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    OK, guys.....bear with me. My new Heritage "Laker" tip-ups just arrived today. I have done plenty of research on these forums about hardwater pike. Sounds like herring is more often than not the way to go. I caught several muskies and tiger muskies in the lower 48, most of which were landed on 8-10 lb. mono while fishing for trout, bass and walleye. Do I have to use steel leaders up here, or are they just highly recommended? Are pike leader shy? I was thinking that I could maybe get by using 20-25 lb. test as leader instead but really need some input from some local experts.

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    You can get by with flourocarbon leader if the fish are fairly small (under 24") but for larger fish 40#-60# flouro is best.
    On my static/tipup lines I actually use custom made quick strike rigs made with 60# black 7 strand nylon coated wire.
    Usually they are not overly leader shy.
    This guy came on a cisco on a quick strike rig.




    During the open water season I use 40# Seaguar flouro as leader on my fly rod for fishing pike.
    It holds up extremely well and I put some big fish in the boat with it.






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    Congrats on the heritages. Thats all we use and they are great traps. As a general rule we all use steel leaders. And we have better luck using hooligan than we do herring.

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    I would use steel leaders and I do. No, they aren't leader shy at all.

    Bigger baits = bigger fish.

    Smaller baits = smaller, more numerous fish.
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pike_palace View Post
    Bigger baits = bigger fish.
    You could be a nice guy and pm coordinates etc. I'm suddenly all about pike! ... aw heck w/ it you'll be seeing me on the podium come derby time mister!





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    Hey Pike Palace, we going to make a run at em again this winter?... Soon as the river is froze.. Im game.. Nothing like pickled pike on saltine crackers watching football on Sunday..

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    heard you can get over the little sue that was 2 days ago

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    From the Big lake trail is where there going from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Hey Pike Palace, we going to make a run at em again this winter?... Soon as the river is froze.. Im game.. Nothing like pickled pike on saltine crackers watching football on Sunday..
    Ya we are. I'll have between the 17 of December and Jan 9 and then I'm flying back down here to Idaho to finish school. Like you said I'm game.
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Hey Pike Palace, we going to make a run at em again this winter?... Soon as the river is froze.. Im game.. Nothing like pickled pike on saltine crackers watching football on Sunday..
    Cute.... I'm taking the whole mp bn out there so no fish for you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 323 View Post
    Cute.... I'm taking the whole mp bn out there so no fish for you...
    I needed a good joke!
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    I need a good pickled pike recipe. I have made pickled salmon from salted salmon but I tried from a recipe from a friend but it went straight to the pickling salution from the fillet knife... What prep to the flesh before you pickle?

    George

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    GRANDMA EMMA’S PICKLED PIKE (SALMON OR HALIBUT) RECIPE

    Freeze all fish 48 hours before you start
    Put in plastic container, ice cream pail works well
    1.5 quarts of 1 inch square fish pieces
    Work in ¾ cups of salt
    Also add sliced onions
    Add white vinegar enough to cover fish.
    Put in refrigerator for 6 days stir every day to 2 days.
    After 6 days pour off salt/vinegar water.
    Add clear water to cover fish and leave overnight.

    Make pickling mixture
    4 c. white vinegar
    3 c. sugar
    2 Tbs. pickling spice
    2 bay leaves
    2 peppercorns
    Boil about 2 minutes then cool and add 1 cup of white wine. Cover fish.
    Put in refrigerator and leave another 6 days, then it should be ready.
    You can eat it out of the pail or put into small containers.
    Good Luck!

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    Thanks Darkhouse, hope to tryi it soon.

    George

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    Yeah I jotted that dwon too, thanks!!!!!!!
    I'm Pro-Pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhouse View Post




    GRANDMA EMMA’S PICKLED PIKE (SALMON OR HALIBUT) RECIPE

    Freeze all fish 48 hours before you start
    Put in plastic container, ice cream pail works well
    1.5 quarts of 1 inch square fish pieces
    Work in &#190; cups of salt
    Also add sliced onions
    Add white vinegar enough to cover fish.
    Put in refrigerator for 6 days stir every day to 2 days.
    After 6 days pour off salt/vinegar water.
    Add clear water to cover fish and leave overnight.

    Make pickling mixture
    4 c. white vinegar
    3 c. sugar
    2 Tbs. pickling spice
    2 bay leaves
    2 peppercorns
    Boil about 2 minutes then cool and add 1 cup of white wine. Cover fish.
    Put in refrigerator and leave another 6 days, then it should be ready.
    You can eat it out of the pail or put into small containers.
    Good Luck!
    WARNING THIS WILL PRODUCE MASS AMOUNTS OF GAS> MASS AMOUNTS...Take it outside...lol

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    Holy smokes! Those are huge Northerns! Congrats!

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