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PLANER BOARDS SPELLS SUCCESS FOR WALLEYE AND STEELHEAD FISHING ON LAKE ERIE!

by Captain. Bernie Roell, A-Lure Walleye Fishing Charters (440) 257-9544

When I started fishing Lake Erie 10 years ago.  I was strictly a downrigger fishermen from Lake Ontario.  I had no idea what Planer Boards or Dipsy Divers were or how to use them.  Thanks to a great friend and walleye fishermen, Steve Fielder, I learned how important Dipsy Divers were for Catching Walleye in the Central Basin.   The summer of 1991, Steve taught and I quickly mastered running six Dipsy's rods and four downriggers.  I was so excited about catching walleye, the next season, I decided to get a bigger boat and a Captain's license.  While I was successful catching fish with Dipsy's and Downriggers my fellow Captain's seemed to be doing better using a combination of Planer Boards, Dipsys and Downriggers.  Their program enable them to run more rods, cover a wider spread and fish more depth which produced more fish.  That's all I needed to know!!!

My second year as a Captain, eager to catch more walleye, the first thing I did was invest in a good Planer Board Mast (Big Jon), Planner Boards (Super Ski) and releases.  I'm still using the same mast and planner boards after 10 years!!! Following the directions of fellow Captains and with practice I've mastered the art of running Sixteen Rods with Planner Boards, Dipsy's and Downriggers. In my opinion, this method of fishing is much underutilized by many anglers. Speaking from experience, planer boards have advantages not offered by any other angling methods.  No matter what the condition on the lake, I run planer boards and with practice you can too!! 

Professional walleye fisherman and Charter Captains must be successful and consistent with catching fish, and as pros, planer boards offer us this consistent methodology of catching fish. True, we also use downriggers, and Dipsy programs, but the bread & butter is the planer board!! 

For more on Planer Board Fishing read "Planer Board Fishin'" by John A. Vance.  He does an excellent job of explaining the basics of planner board fishing!


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