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Old 06-06-2007, 10:51 PM
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Default Rod Weight question

Hi all,
I bought a light 7' rod and reel, a little Okuma setup to try throwing poppers and plugs.(also to use from my boat) is rated a 0.5 - 1.5 ounces. My question is what If I try to throw 2 - 3 ounce Kastmasters occassionally. Am I risking serious damage or worse? I am continuing to learn about tackle and all of you have been a great help so far! thanks!
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:10 AM
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you'll be okay as long as you don't push it too hard when throwing over 2oz... most rods are under-rated for load.. the more weight you throw, the less effort you should use..

if your gonna throw heavy stuff more often, it's best to get a rod rated for the weight..
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:32 AM
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But throwing metal is a different story - there's a physics term for it that I don't remember but the gist is that the more dense a material is, the more strain it will put on your rod during a cast. Metal being denser then wood or plastic means that throwing a 2 oz kastmaster is much more likely to break your rod then throwing a 2 oz wooden or plastic swimming plug. (Just exactly why this is I have no idea, we'll have to find someone with a bigger brain then mine to explain it)
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:29 AM
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Default Re: Rod Weight question

Just try it with 2-3 oz of lead sinkers (tennis balls weight 2 1/4, good casting practice).
It ain't gonna,,,, and you're not gonna like it.
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