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An outrigger in fishing refers to an extended horizontal arm or pole mounted on a boat to enhance trolling capabilities. Typically made of materials like aluminum or fiberglass, outriggers are positioned on the sides of the boat to spread fishing lines, lures, or baits over a wider area. Rigging lines connect the outrigger arms to the boat, allowing anglers to raise, lower, and adjust their position. Fishing lines are attached to release clips on the outrigger lines, enabling them to detach when a fish strikes. The adjustable height feature allows anglers to set the desired trolling spread height. Outriggers are particularly beneficial in offshore fishing, offering advantages such as increased spread, reduced line tangling, and the ability to troll multiple lines with different presentations. They are commonly used in pursuit of large pelagic fish like marlin, sailfish, and tuna, especially in tournament fishing scenarios.

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