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I hate wire leaders, but feel I need something for my bigger Kietech swim baits with the flashy hook.

 

What do others use to keep pike from snatching bass baits while keeping the action of the bait?

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Steel leaders. They don't affect the action.

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Heavy mono, mostly Ande and BG.

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I get there is no substitute for just getting on the graph on the water.  But would be nice to make an educated guess when pre-planning to narrow down starting spots

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I use Maxima Chameleon Leader Line ..... I am dealing with Pickerel though.

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Heavy flouro leader. 

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I've caught dozens of pickerel and never had one bite my line and I only use 12 lb fluorocarbon. 

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Get out the check book and pay the piper. Steel leaders reduce bites it sucks but if a pike gets your bait right there nothing you can do. I know @A-Jay has some slick leader material he uses. I've lost 2 spinner baits and 2 tungsten punch rigs so far this season.

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You can use a tie-able leader, like Cortland Toothy Critter, and not lose bites.  20# size works well for me.

 

 

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8 hours ago, sully420 said:

Get out the check book and pay the piper. Steel leaders reduce bites it sucks but if a pike gets your bait right there nothing you can do. I know @A-Jay has some slick leader material he uses. I've lost 2 spinner baits and 2 tungsten punch rigs so far this season.

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A-Jay

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