Planer Board The Complete How-To Guide For Planer Boards Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:43:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What is a Planer Board Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:58:29 +0000 What is a planer boardPlaner boards are designed to help fishermen cover more area, and reach places they would not have been able to reach by regular fishing methods.

They are especially effective for trolling. When fish hear the sound of the roaring engine of a boat, most will swim to a safer location. Great news for the fish, but hardly the ideal situation for the fishermen who is trying to present his bait to the fish.

Letting out more line may seem to be the solution. However, you are still limited to covering only the area directly behind the boat. Also, depending on your rigging, letting out more line often means that your bait will sink deeper. This could lead to it getting caught in weeds or on the bottom, or may just not be ideal for the species of fish you were targeting.

With a planer board, you have complete control over the depth of your bait at any distance you want to place it, up to 150 feet or more away from the side of the boat. To control the depth, simply increase or decrease the length of the line between the planer board and the bait or lure. To increase or decrease the distance of the planer board from the boat, you can reel in the line or let it out more.

The shape of the side planer board is such that trolling it through the water, or letting it out into a current, will cause it to move to the side. Much like the shape of an airplanes wing allows the airplane to ascend and descend. Depending on whether it is a port or starboard planer board, either it will veer to port (the right if you are facing the back of the boat), or to starboard (the left when facing the back of the boat).

This method of fishing is highly effective but still fairly unknown and underutilized. If you use the planer board properly, you can improve the number of fish you catch, and have tons of fun reaching places you never thought possible without a single snag!

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Types Of Planer Boards Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:15:04 +0000 Side Planer Boards are the average planer board. Since the vast majority of planer boards are designed to run alongside the boat, out of the wake of the boat and away from the roar of the engine, they are often called side planer boards.

Foam Planer Boards are affordable and effective. There are multiple reasons why foam planer boards are preferred over their wood or even plastic counterparts. A high density foam is compact, durable and lightweight, yet stable and buoyant. As an added bonus, foam planer boards are not susceptible to rot and are usually brightly colored, helping to easily spot them in the water. They are generally less expensive and are preferred by fishermen seeking a more affordable solution. These boards are typically priced between $20 and $75.

Small Planer Boards take up less space in your fishing kit, making them easy to take anywhere. They work best when used with smaller, lighter lures and baits.

Large Planer Boards have the advantage of being able to handle lead core lines and large baits. These boards can be easily seen and are less likely to be affected by the currents and tide.

Double Planer Boards have dual floats. With multiple lines, fishermen are more likely to catch multiple fish. Double planer boards simply increase the odds of catching fish.

Triple Planer Boards. Triple planer boards consist of three boards instead of two as the name implies. These boards allow fishermen to cover a wider trolling range. Triple planer boards also make it possible to catch more than one fish at a time.

Planer Boards with Tattle Flags. Tattle flags let fishermen know when they have caught a fish. When the flag is up a fish, has been hooked on the line.

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How To Use A Planer Board Wed, 04 Jul 2012 21:13:44 +0000 How to Rig a Planer Board

To rig a planer board, fishermen will need a planer board system, planer board release clips, fishing rods and fishing tackle. The planer board system consists of a board, cable, mast and reel. Begin the process by installing the planer board system on the sides of the boat.

To manage the board’s line, planer boards are typically controlled by a short mast. A backer board may be used to secure the planer board if the decking is not secure enough to handle the handle the weight of the mast. Determine the placement of the screws by placing the base plate on the deck and marking the location with a pen, pencil or marker.

Small pilot holes should be drilled on the locations marked. Then, screw the base plate into the deck. The mast should be inserted into the base plate. After the insertion, follow the directions accompanying the mast purchased. Ensure that all connections are secured to prevent the mast from swaying or falling down.

How to Use a Planer Board for Trolling

Trolling planer boards, whether offshore or otherwise, gives the fisherman a distinct advantage by letting him cover a much bigger area with multiple lines. Learn more about trolling planer boards here.

How to Use a Planer Board for Casting

Planer boards are not exclusively for trolling. To work, either you need to be moving or the water needs to be moving. That being said you can also use a planer board with great success in rivers, tidal areas with strong currents, or anywhere the water is moving fast enough. Read more about casting planer boards here.

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How to Use a Planer Board for Trolling Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:27:38 +0000 How to use a planer board for trollingOnce the planer boards are installed, the fishing process can begin. The planer board should be lowered into the water. Most fishermen will feed out 15 to 25 yards of line to keep the board a significant distance from the boat. Once the board is in the proper location, the reel of the planer board should be locked to hold it into position.

Bait the fishing line. Then, place the fishing line into the water. The fishing line can be fed out as far as the fisherman would like. After setting the drag, place the rod in a holder. Clip a loop of the line in a release clamp and clip the ring onto the planer board line. Then, place it into the water. The clip and line will slide to the planer board. Continue to feed the fishing line until the release clip is only a two to three feet from the planer board.

Many fishermen enjoy fishing with multiple fishing lines. If this is your preference, keep repeating the above steps for each additional fishing line. Ensure the lines and release clips are at least two to three feet apart.

