How to Rig a Planer for Fishing

How to Rig a Planer for FishingPlaners are a cheap alternative to a downrigger, and they also take up much less space. They're ideal for when you want to fish deep in the water column but are in waters that are too rough and keep kicking your lure up near the top of the water. This commonly happens in ocean and sea water, but can also happen on larger lakes, particularly the Great Lakes. Planers are paired with a special monofilament line that is expensive and heavy. Your planer will help give you more control over the depth your lure sits at and, consequently, the type of fish you can expect to attract.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 10 lb. monofilament fishing line
  • Planer board
  • Barrel swivel
Step 1
Slide your 10 lb. monofilament line through the spring arm eyelet in the planer board. This line should be attached to and running through your fishing rod. This is the metal eye hole at the end of the thin metal arm extending out from the planer. Slip the line through from bottom to top.
Step 2
Loop it down through the grommet hole in the middle of the planer, going from the top side to the bottom.
Step 3
Run your fishing line along the underside of the planer--there will be a clear line and possibly a faint rut made to make this step easier--and then out through the eyelet at the rear end of the planer.
Step 4
Tie a barrel swivel to the line extending out the end of the rear eyelet. A palomar knot is the best option in this situation, but there are other common angler knots you can use if you prefer. Make sure the barrel swivel is larger than the rear eyelet so that the planer will stay in its proper position. Barrel swivels take a lot of strain off fishing lines that might otherwise break them, particularly if the line gets twisted.
Step 5
Tie a fishing leader onto the end of the barrel swivel. This leader will prevent toothy fish from chewing through the line and snapping it. A leader can range from 3 inches to 10 feet long, depending on the size of fish you are trying to catch. Generally, you won't need a leader longer than 3 feet unless you are doing some deep-sea fishing.
Step 6
Tie your fishing lure to the end of the fishing leader. Again, a palomar knot is the strongest knot for this purpose and the one least likely to break.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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