Unit 3 , Buller Quay, Looe, Cornwall, UK, PL13 1DX
Tel 01 503 269259 Mobile 078 777 277 95
What is a Diveboard ? How does it work ?
The Diveboard is used instead of a weight to take lures down to fishing depth.
Left to it’s own devices the Diveboard will float.
It relies on being towed through the water at slow speeds to make it dive.
Once fish strike the lures and pull on the line behind the dive board, the board becomes unbalanced and because of the constant forward motion, the board flips over and then, instead of trying to dive, it will try and rise to the surface.
The diveboard takes the place of any weights and also acts as an effective bite indicator.
What sized Diveboard should I buy ?
The Yo-Zuri Boards are not supplied with any data regarding how deep they will dive.
Any figures stated are only a best guess. There are also many variables that will effect the depth at which the board will work.
The K-10 and K-11 are ideally suited to those working inshore in anything from 15 – 25m, while the larger K-13 are more suited to 25 – 35m depths. The K-12 acts as a good intermediate.
For those wanting to fish deeper marks we supply Yo-Zuri H-Type dive boards.
These are currently available in two sizes, the H-490 and the slightly smaller H-430.
Using these boards it is possible to fish in excess of 40m. The H-type boards are delicate high performance kit.
We recommend fishermen start with smaller, more forgiving and robust K-type diveboards to learn and practice method and technique before moving onto H-type boards.
What can I catch ?
The main target species when using diveboards is Pollack, although other species like Cod and Coalfish can often be caught.
Diveboards can be rigged to target other species by changing the lures rigged behind the board.
I have heard of other fishermen saying they are no good; why should it be any different for me ?
We consider that most boards supplied "ready rigged" or with "pre-drilled holes" by other outlets are not rigged in the most effective manner.
After using the Yo-Zuri K&H-Type boards ourselves we have changed the way the board is rigged and since then we have landed many fine catches of Pollack, and so we are able to offer firsthand experience and advice to our customers, and can supply ready rigged boards that are ready to fish and will put fish on the deck from the start.
Our rigged boards are tired and tested in all parts of the UK and Ireland.
What is the best way to rig the Diveboard ?
Every board we supply is either "Ready Rigged", or is marked with suggested points for drilling holes for rigging the board effectively.
With all boards we also include our "Diveboard Info" Pack that contains advice on how best to rig the hooks and then work the board.
Do I need machinery or other deck equipment ?
It is easy to use the boards with no machinery or deck equipment, which makes the diveboards accessible to all inshore fishing boats.
Many fishermen who use diveboards regularly will rig their lines so they can be hauled on existing net haulers, capstans or crabbing slaves.
As the larger sized boards create a lot of drag, they can be hard work to haul up unless the boat is stopped, or there are fish on the line, and the board rises to the surface of it’s own accord.
It is also possible to very quickly and easily modify the BJ5000 Belitronic Jigging Machine so it can be used to troll diveboards.
How much is it possible to catch ?
There are many factors involved that will affect the amount of fish that can be caught using diveboards.
No fishing method can catch fish that are not there in the first place, and when present the catch rate will depend upon the skill and technique of the fishermen and then how hungry the fish are.
The grounds our own boat fishes are intensively fished for much of the year by commercial, charter and pleasure boats.
It is usual to have to steer between nets and pots as the board is fished.
On our first outing with the Yo-Zuri K-13 we caught 70kg of Pollack, with many lessons leant.
On the second day the catch went up to 130kg. Since then we have seen many days or half day sessions resulting in catches in excess of 100kg.
We have heard from many happy customers who have reported some fine catches up to 400kg or more after using the gear for only a couple of days.
What are the best lures to use with the diveboard ?
We recommend the use of Fairwater Stainless Steel Gummimakk. These are the best lure to use as they are very effective and cost effective, and being stainless steel they will not rust or corrode when stored between uses.
Our Gummimakk are tried, tested and proven at catching Pollack consistently.
We recommend the size 10/0 as standard although we frequently use the size 12/0 at the tail end of the hook set to help minimise captures of small fish.
Are other diveboards available ?
Yes indeed - there are many cheap copies that are commercially available.
Although these do work of a fashion, they are nearly always a very poor second to the original Yo-Zuri diveboards.
The original boards work best and soon pay for themselves; usually on the first outing.