***PLEASE understand I am distributing the wieght load THROUGHOUT the whole rod..... IF YOU HI-STICK this rod, it WILL break, as ANY ROD WILL ******* No sense in making Islanders pay for rods that are being broken due to hi-sticking them. Here is the SeaMagic 400 gram jiggin rod with a 20# scale weight. The line does not come close to touching the rod blank at any location. The rod tries to twist a little towards the end if its not square to the weight. I would say this would be the max it would fish.