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I've been using inline planer boards for several years and the only complaint I have is I can only run 2. I'm sure I could try to run 4 but things would get pretty intense. As such, I am considering an upgrade this spring to a mast/board system.
Money IS a consideration as I realize that $200 for the mast/reels plus line plus $50-75 for each board is probably cost-prohibitive for a system I am essentially testing. I have a 16 foot lund deep-v so I have mounting options of either 1.) mounting in the bow seat pedastal OR 2.) mounting on the bow raised deck. I don't want to leave anything on the deck I walk on that I can trip over when I bass fish later in the year.
Given all this, I am probably looking to enter the market looking for used double mast and 2 used boards. Let me know if you have anything that might meet my needs. The small deck on the point of my bow has my electric trolling motor but also room for a mast mount and is about a foot and a half above my casting deck so a 3-5 foot mast should do there. If I go with the pedestal seat mounted mast, it would be on my casting deck and probably needs to be closter to 5-6 foot.
System does not need to be beautiful or pristine but certainly functional and reliable. I'm not brand oriented and again, this is just a jumping off point to decide if I will maintain a mast system in the years to come or go back to inline. I was hoping to keep total cost under $200.
note: my final options would look like either AJ Whites boat (salmonitis) or I'm In (both on the showboats section of the site). AJs is up on the "bow deck" raised up and center and I'm Ins looks more like a pedestal seat install.
Mike, I just mounted a flat plate of aluminum with six screws holding it to the deck (all counter sunk)also two threaded holes in the plate to bolt the mast to,so when it's no in use it's just a flat deck pretty simple.Hope this if my explanation is clear. Think spring!!!
thanks Berry. I would be tempted to do this on the raise bow deck where my trolling motor is mounted but not on the casting deck...I'd hope to just find a mast that mounts to the existing seat pedestal hole if I was going to use that.
Like you said, you could run multiple in-line boards on each side, but a mast and ski system has its benefits.
Big Jon sells an adapter that would allow you to mount a Big Jon planer mast to your seat pedestal mount.
A new dual manual planer mast/reels setup would go over your budget. You might be able to find a used one out there though?
Ebay has some mast systems. I just picked up a Big Jon dual reel mast system from fish307 refurbished for 150. I havent mounted it yet but everything is in good condition....came all lined up and even included a clip release.
Mike; I have a pair of super ski brand planner board masts to sell, but they might not work well on your boat. If you can find some two or so inch diameter aluminum tubing you can custom make your own and save $. Cal P.
When I had my bow rider I used a poor mans planer mast set up,2 cod poles that I had one on each side of the boat set up front on 2 straight up and down rod holders.It worked great just clip your planer board on your cod pole and go......thats one pole I never broke.lol.polebreaker
i have a big john 2 reel planer mast in great condition.that i will let go for $150.but it doe's not come with the base.
John its funny that you say that. My first planer board mast was made out of a closet pole that I bought at Home Depot and some eye hooks that I through bolted on it to use for line storage. True Story! I think the total cost for putting it together was about $25 max. It worked just as well as a fancy one too. In fact if I hadn't gotten a fancy one so cheap I would probably still be using that setup. A little yankee ingenuity never hurt right?
You sold it to me and brought it to "The Gathering".
Still works fine.
What I would do is contact Craigslist & Ebay about the situation...
My experiance has been that Craigslist is full of scammers and I have gotten alot of strange emails when I sold stuff; however Ebay is alot more secure and no trouble as I have bought and sold alot there... Ebay has a fraud department so it's worth emailing them and informing them..
It looks like a late ice-out this year unless March turns very warm...
the way this winter has been: i'll be happy if
ice-out occurs at all...
I don't know about late ice out. Temps may push 60 on Sunday with good rain coming in. Plus the heavy snows came before much solid black ice formed. While we have lots of ice, most of it is frozen slush (over half). It could happen fast we a warm stretch, rain and wind. It's a bit early to predict ice out but I'm guessing mid-April...the 17th (you read it here first).
Just think, in less than a month, you could legally be dragging lines!!!!