Flag option on planer board

Discussion in 'Detroit River and Lake Erie' started by J Sibert, Nov 22, 2020 at 6:21 AM.

  1. J Sibert

    J Sibert

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    Was looking at Northwoods and there was the standard board w rigid flag and then there was on option for a Tattle Flag kit? $25 for board w rigid and a $10 upgrade for the tattle kit.
    Worth it? Necessary? I’m going up there on Tuesday.

    Can’t wait for Xmas - going to be 50 on Thursday.
     
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  2. Dutchlund

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    You absolutely want the tattle flag option. I wouldn’t run boards for walleye without them. Particularly when running spinners
     

  3. familyguy

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    Yes definitely get the tattle flags.
     
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  4. Divers Down

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    I don’t use tattle flags and never had a problem but then again I only troll walleye in the spring and fall for big fish. I’d imagine smaller summer eyes would drag around for a while.
     
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  5. ro2

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    Just my.02 the flags work good until the spring wears out ( I keep a supply of springs and board parts on boat) what has worked for me is learning to read the board and how it rides/ tracks in water anything different means something is on there or lure is running right. Not to mention the people on the boat that are flag watchers and constantly pull boards just because the flag looks “funny”. If you’re looking at the opti boards I have ran them for years but be sure to keep parts around for them
     
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  6. bd670

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    I have been using Church Tx12 for spinners and cranks and they are small enough to see weeds on them and way easier to get on and off lines as well as smaller to store. My offshores only come out for salmon now
     
  7. fisherman 2

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    as others have said no need for the flag kits if your only useing them in spring and fall...just watch and learn the boards...one trick is if you think something is on look at the rod...if it's loaded up there's prolly a fish on.
     
  8. J Sibert

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    What does the rigid flag do then?
     
  9. fisherman 2

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    it just makes seeing the board easier...the orange color stands out...another thing if you think a fish is on reel the board in a little bit if there's a fish on it will be hard it reel in...if no fish then let it back out...i've had fish hit it when it goes back in place...must be the little bit of change moving the board that makes them hit.
     
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  10. onebad800

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    Mine are all tattle setup but occasionally we still drag a smaller eye around not seeing it fall back enough or pull flag down? But yes I prefer tattle because you can see most fish hit it or pull it right down
     
  11. Jimbo 09

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    Not necessary. Had tattle flags on all my offshores but ended up just taking them off an using the rigid flag. It’s easy enough to read the boards when there’s a dink or weed. Always adjusting the flags was a pain imo
     
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  12. CrawlerHarness

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    I prefer the orange (church tackle) walleye boards. If you pay attention, you will have no problems seeing hits. I can tell even in 2’ waves and I don’t keep my boards in line either.

    kind of our way of making trolling a little bit more interesting. But if you just want to harvest fish and let the flags do everything for you, then by all means....
     
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  13. m hunter

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    Or just set up for big boards and read the rubber band releases?? ‍♂️


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  14. BuckeyeFootball

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    Aside from when a big walleye hits or a sheep I cant "read the boards" for squat. I put tattle flags on all mine and its definitely made it easier to spot fish.
     
  15. michigander88

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    Watching a flag go down is like watching your bobber go down. Too exciting!!

    MI88