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Best Outrigger Pole: Carbon Fiber or Aluminum? Plus, Step-by-Step How to Rig it.

Tele-Outrigger poleThe best outrigger poles are carbon fiber because they are much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. Why does that matter? Taco Marine’s carbon fiber outrigger poles easily pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – which is difficult to do with aluminum poles.

Plus, only Taco Marine’s carbon fiber outrigger poles have an innovative swivel roller design mechanism that pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. For more information about these innovative award-winning poles, click here on Carbon Fiber Poles.

The Taco Marine step-by-step video below shows you how to set up the outrigger cords, attach the swivels and pulleys, set the tension on the poles, install the outrigger cords to the gunnel as well as how and where to attach your fishing line.

If you would like more information on Taco Marine’s outrigger products, click here.  If want to know where to buy Taco Marine outrigger products, click here.

2016 Innovation Award for Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winner of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles.

The awards recognize exceptionally innovative new consumer marine products, and this year’s judges evaluated 77 products and selected 17 winners in 16 categories.

Tele-Outrigger poleTaco Marine’s new innovative design for carbon fiber outrigger poles is much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. These outrigger poles can pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – difficult to do with aluminum poles. The innovative swivel roller design mechanism pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. For more information about these award-winning poles click Carbon Fiber Poles.

 

The Innovation Awards judging committee is composed of BWI members who do product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. The committee is co-chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and Alan Wendt.  Prochazka is a boating and travel journalist and photographer who has been in the marine industry for two decades. She regularly writes for a dozen magazines including SEA, SAIL, Bluewater Sailing and Southern Boating. Wendt is president of Boating Writers International and has served as a judge for more than 15 years. The other esteemed Innovation Award judges are:

  • Frank Lanier: An author and award-winning journalist, his articles on seamanship, marine equipment reviews and vessel maintenance appear regularly in numerous marine publications worldwide.
  • Marilyn Mower: Past editor of ShowBoats International, Southern Boating and the Marine Business Journal magazines and currents Books Editor for Boat International Media producing annual editions ofThe Superyachts, Megayachts: Concept, Design, Construction and Refit.
  • Lenny Rudow: Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media and Electronics Editor for BoatUS Magazine, and Boating Editor for Texas Fish & Game.
  • Lawrence Husick: Patent attorney, entrepreneur, freelance writer for several boating publications, and life-long cruising sailor. He has worked with innovators in the marine industry as both counsel and consultant, and frequently speaks to audiences about new technologies afloat.
  • Nigel Calder: Well-known industry author and Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues.
  • Gary Reich: Editor at large for Chesapeake Bay Magazine and regularly published in periodicals such asSoundings, PassageMaker, Chesapeake Bay, and Lakeland Boating magazines, and online at boats.com and boattrader.com.

Santa picks his favorite bag and pole.

Neptune Leaning Post bag

Santa traded his big red bag for the handy Taco Marine Neptune Neptune Storage BagCarry-All Gear and Tackle Storage Bag. Why? It’s tear-resistant and keeps presents, gear and tackle dry because of the clever drainage points throughout the bottom. It also fits inside Taco Marine‘s Neptune II Leaning post. There’s plenty of interior and exterior pockets to store tools, cell phones, sunglasses, and even sun block for his days off.

Tele-Outrigger poleSanta’s also carrying Taco Marine’s new, Carbon-Fiber Tele-Outrigger Pole! The first pole of its kind,  this innovative design is much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. Santa can now pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – difficult to do with aluminum poles. The swivel roller design mechanism pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. And Santa is picky about his poles, especially the one up North.

Click Neptune Tackle Storage Bag, Carbon Fiber Center Rigger Pole or Tele-Outrigger Pole for more product information.

 

Marlin causes fisherman to jump out of his boat!

This is funny but also dangerous at the same time. How would you have done things differently had you been on this fishing boat? (Note the fisherman swimming back to the boat in the background). We want to hear your tips and suggestions for these fishermen, so please comment below, thanks!

How to rig outriggers using Taco Marine’s Premium Rigging Kit

Taco Marine’s step-by-step video shows you how to set up the outrigger cords, attach the swivels and pulleys, set the tension on the poles, install the outrigger cords to the gunnel as well as how and where to attach your fishing line.

 

If you would like more information on Taco Marine’s outrigger products, click here. If want to know where to buy Taco Marine outrigger products, click here.

 

 

Installing t-top outrigger mounting plates

We were recently asked, “What’s involved with mounting an outrigger system to a t-top that isn’t outfitted with the needed mounting plates – and can the average boater do it themselves?”

Captain Mark Henderson, from the Liquid Fire Fishing team, replies; “A Taco Marine welded-in extrusion, which is pre-drilled and tapped for the mounting hardware for a soft top, t-top, is the best and easiest way – and have a fabricator weld this piece into the top. Taco Marine also offers aluminum mounting brackets, which are predrilled for the bases and mounting hardware, for hard top installation. The use of these specified items will lessen cost and time, and they are specific to the installation of the Taco Marine Grand Slam bases. Once you have that in place, check out this outrigger installation video:

Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV: Episode 1

Ship Shape TV Host John GriviskisTaco Marine  an exciting year-long project with Ship Shape TV that encompasses upgrading a 1989 Pursuit 2650 boat to 2016 Model Year standards using the latest, most current Taco Marine products. Once completed, the boat will be auctioned off with proceeds being donated to a non-profit organization. With the help of Taco Marine's Ship Shape project boatShip Shape TV and other companies in the marine industry, like Taylor Made and Yamaha, this boat will surely be in high demand. Watch the first episode below:

Click here for a Taco Marine $100 Outrigger coupon and Click Here for a $25 coupon for LED marine lightingBoth Only good until March 31st – so hurry!

Stocking Stuffers for the boater: Rigging kit, Drink holder, Fishing plier and knife holder, Filet boards

Outrigger rigging kit5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Boater in Your Life.

1. Rigging Kits: With 4 kits to choose from, one of these could make an excellent choice for stuffing Santa’s  stocking hanging from the hearth. Depending on the kit, they could include quality release clips, shock cord w/stainless steel snaps and pulley, barrel swivels, snap swivels, crimps, stainless steel pad eyes, balsa wood floats and screws, UV protected dacron line. All packaged in a durable blue marine mesh bag. Click Rigging Kits to find out more info, here for where to buy

2. Drink Holders: Santa has 1 or 2 drink holder styles which  hold full-sized insulated drinks and mugs. Stainless steel mounting screws are provided for flat or bulkhead mounting, and some drink holders come with suction cups.

Knife & Plier Holder3. Fishing Plier & Knife Holder: Santa-safe and convenient, it holds a pair of pliers and two knives. The white UV-stabilized polyethylene material resists sun damage and includes stainless steel mounting screws.

4. Removable Bait & Filet Board: This handy Removable filet boardfilet board can be attached in just seconds, stores flat and includes everything needed for mounting. It holds a knife and pliers and its heavy-duty, UV-stabilized polyethylene construction resists the harsh marine environment and reindeer horns.  

Adjustable Poly Filet table is rugged and tilts at any angle5. Adjustable Poly Filet Table Taco Marine’s filet tables have an adjustable tilt and fit into any rod holder. These FDA approved tables are made from UV-stabilized, high density polyethylene – it may not fit in a stocking, but it easily slides down a chimney.

Be sure to contact the dealer/store, (like Bass Pro shops, West Marine and your local dealers), to confirm they have the item you want in stock, as Santa’s elves are gathering them up quickly.