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Re: Inline planers

I use the Church Tackle TX-6 Magnum Mini Planers and I love them. I use them for top water early in the season with livebait. They are too small for use with leadcore. I like them because they are so small you can barely feel them and they don't put too much pull on the rod. Also, the clip connector is much better than a lot of company's snap swivels. If I have a fish, I can get them off in a second or so. Hope this helps.


Re: Inline planers

Splice in 1 or 2 or even 3 colors of leadcore. They still will work that way. Used to do very well with that set up.

Re: Inline planers

I've used a bunch of them. Everyone has their individual preferences. I like the Church boards. I use the Walleye board for a full core down to a half core. Personally I don't think you can beat the pull pin design that holds the board on the line (2nd attachment) if your line pops out of the flex clip. I tighten the flex clip down to keep the board on the line. You can set it to release if you prefer to run your inlines that way. You'll need some kind of speed bead or swivel to keep the board from running down the line and smacking the fish in the face. The other thing I like about the Church boards is that they come ready to run. Offshore makes some very good boards, but most people have to buy some after market products to get them setup properly. I do think the Offshore boards might pull a little better than the Church boards.

I have the TX-6 Mag Mini boards too. They work good in the spring when running body baits or flatlining, etc. The only thing I don't like about them is they don't pull out to the side as much as I'd hoped.

I have a couple Big Jon Side-Liner boards too. These are the old Wille boards. They are reversable, which is nice. They have an offshore clip on the front and a basic swivel in the back. You'll need to run a speed bead or equivalent stop with these. They do pull nicely and they rattle. I have no idea if the rattle helps or not?

Re: Inline planers

This is my 3rd season using my Offshore Inline planers and am quite satisfied with them. In September, I drag 5-6 colors with them and they can pull that. In the Spring I drag 2-3 colors.

I follow instructions that I've read from various sources on using inlines and the biggest one is "cut your cores to the length you are using". This has two benefits: 1.) less drag between your rod tip and your board so your board is a better indicator of "fish on" 2.) clipping the board directly on the lead core can damage that line...you should be clipping onto the backing. It's pretty easy to switch out cores and store them on old spools once you learn the double-uni knot.

You can setup the Offshores to release and slide down the line but I don't want to fight a fish with a board in it's face. Instead, reel in to the board, squeeze the two spring clips to release it and you are done (I do this solo all the time).

The toughest thing about using them is getting used to recognizing "fish on" for smaller fish. It can be subtle with fish under 17" so it's recommended to keep the boards closer and the same distance out so you can see if one is dragging. It doesn't take long to get the gist of when even a smaller fish is on. Bigger fish will pull these right under like a bobber (generally a good sign that you have a corker on). You can also by a seperate indicator kit that will pop like a ice fishing flag (sort of) but that kit is as much as the boards and I don't need it to know when I'm on.

Inlines are a cheaper way to get more horizontal spread than the "mast and board" option. If I had more disposable income and didn't mind altering my boat, I would go with mast and boards as you can put more lines out more quickly. I do think one advantage to the inlines is that waves/wakes etc have more of a "jigging" effect on your bait with the inlines. My inline setups catch 10-1 with leadcore over my downriggers with straight mono/floro.