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by DANIEL VINOVICH
Flats, creek channels, main lake points, break lines, rip rap, humps,
weed beds, and open water. So many spots, and only 1 day a week to
fish. This is a problem that so many fishermen face each and every
Saturday or Sunday throughout the hot summer months. The big question
so many of us ask ourselves every Friday after work is, “WHERE’S THE BITE?”
Boy, don’t you wish you could find the answer to this question looking
into a crystal ball? Unfortunately, the local bait shop does not
sell these magic contraptions. Usually, the best answer most of them
can give us is those words we so often here, “You should have been here
last Wednesday.” Man, I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard
that one. So that leaves us to break down the lake into as many spots
we can fish until the jet skis and pleasure boats run us from the lake.
Lets go through the process of putting out a board line step by step.
1. Choose the type of bait to tie on the line.
2. Run the bait by the side of the boat at trolling speed to make
sure it is in tune and is running correctly.
4. Pick up the proper board for the side of the boat you want. (They are labeled port and starboard, or left and right.)
5. Snap the board on the line using the pinch style releases provided with the board.
6. Drop the board into the water letting out line slowly until it reaches its desired position away from the boat.
7. Set the rod in a rod holder and adjust it so the rod is setting
up at least at a 45 degree angle. This is to keep the nose
of the board up.
There are two ways to detect a strike or reading the boards as some people call it. The first is fairly simple. A board that has a fish on it will drop back out of its normal trolling path. The only problem is it takes a good eye to know if a small fish has been hooked. That is why I outfit all of my boards with the Tattle Tail system from OFFSHORE TACKLE. The Tattle Tail system consists of a spring loaded flag that lays down if a fish is hooked. This system is also great in telling you if your bait is fouled with leaves, weeds or other debris. My number one choice of Planer Boards is the OFFSHORE TACKLE OR-12 Side-Planer, designed by professional angler Bruce DeShano. It is the choice of countless tournament pros and guides and is the only board you will find in my boat.
So when the dog days of summer move your fish from their springtime spawning areas or you don’t know where to look for them at your new vacation hot spot, don’t waste your precious time with traditional methods trying to locate them. Just BOARD ’EM UP. You can check out all of the Offshore Tackle line on the web at www.offshoretackle.com or by calling for your free catalog at 517-738-5700. If you would like to give this technique and many more a try with me, call PREDATOR GUIDE SERVICE at 309-347-1728.
Until next time,
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