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The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:51 AM 05/12/05 (CST)
Have a question concerning planer boards. I have started fishing a few lakes that have good muskie populations that are south of traditional muskie waters. Have done pretty well casting these waters but there are times a change in tactics has been needed. This last week I started trolling (not a preferred method for me--but hey, any method that puts the odds in my favor I can live with)--again- I am on Southern muskie waters and season is open here. Shad are spawning and the lakes also have good sucker populations. On these waters an angler is allowed to use up to a maximum of 3 lines. I have been trolling 1 line straight behind the boat and had some good hook ups this way. HOWEVER--I would like to be able to pull a shallow running crankbait behind 1 board up next to shoreline brush (say 5 feet deep)--run a Super Shad Rap type lure behind the boat at 10-12 feet deep and then put a bait behind a board out on the deeper break at around 17-20 feet deep. THIS THEN IS THE QUESTION--does anyone have a recommendation or positive experience running 2 boards from your boat? SPECIFICALLY--WHAT TYPE BOARDS/STYLES/MODELS--they would have to be able to handle pulling big crank baits and the strain of that. Are there boards that are better equipped to handle larger baits? And lastly, if anyone has tried these set ups do you have any tips that could help speed up my learning curve on this issue? Seems like a no brainer to do since you can cover such a wide spectrum of water in this way. Any help is appreciated--thanks.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 05:12 PM 05/12/05 (CST)
I use Wille/Big John boards for walleye. I sometimes pull some larger cranks with them. You can vary the amount of distance with them. I would predict that for your situation they will be sensational. The problem I have is that Ill sometimes hook a small walleye and I cant tell if its the waves or a fish bobbing the board. Ive dragged many a small walleye around for I dont know how long. That wont be a prob for you. Another reason why it probably will work for you: Two years ago while yet again dragging a small walleye that i didnt know I had hooked I had a very large northern (aka pike to some of you more southern folk) hit the walleye. Good luck.
Gunner
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:23 PM 05/14/05 (CST)
Your reasoning is right on for using planer boards. Depending on local laws, I've seen as many as 3 planer boards on each side of the boat. There is no problem using multiple boards otherwise. One word of advice, it is easier to troll planer boards downwind if possible. This is so that when you catch a fish, the boards don't all go dead in the water and get snarled together, which is a huge mess believe me. We've had the best luck with Off Shore Tackle planer boards. I've used heavy drop weights, up to 4 oz. with no real problems. These are easy to see, and ride well in various waves, with many weights. I have not had any problems with the boards sliding down the line, either. If I suspect a problem sliding, I will loop the line around the snap on the board. We do not use the tattle-tale flag system on these, but some guys do. It's really pretty easy to tell when you have a fish, the board starts moving backward, you've got one! After fishing with 2 different guides in different parts of the country including Canada that used this brand, I bought my own. For me it was easiest to order straight from the company. Do a google search for "Off Shore Tackle" and you should should have no problem. OR-12 is the particular model. Good luck.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:46 AM 05/17/05 (CST)
Hi Gunner!

Welcome to Myfishing Pals. Hope to hear more from you in the future!



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