5mos ago - Lake Martin. The captain praised this small added change as a big gear and time saver. The upper region of the lake is the most fertile, especially around the Coley Creek and Elkahatchee Creek areas, while the Kowaliga Creek arm is the most infertile. The immediate area is rich with cover ripe for the plucking of re-tread bass should an angler chose to fish close to home.Â, My game plan was to stay close early, fish a shallow pocket near the ramp with a buzzbait and spinnerbait, and then move to the docks as the sun starts to rise and skip a wacky rig around. How to Catch Stripers Year-Round on Lake Martin Whatever the month, this midstate reservoir is a focus of fabulous fishing for saltwater stripes. the down side is they are priced way too high. 1.6K likes. When it gets to deepp kings, you need to keep sure seperation between the long coppers, wire dipseys, and riggers, so I then move to the 44 size large inline boards to deliver the goods to the 20+ size kings. A line, usually brightly colored, is attached to the planer board from the boat. Big Jon electric planer board reels Recent Topics. - why do 2 planer designs have adjustable spots for the eye bolt but the 3 planer designs don't? Due to the fact that I am in a kayak with a limited range, I still plan to start my day in the same way. Any suggestions? For those of you who keep up with my content on here and on my social media platforms, you already know that I have been fishing a few small pot tournaments out of a borrowed Bonafide SS127 the last couple of months and that I’ve actually won one of those. But, where before I might have continued fishing the docks until I had covered the entire marina, now I’m only going to give this about 2-hours and then I’m going to make a paddle out to fish for spots.Â, There are a few points within a mile of the ramp where I have caught some spots before. They’ll have a partner in the boat to help tame these unruly creatures and get them into the net.Â. Required fields are marked *. I’m still optimistic of a decent tournament. Plan, record, and relive all while catching more fish. - 6", 8", 10" or 12" boards? September 28, 2010 By Eileen Davis. 4.9 out of 5 stars 25. I guess I was just shocked that Walleyes pull the board back enough to notice, but fish the same size and bigger don't. Thanks for the suggestion; that's actually how I set all of my rigs . Haven’t had any issues with tangles. Well, I’ll be in my kayak… there you go. Once known for being the world’s largest man-made body of water, Lake Martin has become a hub of family activity, including wakeboarding, waterskiing and lakeside concerts. I've been trolling the big lake for a few years now and slowing upgrading as I go. The guide deployed a bunch of lead core lines off them and we caught mostly lakers and a couple kings. Lake Martin Office (256) 825-0053. Details: 1 lb. Largemouth bass stole the show on a fishery known for superb spotted bass fishing at Lake Martin. Posted on February 9, 2011 by Reed Montgomery. This board rides well on a choppy lake and can handle hard pulling stickbaits with a fair amount of weight added. SmilinEd1 Started Sunday at 10:04 PM. Top lures of Lake Martin. I’m going to spend a couple of hours later in the morning trying to make something happen out deep. If I do venture out to some of the off-shore humps and points close to the ramp, I’m going to have to keep my head on a swivel to avoid being swamped by a passing boat or rolling wave generated from afar. Light line and finesse fishing are the ticket to getting many bites during the day. FREE Shipping by Amazon. Switched the boards and then the outside (bigger) ran up appropriately, while leaving the inside (smaller) boards dragging a little further back; I was mildly OK with this and thought about just buying more SST boards to have them all the same/running up. On average, 75 foot of line is considered sufficient for most situations. DAY. (does it matter if 2 or 3 planer design?). When out on the lake, take great care. Since I will be in a kayak and the fish will likely be in the deeper water surrounding the points and humps, I plan to fish the shallow parts quickly and then position myself shallow near the buoys and throw out to deep water, to minimize the risk of a passing boat not seeing me.Â, For the herring bite, I have topwater baits, big swimbaits, little swimbaits, underspins, dropshots and spoons.Â, I will have more tackle in the boat than I have taken with me so far in my first couple of months in a kayak, including 5 rods and a couple of extra reels spooled up in case of an emergency situation where I backlash one beyond recovery. I vaguely remember the 5 or 6 sloughs I tried this approach in but don’t remember the ones of those where I got bit. Wonder if that is because I have so much more (and heavier) line out? Largemouth Bass. We’ll see what we can make happen! I find in-line planers a much simpler system to run. Biggest problem was trying to get in boards without tangling up with other boards on the way in. DAY: If we have little rain (like most summers) the fishing can be affected by water clarity. If I had the ANGLR app back then, I would have a wealth of knowledge from those trips at my disposal right now: the date, waypoints, moon phase, wind data, air temp, water temp, water level, number of bites, etc.Â, All data I desperately desire right now to aid in devising a plan of attack for Saturday. Off Shore Tackle Pro Snap Weight Clip Daytime: Lake Martin. How do you keep the TX44's from diving and the braid slipping? Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. 