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Andrew Martinsen's Walleye Fishing Update

Fishing for Walleye with Planer Boards
Increasing Your Walleye Catch Count

To someone who has never used them before, fishing with planer boards may seem a little daunting. However, it is certainly a technique worth trying as it can dramatically increase the numbers of walleye that you catch.

The first intimidating feature of planer boards is that there are so many brands to choose from. For an angler who is looking to become accustomed to planer boards, an Off Shore Side Planer is recommended, as it is typically quite easy to use and handles well under all kinds of conditions.


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It is always wise to ensure that you have the correct equipment before attempting a new presentation. Trolling can offer remarkable success when fishing for walleye and utilizing in-line planer boards can improve your success even further. However, it is advisable to purchase a good rod for the purpose. For example, an 8 to 10ft rod with medium or soft action would be an excellent choice.

Similarly, it is a good idea to have a counter reel or, at the very least, an attachable counter is an invaluable piece of equipment for the trolling angler, because establishing your bait at the precise depth required, is essential to the success of this presentation.

One of the principle reasons to use planer boards is that they allow an angler to cover a large expanse of water quickly, which is something that no other presentation can offer. They also provide you with an excellent distance between you bait and boat. Subsequently, it offers a chance to catch the more wary walleye.

Planer boards are incredibly versatile and can be used in both deep and shallow waters. In addition, they can be used in all water types, although they are at their most effective in clear waters, such as those found in the larger lakes.

When trolling with your planer boards, one of your fist considerations should be to move with the water, which will reduce the amount of vibration in the planer boards. In addition, you will need to keep an eye out for the feeder fish, which will be typically found in large congregations. It is beneficial at this point to register the depth of the bait fish and cast your bait slightly above this level, because walleye tend to feed on fish that are hovering above their position.

If you are not having a lot of luck, you may need to experiment with your speed. Some anglers recommend moving your boat in an s-shape. When conducting this maneuver, the boards will move at different speeds on opposite sides of the boat. Once your fish are hitting on one side, you will be aware of whether it was the fast or slow side that was attracting to the walleye. Subsequently, you can adjust your speed accordingly.

The most common mistake made by first-timers to planer boards is to retrieve the walleye just as they would with a normal hook presentation. However, this invariably causes problems with the board. Instead of simply pulling in the hook, it is important to bring in the board and hook simultaneously, with a steady retrieve.

Boards are certainly recommended. They offer a lot of flexibility and a range of coverage that would otherwise be simply impossible. It is undoubtedly different to many other techniques of angling, but a little practice and some experimentation can provide you with the skills to catch a plethora of walleye.


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