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Setting Up For Success, With In-Line Planer Boards

To start most people overcomplicate the process. The most important method in fishing is the KISS method. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!!! Perfecting the basics are what make for the best fishermen.

I run my boards exactly how they come in the package, minus swapping the rear clip out. The red rear clip I remove and those get used for snap weights. I install offshore

OR-18 snapper clips on the rear. I choose not to run tattle flags because I can read the boards. I also don't like the way the boards run with the tattle flags.


The "pop method" for popping

the line out of the front clip. I use monofilament for this set-up (12 lbs). Popping the line out of the front clip allows you to fight only a fish and pull lines out of the middle of the spread without reeling other lines in. To start

you make a loop then twist it 5-7 times. You will then install the twisted part of the line into the clip. This needs to be nice and clean, sloppy loops

will cause problems. You want the loop part to be just big enough you can get your finger

out when it's in the clip. Then install the line in the rear snapper clip. Make sure to snap it forward so that the pin goes into the hole.



Setting lines out with boards is an easy process. Get them out and set the clicker on and allow the board to go out while setting the next line and stop it at your desired distance. The longest lead should always be the farthest from the boat and shortest closest. This allows you to pop the boards and bring fish out of the middle of your spread. This also allows you to set them back out in the middle of the set-up in the same spot. I like to run a minimum of 50 feet distance between my boards.


In conclusion, I think if you give these things a try you'll become a more efficient walleye angler.

Captain Terence Smith


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