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Matching Fishing Lure Weight vs Line Weight

Have you ever checked the butt of your fishing rod and wondered what that information noted means? Well, the information provided on the fishing rod is normally the lure and line weight but it can depend on the type of the rod. 

Between the lure and line weight, the former seems to be more controversial because normally, rods that have been configured for casting, work best with a specific weight. The reason for this is because the heavier weight might overload the rod and the lightest designated weight will probably not bend the rod sufficiently. Also having the incorrect line could lead to other problems like tangles and knots.

This excerpt below will dig deeper into the specifics of how to best match your lure weight vs the line weight, as we try to understand how to best select the appropriate specifications for your fishing rod. 


Lure Weight vs Line Weight 

Lure Weight

Case Study: Super Light Ul Fishing Rod 1.5M 1.68M 1.8M 0.5 8G Lure Weight 

The first thing that we took note of the super-light UI fishing rod is its spinning weight, where we are given three options starting from the smallest, which is 80G, then 83G, and lastly 85G, which is also the largest. The different spinning weight offers fishermen the option of using different size lures to bait the fish. 

The butt rod of the super-light UI fishing rod is made of a rubber cap, which then means that it doesn’t slide, however, this option also has a serious disadvantage, because it can easily get tangled up with the clothes or the skin and consequently interfere with the fight of getting your bait out of the water. So while the lightweight fishing rod will work, it would be better if you invested in the aluminum butt, especially if you know you are going to deal with heavy applications. 

The lure weight of the super-light UI fishing rod has been set at 0.5-8G, meaning that it cannot handle the heavy tasks, however, a rods lure weight will correspond with where you are going to fish and the type of fish that you want to catch. Therefore, if you are after the bigger fish then you will need a heavier and bigger lure. 

However, if your lure is light then don’t expect your rod to load properly, and consequently, it will result in a shorter cast. On the other hand, if you have too much weight, the rod will have a sluggish cast because of the heavy load. 

Line Weight 

The fishing line weight is normally expressed in pounds, of the tensile force before, the line parts. Line weight for a rod is, therefore, expressed as a range by which the rod has been configured to support. Therefore, if a rod indicates, 8-12lb then you can expect to struggle with a fish without breaking the rod and with a reasonable drag. 

The information above, however, is not indicative of the weight of the fish that you are allowed to catch because that is largely dependent on the strength of the fish, and other movement issues of the rod. But you can relate it to the line’s ability to achieve the best cast in terms of accuracy and distance, but also resonating with the bend of the rod.


Lure Weight and Line Weight – Features and Differences

The lure weight and line weight performance is very distinct, but significantly impacts your rod. Compatibility is essential. So while the light rods will use light lines and lures, the heavy rods will utilize the heavy lines and lures. Their measurements are also completely different, as the line weights range from 1 to 15, for the above the lower numbers cater to the light fish. Higher numbers, greater than 15, cater to the heavier type of fish. 

When it comes to lure weight, if the fish is big then the lure will also be heavier, and so will be the fishing rod. So if you were to use a heavy fishing rod, you should expect the lure weight range that begins from 1 oz going up, whereas the ultra line will probably feature a lure range that begins from 1/32 oz and go up to about 1/8 oz. 

Fishing lures are used to attract fish and they are mostly artificial, coming in different shapes, colors, and sizes and are used on specific types of fish. Examples of the fish lures are jigs, which can be characterized as a weighted head and a hook on the other end. You can find these jigs in the form of a plastic grub or a feather skirt. Their ability to sink without much struggle makes them an effective bait for the bottom feeders. 

Other types of lure weights are such as the plugs, the spinnerbait, the soft plastics, and spoons among others. 

Fly lines are normally rated with regards to their weight. For example, the A1 is considered to be very light and is usually used with a flexible rod. Just like the lure weights are meant for different types of fish, so are the fly lines. A line weight of 1, 2 and 3 weights have been determined to best cater to trout or a type of panfish. The higher the weights, such as 10, 11, and 12, the better they handle the big game fish and tarpon. 

The mid-weights, 4 and 5, can handle the freshwater bass and the trout fish. The upper mid-weights, 6 and 7, can handle the stripers, pike, trout, and bluefish.


Pros/Cons of Lure Weights

Pros

  • Allows further casting
  • lures target a specific species of fish
  • Lures allow one to catch and release fish
  • They are interchangeable

Cons 

  • Are highly-priced when compared to baits
  • Lures aren’t as effective for cold water fishing

Pros/Cons of Line Weights

Pros 

  • Braided lines tend to be more abrasion resistant than monofilament
  • Braids make a good companion for deep-sea fishing
  • The Monofilament line weights tend to be a bit cheaper

Cons 

  • The braided line rarely stretches
  • Braided lines tend to be thinner than the mono making it complicated to use