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I have never used inline planer boards, and would like to try starting out with 2 this year, one off each side. Need a little education though. What brand of boards and releases work well, and if I was running the boards in combination with 4 downriggers and 2 dipseys, or some variation, what would be the best lengths of lead core to use on the inlines to keep it simple and what are the best lures to use with the planer boards and lead core.

Thank you.

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i personally like the walleye boards and if i was stuck with just 2 cores...i guess i might go with 3 color and 7 color and buy an assortment of dive bombs to target different depths.i like spoons and later in the season spoons and plugs...ive never run flasher flies off them...i might try though i hear some guys do well with them...as far as a release goes ..ive never really had an issue that wasnt of my own making with the walleye boards

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I like the Church Walleye boards. Check Meijer, that's where I found them the cheapest for some reason. I haven't been real impressed with any release I have used from the stock Church release, to plunger releases, and Offshore pinch pads. Try the stock releases first. Church also came out with a new release that is just like the original, but reversed so the line pulls into the release instead of out of it. I will probably try them this year. I don't like my boards to release. If you do set them to release, place a speed bead or something similar in front of the lure so the board doesn't slide all the way down. As far as lures, I only use spoons, plugs or stick baits. Flashers pull too hard and the board won't pull out as far. I like the boards set far away from my boat to reduce the chance of tangles. Core lengths depend on what depths you would like to target. I think a full core (10 colors) and a half core (5 colors) are a good place to start. I have 7 core setups right now. 2 Full, 7 color, 2 half, 3 color and a 2 color that doubles as my SWR rod. Good luck, some days core is the only thing that will put fish in the boat.

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NICK, "Church also came out with a new release that is just like the original, but reversed so the line pulls into the release instead of out of it. I will probably try them this year." YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN BY TACKING IT APART, CLIPPING OFF THE LITTLE TAB AND PUTTING IT BACK TOGTHER, CHURCH THEMSELVES TOLD ME HOW TO DI IT BEFORE THEY CAME OUT WITH THE NEW ONE

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Tony I use the Off Shore boards and like them alot I may however get a couple ofthe Church boards as they track a little better with Copper setups. I do not like the releases on the Church boards don't like the old ones and still don't care for the new ones. So I will convert them to Off Shore style releases when I get them. I don't like the board sliding down or coming off so I use the Snap weight clips for the rear of my Off Shore boards and they never let go. When I bring the board in we pull it off in the boat with the fish still well behind the boat. I have pulled everything behind my boards and it all works I run up to 3 per side with no issues and have ran up to 14 lines on my boat. 4 riggers 4 divers and 6 boards. Once you get the hang of running inlines you will wonder how you ever fished without them.

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With in-line planer boards, you either love them or hate them. Since I started using in-lines a few years ago, my big boards gather dust. I have used them with lead-core for Salmon, but mostly mine are used for walleye.:)

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I run the Church walleye boards now instead of the big boards. I run 10 colour core with no problem. But I started to run the size 45 and 65 Walker deeper divers off them, because my father doesn't like to wind in all the core.

Al

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I like the Off Shore boards, they seem to track better for me with full cores. I don't like my boards to release so I use rubber bands to secure them in rough water. When you reel the boards in keep your rod pointed at the board and low to keep the board from diving, and when the boord is about a rods length away lift up and the board swings right into the boat, then just snap off the rubber bands or unclip the line from the release. Using rubber bands on my boards has saved me alot of money in lost boards. If you loose one in rough seas good luck getting it back!

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Go with the offshore orange SST boards. These boards are designed to pull the heavier weights of lines that we are now using. Do like maniac said put a little screw eye low int he back of the board (there is a starter hole there) to put an OR-16 off shore release on to peg the line so you can fight the fish without the board on the line. Make sure when you attach the board to the lone that the lie is behind the peg in the release. Also get rid of the release whether it be the off shore or the church they both suck for heavy line and get the big jon otter release. i can pull a 450 and 600 copper on these and they only release when a fish hits. attach it with a good quality split ring. I have four sets of the church boards as that is what everyone kind of started with and hardly ever use them any more after trying out the SST boards. They are a litttle more out of pocket but they are worht it the way they get the lines out to the side of the boat. They do track better than the church boards.

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