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Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:19 PM
Agreed, its all in the lawyers on Patents... most never bother to actually incur the patent costs and fees, just say Pats Pend and hope they slide along while an item is hot...
Such minor changes could be made, even a few for the better and still use same concept on a simple device...
Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:29 PM
i think these things are gonna be the next hot thing, i just dont understand how they are legal in a tournament because you can only use 2 hooks at a time but i think every pro that made the final cut at the flw tournament on guntersville was throwing this thing, maybe its only legal in certain states?
Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:38 PM
this depends on the state. For instance, having 5 hooks may be illegal in most states, but 2 or 3 hooks is not. So you could still use the rig with 5 lures, you just can't have all 5 with hooks. From my understanding, this is what striper guys do.
Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:51 PM
here is the one i made tonight, pretty rough but im gonna work on it this week
Edited by Juice780, 23 October 2011 - 09:52 PM.
Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:55 PM
At $25 for some wire and swivels, there'll be lots of people making their own versions of these things, I put one together in thirty minutes tonight. Pretty simple looking, just hope it runs correct. I believe if you weight your baits properly that you put on, it'd be hard to mess up.
Posted 23 October 2011 - 10:15 PM
i'm curious if the actually alabama rig is using stainless wire. Of course, the gauge looks stout enough that it shouldn't matter, especially since you have 5 times the chance of loosing it!
Posted 23 October 2011 - 10:36 PM
How did you connect your wires? Looks good by the way. I really need to figure this thing out, we have another tournament next weekend.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:07 AM
I would also like to know how you connected your secondary wires to the main wire? Going to have to talk to a game warden to see if this is legal in Indiana with two wires (since we are only alowed two baits per pole) or does this count as one lure per the main body? The next thing will be the crappie and white bass fishermen will down size it for their fishing. Maybe even work good for trolling livebait for walleye?
Posted 24 October 2011 - 08:17 AM
Good luck with the patent ....... it's been used for stripers for decades ....... called an umbrella rig. Here in MD you can only have 2 hooks per lure so you put smaller lures w/o hooks on the wire arms and tandem 2 larger lures behind them so it looks like a couple of swimbait size fish chasing bait .......... catches tons of fish .......
Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:02 AM
What kind of wire did you use.....and where did you get it.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:36 PM
Here's my take on the Alabama rig, adapted to pass most fish and game laws as well as tournament rules...
And totally original new ideas incorporated...
Its a bit more compact, still spreads the trailing baits nicely and crank imparts a bit of extra action to the rig...
Catching Concepts Cali Rig ???
Edited by CatchingConcepts, 24 October 2011 - 01:40 PM.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:44 PM
I would imagine that alot of people will start making these. As long as it is 10% different than the A-rig than you are good to go.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 04:33 PM
I used ss wire I use for my hook hangers for my crank baits, I ordered some heavier gauge wire cause what I have I don't think will work. I bent my secondary wires in half then used the main wire that goes through the bait to twist around the secondary wires then hid it inside the wood part then epoxied everything together. My buddy said they swam good and had smallmouth chasing it when he was trying it out. Gonna have to add more weight to the wood so it will swim level.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 05:02 PM
Juice, do you have any pictures of the wires before you epoxied them in? I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:20 PM
I'm also still trying to figure out the length of the wires/
Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:21 PM
No sorry I don't have any pics looks like the wires stick out around 8 inches
Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:30 PM
Thanks Juice. I think I will order a spool of 035 Spinnerbait Wire (73 feet), and get cutting. I have an idea about connecting them, just need the wire to give it a try. I've got 12 days to get some finished.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:09 AM
10% difference is a myth ask any patent attorney there is still intent involved and anything typed on the net could come back and bite you if it ever came down to it!!