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Old 03-19-2016, 07:07 PM
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Default Wind-on planer bridle worth it?

I was speaking to a buddy of mine who has been offshore fishing in South Florida for 25 years.
I was mentioning that I liked the idea of the wind-on planer bridle.
He said he would rather just rig a weight and not worry about unclipping a planer or a weight.
He felt it was one more step to lose the fish.
I don't want to bash on my friend. He catches lots of fish and knows many in the sport who are tournament pros and he knows what they use.
I just thought I would ask the pros here at THT, who troll offshore and use wind-on bridles, their thoughts on using them vs. other methods.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:03 PM
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To buy not worth it. Easy to make. For a ameature to
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:06 AM
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I plan make my own. Hopefully I can run some rigs side by side so I can judge ease of use and real or imagined issues.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:26 AM
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The planer rod will catch you a bunch of fish.
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:35 AM
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Absolutely worth it. First rod in and last one out. Other than Dinner Bells the planer rod with a wind on bridle gets the Wahoo.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:45 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys.

Could a classic Penn Senator 4/0 with braid be used to pull a inline planer or is it not beefy enough?
What size braid? 50#? 80#? 100#? . Does it matter?
Wahoo and Kings would be main targets.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:52 AM
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A 4/0 would pull a #4 planer no problem from my experience. that would be better than nothing, but you can buy a pinnacle bent butt planer rod and a used 50W for about $450, that would allow you to bump up to a #12.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:56 AM
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Also a cheaper alternative that would probably work is a senator 9/0.
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Originally Posted by ZaneD View Post
Also a cheaper alternative that would probably work is a senator 9/0.
with the braids of today line capacity of the 6/0 would no issue, the only difference between a 9/0 and 6/0 is size.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:16 PM
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Very useful information! Thanks guys!
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:22 AM
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QUESTION: When you guys are pulling a planer how much line do you have from your planer to your bait?
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Dookie30 View Post
QUESTION: When you guys are pulling a planer how much line do you have from your planer to your bait?
100 feet. Pulling in that much leader by hand is not an ideal practice, which is why people use bridles, whether hollowcore or mono.
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post

100 feet. Pulling in that much leader by hand is not an ideal practice, which is why people use bridles, whether hollowcore or mono.
Wow! Yea I guess. I usually just use my 30ft shock leader after the planer and hand line it but i can see where the bridle would be beneficial.
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I use 75-100 feet....plan on using it tomorrow!!
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I don't feel like your actual question was responded to very well regards "one more step to lose a fish."
There are 3 basic methods to planer fish...bridle, inline and poor mans with planer tied to a cleat.
IMO, the bridle is best particular for smaller boats and smaller crews.
The inline planer has you handlining or leadering the fish. This certainly is a tried and true method but I don't see how handlining 50+ feet of leader makes you less likely to lose a fish then taking off a planer from a bridle.
LOTS can go wrong leadering a fish, particularly for novices, plus you need a rod guy, a leader guy and maybe a gaff guy too.

Planer tied to cleat leaves a planer in the water which I never liked as a fish can get caught up on it.

We use the bridle. Taking off the bridle with a fish 100' behind you, if you are using the leader length mentioned above, is no problem with the boat in gear.
Then you can easily control the fish with your rod, wind on the leader and gaff easily with fewer people, IMO.

You can make them easily with heavy braid, dropper loops and loops on the ends.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
I don't feel like your actual question was responded to very well regards "one more step to lose a fish."
There are 3 basic methods to planer fish...bridle, inline and poor mans with planer tied to a cleat.
IMO, the bridle is best particular for smaller boats and smaller crews.
The inline planer has you handlining or leadering the fish. This certainly is a tried and true method but I don't see how handlining 50+ feet of leader makes you less likely to lose a fish then taking off a planer from a bridle.
LOTS can go wrong leadering a fish, particularly for novices, plus you need a rod guy, a leader guy and maybe a gaff guy too.

Planer tied to cleat leaves a planer in the water which I never liked as a fish can get caught up on it.

We use the bridle. Taking off the bridle with a fish 100' behind you, if you are using the leader length mentioned above, is no problem with the boat in gear.
Then you can easily control the fish with your rod, wind on the leader and gaff easily with fewer people, IMO.

You can make them easily with heavy braid, dropper loops and loops on the ends.
I agree and when I am Wahoo fishing, I never take the boat out of gear. We are meat fishing so we never get slower than @ 6knts after hook up. Any of the planer methods above will work when doing this as the wahoo will be on top of the water and almost drug across the top. I have had guys that want to stop the boat only to have the Wahoo outrun the line retrieval rate and drop the hook. The head / Mouth of a Wahoo is almost all bone so without constant pressure on a very sharp hook, you can loose a fish of a lifetime!
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Always fun when 2 yr old threads get brought back up, at least on this one there was some good additional info!
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:23 AM
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Absolutely worth it. Makes fishing a planer from one rod a breeze. It is not a big deal to clip and unclip and that rod will catch fish to be sure.
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from a center console it's hard to beat. On a sport fish i still prefer the old school cleated planer.
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I have a 9/0 Senator I’d like to unload. If interested PM me, I used it for my planer reel until I upgraded to a 80 wide international. It worked fine with #8 planer. You’ll need to put new braid on it but if interested PM me.

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Thanks for the responses guys.

Could a classic Penn Senator 4/0 with braid be used to pull a inline planer or is it not beefy enough?
What size braid? 50#? 80#? 100#? . Does it matter?
Wahoo and Kings would be main targets.
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