pike and smallmouth fishing

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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby mada1594 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:30 pm

BucketHunter wrote:Yep use the recommended knots.


ok great! hope I can find some 8lb but no luck yet only found 12lb as the lowest so far.
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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby mada1594 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:32 pm

toporanger wrote:I use the knot 2 kinky stuff also when Im up north. I really like it for pitching jigs into reeds etc, I have caught some large pike on bass gear with no fear of cut offs or losing my jigs with this stuff. I dont do anything fancy with the knots really just treat it like thick flouro and its treated me well. I use a uni to uni for connections


awesome! what lb do u use?
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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby toporanger » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:39 am

I just checked and actually last year on Leech Lake I was using this https://tuf-line.com/product/tuf-leader/ in 20 lb worked great with a uni to uni and a palomer knot on the lure

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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby BucketHunter » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:39 am

Lightest I could find for bass baits. 8-12 has all worked well for me in the past.
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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby mada1594 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:51 am

toporanger wrote:I just checked and actually last year on Leech Lake I was using this https://tuf-line.com/product/tuf-leader/ in 20 lb worked great with a uni to uni and a palomer knot on the lure


great ill check that kind out too thanks!
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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby mada1594 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:51 am

BucketHunter wrote:Lightest I could find for bass baits. 8-12 has all worked well for me in the past.


ok fantastic ill get the 12lb then. I was just not sure if it would be too thick thanks for the info! :D
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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby Mike and Pike » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:33 pm

I have been fishing esox waters, fly and conventional, with every mix of other species intermixed all over the Midwest. If you buy leader fluorocarbon , and there is a huge difference between casting fluoro and leader , you can get about the best mix of abrasion resistance, blending into the environment and knot tying ability I have found . I use everything from 2 lb tippet to 130 for some muskie stuff and there is a lot to say about high quality flouro and toothies.

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Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Postby Mattman » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:48 pm

Mike and Pike wrote: If you buy leader fluorocarbon , and there is a huge difference between casting fluoro and leader


Excellent point that I neglected to make. Leader material is much different than your standard mainline material.
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