Crappie Basics #141: Crankbaits & Planer Boards

Planer Boards are proven successful for crappie crankbaiters. Offshore Tackle’s Nick Deshano says pulling planers has to be done right but it’s easy to learn. The reason for planers is to get baits out away from the boat where they will catch spooky crappie that won’t bite if the boat goes right over them. He says rod placement is important because it’s not the same as pulling out the back of the boat. The back pole can be flat, the next pole toward the front of the boat is up at an angle. By using a higher angle with each pole toward the front of the boat, line tangles can be reduced. He runs four poles per side saying they sometimes have tangles but correct pole angles help reduce the problem.