Edited by RayburnGuy, 02 November 2011 - 02:15 PM.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:14 PM
I must say I was pretty skeptical about this rig when first reading about it and watching the videos. It seemed to me like it would be useful only in a very limited set of conditions. After fishing yesterday and seeing the number of fish that were following hooked fish to the boat it made me wish I had one to try. The fish were chasing schools of small shad and would have probably went nuts over this rig. May have to try and build a couple just for the heck of it.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 02 November 2011 - 02:15 PM.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:56 PM
Rayburn im about to have some made before long. Dont spend any money on em. I'll send you one to try out. It is amazing to me how much attention this rig is getting. I have three of the original alabama rigs. I have fished them quite often over the last few weeks. So far im not blown away by them. I have had just as much luck with a single swimbait. I fish a lot and I love the idea. I just think its like any other lure. There is always a time and a place for it.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:10 AM
Thanks Clint. And your definitely right about all the attention it's getting. I seriously doubt that most fishermen will go to the trouble to learn what conditions and lures work best on the thing and will end up fishing it a few times and then sticking it in the "don't catch" lure pile. I cobbled one together this afternoon just for the heck of it. Haven't decided about putting a head on it or what would be the best way, and material, to make a head for it. I may try it without a head and see what happens before I go any farther. My fishing buddy told me that if I made one of them I better make two just in case they worked so he could have one. lol
Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:01 AM
Moreland wins FLW Kentucky Lake. Thats two tournments in a row won on this bait. The thing that most people are missing is this bait catches supended bass! Elias was running down the lake and spotted bass twenty feet deep in thirty feet of water. Stopped his boat, threw out the alabama rig, let it sink about ten to fifteen feet and started to retrieve it. The bass came up from twenty feet and smashed it. Limit in no time. Now how many guys can catch suspended bass on any rig? Not many, if this works it will change tournment fishing. Just run around the lake looking for suspended schools of bass and bait and throw the alabama rig!
Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:59 AM
That's what I was thinking when I watched the video interview of Paul at the first tournament. I was in a situation the other day where bass were feeding on schools of small shad in shallow water (3 to 8 feet) and on multiple occasions there would be 3 to 5 bass following a hooked fish to the boat. I'm thinking it might also work in a situation such as that as well.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 01:57 PM
In case anyone is wondering if the Alabama Rig is legal to fish in Texas here is a word for word copy of the reply I got from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Here's the word from one of our head Game Wardens:
It is my opinion that the Alabama rig is a lawful artificial bait.
Keep in mind, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take fish with one or more hooks attached to a line or artificial lure used in a manner to foul-hook a fish (snagging or jerking). A fish is foul-hooked when caught by a hook in an area other than the fish's mouth.
L. David Sinclair
Chief of Staff - Division Director I
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Law Enforcement Division
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:50 PM
Here's a nice fish I caught on my makeshift A-rig the other day... I was throwing some swimbaits on it and had a fish that went 4.5 crush it right off the back. Then later in the evening I saw this toad destroy it. I also had a smallmouth try to jump in the boat after it! Tried it today and threw the heck out of it without a bite. However, I definitely didn't catch a lot of fish, so it showed it has it's time.
This fish went 8.2lbs!
Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:01 AM
Nice fish A-MAC...nice looking umbrella rig too..Im not going to call it a Alabama Rig because well apparently some guy in Alabama Invented it. I will say one thing for sure.. THE NAME SUCKS..I mean man where in the heck did he come up with that name. I might start calling some of my new baits the Cabarraus County Crank! Hey Mr. Poss...maybe next time you invent something call Tater and ask him what to name it...He's got a BS Degree in Marketing from BSU (Ball State University).
Personally I would have called it...The "DreamCatcher" Rig..kinda fits don't it
Edited by The_Rookie, 05 November 2011 - 12:03 AM.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:07 AM
You can troll a crankbait and catch those same suspended bass too...No wait sorry.. I forgot..trolling is not legal in bass fishing tournaments...What was I thinking... I rest my case on "THE ALABAMA RIG". Give the poor fish a break. What's next a down rigger on a rod.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:28 AM
Beautiful fish A-Mac! The expression on your face says it all. Good time for sure. Your "A- Rig" looks great and I bet even better when that bass was hanging from the end of it. Now that is confirmation. Well done!
Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:50 PM
Here is how to make the A-rig. Use .041 straight wire shafts, 7.5 inches long. Take one wire shaft and bend a small loop in it with the tag end coming out the top.This will be the main wire shaft. Take five more wire shafts and bend a closed loop on the end with swivels and bass snaps inside the loop. On the other end of the 5 wire shafts bend a loop like at the end of a spinnerbait arm but don't close it completely. Using the first main wire shaft with loop on end attach the remaining five wire shafts to the loop on it closing the loops on each shaft to the main wire. Take a Do-it Spinnerbait Mold and drill out the area it the bottom of the mold where the hook would come out. place you wire rig into the mold with the main wire coming out the top and the five wire shafts with swivels and snaps coming out the bottom. Use Alumilite super plastic ( Alumilite.com) to pour the head. It will come out of the mold in five minutes. After removing from mold, clean up head from extra Alumilite with a knife. Then bend a loop in the main wire coming out of head to make a line tie. Paint head to desired color. It is that simple.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:20 AM
I was using .035ish wire and it did fine... Of course, I guess it just depends on the rigidity (for lack of a better word) of the SS wire. I also used a plastic resin, no filler. I basically made a mold from on of my cranks and just inserted the wire harness. I put twisted wire and bent the tags toward the nose and then looped the 5 other wire ends over the tags. Needless to say, the thing is pretty solid.
I thought it was funny though. I threw that rig a lot on the second day and never caught a fish. It's a darn good thing people want this thing banned! Bunch of dingbats that are afraid someone might have a 1 up on them...
One thing I noticed throwing this is that both of might fish hit the lure on an eratic retrieve. I would stop the bait, all the lures would fall in sync, and as soon as I would start to retrieve it would get slammed. I saw the big girl hit. She side swiped it. I swear that fish had every lure in its mouth before the hookset! She wanted them all!
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:26 AM
One thing I will point out. I didn't really have enough fancy swimbait hooks to make mine run "upright". No matter what, each swimbait would come in right side up, but the rig would not necessarily be correct. You need larger weights on the bottom lures to make it always run correct; however, I really don't think it matters now. I think the fish that are going to hit it get so siked-up seeing a lonely 6 fish school that it doesn't matter if the leader of the pack is on its side.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 12:27 PM
Nice job, and nice fish!!!
Which wire got bit? Did the wire bend with the fish on?
Edited by mark poulson, 06 November 2011 - 12:28 PM.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:01 PM
Nice catch A-Mac!! Great job on the rig building also!!
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:46 PM
they all did! that fish tried to eat them all with a side swipe! The lure on top and closest to the fish was the one that hooked up. Yeah, the wires go pretty screwed up, but they bent back no probs. It's not as pretty as it once was. Dang thing does not come over crossbeams under docks very well. I'm sure they would be worse with tree tops
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:47 PM
I didnt follow your directions exactly...but will this work?
Who wants to test it?
Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:26 AM
Its coming your way Mike. PONY EXPRESS!! just like I always ship.
Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:09 PM
How are you guys twisting the 5 wires together where the head will be? I read timturr's description, but wasn't exactly clear on his technique.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 07 November 2011 - 02:12 PM.