DIY Trolling Planer Boards

This clever al­ter­na­tive to out­rig­gers en­ables you to slow-troll live or rigged baits to port and star­board off any boat. Ma­te­ri­als are for two, but in­struc­tions are for one; build a mir­ror im­age for a pair.

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ASSEM­BLY

1. Cut an an­gle on two 14-inch sec­tions of two-by-four, 2 1⁄ inches from one end. 2

2. Cut two 12-inch-by-14-inch pieces of sheet alu­minum and sand­wich each be­tween an an­gled and un­cut sec­tion of two-by-four.

3. With one an­gled two-by-four fac­ing right (for star­board planer) and the other left (for port), line up top edges and drill pi­lot holes for screws mid­way and rear (through one board and sheet alu­minum), then se­cure both sets with wood screws.

4. Drill through each assem­bly and se­cure eye bolt (fac­ing same side as an­gled board) with lock­nuts.

5. Clip snap swivels to ends of two 6-ounce cigar sinkers, align with bot­tom edges of alu­minum, then drill pi­lot holes to af­fix swivels with ma­chine screws and lock­nuts.

6. Drill hole on bot­tom rear cor­ner of alu­minum sheets to at­tach flat-line re­lease clips.

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