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Planer boards and downriggers?
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From St Louis Park, MN
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Looking to buy my first set of planer boards. Would be using anywhere from 2-4 boards at a time. What is your favorite brand to use? Would mostly be using them on Lake Superior.

Also looking at a set of downriggers for lakers. Worth the money? Or would dipsey divers work fine?

Posted on: 2016/3/15 22:49
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Re: Planer boards and downriggers?
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I like the church walleye boards for up to 10 color lead and up to 300 copper. If I'm running 12oz balls I use the tx44. Dipsy divers are a great option for running more lines but you do not have the depth control like you do with a downrigger.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 6:42
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Re: Planer boards and downriggers?
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Either church or off shore boards will work for you. If you are going to be hooking them to braid line you will want to invest in some heavy grip clips so they don't slip.

Riggers will allow you to hug to bottom and know exactly where you lures are. If you get a rigger that will handle 10# balls you can tip your transducer up a click or 2 and see where the balls are running on your graph too.

Another option besides riggers is a "pump handle" basically its a 3-way rig with a 1-2# drop weight. Just be cautious bumping bottom too much some places are pretty snaggy and some are not. But there is only one way to learn...

You definitely do not need riggers for early season, some days I don't even deploy mine and run all flat lines or 1 to 3 colors of leadcore is all the deeper I will fish.

Dipseys will put fish in the boat but I have found that riggers will outperform them overall, but definitely have their days they beat the riggers.

As you fish the lake more you will learn ways to target different levels of the water column and spread those presentations wide to cover water.

But keep in mind, just because you are running riggers deep out of Duluth in June does not mean you need to be that deep in Silver Bay in June and so on. It is all about vertical water temp when playing a numbers game.

One great resource is www.glangler.com for more info on fishing big water.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 7:05
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Re: Planer boards and downriggers?
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Off Shore only for me. Buy the snap over clips for big water or braids. I own them all and Off Shore is still the best. They cost more but last forever if you take care of them! Wait for a sale at like Fleet farm and buy them and never look back, great boards!



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Re: Planer boards and downriggers?
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From Blaine
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For great lakes I run Church walleye boards with off shore OR-18 snaps on them. To me it seems like I can get the boards to dig a little harder with running segmented lead off of them. No issue running 3 off each side with lead and have a good spread. A lot of it comes down to how high you can get the rod tips when they are in your holders. I run vertical trees on each side of the boat so there is quite a bit of height to the rods.

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Posted on: 2016/3/16 8:06
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Re: Planer boards and downriggers?
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Thanks for the info guys!!!

Posted on: 2016/3/16 8:23
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