Rod rating – The line ratings on boat rods don’t indicate how much weight the rod will lift. The rating on the rod indicates the most suitable breaking strain line to use on the rod, with a correct drag for that line set on the reel. The rating is designed to achieve a working curve in the rod for instance a rod rated at 12lb will work best with 12lb breaking strain line. In the case of shore rods the ratings apply to optimum casting weights to be used with a particular rod.
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