SportFishing and Charters Forum - Nekton Z-Wing Planer 500 - Alternative???
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05-21-2012, 03:03 AM
I was just about to purchase this bad boy but it seems it's unavailable EVERYWHERE!!!! damn!
Can anbody reccomend an alternative???
I want to use it for GBFT to clip onto soft plastics/livebait at depth of approx 10/20metres (where no lure naturally goes)
With plenty of luck i found one of the nekton planers....
I know need some help. How far back from the planer do you clip the mainline of the lure? I think if too close it will spook the fish.
05-21-2012, 08:34 AM
I have sent them 2 emails this year with no response. Maybe they are out of business? You can still find them on eBay and craigslist - I've bought 2 this year for friends, and there have been a couple for sale on this site this year.
This lure catches GBFT and will dive to 50 ft http://www.mannsbait.com/. Click on the search box and then type Giganticus in the search box that pops up. This lure, like its name is about 15" long.
05-21-2012, 02:28 PM
I use an Old Salty #24 planer on the downrigger instead of a ball or Z-wing. It costs ~ 1/2 of the Z-wing and works better. It trolls at the right angle and I can trip the planer with free spool, making it faster to clear when a big bite hits.
06-01-2012, 07:44 AM
i'm gonna have to give that Old Salty Planer a go.... it looked too chepo/flimsy to be good, but for the price its worth a try.
Thank for the info fellas!
06-01-2012, 07:49 AM
"Old Salty" planers are very good quality. There are other brands out there that look to be cheaply made.
06-04-2012, 01:49 PM
Any reccomendation where to purchase the old salty planer from???
06-04-2012, 05:52 PM
I find them in stock at local tackle shops in south Florida. Otherwise, I would just google them.
06-05-2012, 11:08 AM
Their website is still active at http://www.zwingdownrigger.com/index.htm
06-05-2012, 01:17 PM
You can find all that you need for a planer set-up at Tournament Cable. (http://tournamentcable.com/pgs/)