2021 Upgrades...?? Honestly hardly ever run 10 colors of lead anymore letting the 150' copper on a OR-37 cover that zone. Many years ago I gave up on the big planer with mast system for a number of reasons: crawling out on the deck to hook up the boards, board storage and boards tipping over in heavy seas and then they zoom over to the opposite side for a massive tangle, lots of releases and the mess of rubber bands left on the reel. jmyers8 Started 7 hours ago. Due to the fact that I am in a kayak with a limited range, I still plan to start my day in the same way. (really couldn't believe none of the fish would pull the boards back). He took a, prop bait, got alongside the bank, put his trolling motor on high and proceeded to cover as much water as possible in pursuit of wads of big bass chasing bluegill and bream shallow.Â, I have tried to duplicate this pattern a few times in the past on Martin and actually had a little luck one day within a range of where I’ll be fishing in my kayak Saturday, so I am optimistic. You can achieve a greater dimensional spread with planer boards than with outriggers. May 12 - 14, 2020. 2021 Upgrades...?? They track very well and I use them on lead core >7 color and all my coppers up to 300'. I don’t even remember if it was in August, September or October. Marc Bass. Guidelines Sample Permit. Even ANGLR’s new Backtrack feature would be super helpful right now had I taken pictures of the fish from that day that I caught a few solid ones, but unfortunately I didn’t. So that tournament win, as improbable as it was, still makes sense in hindsight. After you have properly installed your planer board system, you are ready to start fishing. When he is fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water, he also likes to flatline a live bait behind the boat, especially when fish are showing up under the boat. And again there will be 10-to-12 hammers out there capable of winning on any given day. $4.99 shipping. I found a couple designs on the web for planer boards. I am working on a folding design. They plane out almost too steeply. The number may not reach that due to the hot weather here in Alabama and the fact that college football season is upon us. That was also an evening tournament and we launched on the shady side of the lake. Deaden the action on the planer board as much as possible. He took a Brian’s Bee prop bait, got alongside the bank, put his trolling motor on high and proceeded to cover as much water as possible in pursuit of wads of big bass chasing bluegill and bream shallow.Â, I have tried to duplicate this pattern a few times in the past on Martin and actually had a little luck one day within a range of where I’ll be fishing in my kayak Saturday, so I am optimistic. Though there will be danger present. Management. View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message View Blog Entries Senior … That trend stayed true up until two weeks ago when it was shattered completely.Â, In the last two weeks, there have been roughly a dozen bags of spots weighed in ranging from 14-to-17-pounds. A planer board will let you keep your boat farther from the bank, which can be especially important on a gently sloping bank, but may spook very shallow fish. These weights are unheard of and the obvious direct result of blueback herring.Â, So for those of you who know nothing about fishing around blueback herring in the late summer and early fall, you’re not alone. The tournament will be held on Lake Martin. Bait the fishing line. There are a lot of tournaments held out of Wind Creek where this tournament is launching. LAKE ERIE WALLEYE 25 SPRING 2003 by Bruce DeShano Planer Board Basics F ew anglers would argue the effectiveness of planer boards. By the way...the bigger, longer, and more bords, the more you can pull. Bass feed by sight and fooling them often involves downsizing lures and fishing a little deeper than normal on Lake Martin. I currently have a set of dual planer (1" x 6" x 24") boards now, but they can barely handle 2-3 lines with snap weights. I had a hard time getting the releases to slide out, but a higher mast would have helped. If I haven’t, I’m heading shallow to fish for wolf pack bass with a topwater.Â, I first watched Randall Tharp fish a similar pattern on Lake Ouachita in the Forrest Wood Cup several years ago. 2) Yellow Bird Planer Board. I often keep all coppers on one side of the boat and lead on the other. Easy to use, anglers can simply attach the planer board to fishing lines. When you get a fish on the board, it’s a good idea to move and adjust rods if the fish doesn’t act the way it should. The line attached to the board from the boat can vary in length. I ran 3, 5, 7, 10 lead on one side and 100, 150, 200, 300 on the other. Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes on the day that I did catch a few this way nor on the few days I spent trying to do so without luck. The "bent can lid" will let the boards dig down and back around, righting them, preventing this. They are commonly used when fishing for walleye. I’m just curious, in the current state of competitive bass fishing, with anglers spending upwards of $100,000 dollars on fiberglass boats, how can an angler stack up in a $1,600 chunk of plastic.Â, Some of these boats will have 250 horses pushing them to where they want to go and then another 112-pounds of thrust pulling them around when they get there.Â, Some of these boats will have 48-combined inches of graph screens to scan the depths for bait and bass, I’ll have a circa 2008 non-touch screen HDS 7 Gen 1. Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre. Our responsibility. Winning this thing out of a kayak would be legendary, but cashing a check would be a huge accomplishment in my eyes as well. If using multiple planer boards, then start with the outside first and add towards the boat. I have spent hours without a bite this way only to get 6 or 7 bites in one pocket. Sea Striker HS8-KIT High Speed Planer Kit. Your data and spots are only accessible by you and private by default.Â. Kayak Paddle Holder DIY | How to Make a Kayak Paddle Holder, Kayak Bungee Deck Kit | Installing a Kayak Bungee Deck Kit, Planning to Fish a Bass Boat Tournament on Lake Martin From My Kayak - FISHINGZONE. Enough come with lead core so best to keep it manageable. I really like to have at least 4 rods out when trolling for muskies. so many options, tackle, and modifications out there. Left the big mast/planers home and tried out my new Offshore SST boards - 2 and then an additional 2 standard boards on both sides as well. Only fished once with "skis" on a chartered trip on lake Huron. 