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Post  raf1870 on Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:07 pm

Hi

What are the best setups when using a 2.5LB test curve rod for pike fishing?

What is the optimum weight of bait to use?
What is the recommended lead weight to use?
Spool line breaking strain?

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Post  BradfordLad on Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Float ledger or ledgered hard on both work well with those rods.
I use 3oz weights for legering and use Big bullets or Fox stubby sinkers for float work.
2.5LB Pike rods are designed for big baits and you should have no problem casting and pikable size deadbait out to a fair old distance (hardest job is working out how to keep it on)
Lines well i have always used Diawa 15LB Brown Sensor.

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Post  raf1870 on Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:51 pm

I forgot to mention it is a carp rod.

Would that make a difference?

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Post  Andy Webster on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:51 pm

You can pretty much use the rod in any way that you want to. For piking you should look to 12 - 15lb line and then rig the rod to suit your piking. Ledger, float ledger, paternoster etc.

You can use any bait you like, from a sprat to a mackeral.

No lead to 3-4 oz lead depending upon the rig.

And no it doesn't matter that it is a carp rod. In fact who says a rod is a carp rod? Certainly not the carp! Laughing Rolling Eyes

There are 2 aspects to a rod that I would consider when choosing one. The "Test Curve" and the "Action".

I have used 1 3/4 t/c rods through to 3lb t/c.

The action will be either:-

Through Action - bends all the way to the handle and provides loads of feedback to the angler. May feel like the rod will snap in half if placed under a lot of strain but it won't and it feels great when playing a smaller fish.

Tip Action - bends only the tip section and provides no feedback to the angler - good for casting carp rigs to the horizon.

Medium Action - bends somewhere in between the other two and gives a nice feel when playing a fish but still has enough backbone to cast a bait a good way.

Other considerations are weight; are you holding the rod all day?

size and spacing of eyes - large eyes well spaced for distance - smaller and closer for lighter lines and more delicate casting.

Types of handle - you own personal preferences.

Hope this helps

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Post  newie2010 on Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:11 pm

i use 2:75 carp rods
shimano 8000re bait runners loaded with 18lb diawa senor

ledger float setup is 2 to 2.5oz lead / fox pencil float

live bait float rigs, stubby or fox sliders with either bullet weights or shots attached to the trace depending on depth and distance

drifting deads i use the fox dart floats and the same setup as the live bait float rigs

straight running ledger is simple, leads upto 3oz

cant be anymore simple to be honest.....
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