Can you exceed the recommended lure weight on a fishing rod? Like if the rod says up to 1/2oz can I go 5/8oz?

Can you exceed the recommended lure weight on a fishing rod? Like if the rod says up to 1/2oz can I go 5/8oz? I know if I you go to heavy the rod can snap, but is a fraction of an ounce that bad. Thanks

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5 thoughts on “Can you exceed the recommended lure weight on a fishing rod? Like if the rod says up to 1/2oz can I go 5/8oz?

  1. Yes, you can, but you know they but the recommended weight on the rod. It’s not because they’re afraid it’ll snap, it’s because they’re recommending a weight that will allow you to cast farther.

  2. its just the perfect size for that rod to cast you can easily go up to about an oz and not have any problems i have a rod that says 3-8oz’s but i still use leers more than 10oz all the time and the casting distance isn’t much different

  3. Let’s logic this out! I think we are safe with the realization that the rod is fully expected (in the right lakes or streams) to catch fish that can easily weigh well in excess of 20 pounds and may even top the 30 pound mark or more. (I fish in Alaska! where BIG salmon and trout RULE!) Therefore, adding mere ounces to a lure or sinker will have very little or NO effect on the overall spinal strength of the rod. When a manufacturer adds that information to the rod, he is merely “suggesting” the approximate range for what he/she considers best to get the optimum performance out of the action of the rod and rod tip combined. Some rods have tips with more or less rigidity built into them for more specific kinds of fishing. Obviously using heavier weights or lures will diminish some of the spring in the rod’s action which may (or maybe not) noticeably effect the action of the lure when you retrieve it. Experience will teach you the limits beyond which you probably shouldn’t go, ONLY because the presentation isn’t as good as it should be. Don’t worry about breaking the rod. You can leave that challenge up to the fish. So fish on with the confidence that to catch BIG fish, you have to fish BIG lures and sometimes BIG waters. Go for it. Your rod can handle it if you can. Good luck.

  4. Depends.

    Not all recommended maximum casting weight were the actual maximum casting weight a rod could handle. That recommended casting weight is the manufacturer’s recommended weight range that will perform the best with that particular rod.

    1) With fiberglass rods, you can go over the recommended maximum quite a bit.

    2) Graphite rods aren’t that forgiving; you could snap the rod tip during the cast.

    3) You most definitely do not want to go over the recommended maximum casting weight on some of the high end graphite rods. The line guides on those rods were placed according to the rod blank’s curve. Since no rod blanks are exactly alike, the line guides on those rods were located on slightly different locations to maximize line feed and minimize friction between your line and your line guide. This means your line will shoot out a lot faster. You will be casting at (or very close to) the rod’s full potential. You will also detect slight changes in casting weight. Many times, the recommended maximum casting weight is actually the rod’s maximum casting weight on rods like these. If you go over the recommended weight, there’s a very high chance that your line will snap during the cast.
    If you did not use lines heavier than recommended, rod damages will be unlikely because the line will snap before your rod could snap. But you’ll loose a lot of lures/rigs before you realize what exactly happened. The experience(s) will be frustrating and it could be somewhat expensive. (This is from personal experience. LOL) If you used lines heavier than recommended too, your rod tip could snap.

    By the way, 5/8oz is 1/8oz more than the recommended 1/2oz recommended maximum casting weight. 1/8oz might not sound a lot but it is 25% increase in the maximum casting weight in this case. I wouldn’t worry about fiberglass rods but you’ll need to be a little careful with thin graphite rods. :)

  5. You should be fine using 5/8 oz on your rod without much problem. However, I must disagree with Dan’s comment, when you are catching a fish you are fighting it with mostly the rods backbone while casting you are using mostly the rods tip. If you exceed the recommended weight by too much, you will most definitely snap your rod when casting. Depending on the action of your rod you will have more sensitivity and rod bend in different parts of the rod. A med or heavy action rod will have more bend towards the middle of the rod-you would be able to get away with casting heavier than recommended baits with one of these rods than you would a a fast or extra fast action rod which have more bend in the tip-these types of rods you do not want to exceed the recommendation by too much. Also if the rod is fiberglass it will be able to handle a heavier weight better than a more sensitive graphite rod. Taking all this into consideration, I would definitely throw a few delicate casts and work my way up before I try and heave one, see how the rod reacts you should be able to tell if its too much weight for it to handle. Good luck and tight lines!

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