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Trolling Board Basics  at Cabela's

Trolling Board Basics

Author: Gary Roach

The reason walleye anglers use trolling boards is to spread out their lines. If you have ever tried trolling more than two lines straight out behind the boat then you realize it is nearly impossible not to get tangled. Using a trolling board on two lines and running the other two on-boards will spread the lines out and this means no mess.

Gary Roach with two nice Walleye.  Photo by Tim Lesmeister
One of the added benefits of boards is you pick up the fish that haven't been spooked by the shadow of the boat and the motor noise. You'll notice the lures running straight out behind the boat are not producing, but the boards are catching lots of fish. The walleyes under the boat are moving as you pass over and the lures on the boards are going over fish that haven't been affected. Switch all the lures over to boards and spread them out so the lures won't get tangled and they're all running over active fish.

I have used trolling boards for many years and have been refining the presentation constantly. Most of my trolling is now done with Fireline because I can use a very tough line, yet maintain a small diameter. One of the problems though has been that trolling board clips fail to grip the superline and the board slips toward the lure. Because of this I designed the Mr. Walleye Planer Boards built by Church Tackle. The clip on this board will never slip, so the light diameter Fireline can do its job.

I added some other great features to this board. In heavier waves a trolling board can take a dive. With the side fin on the Mr. Walleye Board, the board will pop right back to the surface. You're going to love the one-handed removal I've incorporated into this revolutionary new board, and the pin on the back of the board instead of a clip means you never have to turn your boat around and search for a lost board.

It's amazing that as easy as it is to use boards for trolling walleyes, and any other species for that matter, more anglers haven't incorporated trolling boards into their program. I say, just try it once and as soon as you realize how much more affective it is, you'll wonder how you ever trolled without boards.

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