many fish from the wall in port huron and other cities where they have a seawall, or access along a river.
but i haven't seen anyone but me use an inline planer board.
i place a crawler harness or diving lure in the water and let it out as far as i think it should be, then attach a planer board to my line. the planer takes i out with the current , much like trolling takes it to the side of the boat. this allows me to carefully position my lure at the distance from shore and depth that i feel will put it in productive water. i can move it in and out from shore, adjust depth and hopefully find productive water.
my favorite is the off shore inline planer. but others would work well too.