Few lures can say they revolutionize the fishing lure industry. In recent history, the Lucky Craft RC series designed what has taken off as the plastic mold square bill rising where every major lure company has a knockoff. Another company that has to be included was Lunker City who had their registered Slug-Go duplicate in some form or another by every soft plastic lure manufacture. Now there is one more revolutionary lure coming out for anglers to fish with that is going to again incite the fishing tackle industry; probably to duplicate the original once again. The Alabama Rig® is the first of its kind without a real category to classify it in.
Now before we go any farther it’s time to correct any of the misconceptions about The Alabama Rig. First, The Alabama Rig (www.thealabamarig.com) is patent pending; any other are copy cats. Secondly, the Alabama Rig is a lure and considered a lure in bass tournaments unless the tournament rules state otherwise. Anglers will have to research their federal,state and local fishing regulations to make sure The Alabama Rig can be used while fishing. Third, The Alabama Rig was designed to be casted and retrieved by an angler unlike umbrella rigs that are designed to be trolled with the outboard engine. The other physical characteristics being the line connecting the lures to the end of the umbrella rig limbs.
Similar to other lures, The Alabama Rig has to be prepared before it can be fished. That’s where it gets interesting. The Alabama Rig can be configured several different ways; in fact there is no wrong way to spread the wires or what lures to connect to the swivels. Andy and Tammy Poss, owners and manufactures of The Alabama Rig like to have the wires spread out enough to keep the lures from tangling with each other. “There are two common ways I like to rig The Alabama Rig. I like to spread out four of the wires away from the center wire; only pulling the wires out far enough to keep the lures from tangling. The closer you keep the wires, the more bites you will get,” said Andy Poss.
The Alabama Rig is a lure that has a head with five separate wires, swivels, and lures connected. It can be rigged several ways. “The two most common ways to rig The Alabama Rig is a radius pattern or horizontal pattern. Both have their advantages. The radius pattern can be used when topwater fishing across aquatic vegetation or with a Carolina rig dragged across bottom structure. On the other hand, the horizontal pattern is great for casting to schooling fish or around boat docks,” explained Andy Poss. The Alabama Rig can be rigged with almost any lure selection an angler wants to hook to it. “The most common lures anglers use on The Alabama Rig is soft swimbaits, grubs, Storming Hornets, spoons, Roostertails, Super Fluke Junior, soft bodied frogs, or any lure that can be attached to the swivel. Poss also noted that lure color can be crucial when fishing with The Alabama Rig. “I use watermelon seed or transparent color patterns on reservoirs where the water is not stained and smoking blue or natural shad on reservoirs with stained water,” said Andy Poss.
Andy Poss uses specific tackle when fishing The Alabama Rig. “I use 80-pound Power Pro braid line, with a 7-foot IM6 custom built fishing rod,” said Andy Poss. The braid line is necessary for feeling the bites and setting the hooks while the stout rod for landing two or three fish at one time. He also mentioned that having the right jig heads were vital when fishing with The Alabama Rig. “Having the right hooks will help you catch and land fish. We sell specially poured jig heads with bigger, stronger hooks that will increase an angler’s hook up ratio,” said Andy Poss. Another suggestion when fishing with The Alabama Rig includes using a heavier jig with the center lure. This keeps The Alabama Rig better balanced when retrieving.
Similar to other lures, The Alabama Rig will catch more fish using the right presentation. Of course your presentation may vary every day depending on water temperatures, how aggressive the fish are and where they are located. Andy Poss uses two techniques most of the time when fishing with The Alabama Rig. “The first presentation is slow rolling it through schools of bait or fish. The other presentation is burning it in fast, killing it; letting it fall then burning it and letting it fall back to the boat. Fish will usually slam it as The Alabama Rig is falling,” explained Andy Poss. Unlike other lures, Poss noted that The Alabama Rig can catch fish year round by prime time on TVA lakes like Lake Wilson and Pickwick Lake is September thru the end of April; in addition to catching fish all day long on it and not just an early morning or late evening bite. One other suggestion Poss on presentation was if fish are bumping or short striking the lures to downsize the lures attached to The Alabama Rig or change the angle of presentation.
It’s already been used in bass tournaments and several professional Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are planning on fishing with them next year. Are you ready to fish with the new revolutionary fishing lure?
The Alabama Rig article provided by Brad Wiegmann Outdoors for www.thealabamarig.com.
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