Lead Core and Copper off of Mast & Ski's

6/11/14 @ 1:01 PM
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pollockalope
pollockalope
USER since 6/30/08
Before I start building, and buying stuff, does anyone do this? Pros & Cons???? Good idea or bad??? My younger kids get worn out cranking in planer boards, I thought fishing would be more fun utilizing a mast & ski's. Was hoping for some input. Thanks Guys! Lope
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7/11/14 @ 1:55 AM
mayo16
mayo16
USER since 5/23/12
A couple quick questions on this subject. What type backing is best with copper. And what reel is best. I bought penn 309 seems to be adequate. Also am using in line boards what is a good distance between them. I have church boards and was told to set them so they don't release until it gets to your rod tip. Any help would be appreciated.

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7/10/14 @ 8:34 PM
Rhino46
Rhino46
USER since 7/18/11
Is there a reason why otter boats are so expensive? I figure I will build my own this time around. If I dont end up using them, someone will. I will also try my OR 19 on back of the offshore and see how it goes.

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7/9/14 @ 4:18 PM
Grey Beard
Grey Beard
USER since 1/27/02
I'm with LuckyLou on this one.

I have a Willie mast in the garage with 2 extensions and an Otter Boat along with a one of a kind un-tipable big board. I enjoyed them for early coho and shallow water spring browns. Storage of the boards and putting up the mast each time was a hassle. Granted small coho on in-lines not as much fun but still taste good.

Grey Beard

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7/9/14 @ 3:35 PM
ditto
ditto
USER since 12/6/10
SSLAYER, Not sure where you fish but I've never had the problem of logs and large debris out in the lake. I have had those problems on smaller lakes where I use in-lines and they don't "steer" that well around things either.

Most reels used for trolling already have power handles on them and having a higher gear ratio makes it harder to pull in hard pulling lines, just ask a musky fisherman about Cow Girls! That said I still want a high gear ratio as possible for my copper lines because there's just so damn much line out there with it.

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7/9/14 @ 2:52 PM
luckylou
luckylou
USER since 8/25/11
I've personally done both, and I've been aboard charters that have done both.

That said, in-line boards are easier. Pros and cons for both - but I find fewer tangles/issues with inline boards.

The only thing I will say in favor of skis is coho fishing. I've used them before running all coho rigs, and it can be very fun when the coho are abundant.

But, with the long lines and leadcore later in the season - it's too crazy, with too much potential for screw ups.

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7/8/14 @ 7:40 PM
JamesD
JamesD
USER since 2/16/04
I was on a trip to Lower Michigan and got to go on a charter on Lake Huron. The woman who was our charter captain deployed skis and loaded it up with different lengths of leadcore. She would watch for the clips to release and tell us which rod to grab. We ended up with a king off the down rigger but most of the action was lakers on the lead core. She made sure to point out the half circle of tin tacked on the upper back corner of the ski, (much like the small rear fin on regular church planer boards). Once before the fin was on, a wave flipped the skis and the whole rig changed direction, sweeping the opposite way back behind the boat. Those lines plowed across thru all the other baits causing an epic tangle. The best part of seeing ski's work was, when one release popped and a fish landed, you could just leave the old clip out there and send the same rig right back out there on a new clip.

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7/8/14 @ 1:16 PM
sslayer
sslayer
USER since 6/9/06
A ski mast and skies are great but no one mentioned the problems of floating debris and weeds. I had a manual dual Big Jon mast and started with medium sized dual boards made from cedar. I upgraded to the Big Jon Otter Boards but always had terrible luck steering around logs and weed clumps after a storm.

Yeah inline boards have draw backs but maybe adding a power handle to your reels would help the kids. Also a reel with a retrieve ratio greater than 4.2 : 1 would help too.

It's an absolute bear bringing in a ski that's gotten fouled up in a log or has twenty plus pounds of weeds stuck to the line.

Church walleye boards worked better for me than skis did. It's like anything else it take practice to know how to use them and avoid problems.

Good Luck

SS

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7/7/14 @ 9:00 PM
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ditto
USER since 12/6/10
Rhino just buy them. All the messing around you might get a pair as good as you can buy but they won't fold up nice, will probably weigh a ton and will weather. The pair I use is exactley like the Cannon double board ones but they are HiViz yellow instead of orange. Have your local dealer order them from Sports Specialists.

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7/7/14 @ 7:49 PM
Rhino46
Rhino46
USER since 7/18/11
Anyone have a recommended plan for building skis?

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6/12/14 @ 2:04 PM
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Slosh, I was refering to when the fish is hooked and you're fighting it. WIth a little board if the fish charges while fighting it there can be slack in the line. The other thing I like about big boards is they go further out to the side than the little boards when pulling heavy lines like lead, copper and pumphandles. Out of Manty I don't know one charter that doesn't use big boards. I still use little boards a lot for steelheads but I just run them above my big board lines.

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