I usually attach the fornt to a wire leader as well, and occasionally leave the hook on the bottom of the first crankbait, but I have never caught one on the first bait. But who knows someday the pike may hit the first fish. Also use it there incase he gets tangled in the fight. I may be over cautious and I havent tried this technique here in Colorado so who knows.wmccree said:Hey epic,
That's a good idea. How do you attach the front end of the wire leader to the crank? Actually after rereading it you may not be using wire but if so tell me how ;D
Actually I have used the 14/6 fireline for pike leader and find it works quite well unless the water is really, really clear. Never have broke a fish off on it. But the fireline works best. Spiderwire doesn't work as well. And on the end of the fireline I tie a swivel unless I'm fishing spinnerbaits or soft jerkbaits.Mattsabasser said:Ice...what about a braided leader? I've tried the thicker line but my lack of patience kills me and snap the fish off just before it reaches my hands. "Sonofa....!!!"
I hate leaving hardware in their mouth so I have digressed to using the black wire leaders. I still catch a few pike but the bigger, smarter fish just laught at my gear as it goes by.
I have experimented with a braided leader but struggled to get fish to take. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated.