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Planer boards

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Thinking about trying out a set of planer boards this year. Input on whether or not it is worth the expense and hassle of using them or not would be appreciated. A brand recommendation would also be appreciated. Thanks

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If you're really into trolling, boards are a must in certain situations; i.e. running Rapala Minnows away from the boat up in into 3-feet of water where active yet spooky walleyes often roam, or in openwater trolling situations for suspended fish.

Since the 80s, I've used probably at least a dozen different brands of small inline boards. My favorite brands at this point are Church Tackle's Gary Roach boards or the ones by Offshore Tackle. Both work great with ultrathin superbraid lines.

-a friend called Toad

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Toad,

Do you ever use your boards at night? If so, how? Are you using a mast? Or do you have lights?

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Hammer 'em-

I've experimented a bit with planer boards at night. In a nutshell, it's tough. Unless you're really isolated out there (no other boats to run over your boards) and little wind is present, at least initally, you'll be better off without 'em. I know some guys do use lights on their boards, but the thing is, you'll still need to be constantly sweeping the rod to check for hooked fish-- simply reading the rod tip in a holder doesn't always suffice.

I'd suggest purchasing a good pair of inline boards (used without a mast) and get good and comfortable using and reading how they work. Won't take long to get your own system worked out. Then, if you're comfortable, try 'em at night a few times. See what you think.

I might also suggest taking a look at In-Fisherman's Advanced Walleye Trolling Tactics Video-- excellent visual depiction of how boards are used.

Most anglers-- at least in inland waters-- don't need to go to a mast system; even if you're running four or more lines you can still accomplish a nice wide spread with inline boards. Finally, if you haven't already, rig a good set of rod holders on your boat and look into a couple 8' to 9' fiberglass composite trolling rods.
Good old 'K-Mart specials' work fine in this case, $30 or less apiece. Enjoy your fishing!

-a friend called Toad

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I've used the offshore brand for 5 years. Can't comment on any other brands. A great trolling tool no doubt. For some reason, {probably wave action on the boards} the board lines always get more fish than my flatlines or rigger lines. Get a set, get a "knack" for using them, and you won't leave home without them if trolling is a possible option on your outing.

Regards....fisky

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I own a pair. I really like using them when I do. I just would like to get more effective using them in open water situations, and at night. I love pulling plugs at night. Unfortunately, it's generally calm. So I was wondering how more effective I can be with my planner boards. I usually fish pretty clear water, hence the night fishing. Rod holders are nice. One lesson I learned....tie or secure your holders a second time. Hate to loose your rod and a giant eye/muskie!!!!

Thanks Toad. I'll look into that video.

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