Tim, Jimmy, Bird dog, and I headed out of my local ramp around 130 pm. We quickly hooked into a good grade of fish under big birds, and were catching them to 27 inches. Tim brought his new rod for me to try out. A St. Croix AVID X 6'8" medium heavy with Shimano Chronarch reel. I really liked it, very sensitive, and quick. After about an hour of fishing I heard some noises from the front of the boat, and I looked up to see Tim pointing into the water. While releasing a fish he accidentally tossed his combo into the water, instead of the fish. We tried to catch it for about 20 minutes before giving up. (Skip I have the numbers if you want them.) After convincing Tim that it wasn't that big of deal we moved back onto the fish, and continued catching. Tim quickly forgot about his combo and went back to fishing with his backup St. Croix. He hooked into a fat 24" fish that really gave him a good run. When he brought it to the boat we heard a loud crack, and his backup St. Croix broke in half. Jimmy and I tried to be sympathetic, but we both asked that he not touch anything else on the boat. Ronnie started texting us when he saw the pictures of our fish, so we ran in and picked him up. By the time we came back out the fishing had started to fade, we did get into them again briefly. Fish started off in 30' of water, pushed to 24' by dark. Tim had the sense of humor to send us a picture of his rockfish dinner with the caption "$500 dinner".