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sworrall
Posted 4/23/2017 11:32 AM (#116293)
Subject: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
This thread is for tips on Off Shore Tackle Products. We will be adding tips through out the summer. Please feel free to add any tips you may have below.


TADPOLE TIP- ADDING ATTRACTORS

Because the Tadpole does such a great job of diving to depth, many anglers have discovered they can add various attractors directly to the back of the Tadpole Diver before adding their favorite harness or trailing lure.

One set up in particular that is gaining in popu- larity across Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay is to add a 4 inch Big Al Fish Flash directly to the back of the Tadpole using the heavy duty snap provided. The harness is then added to the back of the Fish Flash

Because the Fish Flash spins on its own axis the Tadpole takes it to depth without sacrificing any diving depth. Adding attractors like the Fish Flash to Tadpole Divers works best when fishing in stained to murky waters. The extra flash lures fish from greater distances. Once those fish are in the trolling pattern, the trailing harnesses or lures can better do their job of triggering strikes.


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sworrall
Posted 4/23/2017 11:35 AM (#116294 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: SIDE PLANER BALLAST WEIGHT ADJUSTMENTS




Location: Rhinelander
SIDE PLANER BALLAST WEIGHT ADJUSTMENTS

The Off Shore Tackle OR12 Side Planer comes factory equipped with a ballast weight mounted into a slot at the bottom of the board. This weight is positioned in the board and screwed in place at the factory to provide the best combination of features for anglers who troll a wide variety of gear including crankbaits, Snap Weights, Tadpole Divers, lead core line and copper line set ups

Trollers who fish with Off Shore Tackle’s OR36 Magnum Tadpoles and long lengths of lead core or copper line, might want to consider making a minor modification to their boards. By removing the screw in the bottom of the board, the weight can be removed and repositioned further forward in the board. A space of approximately one inch in length is available for moving the weight forward in the board.

Moving the ballast weight forward causes the board to run flatter in the water and gives the board more grip or bite when towing heavy gear. Anglers who routinely fish with more than 10 colors of lead core or copper line rigs longer than 300 feet will find this simple modification allows the OR12 Side Planer to plane significantly further to the side even when pulling heavy troll- ing gear.

To keep the ballast weight secured, simply make a mark on the weight were the factory screw is installed. Once the weight has been repositioned, it’s a simple step to drill a small hole in the bottom of the board and re-install the screw to secure the ballast weight stays in place.

Adjusting the ballast weight in the OR12 Side Planer allows anglers to “customize” how the board runs when pulling specific gear. The typical angler will probably find no need to make any adjustments to the ballast weight, but for those anglers who like to “tinker” the improved OR12 Side Planer makes that process simple and easy.

NOTE: Even though this goes without saying, you need to use extreme caution if you choose to covert your older style OR12’s when removing the plastic stop inside the weight cavity to allow you to move the ballast forward when needed.


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sworrall
Posted 4/23/2017 11:36 AM (#116295 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
New for 2017! Off Shore Tackle has revisited the concept of the Tattle FlagTM and made it one notch better. One of the limitations of the Tattle FlagTM system is making it sensitive enough to detect light strikes means that the flag would also fold down when trolling with heavy resistance lures like deep diving crankbaits and other heavy duty trolling gear. The original Tattle FlagTM system featured four spring adjustment settings on the nose of the OR12 Side Planer board. The improved Tattle FlagTM system feature four additional or a total of 16 spring tension settings. The extra spring tension settings are achieved by adding a tab with four additional holes to the flag stem.
Adding more spring tension settings to the flag stem allows anglers to adjust the Tattle FlagTM from ultra light to ultra heavy settings. With eight custom spring tension settings, anglers who use the Tattle FlagTM can adapt to all trolling situations from pan fish to muskie and everything in between. No longer does trolling with deep diving crankbaits, heavy Pro Snap Weights, Tadpoles or lead core and copper line pose a problem for the improved OR12TF Tattle FlagTM system.


