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What Size Lead for Maximum Range?

Posted by Shaun Harrison on 23 November 2015 |

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Hi Shaun,

I’ve currently got the Freespirit XS rods. I’m fishing a lake at present which involves a fair chuck. What weight lead can I get away with?


Lee Nichols

Shaun Answered: 


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Which one will suit your casting style?

Shaun Answered: 

Hi Lee,

I found 3 1/2′s went best for me on my X.S. but I did occasionally use 4oz in big side winds. It depends a lot on the individuals casting style. In ideal conditions (no strong cross wind) then 3 1/2oz suited my casting style for maximum range although I know Mark Hutchinson gets more out of them with lighter – it all comes down to how much you can compress the rod against the lead and then the rod being able to spring back quick enough. 

One thing I usually do when trying new rods out and doesn’t take long is something I would strongly urge you to do and that is to get yourself a 3oz a 3 1/2oz and a 4oz lead then starting with the 3 cast as far as you can. Tie a pole elastic marker on your line, wind in and repeat this 3 times tying a fresh marker on if you cast further removing the original as you wind in. Repeat this with the 3 1/2 and then the 4 and you will soon see which size suits your rod for your style of casting.

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My X.S.

Similarly you may be surprised how much difference certain types and shape of lead make as well. It is a simple test which can reveal so much.

Hope this helps

Best fishes


About the Author: Shaun Harrison

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Quest Baits boss Shaun Harrison has put over 40 years of experience into developing his range of carp baits ” This bait range is the culmination of the bait knowledge I’ve gained throughout my carp fishing career, a journey which started in the 1970’s. It has truly been a long and winding road – frustrating at times, fascinating and rewarding at others….. Our range you’ll only find proven baits, the ones I use myself 

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