Well, I was wading the moderate surf in 3.5 ft of water and turned toward the beach with my home made yellow Fenwick fiberglass with my first black 5000C under my right arm while I was stringing a 6 lb redfish when the mother of all waves covered me and when I got the water drained so I could see to continue string the fish I looked and [censored], it was gone. Man I was pissed. Then I reached with my left hand for the rod under my right arm and Shazaam, it was gone.
I been praying that would turn up for 45 years. I'm so happy to hear you finally found it. PM me for addy.