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sworrall
Posted 4/23/2017 1:01 PM (#116296 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Off Shore Tackle Videos

Fishing 411's Mark Romanak offers Off Shore Tackle Tips while fishing walleyes on Lake Erie

OFF SHORE Planer Board Tips with Marianne Huskey

Marianne Huskey; Advice on Off Shore Planerboards

Off Shore Tackle pro Tip With Tommy Skarlis

Resetting an Off Shore Tackle Planer Board

Offshore Boards for Crappies? Pro Tommy Skarlis Tells All

Off Shore Planer Board Tips With Jason Przekurat

Off Shore Tackle Planer Boards With Korey Sprengel

Planer Board Walleye in South Dakota With Jason Mitchell

New Changes to The OR12 Side Planer for 2017

What Is  A Tad Pole And How Do You Use It


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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:25 AM (#116306 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
The OR38 Awesome Crappie planer board is now available! Off Shore Tackle has been working with Championship angler Tommy Skarlis to create the ultimate mini planer board. It runs just as well as the original OR34 mini board, but is equipped with a float that makes it much more user friendly! It easily reverses to go out either the left or right side of the boat or river bank. The Awesome Crappie board is great for many species and can be used on any rod configuration. They are available on Off Shore Tackle's website and will be coming to other fine retail outlets shortly.


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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:27 AM (#116307 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
BATTLE OF THE FLOATING WEEDS

Weeds floating on the surface can be a
troller’s worst nightmare. From June right
into December, boat traffic chops up aquatic
weeds that eventually end up floating on the
surface and fouling fishing lines.
Trolling in floating weeds can be very
frustrating. Since not going fishing is not an
option, let me suggest a simple cure for this
common problem. Take an Off Shore Tackle
OR16 Extra Heavy Pro Snap Weight Clip and
place it on the line about 10 to 20 feet ahead
of your lure. When weeds catch on the fishing
line they slide down to the OR16 and hang up.
The trailing lures stay weed free and fishing
success skyrockets.
When a fish is hooked, reel in the OR16
Extra Heavy Pro Snap Weight Clip and
remove it from the line. Then finish fighting
the fish to net. This simple trick saves me
countless hours of clearing lines, keeps my
blood pressure in check and makes trolling fun
even when faced with floating weeds!
By Captain Terry Kunnen
Editor’s Note: Captain Terry Kunnen of
TKO Charters is based out of Muskegon
Michigan and is a member of the elite Off
Shore Tackle pro staff


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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:30 AM (#116308 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Check out a few tips from Fishing 411 TV

Mailbag Question: The Release Loop On OST Board

 

 A Modern Understanding of Trolling Speed

 

 Precision Trolling & Line Diameter Equivalents

 

 

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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:32 AM (#116309 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Tadpole Diving Chart

 

If you are thinking of using or are using Tadpole Diving Weights here is a link to the Dive Charts courtesy of Precision Trolling Data! For the full phone app that also has an extensive list of crankbaits, check out https://www.precisiontrollingdata.com .

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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:35 AM (#116310 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
Off Shore Tip-
TADPOLE LEADERS...TRY RUNNING THEM SHORT

Lots of anglers are using OR36 Tadpole Resettable Divers these days to target suspended walleye. Most anglers are using standard leader lengths (48 to 60 inches) from the Tadpole to the trailing lure. Shortening up the leader length often makes a difference in how fish react to the presentation. For example, when trolling with shallow diving stickbaits, I’ve found that a shorter leader gives the lure more action and often out produces more standard leader lengths. Also when fishing crawler harnesses shortening up the leader to about 12 inches has produced surprisingly well on my boat.

Shorter leads are not always better, but it’s amazing how often a short leader will put more fish in the box.

