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Braided line for Pike leaders
« on: Jan 31, 2017, 03:24 AM »
I have been fishing for Pike in my area for a long time, we used to use English hooks when I was a kid, bit they don't seem to produce like they used to. I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on braided line leaders?

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 2017, 01:14 PM »
Braid is the worst material you can use for a leader. It has poor abrasion resistance and will cut you to the bone if a big fish takes off while you're holding the line.

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #2 on: Feb 01, 2017, 03:00 AM »
Well thank you. Do you have reccomendation?

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #3 on: Feb 01, 2017, 10:38 AM »
Heavy floro 60lb+ or steel.

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #4 on: Feb 01, 2017, 06:33 PM »
I agree, I don't know why anyone would ever use superbraid on a tip up at all. As a mainline it will cut you to the bone, as a leader it is the most likely to get cut off. 10# mono or fluoro vs 10# superbraid, the mono is much more tooth resistant. Not to mention, the braid is just as visible as steel, so you might as well use steel. For about 4 years now I have been running a mix of fluoro and steel leaders summer and winter. 3 years ago I even spent the whole year just fluoro. The past couple years I have been running about a 50% mix, but I am just not seeing any increase with fluoro leaders. I have been keeping a journal, and pike in my area are just as likely to hit a rig with steel leader as they are for a fluoro. I run 15#-20# Cortland Toothy Critter coated wire, and 50 pound cabelas (seaguar) fluorocarbon. I have had 4 bite offs on the 50 pound fluorocarbon, but one was most likely wrapped around something sharp. The other 3 are most likely pike teeth. Still, that's maybe a bite off every 75 fish or so. I've never lost a fish on steel leader. Google can't find an "English" hook. Some pictures of a kahle hook show up, is that it? A big kahle hook is good for small bait, but bait over 6" (what big pike prefer), a quickstrike is better, or at least a circle hook.
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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #5 on: Feb 03, 2017, 08:14 PM »
Ditch the braid, everything mentioned so far is a much better alternative.. Me personaly i use 30lb P-Line , single treble.. Its all personal preference.. Except for using braid, to be frank its useless in ice fishing for pike..
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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #6 on: Feb 04, 2017, 09:57 AM »
For jigging the bigger, toothier species I run Trilene XT then a swivel and then a 1 to 1-1/2 foot leader of flouro.

For lakers both main line and leader are 8#.

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #7 on: Feb 09, 2017, 08:23 PM »
Ummm why not Google 'kahle hook'? Plenty of pics show up, they look like the old Banjo Minnow hooks.

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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #8 on: Feb 13, 2017, 08:29 AM »
I run an 18 inch leader made from Power Pro 30# green. Have never not once had a break off.
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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #9 on: Feb 13, 2017, 09:34 PM »
Why would you even try? The 15# steel leader I use is the same thickness as 30# power pro, and it will never get bit off. Power pro will get bit off. You would be better off with 30# mono, its less visible, and more durable. I do use braid as a mainline on my jigging reels, but it has no place on a tip up period.
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Re: Braided line for Pike leaders
« Reply #10 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:23 AM »
Been doing it that way for longer than i can remember. I will stick with it. To each there own.
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