YES, You can troll Old Salty Planers on the downrigger, for WAHOO
Planers have been being trolled on downriggers for nearly 40 years in the commercial industry for King Mackeral from N.J. thru Florida. And for Salmon in the Pacific Northwest. As well as Grouper, Blue Fin, wahoo & many large gamesters
The Planer Rod set up with a bridle is a fairly new way in trolling Planers. (NEW) meaning it only started getting very popular in the past 10 years. It was a "Secret Weapon" on Sportfishing Charter Boats in N. Carolina. Also know as a "Meat Stick" The SNIPER Planer Rod in N. Carolina puts fish in the BOX on a regular basis. It is the ace up there sleeve when pickings are slim
PLEASE READ -HIGH SPEED TROLLING PLANERS
ON CONVENTIONAL DOWNRIGGERS
1. - When trolling Large Old Salty Planers HIGH SPEED on a conventional Downrigger. ( Meaning - Not a commercial downrigger) Aim the boom out the rear side of your boat, NOT straight out the back. Attatch a hose clamp near the tip of your boom or c-clamp, then crimp a 4-5FT piece of cable to the clamp. Then put a loop at the end of the cable with double crimps. before putting the end loop on, find a cleat or pad eye on the side of your boat. Attatch the looped cable to it, MAKE SURE, There is no slack in the cable!!! By doing this it will support your downriggers boom with no pressure put on it, allowing you to high speed troll down deep for WAHOO
Conventional Downriggers hold up no problem slow trolling Old Salty Planers. But when high speed trolling, they put alot of pressure on the boom. 52-54lbs. of drag!! LOL. They hold up no problem, but WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND the cable to support your investment
It works great on our boat
We also love our 2 Planer Rods, I highly recommend Anglers Envy
2. - A backing plate under the downrigger base is a big plus as well.
3. - Here are 2 ways to troll the Old Salty Planer on Hand-Lines or the downrigger.
A. -If you want the Planer to TRIP, at fish strike! Attatch a 4in. 300# shot off the tip of the Planers Blade with a "Butterfly Snap", then use 2 #64 rubberbands as your release system.
B. -You can also use a Blacks Downrigger Release on the downrigger line
attatched 18in. above the Planer.
C. - The #12 & #16 Old Salty Planer is the Planer of choice for WAHOO fishing.
Here is a couple diagrams.
Hope you enjoy.
Dave - Pro Staff
Team Old Salty
east coast - H.T.D. Corporation
west coast- Old Salty Tackle Company
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