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.
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.