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Old 04-12-2015, 11:31 PM
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Default Rapala with Planer for Wahoo

Went out on my buddy's charter boat yesterday and spent most of the morning trolling for wahoo. We live on a coral atoll and troll another less populated atoll 8 miles away. Buddy rigged a big Rapala to a Yo-Zuri planer (no weight, just a board) and ran it fairly short, so the lure was probably 30 feet deep. That was the go-to lure, we caught 5 or 6 30 lb wahoo on that line and no hits on the other lines, even though we had another lure running deep behind some lead. Just thought I'd throw this out to the readers, see if anyone else does this. Skipper learned this method from some other Pacific Islanders who said it is their most productive wahoo method. Anyone tried this?
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Would love to see pics of that set up.
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With the lure behind the planer how fast do you troll, and how much drag is required?
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:33 PM
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We were trolling about 8 knots, but they were 130 lb boat rods with the drag set in the strike zone, probably around 30 lbs drag. I guess the main point is getting the Rapala down deeper in the water column increases your strikes many fold. I have seldom seen 1 lure get so much action here. I have in the past avoided using Rapalas because they veer from side to side and tangle the other lures, but with this setup the lure is away from the other lines so no chance to tangle.
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Was it an x-rap type rapala?
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cool idea... how long was the leader between the planner and the rapala?.. also,, cable or fluoro?
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Was this a fixed position planer? Most lipped plugs pull hard enough to trip the typical planer. A fixed position like z-wing with a breakaway is typically what is needed to do this. You have a picture of the planer he was using?
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:58 PM
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Here's a photo of the Yo-Zuri planer and lure. The lure is a "Laser Pro" from Australia. Captain says they troll faster than Rapalas. Leader was 20+ feet of 120 lb mono.
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Is that "planer" foam?
Never seen one of those.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:41 PM
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The laser Pro is a lure manufactured by Halco out of Fremantle, Western Australia (my home!). They make some very good lures... check em out


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The planer is reinforced injection moulded plastic, about the same density as a plastic cutting board. When I have time I'll try to find them on a Yo-Zuri website.
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I'm gonna get one.
Do they float?
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As soon as you get a bite the planer rotates on the plane of the line and surfaces. You don't need a release clip. Down side is it takes a heavier rod and increased drag, upside is when you get a bite you fight it normally. I'm not saying it's earth shattering, but in a wahoo tournament it may make a difference. We have tournaments once a month where wahoo count as points, and sometimes for cash, so every angle helps.
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So wonder if this planer board with a deep diver works better than diving discs with a non-bibbed lure behind? That would be cool to know
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So the snap swivel connects to the leader and the cord in the front connects to the main line?

It seems like a pretty good set up that won't trip like a conventional planer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:31 PM
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As I understand it the planer connects to the line from your reel and you connect your leader to the swivel from your planer. I decided to purchase two of them to give them a try, I have a couple of old salty planers but I don't use them much, these seem simpler to me which means I may use them more often. I bought mine a couple of days ago from a company in Oregon. Here is the link to their locations, I just called the Astoria location and they put me in touch with someone who takes phone orders. http://www.englundmarine.com/contact_info/contact.shtml
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Wow, so this is a inline planer? Could you even pull it with 80 lb class? I'm down to try anything to catch more fish.
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Also try the rapala x-rap magnum 30 in purple/black,Dives 30ft and no planner needed.
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Originally Posted by lwpierrat View Post
Also try the rapala x-rap magnum 30 in purple/black,Dives 30ft and no planner needed.
Never caught anything on em, and don't really believe they go to 30 feet at 6-8 knots.
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Those planers are commonly used on small commercial trollers for Tuna-even in the Albacore sport fishery here in the Pacific Northwest.
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