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Old 05-18-2020, 08:36 AM
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I run a 1988 31 Rampage. The boat came with very large outriggers that are ugly as sin and huge and I just generally hate them. I went offshore for a little early season shake down run and didn't even use them. I trolled a 7 rod spread. Two sets of wide trackers, a diving plug and two skirted hoos.I don't foresee myself running a huge spread anytime in the future but I would like the option. I'm wondering if I can get rid of these old riggers entirely and replace with some telescopic and perhaps carbon. Will my soft top / rails up top take bases somehow? Has anyone done this?


Old 05-18-2020, 08:44 AM
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Of course you can but how about a shorter set of poles.The ones on there are double spreaders. That were made for pulling big lures..Get a set of carbon fiber ones.
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These could work depending on the ID of your outrigger base tubes.

https://www.gemlux.com/shop/boat-fis...trigger-system
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I guess it's a matter of taste, but I think outriggers on a boat like yours make it look better. I've always admired those original 31 Rampages. Also, I don't see how you could get telescoping outriggers around your tower. If you're happy pulling 7 lines without outriggers, just pull your poles out of the holders and leave them off.
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I wouldnt get rid of them. They are worlds stronger than telescoping riggers, they will pull baits higher in the water, and you can pull a dredge off them no problem.

You may not use them now, but you should. Wide tracker off each long with a second clip 18" in on the same long rigger line to run a single, then another short rigger line with a clip on that. Now you have 6 rods just on your riggers and out in clean water.

I have telescoping carbon riggers and I am not a fan. They are way too flexible, the mount doesnt point up enough to keep the tip high enough for my tastes, and getting a mount and riggers to handle pulling a heavy dredge is gonna cost serious coin.
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Not to sound like an ass at all, but learn how to use them. They're way better than anything you're looking to replace them with.
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That would be a total downgrade, just run less lines if you need to, but you will get a better spread with what you have
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Why would you purposely limit yourself?
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just buy more rods .
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Keep those monsters! Nothing telescopic will compare to them.
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Agree with most everyone above. Not only is the look classic and pretty, but they will out perform other options by a wide margin
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Then you are far from a fisherman if you are worried about looks over functionality. Those spreaders are better then single poles out there. You think you are fishing with wide trackers from rod tips put them in the long rigger and then see the bites you get.
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Sweet boat. I think the out riggers make the boat
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Another vote for keeping them.....and using them.
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I could not imagine getting rid of outriggers on a boat like that.
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Keep them and use them. They are badass.
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Had same tower/riggers on my express years ago. Had to climb tower station to deploy
Mount them to the deck house and you will like them.
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
Had same tower/riggers on my express years ago. Had to climb tower station to deploy
Mount them to the deck house and you will like them.
That's a part of the issue. I never really feel comfortable climbing around on the boat when offshore.
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Thanks for the feedback. Pretty clear consensus to keep the existing outriggers. I'd like to fish the wide trackers more from the riggers but they pop my clips on anything but a calm day.
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Have you tried tightening the clips?

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