Undisputedly the most effective near-shore and offshore trolling technique across South Florida and beyond is pulling planers. Utilized to present live, natural and artificial bait deep in the water column, the art of planer fishing shines the brightest during the warmest months of the year when keen-eyed pelagic predators hunt well below the surface in cool, dark water. The best captains will tell you, effectively trolling planers requires specialized tackle or you’ll be in for a frustrating tackle-busting, fish-losing experience!
After multiple prototypes and countless hours of on-the-water testing, we’re proud to introduce the most effective planer-trolling rod ever designed! Engineered specifically for the task, at 8’0” this meat stick is built on a top shelf E-glass blank and is ideal for pulling #2 through #8 planers at 3- to 10+ knots with zero concern of rod failure. Ample backbone and a relatively fast tip mean you’ll be able to haul in the heaviest wahoo while never missing a subtle strike.
Slick butt design with aluminum gimbal make for easy maneuvering around the cockpit while under load and insure a secure fit into any rod holder. Top shelf aluminum reel seat and Fuji Turbo guides guarantee decades of fish-catching reliability. – Capt Mike
Class: 30-60 lb.
Recommended Line: 60-80 lb. braid
Design: Black/Gold diamond wrap (custom colors available)
Reel Seat: Aluminum
Guides: Fuji Turbo
Species: King mackerel, wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, sailfish, bonito, Spanish mackerel
Technique: trolling planers
Florida Sport Fishing Technique-Specific Rods are meticulously handcrafted by a local team of highly skilled rod builders using only the finest components. Every model has been fine-tuned to provide superior performance at off the shelf prices with guaranteed rapid delivery.
Line/Lure Ratings: Nearly every rod on the market includes a label or etching indicating suggested weight ratings. This is merely a suggestion as no rod performs equally well casting a 1 oz. lure and a 6 oz. lure. Line ratings are also suggestive with different implications from one manufacturer to the next.
Length: The length of a rod is vital. With spinning rods increased length provides greater casting distance, a useful attribute on the flats when sight fishing wary predators. Extra casting distance is also beneficial when throwing lures into a headwind and when fishing from the surf. Conversely, a shorter rod is a better choice when skipping lures under docks and overhanging mangrove shorelines, and for increased backbone when battling powerful game fish.
Guides: Selecting the proper guides is often a puzzle. With no moving parts, Fuji K Guides are the easiest to maintain and are an excellent choice when fishing monofilament or braid. AFTCO Roller guides provide the benefit of reduced line wear and fatigue, which can cause premature tackle failure during extended battles. Roller guides are typical on big game trolling rods, but far less vital on light to medium class tackle.
Grips: Cork grips weigh next to nothing and provide a firm grip on inshore/backcountry rods. EVA foam is the standard for all near-shore and offshore saltwater rods.
Reel Seats: Aluminum reel seats are standard on big game stand-up/trolling rods when using reel clamps otherwise lightweight graphite is the best choice.
Reel Pairings: Please contact Florida Sport Fishing directly to discuss recommended reel pairings.