Yellow Bird™ Big Bird Planer Boards


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  • SKU: 994132

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  • Designed for big game trolling
  • Molded from EPS foam
  • Internally ballasted to ride upright until line is released
  • Includes 2 planer board releases
Big Bird Planer Boards from Yellow Bird are specifically designed for big game trolling. Big Bird Planer Boards are molded from EPS foam to form a solid block of flotation and are internally ballasted, so the Big Bird always rides upright until the line is released. The Big Bird's large surface area increases buoyancy and allows the Big Bird to carry big crankbaits and lead core line up to 150' out to the side of the boat. Includes 2 Yellow Bird Osprey planer board releases.
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releases I just bought Yellow Bird planer boards and they now come with Scotty releases , the best releases in the industry. At no extra charge. at their low prices this is a real bargin. November 21, 2013
Yellow Bird Big Bird Planer Boards Awesome product and they work great. The new releases are easy to use and performed great. My first trip out with them, we went 16 for 20 something on Lake Ontario Browns and they worked just as billed. Very easy to set up and very easy to take off your line even with a 10+ lb brown thrashing on the line. Oh yeah, this was my second time to ever use this type of item and I'm sold. Paul April 29, 2013
Trouble with the new style releases Always wanted to try out planers since I saw them on multiple fishing shows. They both ran true, above water and away from the boat as designed, however mine came with the new releases, not the spring type pictured and several times using braid or mono, the releases came undone at all settings and had to reset the lines multiple times which is a pain while moving with multiple lines out. Using just two upfront and two other troll lines out the back was about all I could handle. I am not a fan of the new release, but have no experience with the spring type. We caught no fish on them, but fish on the lines without planers. July 20, 2011
Not Very Good Walleye Board a Better Board, The Release is Very Poor September 3, 2010
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I want to get into planer board trolling but information about it is hard to find, even from the companies that make the things. From watching fishing shows I have been able to gather that some planer boards attach directly to the main line and are hauled in while fighting the fish. Others are attached by a separate line to a mast on the boat. How am I to know which are which? Which is better?
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Hi, I checked with Yellow Bird and this is what they say:

The Yellow Bird Planer Board was the 1st side planer board to be invented back in 1970 by a Charter Captain in Sheboygan, WI. He was tired of losing fish because his lines were in back of the boat where the motor wash was always scaring the fish, so he came up with a system, that when trolling, would keep his lines to the side of the boat where the fish travel because of the motor noise and caught dozens of fish. This caught on quickly and became very popular and has grown into a multi million dollar business. The Yellow Bird planer board has a unique system in that they stay on the line when a fish strikes and when released it stays attached to a snap swivel at the back of the board, so the fisherman can reel and fight the fish without worrying about removing the planer board, not like our competition, their board stays on the line, so you have to stop reeling, remove the board then start reeling in again and hope the fish didn't come lose because of the slack in the line.The line is always attached with our boards because we have 1 Scotty release and a snap swivel attached to an eyelet at the rear of the board, the line to the lure attaches in the snap swivel and than is placed in the pinch pad of the Scotty release, we suggest a loop being made than placing in pinch pad for added holding power. When a fish strikes the line comes out of the release and the Yellow Bird board lays flat or upside down in the water, which signals a strike, and now you reel in the fish, when attached the pole will have a bend to it and when released will signal a fish has hit the line. We recommend a 4'-5' mono leader (20-30# test) with a barrel swivel attached and just before the swivel a "stop bead" or pinch weight so the board doesn't travel down the lure and than it's a simple netting of the fish. Our planer boards are attached directly to each pole, 1 board per pole or line, these can be used for multiple lines at multiple depths trolling between 1-3 mph. They can be also River Bank fished by allowing the current to take your line to that spot and presenting your bait for minutes vs. trying to cast to that spot and becoming frustrated. You can also troll the shorelines and not spook the fish in the shallow waterways. Charter Captains, Walleye, Striper Bass and now Musky and Crappie fishermen are catching on to this great idea and having much success utilizing these methods. We have 2 size boards 100 series, which most everyone uses and the "Big Bird" 600 series for fishing deep and using heavy weights. If your customer has any more questions please have them contact us, phone 815-469-9686.

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 - Springfield, MO
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