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Planer boards can be intimidating, but they are a simple concept. All a planer board does is get baits further away from the boat to simply cover more water.

When it comes to set-up, some anglers prefer to spool their trolling rods with monofilament line where the planer board attaches to the line via a system of clips. Mono is preferred by anglers who fish in clear water, where a long, invisible, clear leader is required. Ultra-clear lakes such as Green Bay and Lake Erie are also home to giant walleye, and the monofilament helps keep fish hooked up during those big head shakes with treble-hooked lures. Believe it or not, the type of line you choose impacts the lure’s action as well and sometimes walleye like the action provided by one or the other line varieties on a given day.

For anglers targeting average-sized walleye in lakes with a bit of stain or color, braided lines are a strategic choice. Their sensitivity helps to ensure your lures are running correctly. As a bonus, braid helps get baits down deeper than they would when tied to mono.

One minor inconvenience with braid is that clipping the planer board on where you want it can be a challenge as the clip will often slide the board down the line. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. In this video, avid angler Jaydn Thomas shares a handy tip to keep boards in place on braid, ensuring your presentation is always running at the right depth.

When running planer boards on braid, simply wrap the line around the lead clip once before fastening and then fasten the second clip as normal. This extra step will hold the clip in position and prevent it from sliding down the line as it’s pulled through the water but still ensures that it’s easy to remove when it’s time to land a fish.

When letting your planer boards out, Thomas explains that it is also important to “walk” the board out to its desired distance with some tension on the spool. This can be done by either engaging the clicker (if your reel has one) or by putting pressure on the spool with your thumb as you let the line out. The tension makes the board bite down on the water’s surface to force the presentation out away from the boat.

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