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eyebjim

Help...Loosing planer boards or fish

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eyebjim

When running in line planer boards I either use the clip that comes with them (off shore) which will some times come free when a fish is hooked leaving the planer board floating away. When I have a spread of 6 or so lines out you cant just turn around and get it quickly. I have been using the metal snaps like come with the yellow birds but then the planer slides down the line and in many cases the fish gets off as the planer board interferes with the line tension as it is bouncing off the fish.

Does anyone have any suggestions. I am thinking the OR-16 snap weight clips would work well for the back clip of the board. Has anyone tried this.

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gardn184

The OR-16 Clips work great! One thing I've seen done if you want to use the swivel snap on the back is to put a barrel swivel and bead about 6 feet in front of your lure, that way when the board slides down the line it doesn't hit the fish but stops further up. The guys at marine general said to use the better OR-16 clips though. If you buy the snap weight kit it comes with a few of the OR-16 clips and you get the snap weights for not too much more money. This is what I did for this season, just getting around to trying it out!

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dfeste

The or16 clips are the way to go. For a little extra piece of mind you can wrap the line around a second time behind the pin. Makes it a little tougher to take off when fighting a fish but they stay put.

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eyebjim

Thanks that is what I figured but had to ask if there was something I was missing. I lost 2 boards 2 weeks ago as I had 7 lines out and could not turn around fast enough to find each. That bites! I was trying the regular clips that come with the boards since last year we lost many fish with the board hitting them. We only ended up with a little coho and 3 lost fish for our dense fog efforts two weeks ago. I sure wish the weather would improve. I found I can get 2 of the OR 16 clips for $11.00 online. Better than another snap weight set at $50.

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Jim Almquist

When I use my inlines with PowerPro and I like the OR18s. They are spendy but I have never even had the board slide on me. I run those in front and OR16s in the rear. The OR18s are like a adjustable vise grip. I have found them for $11.99 and that is just for one.

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End of the Line

If you're using Yellow Birds, simply put a shower curtain and the large Scotty PowerGrips on the front of the bird. Use a short bead chain and a large snap on the rear. Then, just before you let the bird out, put a OR-16 (Red clip with pin) about 5-10 feet behind the bird right on the line.

When the fish pops the release, or if you get a false release, the bird will only slide back that 5-10 feet. Remove the bird and fight only the fish for that rest of the way or reset without reeling in a ton of line.

Use the same red release with pin, on the front of the Offshore when using them. Add the Orange (heavy) release to the rear, along with the bead chain and large snap again. That way you will never loose a board.

As mentioned for a no-slide, no-release, wrap the line around once on the forward red release to make sure if you're still having issues.

Add the Red clip behind the board again to stop it sooner rather than later.

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eyebjim

Thanks for the replies. I picked up some more or-16's last night and I think that will solve my problem. If I still have issues I will double wrap.

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Northlander

Are you using mono or superline. I use strictly 12-15# mono on my board lines because I hate how superlines do on boards. If you use superlines do as the other say but trash yellow birds and stay with the off shores. I have my off shores set so I can pop the line off the front clip when a fish hits, or a fish hits hard, and then the board just comes up the rear center of the boat. Makes it easier than clearing a bunch of lines. Its tricky to get used to but I find it handy especially when swapping out baits all day.

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eyebjim

I use 20# mono and off shores. I know 20# is heavy but I fish lake Michigan too and I have had a couple brake off on both lakes so I think I will stick with the 20#. I do as you say by releasing the front clip to let it go up the back of the boat but the problem is that the rear clip releases too and loosing the board or if I use a snap on the rear it slides back and bangs on the fish and often causes it to get off.

I think the or-16 clips will work well. I'll find out next trip.

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Northlander

Ya use a clip with a pin in it and make sure to get the line behind it and you will be golden.

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2thepointsetters

This is how I run them. I copied the set up from Kinns catch in Algoma. So far it is the best set up I have found and it works great with braided line.

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2thepointsetters

This is how I run the off shores.

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eyebjim

I see your pics. I dont have any problem with the front release. It is the back. I have run exactly like you have on the off shore and while it works good for releasing I end up loosing some fish this way when the board hits the fish. I'd rather the front release releases and the board falls back but does not slide all the way down the line to the fish.

I should have better luck with the or 16's once I get back out. I need to replace the u joints and gimble bearing in the boat first. Grr!

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