well just thought i would post up the usual set up i use for pike. normaly we fish in 3 to 15 fow and on the edge fo any drop off. We usualy use 40 up style tip ups and they work great. normaly a steel leader on a large treble. add a large split shot to hold the bait down and generaly set the hook about 6 foot under the ice and mark this with a button. this helps to mark your line if you have a flag and wanna know if any line was taken out. some prefer small bobbers or a knot. use whatever works best you.
When using large bait that trips your flag easily you can add a half a clothes pin and pinch the line a little to keep the bait from jerking on the spool and tripping the flag.
The owner of one of our local bait shop's showed me this trick when I told him that I didn't like to use large bait because it kept tripping the traps. it was such a simple fix that worked so well.