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Is it okay to throw heavier lures than the rod rating?

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Jack517

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Imo most of these rod ratings are approximate..  an ounce here or there is not going to make a difference. 

 

Am pretty sure (unless it is a handmade special custom rod carefully tested and calculated to cast exactly a max of 3oz ) that most rods have quite a leeway either side of the weight ratings... and somewhere in between the low and high rating will be a sweet spot. And even that will vary rod to rod.

 

People are getting too hung up on the marketing numbers... I need 10 rods to be able to cast all my lures now...  strange as years ago I had one rod that cast all those same weight lures no problem.

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53 mins ago, Jack517 said:

I’m looking to get a rod that only has a rating up to 3oz, I have some plugs than are a bit heavier than 3oz around 3.5 or 4oz, I just wanna make sure I don’t mess up my new rod.

Depending on the rod, sometimes the rating is lower than what it can actually do, I guess it takes an educated feel to know the difference not sure. 

My 10-ft prevail rated 1 to 4 oz I typically throw five with it and it doesn't feel stressed at all. 

Maybe you can find a rod That's rated 1 to 4 oz. 

 

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The lure ratings on most rods are pretty un-scientific.  It's going to depend on the exact rod but I have lots of rods that can handle above their weight range, and many that will not.   The 8' legend surf thats rated to 3 oz I'll throw 4.5 on it no problem, and really lay into it.  Other rods feel a little too loaded even at their stated max range.  Really just takes some feel to know what rod can do what. 

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1 hour ago, Jack517 said:

I’m looking to get a rod that only has a rating up to 3oz, I have some plugs than are a bit heavier than 3oz around 3.5 or 4oz, I just wanna make sure I don’t mess up my new rod.

If you have plugs that are 4 ozs, why get a rod rated for 3oz.

I can understand that folks want a 1 oz rod for light stuff, but a rod that'll throw light stuff well won't be good for heavy stuff :howdy:

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34 mins ago, jimmy z said:

If you have plugs that are 4 ozs, why get a rod rated for 3oz.

I can understand that folks want a 1 oz rod for light stuff, but a rod that'll throw light stuff well won't be good for heavy stuff :howdy:

Def makes sense,,I'd do just that.

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Most rod manufacturers ratings are a joke. Indicate the rod/blank that your interested in and I'm someone here will chime in on what the limitations and capabilities are before you purchase it.

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the blank's material and design has a lot to do with it too. a glass rod might feel overloaded and soupy above it's rating, but you probably couldn't break it if you tried.  a thin walled high modulus graphite rod might explode on you even when casting a lure within its advertised range.

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