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    Default Do pike really bite through line?

    Looking in the mouths of pike, the teeth seem pointy for holding prey, but they don't seem to have razor blades on the sides of their teeth; I would describe them more like pins. Am I correct in this?

    I haven't examined many sets of teeth [I've only caught them by accident rather than design since I was a kid and don't keep them out of water for long], but the spacing and shape of them would suggest to me that they would not cut through line easily.

    For sure they can rip things apart, but the design is not for slicing (scissor action), I've always been told that they will bite through line, and I've often lost fish from snapped line for what seemed odd reasons that I put down to pike.

    The pike that I have caught have had the hook in the mouth (beyond the teeth) on light lines, but obviously, I landed them so wasn't bitten off. The fish haven't been massive (1 - 6lb) so not sure if that makes any difference?

    Hoping some expert pikers (and or biologists) can shed some light on this and see if this is just a myth perpetuated by time, or I should really seek more meaningful answers to more appropriate questions

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    Default re: Do pike really bite through line?

    Those tiny teeth are razor sharp. I suspect I've had a few bite through but as I didn't see what happened under water can't be sure.

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    Default re: Do pike really bite through line?

    Run your fingers through a pike's mouth and see if you remain convinced. Their teeth and bite almost certainly do not constitute a scissor action, but that they have stupidly sharp teeth, that can slice through things, including line, should be beyond all doubt.

    Without any shadow of a doubt, pike teeth can slice through line. If they don't, it's because the angler was fortunate that their teeth didn't come into contact with their line. There's good reason for regular pike anglers using wire traces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iannate View Post
    Looking in the mouths of pike, the teeth seem pointy for holding prey, but they don't seem to have razor blades on the sides of their teeth; I would describe them more like pins. Am I correct in this?
    Nope, a pike's tooth is shaped like a knife blade, the sides are sharp as are the points. A zander's tooth is shaped like a pin, so round sides and a sharp pointy top.

    Quote Originally Posted by iannate View Post
    I haven't examined many sets of teeth [I've only caught them by accident rather than design since I was a kid and don't keep them out of water for long], but the spacing and shape of them would suggest to me that they would not cut through line easily.

    For sure they can rip things apart, but the design is not for slicing (scissor action), I've always been told that they will bite through line, and I've often lost fish from snapped line for what seemed odd reasons that I put down to pike.
    A pike can't purposely bite through line but if a tight line touches their teeth then it's like a hot knife through butter.

    Quote Originally Posted by iannate View Post
    The pike that I have caught have had the hook in the mouth (beyond the teeth) on light lines, but obviously, I landed them so wasn't bitten off. The fish haven't been massive (1 - 6lb) so not sure if that makes any difference?
    Just pot luck with the line not touching their teeth, however a smaller fish comes to the net quicker than a larger fish thus there is less time for the line to touch the teeth.

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    Default Re: Do pike really bite through line?

    I was jigging 3cm lures on the canal last night, no leader (naive I know, but I was convinced a Pike wouldn't take it, a mistake surely only an angler who's been at it two weeks would make) and a Jack went through 8lb mono like butter. I was very glad to see my lure floating afterwards. Not a mistake ill be making twice, but one I got lucky to learn

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    Default Re: Do pike really bite through line?

    I was having a good days roach fishing today, until Esox arrived, after three consecutive bite offs called it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I was having a good days roach fishing today, until Esox arrived, after three consecutive bite offs called it a day.
    Please tell me it was sweetcorn, because bread punch is having no success for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommos16 View Post
    Please tell me it was sweetcorn, because bread punch is having no success for me

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    I used both bread punch and maggots, the latter being more successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I used both bread punch and maggots, the latter being more successful.
    I wish I had a tackle shop closer than a 45 minute walk. As the winter goes on are the bites harder and harder to detect? My first fish was a Roach, I can't imagine my affinity for them will go now for life. Access to maggots isn't the easiest so I may well turn to worms which are plentiful where I am

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    Default Re: Do pike really bite through line?

    You can buy maggots online

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