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I would like to start using planer boards for walleyes and was wondering if anyone had any tips.

Is there a recommended pole and line size?

If I am using the one planer boards with a flag, do I need to set the hook when the flag goes down?

I am thinking about using a planer baord along with a slip bobber/leach combo and do a slow troll along the rocks at Chatfield. Will this work? I would think I would be missing hooksets but I don't know enought about planers boards.

Any other thoughts?
 

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For rods I like a 7' or 8' trolling/downrigger set up. I have had troubles with braid staying in the release so I use mono for this setup. Most of the flags I have seen do not move due to a strike, I think there is a few that do, but most are just for visibility.

I have never tried slip bobbers behind a planer, you have to be moving enough to make the board "plane" away from the boat, so it sounds like it would be difficult to keep the hook/jig vertical below the bobber. I think the boober would end up getting pulled down to the hook.

Crawler harnesses and shallow diving rapalas behind planers can be great along the rip rap, but watch out for people cutting you off though at chatty!
 

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I use some 7'10" rods with my 8'6" rods. Best tip I have for planer boards is to replace the front clip with the OR18 tension release. With this clip you can use the braids. They are really nice to because if you snag sometimes the regular release will let go and the board will come off. Then you have to bring everything in to retrieve your board. With these clips I have never had it pop off my line.

Don't really see ya using a slip bobber, wouldn't work properly. Planer Boards are mainly a trollers tool. Cannot really troll a bobber. Cranks and Crawlers. You can pull lead, snap weights, bottom bouncers, all the usual fun stuff.
 

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thanks for the tips Fishlip & Wanzek.

What is the slowest speed I can troll and have the planer boards pull away from the boat?

When you are using planer boards, is it pretty easy to detect bites?
 

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here is some info i posted in another thread a while back... haven't tried it yet, but i'm gonna ;D... maybe give it a go as well ;)


i am trying something new this season. gonna use seperate rods, broomsticks actually spooled w/30# mono, as dedicated "board rods". the line from the rods will be attatched to the boards via snap swivel to the front eyelet of the board and will have no other job but to pay-out/retrieve the board... no release factor or lure resposibility what so ever. THEN... i have attatched a "Roehmer" (sp) downrigger release to the rear of the board itself doing away with the rear clip. this will allow a seperate rod to be used to play the fish without having to deal with the board until after it's landed. you can use the standard clips on the board as well but i swear by these releases and like the idea of freedom from releasing the board since i often fish alone.
 

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Michael, I agree with Scott...Trollng a slip bobber wouldn't work because the slip bobber is designed to set depth, allowing you to reel in your line up to the bobber and your lure...So trolling, as Scott said, the bobber would run right up to the lure itself.

As far as slow trolling bobbers...not slip bobbers...I do it all the time.. It works great when working shallow along a dam with jigs or slow trolling over weedbeds. Set the depth for six feet or less depending upon the depth of the rocks or weeds and troll at less than one mph...Or, if the fish are suspending shallow in open water..no matter the depth the water is itself...it can be a great presentation. I found a lot of fish that way just yesterday, crappie, wiper and cats. I've caught walleye using the same presentation. Once you find the fish, of course you can then go back and fish them by casting a jig, or working a bobber in the same general area without slow trolling.

I'm not too sure how that would work with planer boards since I really haven't tried..
 

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Set the depth for six feet or less depending upon the depth of the rocks or weeds and troll at less than one mph...Or, if the fish are suspending shallow in open water..no matter the depth the water is itself...it can be a great presentation.
Your idea is what I what referring to but with the aid of planer boards. I think the presentation could be deadly to pull a rig slowly over rocky dam like at Chatfield. If I am fishing 3 ft. or less, I am certain that my pontoon boat and motor would scare everything in the area away.

If I could get a planer board to run my rig away from me and be able to slow crawl along the rocks, it could prove to be an excellent technique.
 

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For the technique you are thinking about you could possibly use slip bobbers and use a bobber stop below the bobber as well. You could potentially than fish a range of depth by varying your boat speed or just stopping at times. That way you also wouldn't be limited by attaching the bobber directly to your line...just thinking out loud.
 

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For the technique you are thinking about you could possibly use slip bobbers and use a bobber stop below the bobber as well. You could potentially than fish a range of depth by varying your boat speed or just stopping at times. That way you also wouldn't be limited by attaching the bobber directly to your line...just thinking out loud.
I think that's an excellent idea. Just set the bottom stop in order to keep from snagging up on your minimum depth and the top stop for the deeper depths you may be trolling while zigzagging in and out. Good idea.
 

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I am thinking about getting the TX-6 planer board by church tackle since it is only 5 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I want something that I can primarily use with light tackle at slower speeds. So far I haven't found any guidance on speed.

Does anyone know the the slowest speed that will work with a planer board?
 

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Probably a little under 1mph, but maybe you may have toi go faster to get it out and then slow down as much as you can and still keep it out... Around 1mph is about the slowest I've ran them.
 
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