You ever tried to actually hold a rod up at 22lbs. I mean sitting your rod on a rail of a boat is one thing, but when shore fishing or fighting a fish standing its real hard. I have experimented with a digital scale and tried to see how much I could get the scale to read using a rod and reel. I attached the scale to a solid surface, tied a line to it, walked about 25 feet away and started giving it my all.....at approximately 45 degree angle. (I'm not the smallest guy in the world either) I did this because I thought that the abu garcia 7000 drags were too weak to handle big fish. Turns out that 20lbs of pressure is really hard to achieve, add a five or ten minute battle and your done. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that to see a rod hold that much weight is just crazy, most likely it will never be put under that much stress. Better safe then sorry though.
That is correct. we stand on ladders, tha boat and everything else when testing. I have put lead in a bucket and stick a rod in a holder and ripped it right off the boat, or even better broke off a brandX 1/2 rod holder at the base. It is very had to pick up that much weight, and very few rod will stand the test.