Like I've said numerous times here on the BB....fall is the time for big fish to fatten up for the winter.
IF you fish waters with toothy critters....start out with a wire leader. IF you don't get any actionin the 1st 20 minutes....then fish the same spot for OTHER species
Pike...and muskie to a certain extent...will shut down a bass / walleye / panfish / perch bite in a HEARTBEAT
IF they stop biting...then they have either moved...or toothy critters are in the are
Life Member David BB Linkmeister
US Army '78-'85 West Central Wisconsin