Leads for pike fishing
Fishermen discuss in detail how the spinning reel, fishing line and bait affect the fishing, but rarely talk about such important element as the lead.
Without the use of lead it is nearly impossible to catch a pike. With its sharp teeth, it can easily bite fishing line, leaving the angler not only without a trophy, but also without a bait.
Let’s examine most common types of leads for pike fishing.
First, let’s take a look on the fluorocarbon. Due to its properties it is quite soft, not the most visible in the water, has no memory, fast sinking — but is not very suitable for pike fishing.
Leads for Pike Fishing. Fluorocarbon Lead.
Fluorocarbon is very soft. There is no warranty that the toothy predator will not not bite it.
Fluorocarbon lead is suitable for zander and big perch. Use it for pike only when the predator is very careful not to take the bait with other types of leads. In this case it is necessary to use fluorocarbon leads from 0.3 to 0.4 mm in diameter.
2Special Lead Material
This material is sold in fishing stores in meters. It consists of several steel filaments twisted into a braid and covered with a special compound.
It is necessary to purchase the corresponding tube diameter for mounting, swivels and fasteners. Then take pliers and create own lead. More than 30 cm in length is hardly worth doing.
This material typically has a tensile strength of up to 8 kg.
The benefits of it are unquestionable. It is soft, has practically no effect on the lure and has almost no memory. But there is also twisting problem when angling large fish and the visibility in the water. Also, it can become «shaggy» over time. Good for pike which can not bite it.
Probably the best option at the moment.
3Steel wire leads for pike fishing
Many older fishermen still remember a time when this diversity was not the strongest side of fishing shops. Guitar strings were used to make durable leads. Typically we used the first or second string. Even now, some people prefer these homemade steel leads.
The main advantage of such a lead is the highest reliability. It can withstand any weight or any teeth. Perhaps, these are all advantages. The lead is perfectly visible in the water, affects the game of bait. But when the pike is active, especially trophy pike, it makes sense to use these leads.
4Titanium leads for pike fishing
Titanium leads for pike fishing are new and not yet widely available, and unlikely to displace the others quickly. The only advantage of them is durability. Also, they are visible in the water and affect the game of bait.
5Tungsten leads for pike fishing
Tungsten leads for pike are not the best ones. At its softness that does not affect the game of bait, a few bites turn them into a «pig tail». Because of their low cost they can be changed frequently. It can be used for pike fishing, but is required to constantly check its integrity.
However, this is only the basic information on leads used when fishing for pike. Much depends on the specific conditions of fishing, the size of pike, experience and angler preferences.
How to attach the bait to a lead
The most common, as the most practical and easy to use — the use of various types of fasteners. They provide secure attachment and at the same time allow to quickly change the bait when necessary.
How to attach the lead to the fishing line
At the end of the lead is always a swivel. It is tied to a fishing line.