im looking into a project for myself to redo an abu 484. my dad has one in mint condition and is giving it an upgrade, better guides, slinding reel seat etc. i saw that this rod can cast up to 9oz of lead and i thought it would be pretty good my my style of fishing. Ive looked on ebay for a few but i find two models, one is with foam grips and a spigot and the other is with a cork handles and a wierd joint, it pushes in the male end and screws in place. Does this affect the movement of how the rod bends or can cope with the lead. I can look for some pics on ebay if you dont get what i mean, but could someone please tell me??