For those on a more tight budget like myself....USE WIRE LEADERS....i've lost 3 nice lures so far, all on bit lines. So i switched to wire leaders. I dont find it inhibiting the lure enough to reduce strikes. Just this past week i caught 9 in one day ranging from 12 to 22 inches in length. I havent tested it out on spinners though, i've been using HJ-12 HJ-14 and DHJ 12. These jerk baits are producing for me on an average of one catch every 15 casts.
Any other tips out there for bass/pike would be greatly appreciated, i consider myself an intermediate fisherman and would welcome any ideas.