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Wanting to try my hand at some pike through the ice, not looking for trophies. I've never once had a pike bite a line, caught em all on 6 or 4 lb mono in open water. Everything I see on ice fishing pike has super heavy duty setups, wire leaders and What not. Do I really need to beef up for them?
 

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A lot of guys are going to fluorocarbon leaders in highly pressured waters. I have had pike cut through 50 Power Pro like it was nothing.
 

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I use 10lb flouro. Lost 1 pike due to line cutting. I tried steel leaders this winter, get MUCH less catches then I get with plain flouro. Just my observation though.
 

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If you hook them on the beak they are fine. But yes we had 4 lines bitten this past weekend up in MN, weren't even fishing for pike.
 

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30-40 will probably handle most fish. But true giants wont have much trouble getting through. I have been bitten off with 40, 50, and 60# leader. Granted, the 60# was with a tiger musky. Most of the time I still use 40# though. I think there is definitely something to what Tempo is saying. You might get less action.....even with the flouro leaders. But it's pretty damn painful to lose a giant because it bites you off :lol:
 

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I dont think you hafta worry about 60lb giants around here.::)
 
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