Yesterday the carbon fiber outriggers arrived from Tigress for this season’s outrigger test, along with a pair of rail mount outrigger bases. (See my old post at http://www.boats.com/boat-content/2010/03/a-new-breed-of-outrigger/ for a run-down on the new carbon-fibers I saw at the Miami Boat Show; Tigress agreed to send me a pair to test out over the summer.) The carbon fibers are what’s really new, but after checking out the mounts a little more closely, I think a lot of anglers will find these of interest, too. Here’s what they look like:
I asked Tigress to send me the rail-mount version for two reasons: so I wouldn’t have to cut a lot of holes in my boat for a seasonal test, and because my T-top doesn’t have aluminum outrigger base plates in it. Many anglers face these same problems, and may delay or eliminate getting outriggers as a result. But these rail-mounts give us another option.
Most of us have ,at one time or another, dealt with clamp-on rail mounted rodholders, and we already know that virtually every one of them will rotate on the railing no matter how tightly you clamp it. This is the same weakness with outrigger rail mounts, and since outrigger mounts are under constant pressure, it pretty much eliminates rail-mounting as a reasonable option – except when it comes to these Tigress mounts. What’s different? These have a pin which goes into a single hole you drill into the pipework, to prevent slippage. After handling the mounts (and yes, these suckers are beefy and strong!) I’m pretty darn sure this system will do the job perfectly. I’m heading for the Norfolk Canyon on a tilefish and grouper trip early in the AM so I won’t be able to mount these guys until next week, but I’ll report back then, and let you know how they look and feel after the install. In the mean time, if you need outriggers and none of the traditional mounting methods will work for you, hold off and consider these rail mounts – I’m thinking they’re an excellent option for those of us who don’t want to cut more holes, and have T-tops that don’t have plates.