Flat Lines and Planer Boards Feb 3, 2019 18:18:56 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 3, 2019 18:18:56 GMT
Flat Lines and Planer Boards 101
A flat line is also referred to as a free line. This is when you hook a bait and let the line out behind the boat. There is no weight added. The idea is to have the bait on or near the surface. The strikes will be seen as well as heard most times. The variations of this are to add a small split shot (above the swivel) to allow your bait to swim deeper. Another way is to add a float to keep your bait on a short leash. This will ensure your bait is near the surface. This is very effective when trolling over brush piles etc.
They look more complicated then they are. Planer boards are a great tool. They move your bait away from the boat at a distance that you control. It enables you to fish many more lines without getting tangles. It also is extremely productive when the fish are spooked of the boat. You can run a planer board into 2 feet of water while your boat stays in deeper water. You simply let out a determined amount of line and attach the planer board with a clothes pin styled clip that's attached to the board. When the fish strikes the board is released. I use the glass bead so my board slides down my line and stops at the bead. Some people prefer not to clip their line directly to the back clips, allowing the board to fall off the line completely. I have lost too many boards doing this. The only time I would recommend doing this if you are the only boat in the area. You will need to have plenty of boards to replace the boards with every bite you get. Or like I say, you can attach it to your line and reuse the same board repeatedly.
Check out the illustration. Use it for starters. Customize it in any way see fit. You can add more lines or take lines away. Utilize the rod holders on your boat.
Notice the planers on the outside have about 10' of line after the planer board. This is designed to pull shallow water in either direction. The middle boards will be maybe 20' and the ones closest to the boat will be the longest. There is a flat line on the rear right side of the boat at 10'. This is the Prop wash bait or Transom bait. The flat line on the rear left is 40'. The float down the middle is the longest line, about 75'. Notice that you are covering a lot of water. The outside boards maybe 50' away from the boat. This is giving you a 100' wide area to fish. You are covering different depths as well. Change it around to you are comfortable with it. Add split shot to the middle planer board leaders. Experiment around till you find what works best on your boat.