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Jeanne1

Any tips on using planer boards on LOW?

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toddb

Unless you have a boat load of people and want to troll, I wouldnt use them. Due to the dark water fish are not as boat shy as in clear water. Not saying they won't help in shallower water, but alot of walleyes have been caught out there on crankbaits behind the boat with 40' (or less) of line out. I tend to spread my lines with the use of longer rods (12'+) with more than 2 in the boat. Just my opinion but boards can be a pain especially with small fish and multiple lines out...

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tacklejunkie

Agree with Todd.

Several years ago, I brought my planer boards up for the first and last time.

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Jeanne1

Just wondered , because I believe in the walleye tournament on Lake Winnie last year, those "outsiders" who used planer boards out fished the locals. Thanks for your input.

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tacklejunkie

Go ahead and use them and judge for yourself if they work for you or not. I brought mine that time and caught more fish jigging than trolling. If you want to get out multiple lines, then they have a place. But LOTW has a lot of those small saugers that may not register on a trolled board.

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KING

They work. If you have them use them as required. Sometimes helpful sometimes not needed.

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toddb

Boards, waves, small fish= problems. If you do run boards, keep them relatively close to the boat so it is easier to keep a close eye on them. Tattle flags may or may not help with the small ones. Have to give it a shot and experiment. Good luck with the boards and post your results, with and without them.

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tacklejunkie

To be honest, I've never seen anyone use boards on LOTW. Not even the Charters.

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kfk

There are those that use boards on LOW, especially on those days when the lake goes flat and the suspended fish seem to shy away from the boat. If you're fishing with more than two people in the boat and trolling cranks, it's a good way to spread them out also.

While you may catch more fish jigging than trolling as tacklejunkie says, your odds of getting a real giant are better with cranks. I'm convinced the best way to catch big fish is to troll cranks, probably because a crank is presented to more big fish than anchoring and jigging over the coarse of a day.

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KING

think of it like this...there are big fish shallow, really shallow sometimes and for a larger portion of the year than most think. They dont always like a boat driving over the top of them without moving to the side. You can catch these fish on boards, sometimes its the only way.

On boards shallow cranks like stick baits can be presented to these fish.

There are also times fish are in the top 10ft of water suspended over deep basins, these fish are less fussy but boards can also make or break catching them as well.

Are boards necessary to catch fish on LOTW, no way....but they can be a very valuable tool in certain situations.

It was only a few years back they only way to catch fish trolling on LOTW was with riggers...lead core and wire didnt work here...surprise surprise!!!

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NAMASafetyDirector

Recieved a short video from a friend of mine last weekend who was pulling boards. He had screwed a rod holder to the rack on his 4 wheeler and was pulling boards down the beach with the board swung out to about 6 fow. Granted he was well into the adult beverages but he had a nice 1/4 mile stretch of beach and it worked! Got tricky at the end of the run as he had to stop, turn around, switch boards and take off again! Was good for a laugh and I could appreciate his creativity!

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bak2MN

LOL. Did he catch anything?

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NAMASafetyDirector

He wont say!

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SHANTY

Recieved a short video from a friend of mine last weekend who was pulling boards. He had screwed a rod holder to the rack on his 4 wheeler and was pulling boards down the beach with the board swung out to about 6 fow. Granted he was well into the adult beverages but he had a nice 1/4 mile stretch of beach and it worked! Got tricky at the end of the run as he had to stop, turn around, switch boards and take off again! Was good for a laugh and I could appreciate his creativity!

LMFAO!

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SHANTY

The only thing them planer boards are good for is target practice grin

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