By Captain Terry Kunnen
Editor’s Note: Captain Terry Kunnen is the owner of TKO Charters and a member of the coveted Off Shore Tackle pro staff. When Terry is not on the water running charters
you can find him working consumer sport shows on behalf of OST


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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:37 AM (#116311 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
FLIP OR FLOP THAT OR16 PRO SNAP WEIGHT CLIP

Small details become surprisingly important when you perform the same task thousands of times a year. I am always looking for ways to improve my fishing efficiency. One of my adjustments every season is to make a half turn to the trailing OR16 Snap Weight Clip on the back of all my OR12 Side Planer Boards.
Seem silly? When picking up a board, most anglers generally grab it with their off hand and pinch the OR16 with the stronger dominate hand. The next time on the water, take special note of where that pin is on the OR16 when clipping it onto the line. Remove the board and repeat the process of putting the line behind the pin 4 or 5 times to check for a pattern

A pattern of what side of the clip has the pin and what feels right will quickly evolve. When trying to set the OR16 clip onto the fishing line, having the pin in the same place (far side of the clip for me so I can see it) makes a huge difference for speed and accuracy. Take a few minutes when that odd clip shows up next time and open that split ring and flip that clip over. As anglers we only have so many hours to fish, so make the most of every minute on the water. Flip or flop that OR16 and never fumble getting a board on or off the fishing line again.

BY CAPTAIN TERRY KUNNEN, TKOCHARTERS.COM




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sworrall
Posted 5/9/2017 11:39 AM (#116312 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

The latest Off Shore Tackle Company Podcast is now online. Click the link to hear Off Shore's Nick Deshano and Tommy Skarlis talk about the new "Awesome Crappie" mini boards. Here's a hint....they're not just for panfish.

http://offshoretacklepodcast.com/podcast/?name=2017-04-24_offshorepodcast-26-april.mp3

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sworrall
Posted 5/17/2017 11:47 AM (#116353 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
Lots of Tips on all Off Shore Tackle Products with Bruce Deshano CEO.



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sworrall
Posted 5/26/2017 9:51 AM (#116370 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

 The May podcast is now available for download! In this episode, Darrell Wood talks Tadpoles and spinners, and Chairman of the Boards Bruce DeShano joins us as well.

 

-> click here to play the May 2017 Episode <-

19-05-2017

We’re talking tadpoles and inline boards this month on the Off Shore Tackle Podcast. First, Lake Erie angler Darrell Wood describes how they use tadpoles for walleye.  The veteran angler describes their set up for spinners, crank baits and spoons. Then, “Chairman of the Boards”, Bruce DeShano checks in from a crappie tournament on Grenada Lake in Missouri.  Bruce talks about how those anglers are using the new Off Shore OR 38 Mini Planer.  He also has great advice on choosing the best board for the conditions and pairing them up with right trolling rod.

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sworrall
Posted 5/26/2017 9:54 AM (#116371 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Rigging In Line Boards to release

with Fishing 411




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sworrall
Posted 5/26/2017 9:59 AM (#116372 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Trolling tips- ADDING ACTION


By Mark Brumbaugh


Fish of all species can be triggered to strike a lure by adding quick variations in speed and location in the water column. This is easy to achieve when casting, but not so simple when trolling, especially in calm seas. Fortunately with the use of Off Shore Tackle’s OR20 Pro Weight System in conjunction with the OR12 Side Planer boards, you can add forward, back, up and down momentum to any crank bait or spinner harness.


By adding a 1 to 3 ounce Pro (AKA Guppy) Weight (use the lighter weight for smaller shallow diving lures that don’t pull as hard and the heavier weight for deep divers that pull hard) 20 to 30 feet ahead of the lure, then troll in a zigzag (sharp left to right) pattern, the weight will rise and fall as the board speeds and slows. This also adds up and down movement and varied speed to your offering. Try it next time you’re marking fish on your sonar, but not getting hit. More than likely, you will be pleased with the results.




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sworrall
Posted 5/26/2017 10:04 AM (#116373 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Off Shore Boards are made with quality components, but sometimes they may need some tune-up parts. Follow the link below to order parts for your Off Shore Boards...

 

http://www.offshoretackle.com/replacementparts.html

 

 




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sworrall
Posted 6/6/2017 9:13 AM (#116379 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Off Shore Tackle Tip for river bank anglers-


Last week I used the OR12 Side Planer from shore in moderate fast current on the Cottonwood River in MN. I was able to run line out almost to the opposite shore. It's a bit cumbersome to get the rig into the current but once there, we could hold any position in the river we wanted. Great fun! We caught one walleye, a small northern and three cats. Have you ever heard of such?

