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Old 08-30-2018, 01:58 PM
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Default Leaders- Steel or Fluorocarbon?

What do you guys prefer/recommend for musky/pike fishing?
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:41 PM
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What do you guys prefer/recommend for musky/pike fishing?


I know a lot of people think fluorocarbon is great but only until the first bite off. First of all muskies are not leader shy at all. Muskies can and will sever fluorocarbon. No reason to use fluorocarbon and leave hooks in fish. I know several people who have had bite offs with 100 lb. test fluorocarbon. They quit using fluorocarbon. You can catch big fish on a jig with mono line, but it is only about the orientation of the line in the mouth. Do yourself a favor and use real leaders.

Everybody seems worried about leaders and the fishís sensitivity to them. I always use steel leaders when trolling crank baits for walleyes and outcatch my partners as they have so many bite offs. Fish are not as leader shy as people think.

This year we caught multiple walleyes up to 28.5 inches on crank baits with 12 inch steel leaders. Why risk losing fish because of some urban legends about leaders?


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Old 08-31-2018, 07:13 PM
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I agree with Breezy although I have both in the boat. I'll use steel 100% of the time if fishing "big fish" water. Just be sure to get a quality leader with a very good snap. They can be a hassle to hook but they aren't going to bend straight either.
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:21 PM
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I use 125 lb fluorocarbon never bit off never kinks never frays lasts a long time
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Old 09-01-2018, 09:37 AM
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Wire.
I had a little test for a friend of mine one time who insisted Muskie see the wire leader. I made up some wire leaders and put various colors of plastic tubing on the wire so there would be no doubt the muskie would see the leader. Caught three and he caught 0 on floro. I also caught a 51 on the leader only after the fish missed the bait and clamped down on the leader which stuck in his teeth.
Dont take a chance and kill a fish. Use wire.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:02 AM
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. I know several people who have had bite offs with 100 lb. test fluorocarbon. They quit using fluorocarbon. You can catch big fish on a jig with mono line, but it is only about the orientation of the line in the mouth. Do yourself a favor and use real leaders.


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and therein lies the problem... If you are are only using 100 LBS fluorocarbon you are using way too light of line. 130 LBS minimum for bucktails, 150, 175 or 200 for Swim baits or trolling big baits. They both work but if you look at people that make a living musky fishing most are using fluro for most applications. Saltwater guys who catch fish with as many or more teeth than a musky use it and heavy mono all the time... Like any tool, use the right one, and the right size and it works great, use the wrong one and problems ensue...
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I use 9 inch Berkley 30lbs steel leaders. Never disappointed with them but I have been looking at plain wire for some applications and Titanium leaders.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:09 AM
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Iíll use flouro or titanium. Depending on my whims that day.Since titanium wire came out Iíve switched to making my own out of that material instead of using steel.
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I use 190lb straight wire for gliders and jerkbaits

130 or 150 for rubber and bucktails and whatever else.

Trolling leaders are 80 or 100 flouro
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