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Old 04-02-2010, 12:01 AM
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I have chartered a boat out of Kingston. The captain only used down riggers. i was wondering if anyone has ever used BIGJON planer boards. If yes what kind of rapala? And how deep should i fish? It will be my first time on my own. I dont want to get skunked!
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:40 AM
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can't remember who wrote the following jammy as i saved it for reference some time ago. anyway, some of the immediate info here can address part of what you are looking for. i don't know where you are fishing but read this and check out the MANN'S (MONSTER i believe is the name "or gargantuan?) anyway, these are deep divers that are multifaceted. you can rig them multiple ways for multiple species. and are tooth proof to a degree. anyway, go to the planer website and see what they have to marry with it... sometimes they give sound advice and options for you.

Mark Romanack’s books “Precision Trolling” is a must have for trolling. This book gives you invaluable information on where to start with most any lure. How far back/out to run your lures for most every depth, tuning your lures, etc. Now from this books information is where you’ll need to learn how you run YOUR lures to what the precision trolling is telling you. Not everyone runs the same line diameter, speeds, direction .. i.e.: into the wind , with the wind or cross cutting the wind. Every lake has some type of current which is another factor that affects where your lure will be in the water column. So, where to begin after getting some of the bugs worked out on how to set lines, lures etc? let’s take Michigan’s waters of Lake Erie. For the most part, you’ll not be in water deeper than 30ft.
Let’s start with crawler harnesses. It doesn’t matter if you make/buy yours from 1 ft long to 5 ft long. The weighting system is what’s going to determine your depth along with your speed. Taking speed out of the picture for now. Get your boat set at 1.4 mph to start with. Put out a harness on a bottom bouncer (1oz average for every 10 feet of depth). Let out line on your line counter reel with your thumb lightly on the spool till you touch bottom. Right there your harness would be running approximately 4 to 5 ft off the bottom once the bouncer reaches the boats speed/water drag against your line etc. touch bottom again, your harness would be 3ft off bottom. Touch again and your lure will be running just off bottom if not tagging the high spots on the bottom.
O.K. now you know that at (let’s sat 65 ft back/out in 30 ft of water/3oz weight) your lure is a couple feet off bottom. Divide that number into 4. 16ft, 32ft, 48ft and 65ft back you have the water column divided equally. With 4 lines out you can cover all of the water column easily. In a very short time you’ll have the basic understanding to guess pretty darn good on where your lures are at. EXAMPLE: For me, 45 back at 1.4 m.p.h. GPS with a 1 oz inline averages 17 foot down. There are a lot of variables, but don’t put too much into this. Once you get a bite, you’ll know where the more active fish are. 3 bites and you WILL know RIGHT where the active fish are. Bring one rod on the other side of the boat to the same line out number that got those 3 bites. If that rod takes a fish, start bringing the other rods closer to that line out. But not all at the same line out, just closer. During the day, the fish will move in the water column, so keep other parts of the water column covered. The sunshine always gets the walleye active! And brings them up in the water column.
Once you start fine tuning your working program with line out and speed, you can start working to see if color of blade matters. Your depth of any lure will also be affected by doing slow “S” turns. If your baits get bit on the inside of a turn you need to slow down, if they get bit on the outside, you need to go a bit faster. ( that is THE simple way to figure out what speed you need to be running). I’m leaving out all of the aspects of lures dropping/ rising in the water column doing the “S” turns just for the fact that this article is for folks trying to learn about trolling and the worries of where the lures are.
Once you get confidence in running weighted harnesses, you’ll understand that every bait, ends up working out pretty much the same with this simple rule. Run one out till you touch bottom, divide the number on the line counter and you can split the water column so your covering all the depths to get started. Crankbaits have their own exceptions. Get your speed set, look at your depth, check the precisions troll book for the lures you want to run, again divide the lineout off the graph and your set to divide the water column. Once you get a handle on your favorite baits to run, you’ll have enough confidence to start working on the fine details that can make a great day even better. You should get some basics locked into your head on where to start every time out after a few times out.
Using GPS with plot trails, icons, waypoints just confirms what your doing is working. The GPS is your own personal log book. (that’s another article). Make sure you lock in waypoints everytime you get a fish. This gives you a trolling pass/direction to REPEAT!

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Old 04-03-2010, 08:59 PM
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The trollers quide or trolling Bible is an awesome book. I got it for my father in law(actually 2 books) as he had no idea about line diameter, length and so on. I got the book from Cabelas and is well worth the money as it covers many differnt popular lures.

It seems that they only have the one book right now. There should be several posts regarding this book
Using boards helps you get a large spread, meaning you can set multiple boards of the side at different distances from the boat. When trolling them usually just turn the wheel abit and this will cause the boards to pause and this is when many strikes happen. You need to be carefull with boards as you need to reel in board while fighting the fish, remove board and continue fighting. Using boards in rougher water or windy conditions can be a huge pain and you also need to be aware of other boats as they are usually not aware.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:24 PM
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Well i think i have it figured out. thanks for the help. going out tomarow on the hudson river outside of catskill.
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