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Author Topic: Braided line for pike leaders  (Read 2092 times)

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Braided line for pike leaders
« on: Nov 30, 2009, 07:31 PM »
I was all set to switch to fluoro leaders for pike fishing this year.  Went to Gander to buy some and got talking to the sales guy.  He recommended braided line for leaders.  He said that is what he used because of the smaller diameter for heavier poundage and it was easier to work with.  Any thoughts?
   

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #1 on: Nov 30, 2009, 07:33 PM »
I would be leery pike have razor sharp teeth and most braids aren't very abraision resistent and the thinner diameters WILL slice your hands up real bad!!  :o (Learned that the hard way!!)

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #2 on: Nov 30, 2009, 07:39 PM »
i use braid on my pike leaders and have never had any problems and def. prefer to use it over steel in clearer water... i used 65 lb last year and that worked great
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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #3 on: Nov 30, 2009, 08:11 PM »
I just use steel leaders. They are cheap and the only way I've lost them is because of snags (yep.) I've never seen line shy pike on my lake, but braided line does work pretty good. However most superlines I have seen do not have great abrasion resistance. A steel leader will last a LONG time. Braided line will fray/cut after a couple rubs against the razor teeth. I would imagine you'd want to replace the line if there is any damage, just like you would with mono.

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #4 on: Nov 30, 2009, 08:14 PM »
DON'T DO IT!

Pike teeth will make quick work of superbraid regardless of its test strength. IMHO, you are better off with mono.

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #5 on: Nov 30, 2009, 09:42 PM »
I have used spiderwire braid and also power pro with no problems.

Just remember to use a sufficient pound test that will stand up to the abuse of the fish.


I use #30 and up.


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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #6 on: Nov 30, 2009, 09:52 PM »
 I use Seagaur Fluorocarbon for pike leaders. 50 lb

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #7 on: Dec 01, 2009, 05:20 AM »
this is how i look at the teeth issue and anything besides steel wether it be mono or braid... i fish for pike throughout the summer and winter and always use braid, i have never been bit off in the open water and only once through the ice and that was with mono... if you use steel compared to mono, braid or flouro on the clear water i fish you will catch less and smaller pike (just my observation)... its up to you, but id give it a shot at least once... this topic can really stir up the pot tho so have fun with this thread ;)
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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #8 on: Dec 01, 2009, 05:40 AM »
milan boa no-kink...its Titanium shock leader
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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #9 on: Dec 01, 2009, 05:55 AM »
milan boa no-kink...its Titanium shock leader

this is what i use also. I have never been bitten off but why take the chance.

 

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #10 on: Dec 01, 2009, 07:30 AM »
Definitely don't do it, worse than mono IMO as well.  Might get lucky a few times, but braid just doesn't hold up well to pike.  I've been bite off regularily by pike when walleye fishing with braid, and have seen fireline, spiderwire stealth and power pro up to even 80 lbs bit off when guiding for pike when some guys have just used their heavy pike gear with no leaders just to catch a few walleye for shore lunch.  Steel, titanium, or heavy flouro is a way way way better choice.  Little itty bitty pike can bite thru 80lb braid like nothing is there, no point loosing a big pike, or any pike, to poor leader material.

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #11 on: Dec 01, 2009, 08:38 AM »
Flouro or Wire... definitely don't go with mono or braid.

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #12 on: Dec 01, 2009, 01:09 PM »
take a peice of floro, steel, and braid run them against a razor or a knife, something that would simulate a pikes teeth and see what happens. i dont think it would matter what leader your using if your hook is the only thing thats touching the pikes mouth so yes you wont get bitten off with braid or floro but as soon as a pike swallows the bait youll most likely get bitten off. as far as wat lb test line it doesnt matter how many pound test it is for braid or mono it will still cut just the same as it if it  was 4 lb test.
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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #13 on: Dec 01, 2009, 02:28 PM »
stick with steel .  I do not pike fish ,But have spent a ton of tin on pickerel ponds and those little buggers can cut through 65 lb super braid like a pair of scissors .   Test your leaders with a pair of scissors and then tell us witch one you like .      If you want to got with the viability issue then go with a thick floro , but with live bait the fish is going to get the hook back deep . Its not like cranking a spinner buy them in the summer and they only get the hooks in there mouth

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #14 on: Dec 01, 2009, 02:43 PM »
Went to Gander to buy some and got talking to the sales guy.  He recommended braided line for leaders.  He said that is what he used because of the smaller diameter for heavier poundage and it was easier to work with.  Any thoughts?

Yeah... My thought is this: That guy is a BOOB  ::)

Braid is the worst thing you can use for a leader. The abrasion resistance against anything, including teeth is very poor. I use both heavy fluoro (50 or 60lb) and steel.

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Re: Braided line for pike leaders
« Reply #15 on: Dec 01, 2009, 06:25 PM »
Thanks guys.  I knew you wold have some good insight on this.  I think I am going to try both steel and fluoro this year and log which I get more fish with, size fish, break offs etc.  I will keep you posted with the results.  Now, if it would just get cold enough to make ice I could start my log.
   

 

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