my opinion on the poor bite over those few days was attributable to two factors. the first was a push of warm water (saw the temp rise 5 degrees in one hour at the buoy during the flood) and the other factor was water visibility. i felt the vis was less than 5 ft during those couple days.
another factor is that sometimes there can be too much bait, although it certainly didn't seem that way to me during that time frame.
hope you get the rod repaired quick... and that the fish who broke it was a smoothy so you could clobber it <g>