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By clicking 1 Click Bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. SunCatcher pontoon boats by G3 incorporate all the luxury, comfort and performance possible to offer you the very best quality pontoon boats on the market today. With our rods set in rod holders, the planer boards and Herbies worked a wide swath of water behind the boat.
Ormseth’s setup would seem perfectly in place on big walleye waters Up North, where planer boards are a staple for walleye trolling.
Thinking like a walleye angler after catfish, he knows that he can use boards to spread baits and cover a lot of water to contact more fish. On each of the inside rods, he uses a Herbie release float, an invention he devised for fishing walleyes on Lake Erie. Ormseth’s reels are spooled with 80-pound-test monofilament backing, followed by 80-pound Stren Super Braid. Ormseth makes his own breakaway weights and attaches one to the loop on the braid above the leader, using a cross-lock snap. Ormseth mostly fishes at night, especially in summer, as it gets ­uncomfortably hot during the day.
Working his board spread primarily on Lake Moultrie, the depths and locations he fishes differ by season.
Ormseth keeps a log of each trip, recording the numbers and sizes of fish caught, plus water temperature and depths. Ormseth’s trolling setup works great on Santee-Cooper, and it should be a hot ticket in just about any lake or reservoir system where catfish swim. A majority of anglers add an aftermarket “flag kit” in order to detect light bites, weeds, or junk fish easier. Murphy’s law in fishing usually means that if your fishing line can get caught in something, it will.
Chances are what is perfect for a salmon fisherman isn’t going to be ideal for a walleye angler. On a Church TX-22 cutting a ?’’ off of each end of the lead ballast weight allows it to run much better in rough water or with hard pulling lures and large fish.

As the market originator and industry innovator HydroHoist Marine Group once again sets itself apart from its competitors by introducing the E-Series. The Standard for Boat Lifts Our most popular boat lift model – revolutionized to defy rust, corrosion, and the elements. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Then Captain Marlin Ormseth and I fed two more baits off our line-counter reels behind the boat.
Planer boards are in-line devices used to guide trolled lines and baits off to the sides of the boat, rather than being pulled directly behind in its wake. It just took a guy who’s part of the larger angling world to make it work,” says In-Fisherman Editor In Chief Doug Stange. Good boat control is essential, too, so he incorporates the autopilot feature on his Minn Kota trolling motor and uses driftsocks to regulate his speed. I let out about 100 feet of line before clipping on the board, followed by another 110 to 130 feet of line before engaging the reel and setting it in a rod holder.” One board rod is set on the port side, the other starboard. Then to the 80-pound braid, he loop-to-loop connects about 80 feet of 60-pound Super Braid, and on the end of that he ties a loop for attaching to the loop on his leader.
He focuses on edges of structural elements, particularly the edges of creek channels and where they end on flats, and drop-offs associated with the Cooper River channel.
The problem is that the wire included in these kits from the major manufactures easily becomes bent or broken. The small screw eyes that typically holds the rear clip of a planerboard are very susceptible to getting line caught in the small gap of the closed eye. Experienced planerboard fisherman often move the weights when switching from crankbaits to spinners as a way of fine tuning.
Simply remove the screw holding the weight in place and cut the weight at each end with a hacksaw. Built for durability and functionality, the E-Series gives boating enthusiasts protection, security and convenience so they can focus on the important thing about owning a boat-having fun! If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Not long after that fish was released, one of the Herbie rods went down, and Ormseth boated a respectable channel cat. Ormseth likely gets his share of doubletakes on Santee as he’s pulling board setups for catfish.
Ormseth, a former bait-and-tackle-store owner from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is an accomplished multispecies angler for walleye, pike, perch, and other species. All the while he’s reading the wind, making adjustments to his trolling-motor speed, or adding or removing drift bags as needed.
I drill holes at the top of the boards and Herbies and insert the glowsticks, then attach a 1-ounce weight to the bottom side of the Herbies so the glowstick stands upright. Getting this untangled isn’t difficult in the garage, but when bouncing around in the boat with the weight of a fish it can spell disaster.

The light is required in order to detect strikes, keep tangles to a minimum and realistically keep other boats from driving over them.
Church walleye board are the only board that features an external weight that is meant to be moved. In areas where strike detection is critical due to small fish, trash fish or lingering weeds try moving the weight all the way back to the rear of the board. Now retired and living in Bonneau, South Carolina—Santee-Cooper Country—he’s a licensed captain guiding for big blue cats on this famous catfish factory.
Ormseth tried these methods, but his experiences with walleye fishing told him there might be a more effective way to present baits, one with more boat control.
Having the swivel close to the hook and below the float eliminates line twist resulting from the bait swirling as it’s trolled.
If the weight snags, I pull until the snap opens and the weight breaks off, but I usually save the rig. Using an adhesive heat shrink tubing will ensure it will stay in place better than traditional heat shrink tubing.
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This can be very helpful when switching from a light pulling stickbait to a hard pulling deep diver.
This will allow the board to run higher in the nose and make detection of anything out of the normal much easier. I set a light-to-moderate drag on all the reels because of the impact of hard hits on near-zero stretch braid.
If the hook snags, the rig often breaks nearer the hook, so I can salvage the rest of the rig. If the wind’s calm, I don’t use any; but if it’s windy, I use up to four drift bags to get the speed right. Much like the screw eye, this connection is susceptible to line being caught, so a piece of heat shrink over all but just the last piece of the swivel will eliminate future problems.
I use a section of broom handle, wrap the line around it 8 or 10 times, and pull hard until it breaks. In areas that have larger fish this may not be the best adjustment, since boards going under can spell disaster. He gave a thumbs-up and adjusted the autopilot’s direction to track us over one of Santee-Cooper’s huge flats.
When the rig’s trolled, the weight should drag over bottom with the float, keeping the bait up about a foot or so.” He baits hooks with 1- to 2-inch skin-on chunks of mullet, shad, or white perch.
Loosening the tension on the front clip will allow it to “break free” on a strike and you will not have to fight a circling board that will have you thinking a shark is attached. If the front clip is set to release, look to use a rear clip with an internal pin to make sure that the board doesn’t come completely off due to a wave or hard pulling fish.

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