A. That is a great use for the Off Shore Side planer. Lots of guys do that in the south for cats and I have done it on the White River in Arkansas for stocked trout.


The OR 38 Mini Board is great for this technique also, its compact size and lightweight makes it great to carry and store.


The OR38 runs directly off of your rod line and works for both port and starboard sides. One Board…Dual Purpose… It's Reversible – simply reverse the direction of the bracket for the opposite side! This item does NOT come with a flag. Ideal for light tackle fishing.




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sworrall
Posted 6/6/2017 9:20 AM (#116380 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Off Shore Tackle Tip-
BUMPING BOTTOM WITH OR16 DROPPER RIGS

By TERRY KUNNEN


Many walleye anglers use a bottom bouncer for fishing crawler harnesses or stick
baits near bottom. The bottom bouncer sinker is an old favorite for its ease of use and effectiveness. Because the bottom bouncer rig is fished in contact with the bottom, it’s
easy to know approximately where the bait is in relation to the bottom.


Bottom bouncer rigs work very well on smooth bottom areas and places where the water depth remains consistent. In less friendly bottom structure fishing situations, the OR16 Pro Clip (aka Snap Weight Clip) can be used as a creative rig that helps to maintain contact with bottom even in areas where the water depth constantly fluctuates.


In place of a traditional bottom bouncer, attach a spinner rig or crankbait to the terminal end of your line and let the bait back 10-25 feet. Next pinch an OR16 on your line and tie onto to the OR16 a suitable length of dropper lead.

To the end of the leader affix a single arm bottom bouncer, a barrel sinker or pencil weight. On average the dropper length is going to be 24-36 inches.


The height of the presentation over the bottom is controlled by how much line
is used between the OR16 Pro Clip and the weight that contacts the bottom.
Experiment with the length of the dropper until a productive presentation emerges.

This OR16 “Dropper Rig” is similar to a three way swivel rig except the OR16 can be attached to the line any distance desired in front of the trailing lure. This separation of the weight and lure helps to avoid spooking fish, especially when fishing in clear or relatively shallow water.


When a fish is hooked and fought to the boat, the angler simply removes the OR16 clip as it comes to the rod tip, then continues to fight the fish to net. By experimenting with different dropper lengths, along with how far the lure is positioned behind the OR16 clip, spinners and shallow diving crankbaits can be fished over irregular bottoms with few hang ups.


This same OR16 “Dropper Rig” is also a very effective way to target walleye that are suspended a few feet off smooth bottom areas. By simply using a longer dropper to raise the bait off bottom further, it’s easy to dial in the depth and target fish that a traditional bottom bouncer rig would be fishing below.

Off Shore Tackle Dropper Rigs

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sworrall
Posted 6/19/2017 12:10 PM (#116398 - in reply to #116293)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Boarding Through the Cabbage

Using Planer Boards to Target Mid Summer Walleye- Chad Maloy

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sworrall
Posted 7/3/2017 12:42 PM (#116405 - in reply to #116398)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
Getting The Max Out Of Minis With Bruce DeShano


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sworrall
Posted 7/3/2017 12:44 PM (#116406 - in reply to #116405)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Trolling setup-which lures go where
by Lance Valentine

Trolling setup is a topic that gets heavily discussed every spring as angler prepare to head out for some open water trolling. The most asked question we get is “do you run your shallowest or deepest lures on the outside of your spread?” The answer is quite detailed and has a few variables. Let’s discuss how and why to set the proper trolling spread.
Follow link below for complete article...

 

Trolling Spreads- which lures go where?

http://www.lancevalentine.com/?p=255

 

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sworrall
Posted 7/3/2017 12:47 PM (#116407 - in reply to #116406)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

Off Shore Tackle Podcast With Ryan Wall.

We start out talking about tournament fishing on Lake Erie with Ryan Wall. Ryan fished in the recent Cabelas National Team Championship and finished 28th out of 251 teams. He was 5th after day one and credits the new Off Shore Tattle Flags with his success in that event. Then, we head to Wisconsin and talk panfish with Troy Peterson of Mr. Bluegill Charters. Troy uses Off Shore Mini Boards to troll tube baits for big crappies and bluegills in shallow water.

