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I'm looking to increase my spread this year but don't have the scratch to buy legit outriggers. Anyone have ideas to make some ghetto riggers and pictures??
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:12 PM
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Just buy a cheap kit. I can-t imagine you are going to be able to cobble together everything you need to be able to use them for much cheaper than this.....
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I bought these poles as my very first set of riggers. Caught many an albacore in norcal off them before I got a better and longer set. They worked just fine for 2 or 3 years.

I don't know about the stuff that comes with the poles in this kit. It may be junk....I don't know. It's a start though.

I would at least check out the poles by sea choice as they are cheap and are actually decent for starting out.
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Surf rod? Rod riggers?
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Any stands of Bamboo around ?
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I have a small center console boat. I use outrodders, with telescopic paint pole. Yes. 12ft long.
I'm in the ocean, no one cares what it looks like. Haha! And it does the job, less tangles, and more fish!
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Default What do you have? No holders? I have helped some on here that need help.

Originally Posted by Rytek View Post
I'm looking to increase my spread this year but don't have the scratch to buy legit outriggers. Anyone have ideas to make some ghetto riggers and pictures??
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I remember years ago using a surf pole in a clamp on rod holder angled out to the side on one of my small center consoles. If I was impressed with your ingenuity I may put a ghetto set up together for you.? I have a bunch of tubes that I will not sell as my normal outriggers. Don't ask why I hold on to them. Mostly pro to type trials and tubes I do not like cosmetically . http://www.blyriggers.com
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Do you have kingfish rod holders?

Crimp release clips in between the last two eyelets of some old surf rods. Find said surf rods at pawn shop, they always have some. The stiffer the better. I guess you would have to bring it in by hand (no halyard) but that wouldn't be too Difficult.

Total cost: under $100, spread, 20'? Remember, a smaller Boat throws less wake, so needs less spread to reach clean water...
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I have a buddy that made some bamboo riggers that work fine just a PIA to deploy and store while not trolling. He has a short set and a longer set. The base is a trident rod holder that allows him to "swing out" one of the rod tubes while the other two tubes can be used for holding the rod/reel. About half way out the bamboo pole, he has a 3 strand 1/8th inch dock line that secures to the T top structure for more support. Its totally ghetto but he is so proud to deploy these things on his boat. You would think the boat is ghetto but it is not...he has a 2009 24 Edgewater with a F350 and the boat is spotless!. You should here the comments we get when out offshore from the boats passing by.

Bottom line is that it can be done for cheap and work fine just might look a little ghetto.
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I will have a 12' setup with adjustable mounts and retractable carbon fiber poles shortly for fairly cheap. Even cheaper if you have kingfish rod holders that they can go into instead of the separate mounts.

The guy with my prototypes put 26 dolphin into his 20ft boat yesterday. 55 miles from the rocks in 15kt winds...
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Originally Posted by MARSH TACKY View Post
I will have a 12' setup with adjustable mounts and retractable carbon fiber poles shortly for fairly cheap. Even cheaper if you have kingfish rod holders that they can go into instead of the separate mounts.

The guy with my prototypes put 26 dolphin into his 20ft boat yesterday. 55 miles from the rocks in 15kt winds...


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I hope he had three people on board
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Originally Posted by BoemarineBrian View Post
I hope he had three people on board

Indeed.

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Where are you located/ I have gunnel mounts in my garage taking up space, you would just need some bases, I am in central NJ
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Originally Posted by phillipdebeacke View Post
Where are you located/ I have gunnel mounts in my garage taking up space, you would just need some bases, I am in central NJ


I have a set of 15' fiberglass 1- 1/8" as well. Just taking up space, located near Savannah Ga.
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If you have kingfish rod holders, buy a couple of 15 gig poles and mount some eyelets, double rig them and roll.

All can be done for less than $150.
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All these offers of help and no return post?
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Originally Posted by MARSH TACKY View Post
I will have a 12' setup with adjustable mounts and retractable carbon fiber poles shortly for fairly cheap. Even cheaper if you have kingfish rod holders that they can go into instead of the separate mounts.

The guy with my prototypes put 26 dolphin into his 20ft boat yesterday. 55 miles from the rocks in 15kt winds...


Shoot me a line if you'd like. marshtackycomposites at gmail
If you read his post on Charlestonfishing.com he didn't even have his outriggers that day.
" (My Marshtacky riggers would have been handy today for sure!)"
And the pictures of the day don't show what they said the ocean was like.
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Friend of mine had two kids in college and one almost there. dropping $$ on outriggers was not in the budget, so I know where you're coming from. We converted his pool skimmers to outriggers. obviously they were not great looking or as functional as the 'real' thing, but we caught fish off of them--fish that I'm convinced we would not have caught without them. I posted pictures on here but it was years ago. If I remember correctly, we could pull very large spreader bars out or up to about 8-10', which was just enough to run a couple extra lines, and run them a little further back.

However, I think the key to that idea making sense was that he already owned the skimmers. If you're going to go out and buy something, I would just keep your eyes peeled for used poles that come up for sale.
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3 kids in soccer so this time of yr is crazy. Thanks for all the ideas!
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Back in 98 i made 50$ outriggers out of old school 18 ft fiberglass surf casting rods out of the basement of my local tackle shop in Italy.
To strengthen them i filled them with PU foam and they worked fine for several years.
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