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What I want to do is set up a decent ice rod and reel for pike. I have a decent heavy action rod and plenty of reels. What would be a good line choice as far as pound test?
 

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10-15 LB braid with a mono or fluro leader. I would even consider a steel leader if you are exclusively fishing for pike. Wouldn't want those toothy [email protected]@rds breaking me off!

I mainly fish pike with a tip up when I'm out, its my MN blood!
 

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I'm not a braid fan for ice fishing. It holds too much water and tends to freeze up your reel. As far as test..main line ten to twelve pound mono with a 30lb leader. I've used steel, flouro and mono leaders. I've found that thirty pound mono works well. Stretch isn't a problem at the depths I fish. A side note on your rod and reel. One of those bernie rods would have worked well. I prefer a bait caster for pike on a dead stick. It works great for suspending a dead bait while jigging with another rod. You can set the spool tension to suspend the bait without engaging the reel. When a pike hits, it can run with the bait without feeling resistance until you engage and set the hook.
 

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Interesting about the bait caster. I have never tried one while ice fishing. All good information. I might look at picking up a tip up. Never know unless you try.
 

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Interesting about the bait caster. I have never tried one while ice fishing. All good information. I might look at picking up a tip up. Never know unless you try.
I enjoy the tip up because I like to fish all the other species too. allows you to set it in Pike territory and move elsewhere. Plus when the flag goes up with a giant shiner on the other end, you know its something serious!
 

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I definitely prefer the bait caster and i'm not a fan of braid on ice. Using too heavy of line is tough because you get more memory with heavier line... 10-12lb main line should be fine.
 

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I definitely prefer the bait caster and i'm not a fan of braid on ice. Using too heavy of line is tough because you get more memory with heavier line... 10-12lb main line should be fine.
You don't get memory with braid, that is one of its best attributes.
 

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I love ice fishing with braid. Dont have any freezing issues until it gets below zero then I aint fishing anyway.

Course now that I think about it, all my deadsticks are mono!
 

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You don't get memory with braid, that is one of its best attributes.
Correct, but you get so much ice on the line... which transfers to ice in the guides... I wish I could use braid... I tried Nano, but it has too much memory.

My solution (unless you are fishing heavy lures or jigs, then it doesn't matter) is to stretch my line.. I do it every single time and for good reason. I could go into it further, but I'll leave it at this... Stretch your mono or fluoro by pulling it out against the drag or simply pulling it out a section at a time and stretch by hand. It's a game changer for light biting fish.
 
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