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When using jelly baits on a dropshotting rig to catch pike, do you still require a wire trace?

I have Googled dropshotting rigs which use the palomar knot to create a tag end that can be passed back through the eye of the hook and weighted on the end so that the bait sits 12-15 inches from the bottom, however when fishing for pike how do you incorporate a wire trace within this rig to ensure that you don't get bitten off?

the dropshot wasn't meant to be a pike rig but you can make modifications to make it work. it might not be an actual "dropshot" rig afterwards but the fish don't care.
1) use a long shank hook like a carlisle.
2) just tie to the ring on the end of your leader. there usually is a small ring to attach to. tie your same palomar knot and instead of putting just the hook through the loop, run the entire leader through it. remember to run the tag end of your line through the ring on your leader the same as running it back through the eye of a hook.
3) use a 3-way swivel rig. one swivel attached to your line, one attached to a bit of line going to the sinker and the last one to your wire leader. attach a snap to the swivel to facilitate changing leaders.

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