When a fish has taken the bait, the line will fall out of the release clip and fall behind the boat without getting tangled with other lines. Smaller fish may not pull the line free of the clip. If this does not happen, the fisherman can give the line a tug and release the line from the clip manually.

Planer boards can cover a targeted area of 25 feet. A large coverage area aids in catching fish early. The pull will be greater during trolling as the speed is increased. Lower speeds are not as effective in the trolling process. Many experts recommend two miles per hour.

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How to Use a Planer Board for Casting Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:29:02 +0000 How to use a planer board for castingTrolling rods are meant for catching larger fish. The rods are more heavy duty, have brass reels and can withstand the weight of a larger fish. Conventional casting rods have aluminum or graphite spools and are only designed to catch smaller fish. The basic process for using a planer board to catch small fish is the same as using a planer board to catch a larger fish.

In general, fishermen should select their fishing location. Planer board fishing is most effective when fishing in water that is 30 feet deep or less. If planer boards are used in deeper waters, fishermen will only attract suspended fish.

Experts recommend a seven foot rod with a level-wind reel. The reel should feature a high-line capacity. This will make it easier to swing the board into the boat. Line-counter reels are recommended to maintain depth consistency. Monofilament lines are also recommended.

Some experts recommend attaching a crankbait to the line and casting the line with the boat still in gear. The maximum depths of the crankbaits are published on depth charts, or the depths can be obtained through experimentation. Dispense the desired amount of line into the water and attach the planer board. A flag should also be used to increase visibility.

Follow the local rules regarding the number of lines that can be used with planer boards. If it is legal, run several lines. Fishers can detect when the board is attached easier if the boards are positioned evenly apart. Smaller fish are harder to detect with planer boards. These fish may be easier to detect when used in conjunction with casting rods instead of trolling rods because the line is lighter weight.

When the flag indicates a fish has been caught, reel it in. Remove the clips and place the planer board on the boat when the planer board reaches the boat. Then, continue to reel the fish into the boat.

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How to Choose a Planer Board Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:19:20 +0000 Planer boards should be selected based off a number of criteria: size, color, weight and price. Each criterion will be examined to determine how it will affect planer board fishing.

Why Size Matters. The size of a planer board determines the depth the board will sink in the water. The resistance is also determined by the size of the planer board. Tension and control also increase with the planer board width. Typical sizes of planer boards include six inches, 10 inches or 12 inches.

Why Color Matters. Light color planer boards may get run over by other boaters. Bright colored planer boards are more visible and less of a nuisance. Some fishermen also include flags on top of the boards to ensure they do not get run over.

Why Weight Matters. Light weight planer boards are more unstable than heavier planer boards. High pressure water situations will render light weight planer boards useless in many instances. A moderate weight planer board is recommended for the best results.

Why Price Matters. Select a planer board that is high quality but has affordable pricing. Some quality planer boards can be found at prices $60 and above. Other planer boards can be purchased for $25 or less. The more features the planer board has, the better value it will have. For instance, some planer boards are foldable for storage. This is a good feature if it can be obtained for a low cost.

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Yellow Bird Planer Boards Sat, 02 Jun 2012 21:17:41 +0000 Yellow Bird Planer BoardAll Planer Boards are Not Created Equal

Yellow Bird planers are some of the best planer boards available. Here are some reasons why you might like them.

The Original Planer Board – Yellow Bird introduced the concept back in 1970. Since that very first planer board, charter captains, professional fishermen and plenty of regular fishing enthusiasts has helped develop the Yellow Bird planer board into a formidable fish catching tool, through their insight and feedback.

The Size – the Yellow Bird planer board is quite compact. Ready to fit into any tackle box.

The Color – These planer boards are bright yellow and easy to see in the water. This has the advantage that they are easily spotted and other boats or fishermen are less likely to cross your line.

The Material – Made of a compact foam, Yellow Bird planer boards are a perfect combination of buoyant, compact and heavy to carry a good deal of weight and cut through water without being bulky or cumbersome.

Price – Yellow Bird planer boards are also affordable for fishermen on a budget. Around $20 gets you a single port or starboard planer board and the price goes up from there topping out at around $70 for The Big Bird (Large Planer Board) Port & Starboard Combo Pro Pack.

Night Fishing – What if you wanted to fish at night and was worried that nobody (including yourself) woud be able to see the planer board? Not to worry. Yellow Bird has introduced the worlds first glow-in-the-dark planer board: The Glow Bird.

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Planer Board Assembly Instruction Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:30:16 +0000

This video shows how to assemble a Yellow Bird side surface planer board. These planer boards are amazing to use. They are compact, brightly colored foam boards featuring the Scotty release. They are also the original planer board, evolving since 1970 into what it is today.

However, it might be added that the assembly process can be a little hard to figure out for the newbie, and hard to achieve by hand. The key ring attachments are very sturdy and unlikely to break or open while fishing, but are also tough to open with your bare hands.

The video above shows how you can use two basic office supplies (a staple remover and a paper clip) to make the process a lot easier, so you can get to the fun part fast and without a sweat.

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