Trolling 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.