Originally Posted by pointngo
sorry but I disagree with that. Having the weight so far away from the bait gives the pike too much freedom to swallow it without a take being indicated, so could easily lead to deep hooking. If it's something you worry about then it would be better/safer to have a heavy weight next to the traces swivel and set the float 2-3ft overdepth, but tighten right up to the lead so the line lays a bit flatter. Personally I don't think it's necessary though. A safer way would be to just ledger for them in that instance. Sensitive bite indication is critical to avoid deep hooking pike.
I only speak from experience and a fairly long list of plus 20s caught on the above rig.
I have never had a deep hooked fish on this rig, ever......seriously!
My method is to let the bait settle, slowly draw back around 4' of line by hand, and use cut tho sections of plastic tube indicators on a long drop loop between the reel and the butt ring.
A take is indicated by the front end of the plastic tube dropping half an inch or so (I've always reckoned that this is when the Pike blows the bait off the bottom to take it in its mouth tho I have no proof of this) the tube then remains in this front down position for around 30seconds before slowly rising towards the butt ring.
At this point I pick up the rod, remove the tube, point the rod down the line and wind until the line becomes tight, then raise the rod into its fighting curve and hold hard, if its a decent fish it will be securely hooked.
If the bait comes back its usually a small fish and missing those doesn't matter anyway.
My preferred baits are 8-12oz with 2x6s trebles 4" apart or a 4/0 circle if the bait is smaller, all on 3foot 30-40lb traces, my 4xSSGs are on a fixed loop of light line.
I prefer to fish alone, have used the same pair of rods and reels for over 50 years, have never used electronics and all my baits are fresh or of that season.
I am merely offering advice on what works for me, as in all aspects of angling nothing is definitive.