We use umbrella rigs here in the Chesapake Bay mostly in the spring & late fall/winter to catch the largest of the Stripers. We use the umbrella's with a parachute rig's and on the parachute a nine inch rubber shad as the trailor. This gives the incoming fish an attractive target of good size to strike. Most Bay fisherman use Planer boards to get a wide spread of over 200 yards in some cases. A boat that is lets say a 21 foot center console can run up to 12 rods with no problems using the Planer boards. those 12 rods & rigs covering a sprad of 200 yards wide with lines as far to the rear of the boat of 220 yards or more covers such a huge area that you can cover enormous amounts of water in very little time. Most guys have GPS's with way point markers & once you get a strike mark the spot & keep trolling the area. We catch fish from about 30 inches to over 50 inches on these rigs.
See the below link for a how to on making your own planer boards. Good for use on big water like large lakes, bays or inshore ocean fishing.http://www.fishingclub.com/Communit...p;t=141162
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