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Since Paul Elias won the FLW (Forrest L. Wood) Tournament on Lake Guntersville with a 102lb bag, the Bass fishing community has been buzz about the Alabama Rig. Right from the start people have called foul, petitioning to ban the rig from tournaments and recreational fishing alike. It is hard to have a conversation about Bass fishing without the A-rig and it's legality coming up. Recently B.A.S.S. has banned the Alabama Rig from its Classic and Elite Series Stating “I don’t have a problem with the use of umbrella rigs or multi-lure rigs to catch bass. If you are out fun fishing, there may be nothing more fun to use. However, our events represent the highest level of professionalism in our sport and I think as participants of these events, we should be held to a higher standard, as well. I like the idea of one rod, one reel, one lure.”
The main argument against the A-Rig is that many of the bodies of inland water in the United States have laws to the numbers of hooks and or baits a fishermen has on his or her line. California defines a "Lure" as "A manufactured article or object equipped with one or more hooks designed to attract or catch fish." This definition is pretty similar state to state leading people outraged by the decision to question other baits with multiple hooks as a way to vent steam over the decision.
Umbrella rigs have been used for years to trick fish in the ocean on large trolling setups for years. What surprised me was it took this long for someone to downsize it and go after smaller quarry. The other thing that I do not understand is the notion that the Alabama is a super lure of some kind that gives it's wielder an unfair advantage over the competition, allowing them to catch a 5 Bass limit in one cast. Tournaments where the football jig and crank bait is abandoned for a 3 or 4 ounces of swimbaits puttering through the water. It might be what the lure companies want you to think but nothing is that easy, that is why they call it fishing. I think B.A.S.S. banning the Alabama Rig has stoked the fire that may have burned out on it's self.
What do you think? Tell me in comments, thanks for reading.