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.