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Old 07-13-2010, 03:20 PM
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Default Trolling with Planer Board and Umbrella Rig

I have never used either the Umbrella rig or a planer board. My fishing is currently going to take place in and around Cordell Hull an impoundment on the Cumberland River here in middle Tn. I have dragged some lures around without much success just to get a feel for the boat and trolling speeds and what minimum speed I can accomplish. It looks like I can slow it down to 1.5 - 2 mph. Ive been reading about various methods for stripper and it sounds like the umbrella rigs is definitely worth learning the finer point of.

I understand the principals of the Planer board but is it something that I would use along with an umbrella rig? Can someone point me to an illustration on how this would be properly rigged. Are planer boards attached to the standing line off the rod and is that same line continued to the umbrella rig? Does the question make any sense?

Could someone detail a properly set-up rig from the line, leader through the planer board rigging to the umbrella rig. What about weight?
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:16 AM
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Default Re: Trolling with Planer Board and Umbrella Rig

I have only used spoons from a planer board, There is usualy a clip like on a downrigger which attaches the line to the board(Yellow on the pic). Once a fish strikes the clip releases the line.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:52 PM
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Default Re: Trolling with Planer Board and Umbrella Rig

If I were going to troll U-rigs, with planer board, I'd recommend a large planer with a standing line. These are able to withstand the hard pull of a U-rig. With a small inline planer I'd opt for something that has less drag, like a daisy chain with bucktail teasers, and a trailing jig, spoon or even a lipped plug. Just my $.02!
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