3.7 out of 5 stars 32. One of the limiting factors of a kayak for me this weekend is the presence of pleasure boaters looking to soak up the last few sweltering days of summer. But that tournament only had 5 bass boats and myself in it, and that fishery has loads of vegetation near the ramp that makes fishing close to home rather easy. No Special Rules for Martin Lake. Your data, your spots. Don't fight the board, fight the fish. For those of you who don’t know yet, the new Backtrack feature can scan your photos, if you allow it to, and create waypoints from where those photos were taken on the map within your app.Â, https://www.facebook.com/shayebakerangler/, https://anglr.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Planning-to-Fish-a-Bass-Boat-Tournament-on-Lake-Martin.png, https://anglr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/logo-site-large-300x194.png, Planning to Fish a Bass Boat Tournament on Lake Martin From My Kayak. I just have to get lucky and hit the right pocket and, who knows…, So that’s my game plan. For those of you who don’t know yet, the new Backtrack feature can scan your photos, if you allow it to, and create waypoints from where those photos were taken on the map within your app.Â, I’ve done it and it’s really quite impressive.Â, But back to fishing for wolfpack bass. On a turn the outside boards will click with the speed change. Tight lines! I use the church walleye boards for all leadcore. It is a stable planer board; the weight supports its stability in the water. 1 on each side, and a planer board on each side. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Details; Mike Freeman. Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes on the day that I did catch a few this way nor on the few days I spent trying to do so without luck. Don’t be afraid to use planer boards in waves. Running a 2 color inside of longer lead cores can lead to tangles. We exist to empower anglers through measurement, learning, and collaboration using both data and technology. The fun of popping coho and steelhead out wide on clean light tackle far out weighs using the inline boards for me early to mid-season. It’s times like these however, that I wish I had had the ANGLR app back then. Alas, all I can do is continue to build that data now for future trips so I’m not once again kicking myself down the road. Periodic rains with warm water runoff inundated the central Alabama impoundment to create ideal conditions for a prespawn largemouth bite. Sea Striker #5 Planer #SSP5, Multi. When I was a child, anglers would fish for spots all day on Martin and weigh-in a 7-fish limit for less than 7-pounds, regularly.  The pot tournaments this time of year through the fall would quite often be won with 11-to-13-pounds. 15 in. Lake Martin gets very clear (especially downriver below Wind Creek) to a point of 5-10 foot visibility. Then I wrap the braid around the clip to prevent slippage. Doug N Started November 18. - why do 2 board designs have rods in various locations, while 3 board design has rods located down the center of each board? Mar 25, 2019 - Lake Martin. I'm playing snowbird in FL so have not checked this thread for awhile. […] post Planning to Fish a Bass Boat Tournament on Lake Martin From My Kayak appeared first on […], Your email address will not be published. Considering going back to the big boards, but really did like the extra boat space and speed of deploying gear at set up. Planer boards allow for more fishing lines to be trolled simultaneously and are used to spread lures and harnesses away from the boat when trolling at low speeds (below 2 knots). As a convert to inline boards, I have a home-made set of dual larger boards that I don't use anymore. My crew threatened mutiny if I added any  coppers over 300'. I feel I can always tighten the drag if/when needed, but have lost too many fishes because the drag was a little too tight. 8 lb. Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. Lake Martin Intro; You won’t see another lake in Alabama like Lake Martin. Your email address will not be published. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like it’s a technique well suited for a kayak fisherman.Â, But, I’m still going to compete in this bass boat tournament out of a kayak anyway.Â, I want to challenge the status quo. Hummingbird Fish Finders. If I had the ANGLR app back then, I would have a wealth of knowledge from those trips at my disposal right now: the date, waypoints, moon phase, wind data, air temp, water temp, water level, number of bites, etc.Â, All data I desperately desire right now to aid in devising a plan of attack for Saturday. - how much does the length determine the pull of the boards? I am a fellow Big Board fan, and have fished most brands and home made boards for 25 years now. I've had a few dive running 8-12 oz pump handles. The main problem with this pattern again is the limitation of a kayak when it comes to covering a lot of water, especially with nothing more than a paddle. I’m taking two spinning combos, a 7’0” medium-heavy with 14-pound fluorocarbon, a 7’0” medium-heavy with 30-pound braid and one big rod for bigger topwater baits and swimbaits. Â, Depending on how the spot fishing is going, around 11 o’clock I plan to make the decision that will determine how I spend the rest of my day. And I was catching my fish on a swim jig, which required stealth and a slow approach, two areas where a kayak actually has the advantage. Krazywolf Planer Board (P007,P009),Includes Spring Flag System,Left&Right L8 xW3,L10 Xw3.5,Pair,Yellow. NEW: Scroll down instead of sideways to view photos. Another mast issue is rotating various lengths of lead core after a strike. 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