I was fishing at San Clemente Island this week on a private charter, and my friend shows me a brand new Phenix rod he’d just bought, along with a brand new Tranx 500 reel. We were trying for Yellowtail that were breezing by, and my friend quickly ties on a surface iron and let’s it fly... However, on his excited first cast with this new outfit, as he gets a major backlash, the rod snaps out of his hand and disappears over the side. As we are all watching it sink out of sight, gone forever, and not quite sure what to say, the captain says, “You know why they call it the Tranx 500? Because if you drop it over the side, you say, there goes $500 dollars.” That lightened the mood and we all had a good laugh.