I used inlines for years and was very happy with them. I thought they gave better action in modest waves but became hard to read as waves grew. Essentially, you have to learn to read them (very hard with small fish). Sometimes...they act like a bobber and almost go under...other times...they just trail back a little. Once you get used to it you can read them pretty well. Yes they impact the fight for the first 20-30 feet until you get them on board and unclip them. Again..you get good at a fast unclip even when alone and its not an issue. I considered the mechanical flag upgrade but decided to go with otter boats that year instead. The main advantage to full size is you can put more than one line on a side and you get released on MOST hits. I always tell folks...inlines are the best way to go for price and easily getting into leadcore. Must better than just running strait off the back (unless you have a jigging box) and if you have DRs...you can run two lead core off the planers and two off the DRs (if you have two or more people on board). I keep my two inlines on board just in case some thing happens with my mast or boards. They are easy to store and good insurance.
GET YOURSELF A GOOD JIGGING BOX AND FORGET THE PLANNING BOARDS, TOO MUCH JUNK IN THE BOAT AND TANGLES. YOU CANT REGULATE A PLANERBOARD FOR SPEED AND MOVEMENT. WITH A JIGG BOX YOUR MOVEMENT CAN BE ANY SPEED UP AND BACK OR PUT IN THE CENTER OF YOUR BOAT IN THE BACK A LEFT AND RIGHT MOTION THAT REALLY DRIVES THE FISH CRAZY. I KNOW IVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS BUT I NEVER WON THE WINNI DERBY. BUT SOMEDAY THAT BIG ONE WILL HIT AND ILL BE THE WINNER . HOPE THIS HELPS IVE CAUGHT MANY SALMON THIS WAY. FISH ON !!!
little advice on running those off shores with shower clips. I've lost probably close to a dozen because shower rings pop open or you forget to close them right. I switched my off shore and big Scotty clips to small snap caribiner clips.
Haven't lost one since. At the price of the release, you don't need to have to buy them twice. I got a bunch of carribiner clips on ebay.
First off I'm no expert. :-) But you have been given some great advise.
I run a Riviera mast mounted on my bow. I do believe they make a mount for a seat post Model # DPM-KSAbut please confirm that with them. http://www.rivieratrolling.com/planner_board_masts.html
I decided to bow mount mine as that was what I had seen on other boats I fished on. The reason being you want it to be as high as you can get it to easily run multiple lines away from the boat as mentioned in other replies. It only takes four thumb screws to detach it from the base on the bow.
I connect the lines to otter boats which I again purchased because I had seen them used on other boats including several guides. They are bulky but the trade off is they handle rough water well.
The offshore yellow clips are the way to go.
As for jigging boxes I presently don't have any. However I did have the privilege of fishing on the late John Sampson's boat and he ran the G2 jiggers on his downriggers, straight jig boxes on the gunwales and custom made G2 jiggers attached to his otter boats planning boards. At that time he was fishing flies exclusively.
I hope this helps.
i've never run in-line boards so i can't speak to them. but the big boards run on a mast work extremely well. if you need something that stows easily, get some collapsible dual planer boards. riviera makes some, and i think fish307 sells their own brand, maybe $50 each or so.
i would be looking at the automatic spring loaded riviera reels, cant say how many times ive run over slack planer line on a windy day as the boat spins around and my net man is steering the boat. thats one thing i saw on john sampsons boat that i really wanted