The Importance Of Matching Your Lure Weight To Your Rod Rating


If you want to maximize your inshore setup, make sure you are using the right rod with the lures you’ll be using!

It’s really important that you’re matching the weight of your lure to your rod’s recommended weight.

In this new video, learn why this is crucial for casting and why the total lure package should be the focus.

Check it out!

Matching Your Lure Weight To Rod Rating [VIDEO]

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Typically your rod’s weight rating is listed on your rod.

This will tell you how heavy and how light of a lure package you should be using with that particular rod.

Don’t use a rod that is too powerful or too light for the lures you’re using.

This will make it not as easy to cast!

And your performance will be much better if you’re using the correctly weighted lure and rod combination.

Knowing the weight of your lures PLUS your hooks is the weight you should be focused on.

You need the weight of the total package: lure plus hook.

Here’s an example:

A 1/16 oz Owner Weighted Twistlock Hook plus a Slam Shady 2.0 paddletail weighs 1/4 oz.

So you should be using a rod that is rated for 1/4 oz, not 1/16 oz.

Have any questions about this?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who may be using lures that are too heavy for their rod rating, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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5 months ago

How do sinker weights factor in to this?

5 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

How do you know what sinker weight a rod can handle if you’re bottom fishing and NOT casting?

Daniel Vera
7 months ago

This question is similar to the one you answer already but want to confirm if I use a slam shady bomber with a red fish eye jig head the 3/8oz with the same TFO you have in the video that rated the max lure 3/4 would that be considered too much weight for that rod should I look into keeping it max in the 1/4 jig not higher with the bomber for that rod thanks in ahead

Franklin Valencia
1 year ago

Great explanation Luke! But an additional question on a rod rating…what if your rod is rated maxed to a 5/8 rating…and let’s say the current is very strong…and you need to up the weight to keep the weight of the lure more stable…is there a risk damaging the rod?

Last edited 1 year ago by Franklin Valencia
Will W Driggers
1 year ago

Good question! Following.


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