Make Your Own Dual Planer Boards
Last season Quinte saw a boom in the number of anglers using Planer Boards with the AQuinte Fishing Series@ tournaments. It was expected, as anglers adjusted to zebra mussel cleaned water. Yet there were still many others, for whatever reason, reluctant to give planer boards a try. Those of you who haven=t tried planer boards here=s a set of plans you can use to build your own set of boards.
A couple of suggestions not covered in the plans. The first is to add a flag to your boards. Quinte is narrow in spots and adding a highly visible flag will give others on the water time to manoeuvre clear of your board. The second suggestion is about paint, choose paint with hardener and a high gloss finish then apply several coats to your boards. This will not only give the boards a professional look but also a shine, which will aid the visibility. Enjoy your new boards and the sense of accomplishment that will accompany your first planer board fish!
Materials Per Board
In addition to the materials above, one will need a hand saw, wood rasp to form the 30 degree angle on the face of the boards, a 1/4" and 5/16" wrench, wood sealant, highly visible paint( international Orange or white are good choices).
When assembling the boards, keep these three points in mind: Cut or rasp the 30 degree angle on the front of each planer; the bottom 5/16 inch rod strengthens the board and acts as the keel; reverse the pattern to make the starboard planer.