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Old 02-24-2011, 12:10 PM
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I am in the market for a center rigger for my 32 Scarab. Looking at an inexpensive Taco clamp on. Thoughts? 8' or 12'?

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Old 02-24-2011, 12:20 PM
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I added Lee's MX7003CR (1-1/2" ID) 45 degrees center rigger with the MX8712CR - 12 ft MX Step-Tube Style pole to my hardtop last year. It is double rigged and performed very nicely for me. The end of 12 foot pole is just about even with back of my OBs. I troll big spreader bars from center rigger and think a clamp on holder may slip with the pressure, I like things as bullet proof as possible.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:46 PM
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Some of my friends have the clamp on and recommend it. Last year I just put the center rigger in a rod holder, but this year I will get a dedicated mount.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:49 AM
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I had a 12' Lees on my 26 Albie. The end of the pole was even with the transom, same as the other riggers. At a minimum you want the end of the center rigger over top of the rod you're fishing from it, beyond is even better.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:58 AM
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I don't know if a clamp on center rigger will hold to the pressure applied by a 12' pole over the long haul. The center rigger should be your highest trolled line to keep it away from the other lines, and as was mentioned should extend to the end of the transom or outboards. I have a Taco center rigger, as I need to raise and lower my center rigger to get under a drawbridge near my home. But for the best center rigger available for a CC, I would recommend the Lees center rigger like Regulator 29, with the 12FT pole.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:28 AM
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Nice pic Reg29,kudos to the photog.
Here's my LEE's 12' with fixed , 45deg base mount.







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Old 02-25-2011, 07:38 AM
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the most inexpensive is a clamp on rod holder for a base. works pretty well. had mine for four years and no problem
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by billfishnfool View Post
Nice pic Reg29,kudos to the photog.
Here's my LEE's 12' with fixed , 45deg base mount.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:10 AM
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I think that if you are trolling lures or baits that have minimal drag and your runs are not long (being out of DE my runs are 60 - 100 nm one way) clamp on may be a cost effective solution, but if you want to drag lures & baits that have significant drag (spreader bars, bird bars, large birds) or you are making long runs to the fishing grounds, think the risk of a clamp on is too high not to do it right and in the end will probably save you money.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:04 AM
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As alluded to in the above posts, you want your center rigger (ideally) about 1' past your transom, or over the OB's if thats your setup. Double rigging your center rigger is great, but a dedicated mount would be recommended, as you add to the drag substantially with two lures in the water.

Typically, a bird/chain combo or a spreader bar are run down the center, so you are looking at a bit more drag anyhow, so with the clamp on, you may want to run something like a chugger or marlin lure
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:32 AM
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I use the centre rigger to get a lure way way back behind all of the other lures

The first lure I deploy is the centre rigger so that nothing gets caught in it

I believe that your centre rigger should be higher than your outriggers so that nothing gets tangled in it

I also use my biggest lure on it as it helps keep the line tight . . . just waiting for the big one lurking behind the school

I also use my largest rod reel on the centre rigger as there is a ton of line out there
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:23 PM
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Double rigged, Rupp adjustable angle center rigger. Wouldnt go trolling without it.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:22 AM
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I went with the 12 and wish it was 15'. I actually moved the mount up to the belly band on my tower to get more height. You will never regret going taller IMO.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jpbarnlight View Post
Double rigged, Rupp adjustable angle center rigger. Wouldnt go trolling without it.
A note on Double rigging:

There are two ways to do this, both work, more personal preference IMO. Assuming you have a 3 eyelet CR:

1. (As seen in the above photo) Rig both lines through all three eyes, and attach to the boat with one line port side and one line to starboard.
This will make a triangular pattern, and once you attach lines, you can run them up from each side. The higher they get, the closer to the centerline you get. you can space them out as high corner lines as well if you wish.

2. Rig one line through all three eyes as normal. Rig your second line through only the first two eyes, leaving out the trailing (highest) eye. This will allow you to run the two center lines at different heights, with a better amount of space in between the two lines.

I personally rigged my rigger like #2. I like the simplicity of just running both lines to the top and not worrying about a tangle or twist. The one disadvantage to this on a CC is the loss in height you will get from not rigging to the top eye on one line. ( mine are ~20' off the water, so I didn't care).
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We typically ran a bird green machine combo off the center rigger. The rod was in the launcher. All the riggers were even with the transom if not slightly past when deployed.
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