Using braided lines with Off Shore planer boards.
Planer Board Set Up with Braided Line.
1.) A reel with
a line counter is essential. Pictured is
a Daiwa SG17LCA reel. (pic#1)
Planer Board rod available at Bass Pro Shops.( I prefer a 76 rod telescoping
rod because it fits in my boats rod holder and in the back of my truck.)
3.) Super Line
with a 10 pound diameter Line. (Use the precision trolling guide to tell
exactly what depth your lures are running)
swivel. (Between Super Line and Leader)
5.) 20-30 feet
of fluorocarbon line for a leader.
Off Shore Tackle OR12R Side Planer
– Right Model or Off Shore Tackle OR12R Side Planer – Left Model (Picture #3)
Off Shore Tackle OR18 Snapper
Adjustable Tension Planer Board Release. (Use this release to hold the super
line. This will insure that you will not
be chasing down your planer boards later.) (Picture #4)
Optional Off Shore Tackle OR12TF
Tattle Flag Upgrade Kit
For years fisherman
have known, if you want to catch the largest fish in the lake you will probably
have to troll. If you just troll behind
the boat you are missing some of the largest fish in the lake. Some of the largest fish in the lake got that
way because they get spooked by the presence of a boat. Planer boards from Off Shore will get your
lures, spinners, or bait away from the boat, and provide more opportunities for
hook ups. Braided lines are great ways
to get a better connection between the angler and the fish. The problem is, when using braided lines they
have very little or no stretch. The
connection from rod tip to fish is so direct that on occasion when trolling the
lure it is occasionally pulled straight out of the fishes mouth. By using a very small barrel swivel at the
end of the braided line (Picture 2)capable of
going through the guides of your rod and reel, and a lengthy leader of either
monofilament or fluorocarbon the angler can reduce the number of fish lost due
to the no-stretch braided line. Other
benefits include, the clearer monofilament or fluorocarbon line is more
difficult for fish to see, and you can easily see when your fish is getting
close because the line changes from whatever color braid you are using to a
length takes some practice to determine.
I like to use 40 feet of leader between the swivel and the lure. I rarely troll less than 40 feet behind my
Off Shore Planers, therefore this is the length that works for me. The Snapper adjustable tension release (OR18BE Picture #4) is what I use to get the best
possible connection between rod tip and planer.
Some fish with softer mouths might require a longer leader with more
stretch from the line. Fish with harder
mouths like pike and strippers can handle a shorter leader, with less stretch.
selecting a line to spool on your reel I always look for a braided line that
has a 10 pound diameter. This is
typically in Berkley Fire Line (FBFS 15-22) a 40 pound
line which has a 10 pound diameter. I
use a 10 pound diameter line so when I go to the Precision Trolling depth
charts, I know exactly what depth the lures are running. Another thing to determine is the braided
line color, I prefer to use black line. It
is easier to see and when the fish starts getting close to the boat the angler
with the net can see the line color change.
closing the biggest fish in the lake got that way because they didnt eat just
everything that came along. It could be
the fish got larger because they spook easily, stay in deep water where few
people fish for them, or burry themselves in cover. The fish that are buried in cover do not stay
there forever and come out to feed at some point. The fish that spook easily are probably
easier to catch at night and the fish that dont like lures just havent seen
the right one yet. When you fish
differently from everyone else and have confidence in what you are doing you
will catch what no one else is catching.
Take chances it could prove to be interesting. Remember while I want to see more people
catch fish I also want to see more big fish for people to catch. Keep a couple for the table but if you catch
a fish of your lifetime release it so it can become someone elses fish of a
Gregor N. Eigsti
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