I was using a 9 wt rod, so I was able to horse them a bit. Probably about 2-5 minutes. However, I did fight a 40+ for a while until it broke my 18 lb wire leader. Pike generally, don't take long runs, however, the 35 inch + were feisty, and made a few good runs once I got them near boat. I didn't use a net, but it definitely would have made landing them a bit quicker.