Here is the sentence:

Thrashing on the surface of the lake, a huge catfish __________ Reggie's fishing pole almost to the point of breaking. Reggie fought on, images of fried fillets making his mouth water.

The blank requires the simple past of bend, an irregular verb. You chose bent, the correct form. Hallelujah!

Verb Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle
bend bend(s) bent bent

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