Off Shore Tackle Company NIGHT VISION BY CAPTAIN TERRY…
Off Shore Tackle Company
BY CAPTAIN TERRY KUNNEN, TKO CHARTERS.COM
Walleye anglers across the Midwest spend consider- able time chasing walleye after dark with the help of in line boards like the famous Off Shore Tackle OR12 Side Planer. Detecting strikes when fishing in low light conditions calls for some ingenuity.
For simplicity and effectiveness, my favorite addition to all of my Off Shore Tackle planer boards is to stick a piece of United States Coast Guard approved retro-reflective tape on both sides of every planer board flag. The bow and stern lights on a boat are just enough illumination to create an easy to see reflection from the flags, making it easy to see when a fish is hooked and a board sags from the weight of a fish.
Most marine supply stores have this tape available. I’ve found that USCG approved tape seems to be a better grade of tape and it has superior reflection value versus some of the other reflector tapes on the market.
Placing a strip of tape on both sides of the flag makes it easy for me to monitor my boards to determine strikes and also for other anglers around me to recognize that I’m trolling with boards. Rigging my boards this way for night trolling works great, doesn’t require batteries, lasts forever and doesn’t cost much. Now that’s a combination any angler can appreciate.