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First off a HUGE thank you to those who answered my Planing Issue post. A lower pitch prop was just what was needed and it made a night/day difference... Thank You..
Now... I think I must be retarded.. I have the worse time getting my releases to slide down the planer board line. I have tried lauriks and the ole shower curtain clip style.. Trying to get a DB to pull enough tension to slide the release down has gotta be an artform or something.. I end up resorting to flicking the planer line and a myriad of other "googin" tricks.. I am not new to trolling just this apperatus.. Grrrrr... I have invented many new cuss words trying to accomplish this.. ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated...
Go a little bit faster to get more pull from the lines you're putting out.
2 Tricks that will help you out:
1. Use lighter leadcore line like 12 lb leadcore line. The 18 lb + does not like to move out the planer line. The 12 lb line seems to move out a lot better.
2. Use an in-line leadcore setup. Take a downrigger setup and line it like this. First put on about 200 feet of mono (maybe like 10 lb test). Then put on 2-3 colors of leadcore. Finally put on a leader (50 ft of 8 lb mono with 10 feet flourocarbon to lure.) I just put together a setup like this 2 weeks ago and I can easily get it all the way out to my otter boat if I want. When you got to fish this setup let out your leader and your 2 colors of leadcore until you get to the mono backing. Then clip the mono backing to you planar release. Let the line out the planer line like usual.
Hope these tricks help you out!
Don’t know what your setup is, but here are a few tips and comments.
1) Make sure that your planner boards are pulling hard, taut line.
2) Make sure that your release is free to float down the line and it is not twisted. The shower curtain clip should be perpendicular to the tow line.
3) Cal’s suggestion to speed up. The drag force on the line increases as the square of the speed. You should not have to this.
4) You may be trying to do the impossible, i.e., putting 2 colors in the water and trying to send it down the tow line greater than 2 colors.
5) You could spool separate length of lead with mono backing, mono is very light, and it will go down the tow line further.
All great ideas, one they left out, height of the planer mast isimportant, the higher the better and I always seem to get em out better if I speed up some while running them down, but Gus says wont help (I think) and not needed and he's da man.
My planer mast extends to 9', no problem running the lines down, it's a Riviera, but I use Big John Otter Boats. Once in a while they are slow going out, I use only in-line lead core set ups, so my clips clip onto the mono, best set up I think.
As John mentioned, high planer mast helps - creates a steeper downward angle on the planer line. Like the Laurvick's as well - they're a little heavier than other releases and slide down the line a little better.
Thanks for setting me straight Gus, but the taller mast does help, regardles of the math or physics, lol.
Thanks guys.. I will try all ideas at this point. I do use in-line lead core (clipping mono into the releases) and those slide down ok.. Its more when I am trying to put out light lures (DB's,Flutter Guns, etc.) on mono only that I am running into issues.
It sounds like you don’t have sufficient line in the water to create the drag needed to pull the release down the tow line. Just got back from Lake O and we flat lined our lures on planner boards no problems, put out 100’or more of line. The Gray Ghost ran 100 and 150’ and the Peggy C ran up to 175’, just be careful not to get run over by other boats. On Lake O everybody is running long lines so they are careful not to run over other boat’s lines.
Can't take credit for this one but I learned a great trick from Adrien. If you are using otter boats drill a hole on the outside wing of the otter boat, attach an 18" lead to an empty tin can (I used my wifes tupperware hahaha) and tie it through the hole on the otter boat. When your otter boat is out there it will help put more drag on the line and pull it tighter enabling the release to slide better.
Works well for me. Adrien educated alot of us on this site just how to catch fish and how to release them properly. He was the first person that I can remember telling us to get rid of our "slob nets" (as he used to call them) and buy a rubber net. He has not posted for quite a while, I for one miss his posts and great pics.