How to Use Fishing Outriggers

How to Use Fishing Outriggers

Trolling for bass ,whether off the coast of Florida or the South East Coast of Ireland,  requires anglers to use multiple tactics to catch bass consistently.  Downriggers are one tool used to get lures down deep when the fish are there, and  outriggers are another tool that gets the bait out away from the boat when fish are riding high in the water column.


Using the Outrigger

Step 1   Begin by lowering the outrigger into position that is horizontal to the surface of the water.  This  will ensure the lure will be at the optimal distance from the boat.

Step 2   Pull on the outrigger pulley rope to bring the line release down to you.  This release will hold the line in place while trolling and will let go of the line when a bass strikes.

Step 3   Take the rod and reel you intend to use with outrigger and place the lure in the water while disengaging the reel to let line out.  Allow the lure to get back 50 to 75 feet behind the boat and then engage the reel.

Step 4  Once the lure is set behind the boat,squeeze the outrigger release with one hand to open the jaws,  place the line in the middle of the jaws and let go the release.  The line should be firmly in the outrigger release.

Step 5  Disengage the reel in order to let line go and begin to pull on the outrigger pulley  rope to send the release with the  line in it to the end of the outrigger.  Once the release is in place , engage the reel and tighten up the slack in the line.  When a bass strikes the lure, the line will come free from the release and you are free to fight trophy of a lifetime.