 

Listen to the podcast

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sworrall
Posted 8/8/2017 11:21 AM (#116420 - in reply to #116407)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander

To fully understand how modern anglers rig and use in-line boards like the famous Off Shore Tackle OR12 Side-Planer requires a little history lesson...

 In-Line Board Rigging-A Little History Helps

https://www.fishing411.net/single-post/2017/08/05/In-Line-Board-Rigging-A-Little-History-Helps

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sworrall
Posted 8/8/2017 11:24 AM (#116421 - in reply to #116420)
Subject: RE: Off Shore Tackle Tips and Information




Location: Rhinelander
TROLLING WITH BRAIDED LINES AND OFF SHORE PLANER BOARDS
BY GREGOR EIGSTI
For years anglers have known that if you want to catch the largest fish in the lake you usually have to troll; but, if you just troll behind the boat you are missing some of the largest fish in the lake. Using planer boards from Off Shore Tackle will get your lures, spinners, or bait away from the boat, and provide more opportunities for hook ups.
Braided lines are great way to get a better connection between the angler and the fish. The problem is, when using braided lines they have very little or no stretch. The connection from rod tip to fish is so direct that on occasion when trolling, the lure is pulled straight out of the fish’s mouth. By using a very small barrel swivel at the end of the braided line capable of going through the guides of your rod and reel with a
lengthy leader of either monofilament or fluorocarbon, the angler can reduce the number of fish lost due to the no-stretch braided line. Other benefits include, the clearer
monofilament or fluorocarbon line is, the more difficult it is for fish to see. You can also easily see when your fish is getting close because the line changes from your color braid you are using to a clear line.
Leader length takes some practice to determine. I like to use 40 feet of leader between the swivel and the lure. I rarely troll less than 40 feet behind my Off Shore OR12 Side Planers therefore this is the length that works for me. The OR18 Snapper Adjustable Tension In Line Planer Board Release is what I use to get the best possible connection between rod tip and planer. Some fish with softer mouths might require a
longer leader with more stretch from the line. Fish with harder mouths like pike and stripers can handle a shorter leader, with less stretch.
When selecting a line to spool on your reel, I always look for a braided line that has a 10 pound diameter so when I go to the Precision Trolling depth charts, I know exactly what depth the lures are running. Another thing to determine is the braided line color, I prefer to use black line. It is easier to see and when the fish starts getting close to the boat the angler with the net can see the line color change. In closing the biggest fish in the lake got that way because they didn’t eat just everything
that came along. It could be the fish got larger because they spook easily so they stay in deep water where few people fish for them, or bury themselves in cover. The fish that are buried in cover do not stay there forever and come out to feed at some point. The fish that spook easily are probably easier to catch at night and the fish that don’t like lures just haven’t seen the right one yet.
When you fish differently from everyone else and have confidence in what you are doing, you will catch what no one else is catching. Take chances; it could prove to be
interesting. Remember, while I want to see more people catch fish, I also want to see larger fish for people to catch. Keep a couple for the table but if you catch a fish of your lifetime, release it so it can become someone else’s fish of a lifetime too.


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sworrall
Posted 8/8/2017 11:26 AM (#116422 - in reply to #116421)
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Location: Rhinelander
GUPPY WEIGHT TROLLING DEPTHS

With in line weights or Pro Snap
Weights such as the off Shore Tackle
LLC OR20 series Guppy, we use a
pretty simple way of determining how
deep the Guppy is running by using
the bottom. As we are trolling, say in
20 feet of water for instance, and find
that it takes letting out 40 feet of line
from the weight to tick bottom (just as
an example), then we can pretty easily
assume that by letting out 20 feet of
line the same weight Guppy will go
down to 10 feet, provided our trolling
speed stays the same. This really
helps us to make our trolling set-ups
repeatable which are important to
trolling success.
The OR20 series Pro Guppy
Weights are available in a complete
kit or as individual packs in weight
sizes of 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2 and 3
ounce 99.9% lead free weights!
BY GARY PARSONS
AND KEITH KAVAJECZ


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