Does anyone use the church stern planers for a deep set such as a 10 color? Curious how well they work or any tips for them!
I experimented a little bit with them last year out of my kayak trolling Lake Michigan. For my purposes, I found they worked best with crankbaits... only because if I slowed down to fight a fish a little bit, that line sinks if you have a weight with a spoon, or leadcore. I lost a lot of rainbows running a crank off it because I'd have it like 200 ft behind my kayak - that's a long time to fight a rainbow that's jumping everywhere. Lastly, I found that when I tried it with a sinking line offshore to try and get 3 lines down into "king" territory when the thermocline was 70ft down+, my big kings were running right into it when they were peeling off 300-600 ft of line and there was almost no way for me to clear that line. My two biggest kings during SAR got tangled in that line, and I was extremely lucky I didn't lose them. I then junked that idea and focused on getting two lines in the zone or running a deeper leadcore that I could clear quickly as I'm fighting the fish (a reel that clears 45" per crank helps a lot to clear up to 10 colors of 832 advanced leadcore).
My take home is (at least for a kayak), they'd work best in a shallow water situation fishing something like a crankbait for fish that might scatter when you go over them (planer boards would probably be better). I still might use them in certain situations, such as maybe a shallow bite after a turnover event... but for my purposes, they were more trouble than it was worth. It'd probably be much easier to run them in a boat where you don't accidentally slow way down as you're fighting a fish.