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Im going on another fishing trip to my honey hole in Michigan in a week. I will be going for Bass and Pike. Now its hard to just fish for one species. IN THIS LAKE PIKE WILL HIT ANYTHING A BASS WILL. I have a rod im bringing up for crankbaits only. Its a St Croix Mojo with a Revo SX spooled with 12lb Pline. When using this rod to cast crankbaits do I use a steel leader. I dont wanna get bit off using a 5 dollar crankbait. The fish are kind of line shy, but not alot. The Pike are mostly little snake slime balls i dont really ever touch.

SO WOULD YOU USE A STEEL LEADER OR JUST BITE THE BULLET AND USE A SNAP AND PRAY A PIKE WONT BITE YOU OFF.

ANy advice
 

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If the water is clear you are going to limit your bass catch as well as kill lots of the baits action. Bass fishing in pike infested water is just one of those things were you can expect to lose a few lures when the bite is on.
 

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there are some very thin leaders you can try if you really really wanted to use a leader.

i use power pro often without any form of a leader. never had an incidental pike snip me off when bass fishing...not yet anyways
 

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I would only use a leader if I was specifically targeting pike. I do get bit off sometimes especially on swimbaits and small rapalas but you will catch more fish without leaders. I have even been bit off by pike with a leader as they can miss a spoon that bad. As mentioned leaders kill the action on some baits and will spook some fish from biting.
 

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I have landed a 34 in pike on 8lb no leader and a 1/4oz twister jig. I lost a fish of a lifetime on 12lb 9in leader and a 10 in cisco. It is all about how you play the fish. The big one came up like a snake and when I saw it I almost crapped my pants. He tricked me and took off with my lure and I was really PO. Snakes will probably only get hooked on the rear treble, so as long as you don't let then roll on you they probably won't cut you. I vote for no leader.
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IN THIS LAKE PIKE WILL HIT ANYTHING A BASS WILL
This caught my attention. I fish a lake in WI that I catch bass all the time with steel leaders. There are tons of pike around, making it hard to target bass without running into a pike. I pretty much use them all the time on this lake. If I take it off I get bit off, If I leave it on all I catch is bass. Catch 22 I suppose. I do use a black leader to cut down on visibility. The 9" 20lb Berkley ones. I have tried shorter, but the longer seems to allow more action.
 

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I fish a private lake up north where I'm mainly targeting bass, but there are tons of big pike in there as well. I think it depends on the size of your crankbait. I've only lost 1 crankbait up there in the last 3 years fishing there. I use 10 lb floro and throw only deep divers. If you are going to throw shallow divers just up your pound test. or set the hook quick so they don't swallow your bait. I don't set the hook on my fish with crankbaits, but if you do yes you might miss some fish, but also the pike won't have enough time to swallow the bait unless its a biggy.
 

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I had this issue one day and decided to tie on 6 feet of 15 lb. flourocarbon, Landed more than 15 northerns that day, I would trim off a couple inches every few northerns, just check for nicks and kinks. I've also just gone with straight braid and been fine for northerns. If they're smaller northerns you probably have a greater risk of snagging the bottom and losing the lure than the little fellas cutting your line.
 
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