Same old dog, new tricks. It’s been awhile since something spectacular and new came along in fishing world and The Alabama Rig, also known as the umbrella rig, is one of the those old lures that came back with a whopping popular bang thanks to Bass Fishing Professional Paul Elias Laurel MS in an FLW Outdoors tournament October 2011, at Lake Guntersville. So much was the thunderous clap from the Alabama rig during that tournament in 2011 it carried over into 2012 and Bassmaster handed down a new A-rig tournament fishing regulation for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic.
Ignited largemouth bass
An entire fishing community responds. Elias dominated the toughest Guntersville tournament ever with the new presentation using Mann’s Hardnose Swimshads and Spiderwire braid 65-pound test line on a 7-foot Pinnacle flippin’ rod and reel. The hard bodied bait that rails five wire chandelier like rig tipped the tournament and all eyes to his favor. The presentation itself was to look like a school of baitfish causing Elias to be the most effective angler at Lake Guntersville, four consecutive stringer weighing over twenty pounds and a four day total of 102-8.
Bob Behrle came in second at the tournament
Also using the Alabama rig, rookie Pro Bob Behrle Hoover, Alabama, using 3 ½” Storm Swimbaits tipped with small blades of the grub variety, fished in second place next to legend Paul Elias. Behrle also fished four days worth of twenty-pound stringers for a 4-day total of 85-05.
Russell Lane Prattville Alabama came in third place with 74-04’ caught his stringers using a Big Bite Yo Daddy and Spro Big Daddy. Lane also begin using the A-rig the last two days of the tournament and presented with 3/8 ounce Buckeye JWill Swimbait heads and Cane Thumpers. Day 1 and 2 Lane fished 17 and 12 pounds after he got the new lease of fishing life and he fished days 3 and 4, 19 and 24 pounds.
Year in review:
- Stewardship teach new generations how to slow fish
- Alabama rig, the shot heard round the fishing world
- Alabama Rig is now mann’s owned
- Alabama rig is causing controversy in the fishing world
- Tennessee changes Alabama rig regulations