Using 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.
Church Tackle Planer Board Pro Pack
Once you give fishing with a planer board a try, you will be hooked. One of the greatest planer board models comes in the Church Tackle® Planer Board Pro Pack. These planer boards come with a moving strike flag that gives you a signal, and an exciting rush, when the fish bites. You pick up your rod, and it’s fish on. Nothing beats that thrill. The Church Tackle Planer Board Pro Pack includes 2 complete planer boards, adjustable keel weights, and high visibility strike flags. The ultimate planerboard pack to get you trolling with planer boards in no time.
Church Tackle TX-44 Super Planer Board
You can pull large, hard running lures and deep running fishing rigs at all trolling speeds with the Church Tackle® TX-44 Super Planer Board. This extra large planer board supports all line types incuding lead core line, and copper wire, with weights up to 1 lb., and large Dipsey® divers, or the smaller Torpedo divers. This magnum board and its solid line clip can handle them all. The Church Tackle TX-44 Super Planer Board also has a reversible design for port or starboard use, the possibilities are endless.
Yellow Bird Planer Board
This Yellow Bird Planer Board carries your lures and live bait up to 150 feet away from the side of the boat at variable depths. This top quality fishing planer board features Yellow Bird’s famous Tattle Flag System, and now an enclosed back, adjustable weight system, and new locking snap release. It is built with durable ABS plastic construction that ensures durability and trustworthy performance again and again, every single time. The Yellow Bird Planer Board has unique markings of red for port and green for starboard, buy some of each.
Bert's Custom Tackle Double Reel Planer Board Mast System
The heavy duty double reel planer board mast system is made for big water. With it’s double welded bases and strong uprights that pull big boards and stackers simply and easily. This planer board mas system features an adjustable reel mount with brake, adjustable line guide, and 200' of 200 lb. test planer board line with swivel hook. Add this mast to your boat, and you will be trolling multiple planer boards in no time. About The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products 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. The Best Planer Board Fishing Experience Awaits!