Submitted by: Ted Koppel
Know what you need before plunk down a bunch a cash. Here are some tips to help you decide of you want a fishing outrigger.
The opening scene from The Andy Griffith Show projects two guys going fishing, they’ve got their poles and time stands still. Present day anglers are more apt to get in the boat and head for the open sea than the local fishing hole and time flyes by.
When you want to do some serious fishing its best to use a fishing outrigger, it gives you the advantage because sometimes its one against a thousand fish. In order to find out which fishing outrigger is going to work best on your boat you should speak with a retailer and let them know about the size and make your vessel.
Some requirements include a backing plate for bolt in holders and telescopic poles to spread the lines. Be sure to also get a rigging kit for initial set up. Poles are important and depending on what type of fishing you want to do your pole length is important. Outrigger poles vary in length from about 12′ to 20′ plus and will provide sufficient stability and spread of your lines.
If you want to mount a center outrigger you will need to make sure your boat can support the tension. Most center riggers are used for pulling teasers in the middle of your spread. Outrigger parts are all made of sturdy enough material to take any beating a rough sea can dish out. The advantage of using an outrigger over a standard pole is that it spreads your lines out resembling a large school of fish.
Another benefit of using a fishing outrigger is in keeping the lines spread apart to help prevent tangling. Outriggers also give you better range for your line, fishing way back from the boat is not a problem when you have a solid base to work from.
You always want to gain an advantage over your prey and a fishing outrigger can help. Most deep sea fishing vessels have outriggers as part of their standard fishing equipment, with out them your chances are diminished.
Outriggers also allow you to have multiple poles in the water at one time; if you do a lot of offshore fishing then this special gear will make your life so much easier. An outrigger will assist in preventing tangles lines as they are designed with a release clip to allow the line to fall back after a strike.
Fishing is a serious sport to some and when competition is on the line the boat with the best equipment and the most experienced users are going to be recognized. A fishing outrigger should be part of the equipment for any boat that wants to bring home the winning catch.
Since there are a lot of different choices for a fishing outrigger or center outrigger, its best to shop around and find one that will benefit you and your boat. A fishing outrigger will nearly always help make deep sea fishing more enjoyable and assist in winning the battle with the fish.
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