I read an article a couple years ago about this but have yet to try it.
Does the planer board just move your bait to the outside, or does it act as a bobber or what?Joe, I have been using side planer board for cats for quite some time now and so have a couple of other catfishermen on Lake Norman, NC and elsewhere in the Carolinas.
Our technique is to cast out or feed out about 75 to 100' of line with your bait and then connect that portion of the line to the planer board. Then feed out 40 to 50 feet of line and lock down your reel. The side planer board with then run to the far outside of the boat. When the fish strikes, let the fish pull the board straight back to the rear of the boat. If you are using circle hooks, the fish will hook itself and if you are using a J hook, you will have to set the hook. Mac
If you'll do a Google search on planer boards, you'll find lots of info. There are several types of boards, some designed to release your line and float free after a strike, requiring that you go back and retrieve the board after boating or losing the fish; in-line boards, which stay attached to your line while fighting the fish (and may act as a float or strike indicator); and towed boards, which are attached to a separate line connecting the board to a 'mast' designed to keep the line out of the water--one line is attached to the board, and one or more lines may be fished off the line between the mast and the board, letting you fish as many as 6 or 8 lines off two planer boards. Also, some boards have some type of strike indicator, raising a flag or causing a light to turn on or flash.Does the planer board just move your bait to the outside, or does it act as a bobber or what?
I am planning to do a lot of shallow fast water fishing and would like the ability to fish 15-20 feet wide and present it to a particular piece of structure like a boulder or a log.