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Old 04-09-2020, 12:10 PM
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Default South Florida Planer Fishing

I recently started using planers in my spread. As of now, I've only used them with a sea witch and bonita strips... but had pretty decent luck. I'm curious on how many people use ballyhoo vs. bonita strips? Also, what else are you guys towing behind the planers?
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Gonna be hard yo beat a witch with a strip in so fla
Whatever you pull, it has to be a low drag lure. Anything with resistance will trip your planer annoyingly.
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Pink/white with a strip. Gets em every time. Blue/white with a strip.
Old 04-09-2020, 04:33 PM
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Pretty much, everyone is towing an ilander with a ballyhoo, a witch with a strip, or a drone spoon. I'm pink witch all day everyday, it stays on the rod. You can tow a Mr. Mullet if you're hardcore.
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Don't forget the blue drone!
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Drone spoon. The other thing that’s worked well for me is a sinking lipped rapala behind a light cigar lead. Gets it down extra deep.
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Awesome. Thanks so much for the response. Looks like I need to add a drone to my lineup.
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What speed are you pulling the planer's at?
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7-9 Knots
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pink and white with a strip crushing it today
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What number planer are you using?
I have seen charter boats run (I think) a #8 off the back of the boat on a rope to get food rather than sport/fighting.
I like to run a #3 next to a #2 , this lets you turn and they go over-under.
I prefer ballyhoo with a cheap skirt.
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do you guys use an inline planer or a planer off of the cleat?
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This subject is more curtailed towards wahoo and blackfins, and I will say on Florida's coast alot of wahoo are caught on simple dolphin/sail spreads @ 7kts. I have yet to come tight on a dolphin sub surface. I always run a down bait just to see who is home.
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#3. In line. Wind on bridle from rj . 50lb high vis power pro braid. 300ft mark it every 100ft. Then bridle to 80 ft. 50lb flouro to 20ft 80lb flouro leader.
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Ask piner he uses the F out of those things.
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Charter guys out of boca / Hillsboro pull them every day and prob 1/3 fish caught on them.

Friend fills in as a mate and cap for one of them. They pull a #4 and a #6
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Originally Posted by Swirvels View Post
Awesome. Thanks so much for the response. Looks like I need to add a drone to my lineup.
I only pull that when you're not catching much, otherwise your gonna catch a lot of "junk" fish, bonito and every snake king in town. IMO
Inline planer bridle for us, #8; cigar weight or xrap30 hothead on the other side.
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What’s everyone’s preference for pulling up top while planer fishing?

i like a small squid skirt daisy chain.

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