Edogz

Going over maximum rod cast weight specifications while bottom bouncing

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Hi guys I am wondering if going over cast weight specifications will affect a rod while bottom bouncing? I have a rod that is rated for 60 -120g cast weight and I am wondering if it were possible to use 12oz sinkers (approx 350g) without damaging the rod while bottom fishing. I ask this as I bought the rod for dual purpose as a bottom bouncing/ jigging rod.

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Hi Edogz, I'm by no means an expert on rod design but I believe you should be fine. The cast weight is based on the high forces generated during casting... Bottom bouncing is more similar to fighting a fish and you would be hoping to be pulling things greater than 350g from the depths :)

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I probably wouldn't jig over its limits.

 

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I think you'll be fine bottom bashing. Its not like casting.

If you are really worried, get yourself a cheap FG rod like a Jarvis Walker Black queen

 

I use one of them with a 16oz on it sometimes.

 

 

 

 

Edited by antonywardle

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It might help if you tell us what rod you are using. PS where are you fishing to need 12oz lead? That's seriously heavy for bottom bashing. Usually 8oz is sufficient for up to 80m depth.

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Agree with bolts   just dont stress the rod with high strokes when winding fish up

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Thanks boys for the response. I am fishing a few km off north head Sydney Harbour.. I might considering using an 8oz next time I head out. 

I'm definitely not using these weights for jigging, just whilst bottom fishing.

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