I doubt it was an Uglystick. Theres alot better rods on the market. I've broke several uglysticks over the years, while fishing for flatheads. Broke both of them on hooksets. Alot of the bigcat rods have eglass in them. It absorbs alot of energy and the rods can take the punisment. I broke a rod last year I never thought I would break. a TWC rod. Hooked a big flathead in deepwater, 55' and snapped on hook set. That fish made me look like fool.