My Evaluation Of The Alabama Rig
Posted March 18 2012 - 08:10 PM
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Posted March 19 2012 - 05:46 AM
well over 150 lbs of fish! Most of the guys I know are catching size and numbers, winning tournaments
and claiming the big bass to go with it.
The Rig is THE BOMB!
However, you still have to find the fish. When you do, hold on and brace yourself, this is no sissy bite!
I'm still experimenting with a variety of presentations, but the #1 aspect is flash in the middle. Some are
just using a bigger bait, but I like a blade. I'm rigging small LFT Live Magic Shad weightless on the outer
arms, Johnson Silver Minnow in the middle. I would estimate the total weight to be just an ounce or so.
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Posted March 19 2012 - 07:18 AM
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Posted March 19 2012 - 08:29 AM
Posted March 19 2012 - 10:16 AM
, but wait till post spawn when they school back up ..............Remember its just another tool.
I believe this is key
Posted March 19 2012 - 10:41 AM
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Posted March 19 2012 - 12:53 PM
I just recently bought one and haven't tried it yet, though I can't wait to. It seems to me that the A-rig is more of a novelty lure, but I can't honestly give my thoughts on it until I actually throw it. What type of line, rod, reel are you guys using when you throw it?
Saltwater guys have been using the umbrella rig (th A-rig is essentially an umrella rig) for years. It is far from a novelty rig, however it is just recently being used in freshwater to target bass.
Posted March 19 2012 - 02:54 PM
My fishing buddy I.M. HaungUp and I fished Rayburn last weekend, two days, Saturday (12 hours) and Sunday (about 7 hours). We each had Alabama rigs; mine the "original", his a knockoff that actually looked better and included some cool looking swim baits. We caught a total of 18 bass, using Senkos, T-rigged Grande Bass Rattlesnakes, square billed crank baits, and rattletraps. Got a couple of spinner bait hits, but missed the hook sets. Got a couple jerkbait hits.
So we alternated throwing A-rig for a couple of hours each day. He stuck with the original swim baits; I began with Flukes and switched to paddle tail swim baits. Total haul was ZERO, nada, zilch, unless you count some of the hydrilla we dredged up from time to time.
He threw his in the lake Sunday around noon. I waited until I got home to throw mine in the trash can.
Here are the problems I see with this rig:
(1) We've been trying for years to come up with line the fish can't see. Floro, green mono, whatever. Now you have this big ol' basket looking thing with black piano wire. What fish is gonna bit on THAT? A suicide bass mabye?
(2) The dang thing weighs ten pounds (exaggerated); its like swinging a baseball bat with a weight on it. Five or six casts and you're ready to go lay down for a while. I can't imagine throwing that thing all day, you'd need forearms like Popeye!
(3) It makes a splash sorta like a big gator jumping in. Or maybe two or three. Useful if you think the bass are asleep but otherwise I assume they'd be scared off.
(4) You use up a boatload of baits and at around $1 a pop these days this is gonna get expensive.
(5) No bites, no hits, nothing all day.
So: Worthless. Of course if you hooked up a fence shocker to it...hmmmm...
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