THE POWER OF LURE FISHING RODS
In the settings of the lure rods, the power of a rod expresses its ability to cast and be used optimally without risk of breakage, using a lure in a given range of weight. It is characterized in grams and / or coded levels, ultra light (UL) to fish finesse to extra-extra heavy – XXH – or XXH for powerful fisheries.
The table below summarizes the main bearings met on models freshwater and details their indicative weight ranges. This data can be rounded or sometimes vary slightly depending on the series of rods, including the sea rods equally coded power are a little more powerful.
|Abbreviation||Signification||Lure range (g)||Lure range (oz.)|
|UL||Ultra Light||0,5 – 5||1/64 – 3/16|
|SL||Super Light||1-5||1/32 – 3/15|
|L||Light||2 – 7||1/16 – 1/4|
|ML||Medium Light||3 – 10||1/8 – 3/8|
|ML+||Medium Light Plus||3 – 15||1/8 – 1/2|
|M||Medium||5 – 20||3/16 – 3/4|
|MH||Medium Heavy||7 – 28||1/4 – 1|
|MMH||Medium Medium Heavy||7 – 35||1/4 – 1 1/4|
|H||Heavy||10 – 40||3/8 – 1 1/2|
|XH||Extra Heavy||14 – 70||1/2 – 2 1/2|
|XH+||Extra Heavy Plus||14 – 100||1/2 – 3 1/2|
|XXH||Extra Extra Heavy||28 – 150||1 – 5 1/2|
|XXXH||Extra Extra Extra Heavy||50 – 200||1 3/4 – 7|
LURE FISHING ROD ACTION
Another parameter very important in lure rods, Action! It characterizes the reaction speed of the blank, its ability to take a neutral position after bending, and the magnitude of its curvature. This setting is useful for determining if a rod is rather stiff with a flexible tip (fast), or even with just the tip of the active tip (super fast – extra fast) which will be very sensitive, ideal for precise casts and fisheries where you need to detect the most subtle bites (rubber jig, Texas rig). Or on active two-thirds of the blank (slow action), therefore softer and quite capable of dampening the violent attacks or avoid short breaks. This will be an ideal share for fisheries of retrieved lures (spinnerbaits, crankbaits). Between these two extremes you will find a range of versatile intermediate actions that we classify as “normal” (regular) or semi-fast (regular-fast). As usual it is a basis and everyone will find comfort even outside these rules.
|Rod #||Action||Rod tip bends…|
|A||Extra Fast||1/4 or less of total rod length (tip top)|
|B||Fast||between 1/4 and 1/3|
|C||Regular Fast||between 1/3 and half of rod length|
|D||Slow||more than the half of rod length|