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Old 07-06-2020, 09:50 AM
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I’m trying to decide what type of outriggers to put on my boat. The kind you see on center consoles, carbon fiber with taco-500 bases to handles dredges or spreader riggers? I have a pic of my boat attached so what kind of boat I have. I like the low maintenance of the taco bases and carbon fiber ones and not having to worry about clearance under bridges but want to know if I will be losing anything by going that route. I do a lot of trolling and will be pulling dredges often
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Old 07-06-2020, 12:47 PM
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These are pretty good. I may be a little biased though.

https://www.gemlux.com/shop/boat-fis...trigger-system


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Just go with a standard set of Rupps with double spreaders. If you are going to be pulling dredges a lot they make heavy duty back bars.
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Gemlux has upped the game in top mounted outrigger systems, to me they are the top, with Taco a lottle further behind. Their innovation and service os best in the biz
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Charleston we are on the same canal. I saw the boat- what is that?

I have Lee Top Gun collapsible outriggers on my Everglades 273. They are simple and easy to use, your basic base. Low maintenance. I can drop them down easy if needed but as you know we don’t have many bridges around to worry about where clearance is a problem unless you go west.
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Gemlux outriggers with their bases have been great to pull a dredge with. If you are very serious about pulling dredges, you may want to look into getting a dedicated dredge boom from Gemlux or Ledge Logic and running you rigger lines separate from the outrigger. I have not had any issues with my Gemlux outriggers handling the dredge, but it may be easier to use on the boom. The downside is how high up your dredge lines run when pulling them from the T-Top mounted rigger.
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Originally Posted by WavRidr359 View Post
Just go with a standard set of Rupps with double spreaders. If you are going to be pulling dredges a lot they make heavy duty back bars.
This.
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Having fished and owned both, I would get Rupp tournaments. There is no comparison to the stability and geometry of a proper rigger for lure fishing. If you're worried about height get some small (size appropriate) double or even single spreader Rupps with laydowns and never look back. If I didnt trailer I'd have them on my 36'.
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I have had Top Guns for 18 years...they are flawless with minimal maintenance and you can get ANY part for them from Rupp...very easy.

I do not like telescoping riggers and do not understand the attraction...just figuring out messing with your halyards is a pain after you learn the povermo method for handling your halyards on fixed poles..I take my poles off after each trip in about 2 minutes. Still on the fence with carbon...I have had 18 foot aluminum Rupps with double halyards and they are flawless...

I run squid teasers off of mine and run the dredges off the cleats...as noted, I would not run dredges off of any of the normal center console riggers...the teasers work great.

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A set of fixed-length outriggers can be easily reinforced for heavy pulls by running a line forward to a bow cleat or other attachment point. Take a large SS cotter pin and bend both tangs out 90 degrees about 3/8” from the eye. Thread-wrap the cotter pin to the outriggers opposite the pulley connection for the dredge and use the cotter pin eye as the connection point for the forward line. Use 500# or 1,000# mono for the forward line for shock absorption. It will take most of the pressure off the outriggers and bases and still leaves the tips flexible for the outside lures. You can use the same technique for dredge pulley connections.
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Rupp double spreaders as others have said. The geometry is so much better for fishing and pulling dredges. And a set of taco's or similar would be a travesty on that rig.
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Hitting bridges with outriggers is like driving into a garage with your bicycles on top of your roof...You try to only make that mistake once at most!! I did it with an old POS set of riggers headed to a bar...no make that.... a Restaurant it was a shocker lol!

I don't even know what I now own, I suspect Rupps. They have lasted 15 years and still in pretty good shape!!


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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Rupp double spreaders as others have said. The geometry is so much better for fishing and pulling dredges. And a set of taco's or similar would be a travesty on that rig.
agree 100%.
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I know not going to hit a bridge its just the hassle of having to take them down every time im going under something low. I had single spreaders on my last boat and was constantly replacing spreaders, tips, cables, etc. I would prefer the other kind just want to know if they can really handle constant abuse from a dredge
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I have a pair of Marsh Tacky riggers. Quality of product is excellent and the after sales experience has been second to none ! Highly recommend that company.
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Those carbon riggers at 4k are a bit much...whew....$500 for Rupp fixed so it is hard to justify from my perspective...

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