Whats the best leader

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Whats the best leader

Post by Sparks73 » Wed Sep 05 2018 20:38

Hi, very new to the predator scence, what is the best trace/leader. Im going to be fishing thr local canel, mostly Perch/Zander/jack with the chance of a pike. I have flurocarbon, wire and titanium but dont know which one to use. :wave:

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Nige Johns » Wed Sep 05 2018 20:59

Don’t even think about fluorocarbon where pike are concerned Sparks,do a search on traces,trace material and you’ll be able to see all the previous discussions that should answer your question :thumbs:

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Happy Hayes » Wed Sep 05 2018 21:17

As Nige has stated ditch the fluorocarbon.
Buy yourself a quality trace wire .
Read the previous threads you’ll find the information you require.
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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Mike J » Thu Sep 06 2018 08:43

Sparky
Hi and welcome aboard.
Wire Wire Wire Wire nothing but wire.
Dont worry about the fish seeing it, they would have it on a coathanger if they wanted it.

Buy a bulk spool and learn to make your own leaders and traces, loads of how tos on here.
Over a lifetime it will save you a fortune, then you can spend the savings on

more tackle. :laughs:



Have fun, its a great sport :thumbs:

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Dennis M » Thu Sep 06 2018 18:36

Wire would be my first choice too, as the odd specimen pike can turn up on waters you won't expect them on.
And the feeling of losing a fish due to tackle failure sure does suck.

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Post by steved » Fri Sep 07 2018 14:09

I have been lure fishing for pike for nearly a year so wasn't that long ago I was asking myself the same question. I only use ready made titanium traces. On the cheaper (lighter) ones the clips straighten out, cross lock i think they are called. Cheap or light weight clips always straighten in snags not the hooks meaning lost lures. On the more expensive traces nothing ever gives out, hook straightens and lure retained. Get the best clips you can. If you use them that is?!?!

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Mike J » Sat Sep 08 2018 10:51

For lures look no further than Chico's. :thumbs:
Simply the best available and at a price you cannot beat if you made your own.

I bought six and am still on my first!

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Post by steved » Sat Sep 08 2018 22:51

x2 on Chico's. The mutts nuts and by far the quickest delivery times out of any mail order I have tried.

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Post by Andytheammer » Sat Sep 08 2018 23:38

steved wrote:
x2 on Chico's. The mutts nuts and by far the quickest delivery times out of any mail order I have tried.
X 3 :thumbs:
Guessing you’ll be able to pick some up from the convention?

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Post by Chico 48 PAC » Sun Sep 09 2018 19:52

Thank you all for the kind words, it means a lot.

Remember my leaders are 100lb Ti and suited to jerkbaits,soft plastics and heavy spinnerbaits, not so good with the lighter stuff.
http://www.chicoslures.co.uk
If you use FC for pike then shop elsewhere.

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Post by Happy Hayes » Sun Sep 09 2018 22:07

Chico will be my first stop at the convention
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Post by Chico 48 PAC » Sun Sep 09 2018 23:18

Tom,

I am flattered.
http://www.chicoslures.co.uk
If you use FC for pike then shop elsewhere.

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by jonsykes » Mon Sep 10 2018 00:41

Thatcher? :coat:

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Re: Whats the best leader

Post by Metalscobes666 » Mon Sep 10 2018 15:38

I'm a fan of the AFW wires I like the Bleeding Leader in 60lb and 44lb I've not had any issues with it sure the plastic coating can get shredded but that doesn't make a difference to the strength of the wire. Honestly I would avoid fluorocarbons they have no place in pike fishing in my honest opinion.

I've seen people getting bitten off with fluorocarbon in the states and it completely fries my head as to why they don’t just use a wire leader, I see it creeping into the UK scene more and more with self-described celebrity anglers using fluorocarbon leaders for lure fishing singing its praises because some company they are paid by tells them too or they are trying to be different. I can remember two conversations at PAC conventions with a couple of years between them where a certain well known angler said no he wouldn’t use anything other than wire leader cue a few gigs later with anglers world holidays and he's singing its praises and fluorocarbons were the best thing since sliced bread, bite offs? Bah who cares I'm getting a free holiday stop asking questions.

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