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I'm newish to the trolling game and have never ran planers before, but would like to try this year. My question is what size planer should I run to pull a drone spoon at about 9-10 knots...I fish regularly off the back of a party boat so slowing down is not an option haha. Also, is a 30-80 lb class trolling rod adequate gear to handle a planer at this speed? Thanks for any help yall.
 

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My opinions: You are probably getting toward the max speed for a planer at 9 - 10 knots. At those speeds I would stick to either a #1 or #2 planer. You also need a long leader (10'+) after the planer to keep the bait from blowing it out. And a drone spoon may not work with a planer at those speeds.

Also put a 12" trace of 80 lb. single strand in front of the planer to prevent cut-offs from kingfish and wahoo...they will hit a planer.
 

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Thanks for the reply JVT. So if 9-10 knots is the max speed for the planer, would I be able to run a trolling lead instead? If so, about how much weight for that speed? Currently the only trolling rig I've ran is the yo zuri bonita, but i wanted to try a big drone spoon out to see if I could get some king hits at that speed.
 

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My rod/reel for this application is a 30-80 all roller pinnacle marine trolling rod and an avet 30w 2 speed loaded with braid and mono top shot...if that helps any
 

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I'm newish to the trolling game and have never ran planers before, but would like to try this year. My question is what size planer should I run to pull a drone spoon at about 9-10 knots...I fish regularly off the back of a party boat so slowing down is not an option haha. Also, is a 30-80 lb class trolling rod adequate gear to handle a planer at this speed? Thanks for any help yall.
If you're trolling anywhere from 10-12 knots you can try my Fury lure or you can go to the mother of all high speed lures the Fury XL. This beasts troll up to 20 knots without needing a trolling weight, leaving a smoke trail what seems a mile long! If you still want to go deeper we also offer 24,32,48 oz rigged trolling bars.

The website is fresh off the press so check us out if you get a sec. Tailwalkerlures.com
Or better yet if you happen to be at the Orange Beach Boat show this weekend stop in and see us at booth 19!

Thanks

Bryan
 
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