Best Outrigger Kits
To save you the shopping hassle, we have compiled a list of our top five outriggers that all boast of great features and will work well on most boats.
The Taco Metals outrigger kit comes with all you’ll need to rig up your outrigger to your boat. It comes with a black 15 feet outrigger pole lined with gold rings and smooth guides, a heavy-duty stainless steel outrigger mount, and a line caddy. It also comes with a rigging kit that includes bungee cords, SS rollers, a stopper, and a storage case.
- Complete rigging kit.
- Stylish design, very durable.
- Heavy-duty performance.
The SeaChoice outrigger comes in a telescopic design that is extendable between lengths 6 feet and 15 feet. It sports a sleek design and is built from lightweight, tough fiberglass. It also comes with durable, low-friction line guides and is easy to mount.
- Very lightweight and strong.
- Telescopic design, easy to store.
- Easy to mount.
The Tigress 88200 outrigger pair features a lightweight fiberglass construction especially suited to small boats between 18 to 28 feet long. It sports a three-piece telescopic configuration that extends to 15 feet, heavy-duty line guides, and a stylish blue and white design for low-profile performance. It is very flexible, durable, and also comes with a vinyl storage case.
- Very lightweight and flexible.
- Ideal for small boats, telescopic design.
- Very durable.
The TACO OT-0541BKA15-HD outrigger features a tough anodized aluminum construction and a sleek glossy finish with gold rings. It sports a telescopic design that extends to 15 feet, retracts to less than six feet for easy storage, and is compatible with mounts that accept 1-1/2″ outriggers. It also comes with heavy-duty line guides, is very tough, and is designed to reduce stress on gunnels and T-tops.
- Lightweight and very tough.
- Sleek design, very durable.
- Easy to store, excellent compatibility.
The XD outrigger comes as a pair of anodized aluminum poles with a dark glossy finish. They are ideal for sports fishing, come with double locking push pins and heavy-duty line guides. The pair also comes with a high-grade mesh bag and is UV protected for the most durability.
- Heavy-duty performance.
- Highly durable.
- Lightweight, sleek design.
Outriggers Buying Guide
Outriggers improve the efficiency of your fishing lines to lure fish and combat the challenges that come with trolling. They improve your chances for a good catch and with multiple lures, are less suspicious to your target fish.
Our buying guide reviews the outriggers on the market based on their specified features and tested performance to give you the best options to choose from. We then take it a step further to outline the particular factors you should consider and qualities you should look out for in an outrigger before you make a purchase.
The length of your outrigger pole is the first factor you want to consider. The longer the outrigger, the wider your strike zone. However, the length should be chosen according to the size of your boat. For smaller boats, shorter outriggers should be used to prevent too much tilt from the leverage. Outriggers also come in either fixed lengths or telescopic designs. Telescopic outriggers offer the advantage of being easy to store and easy to deploy when variable lengths are needed.
Stand-alone vs. Outrigger Kit
When shopping for an outrigger, you can choose to either go for a stand-alone outrigger or buy an outrigger kit that contains the outrigger, mounts, bungees, stoppers, etc. Some experienced prefer to buy the individual items to suit their needs but these will generally be more expensive. Outrigger kits are ideal for newbies or anglers who want the most value for money without worrying about compatibility.
The material from which your outrigger is made is another important factor to consider. It should be lightweight, highly durable, and stiff enough to resist shock or impact, but still flexible enough for the best performance. Fiberglass and aluminum are the most popular materials you’ll see in an outrigger pole. They are both very tough but fiberglass is lighter than aluminum. Aluminum is more durable and stronger than fiberglass, but less flexible.