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How heavy a bait can I throw?

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I can't find much information so I figured I'd ask here. I have a duckett micro magic pro cranking rod (the 7' medium/moderate model), and I'm thinking of picking up a whopper plopper 75 or 90 to throw on it. But, I can't find anything about the weight of baits I can throw on it. Do you guys think I'd be able to use a whopper plopper without risking breaking my rod? I already figured the 110 and 130 are out of the question because of how big they are, but I'd love to give em a shot!

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You should be perfectly fine with the 90 and the 75 ...

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Ducketts run fairly light and moderate compared to other rods in my opinion. But as stated above the 75 and 90 you should be fine with. For the 110 I'd step up to at least a medium heavy if not a heavy and the 130 would be on a heavy or mag heavy. 

 

Just for a little reference point. I have a 7ft mh micro magic that I use exclusively for smaller jigs and senko style baits and it's All that rod wants, to fish a 3/8 ounce jig+trailer, 1/4 ounce Texas rig, or anything in moderate cover. 

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I think the reason you might have this concern is that you have the cranking model and those blanks tend to be fairly moderate, well really moderate , imo but you should still be perfectly fine with the 90 and the 75 no problem.

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Above comments cover your WP specific question, but after that. . .It's pretty easy to feel if one is overloading a rod by casting too heavy a lure.  Cast gently at first and get a feel for the rod/lure combination.  When you feel the rod may be overloaded, just cast more gently.  

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You are probably on the upper end of that rod, but it should work ok. A slower rod is what you want when casting larger lures at the upper limit. You do want to lengthen and slow down your backcast in order to load the rod further down the blank. If you shorten and snap, that's where you may exceed the tips ability to cope.

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If this will help, I do not have your rod, but I do throw all of the Ploppers on my Carbonlite mediums with no problems, but seem to get more strikes on the two lighter baits as opposed to the 1oz.  I use 17lb mono for them.  I should add that my logic in using a medium rated for 5/8oz for a 1oz bait is that it lays on top of the water, so pull resistance is nil with no lip as opposed to a diving crankbait.  I may be proven wrong as time goes on so shall see.  So far it works.

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