What size line were you using?
“Bent rebar” I like that one. I may borrow it. The CB’s are a very good optionI've traditionally used Owner 2/0 Gorilla and Mutu's on long range trips. But, when I'm going after BFT and trying to use a stealthy hook, a bent piece of rebar isn't stealthy. Those Owners are beefy! The Charlie Brown's seem like a great middle ground.
TN16 with 30# fluoro for the broken mustad hook. Our theory, it was damaged by the deckhand while removing from a prior fish. Hence the clean break. Previous fish was about 75# landed on the same TN16 with 30#What size line were you using?
How much drag?