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Top Tactics for Planer Boards

Catching More Fish by Running Boards

Whether you choose to use planer boards while fishing inshore offshore or even in reservoirs, it can open numerous possibilities for catching some of the greatest walleye of your life. The right techniques can allow even an inexperienced angler to catch plentiful walleye and possibly land a trophy fish, too.

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One of the principle advantages of fishing with boards is that it allows for supreme coverage. In fact, from an anchored position you could cover up to 100ft of lake or river. In addition, the planer ensures that potential catches are not spooked by your boat, because your planer board is able to drift quite a distance away from the boat.

When using a planer board inshore, it is wise to anchor approximately 50ft from a grass or oyster bed. You should be able to use any kind of bait that you choose, as the board is very versatile. Typically, you will know if you have your board in the correct position if the label is uppermost. Your bait should be placed 10 to 40ft behind your board, the distance is likely to depend upon the depth of water you are fishing in.


Again, the main benefit of the planer board is that it offers a huge coverage area. In addition, when using boards off shore, they are an alternative to outriggers, which can be much more expensive. The best tactic to use when fishing offshore is to have two planner boards on each side of your boat.

When using live bait in conjunction with planer boards, it is recommended that you remain under 3mph, but the slower the better. Live bait is much more likely to be taken if the walleye can catch it.

The planers are an unobtrusive front-runner, as mentioned above the bait should ideally be at least 10ft behind the board. Because of the wide expanse of water that the planer boards cover, it is possible to turn around in an acre of lake or river. Subsequently, this ensures that you can return to a concentration of walleye as quickly as possible.


When you first begin to use planer boards, it may be beneficial to have a friend with you, because it can be difficult to function the line and board simultaneously. In other words, while one of your partnership reels the fish, the other will need to remove the board.

You may find that the board sometimes drifts too close to the boat and will eventually raise itself out of the water. In this instance, it is a good idea to lower the rod tip, which will send the board back down and will dig into the water. Once the board has settled, replace the rod tip and try to avoid it touching the water.

Planer boards can be complicated and undoubtedly, there is a lot to learn. However, if you would like to increase your success rate then it is certainly worthwhile. Every angler, once he, or she, becomes accustomed to using planer boards, devises his, or her, own routines and techniques. Therefore, as with any other aspect of angling, the key is to practice and experiment until you find your groove.

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