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waterfowler85

lake trout. fluoro line, and pike problem

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What's everyones favorite fluorocarbon leader for lake trout? We all have too much money in crankbaits to be losing them to pike all day. Who uses what? Brand and diameter. I use vanish 10 and its junk.

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Steve Foss

What's everyones favorite fluorocarbon leader for lake trout? We all have too much money in crankbaits to be losing them to pike all day. Who uses what? Brand and diameter. I use vanish 10 and its junk.

I don't use fluoro leaders much for lakers in summer. My downrigger rods have 14 Fireline on them tied directly to a snap swivel. My vertical jigging rods have 12 lb XL mono, also attached to a snap swivel. The rod I have rigged up with a Jet Diver/Walker Diver has 14 Fireline up to the diver, then an 8-foot 14 lb Vanish Ffluoro leader. But if I can't find the Vanish at any given moment, I'll just tie the leader up with mono. Lakers don't care one way or another.

Only ever caught one pike while trolling for lakers on Burntside, so biteoffs haven't been an issue for me. I do use Vanish a lot in various strengths to tie up snells/leaders for rigging summer walleyes, as well as for slip-bobbering 'eyes and panfish (fluoro between swivel and hook) and have had good luck with it.

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waterfowler85

well...that was pretty much exactly what i wanted to know, so thank you Steve! I have 14 fireline on my line counters so glad to hear that will work. If i used anything else on lakes down here it would get pretty expensive in a hurry. The walleye have never seemed to mind, but i didn't know about lakers and the clear water. 5 foot clarity would be an extremely clear lake around my part of the state.

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