reckons he must have dinged it a few times. But the rod kept going, and I know how much Mark loves the thing.

So we’re both fishing the 6’’ OSP DoLive Stick yesterday morning (weighs 15g with a weedless hook setup) as we try for a February bass. Mark is fishing to the left of me and suddenly out of the blue his Truzer snaps as he makes another cast. It’s an unmistakable sound when a fishing rod breaks, and Mark said that the rod came around fine but snapped as the lure went out and the rod bounced back on the recovery if that makes sense - and the three different Truzers that I have used for bass fishing all recover very quickly, indeed I was fishing with the regular 10-30g 9’ Truzer myself yesterday morning and loving it as much as I always do.

So the rod has snapped on the butt section, a little bit below the join, and to be fair to Mark he didn’t remotely throw his toys out of the proverbial pram. In fact I would say that he was incredibly level-headed about what happened, along the lines of he’s had a hell of a lot of use from the rod, it’s a tool to be used and the rod owes him nothing, but all that aside we are both left scratching our heads as to how a lure rod can break like that after so much use. Mark had been fishing away with the Truzer just fine for at least an hour before it snapped, and he knows he didn’t catch anything behind him on the cast. So how does a lure rod break like that after all this time?

Mark putting his beloved 9' 7-23g Truzer through its paces a few months ago

Mark putting his beloved 9' 7-23g Truzer through its paces a few months ago

To be honest neither of us has a clue. I thought my blog post about my continued love affair with my 9’ 10-30g Truzer the other day might elicit “various” responses from a few anglers who for whatever reason have ended up with their own, rather unique three piece Truzer, so as much as I welcome your comments on here and would encourage more of you to please engage with me and leave comments, please don’t waste your time by giving me anything along the lines of “told you so” etc. I haven’t come across anybody else who fishes with the lighter Truzer anyway, and the whole point of this blog post is not to damn a lure rod which Mark and I absolutely love, rather it’s Mark and I wondering how on earth a rod can break like that after such a lot of use………….

Any ideas? Can carbon weaken over time? Mark can’t recall any specific damage he might have done to the rod via a ding/tumble/fall or whatever, but if something along those lines had happened a fair while back, can that then manifest itself further down the line with the rod snapping clean during a cast, bearing in mind that he was casting a lure which was well within the rod’s weight range? The easiest thing would be to say that the rod is flawed, but how can it be when it’s worked so well for so long? Surely if a rod has a manufacturing flaw it’s going to break pretty damn early in its life? Is there anybody out there who knows what actually does happen with carbon rods over time, as opposed to hearsay and rumours which amount to squat?