Fishing Technique Spotlight:Fishing with in-line Planer BoardsUsing in-line planer boards is a method used to get your lure presentation out to the sides of your boat, and closer to shore, without having to take your boat close to the shore which can damage your boat if you get too shallow, or scare the fish away with your boat going in the shallow water. In-line planer boards like Yellow Bird and Church Tackle, do not require the use of a mast, they clip directly to your fishing line. Using in-line planers will allow you to cover a much wider area, as you pass through the area you want to fish. Bring your boat to trolling speed. Then let your lure out to the desired fishing distance behind the boat. Once your lure is out to the desired distance, set the drag clicker on your reel to prevent it from free spooling. Then place your fishing rod in the fishing rod holder. Take hold of the fishing line and clip it at the back of the planer board. Then attach the line to the release clip on the board. Planer boards are designed to be used on the right side or left side of the boat, depending on which one you buy. Remove your fishing rod from the rod holder and place the planer board in the water. Keep your rod tip as high as you can, and let out line until the planer board moves out to the desired distance from your boat. The maximum distance that an in-line planer will move away from the boat is governed by the height of the fishing rod tip, which makes longer rods better when fishing with in-line planer boards.When the in-line planer has reached the desired distance from the boat, Set the drag clicker on your reel to prevent it from free spooling. Then place the fishing rod in the rod holder. Set the rod holder to hold the fishing rod straight up. This will allow the planer to gain the greatest distance from the boat. Be sure to place a large bead or bead-weight 20" ahead of your lure to keep the planer board from hitting the fish in the head. Once the fish hits the lure and trips the release.Fishing with In-Line Planer Boards VideoLuhr-Jensen Hot Shot® Side Planer•Buoyant body•Adjustable trip mechanism•Free-sliding•Position lure any distance from planer•Includes small and large rudder•For trolling or back trolling•Allows stream angler to back troll plugs from shoreChurch Tackle Planer Board Pro PackOff Shore Tackle Side-PlanerShop for fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.