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Fifine Renaud Fishing Rods April 01, 2018 22:19:13
In the simplest of descriptions the Alabama Rig (or sometimes referred to as the "A-Rig") is the bass fishermans means to present an artificial school of bait-fish to their prey. There are generally two styles of these lures: 1) 3-wire set-ups and 4-wire set-ups. In general the A-Rig has wire arms (3 or 4 depending on the particular lure youre using) extending from a central post with each arm and central post designed to mount separate lures. The center of the wire arms is a molded lure head and a straight wire extends back from it and holds another lure. Each arm (or wire) may be bent to varying angles and each has a simple swivel to attach the lure. When properly assembled the Alabama Rig resembles a school of bait-fish and let me tell you so far has proven a sure-fire weapon in the tackle arsenal of serious anglers.
It is important when rigging the bait to keep the baits as close together as possible without getting them tangled unless of course you intend to "spread out" your particular presentation of schooling bait-fish or shad. Some anglers use the Alabama Rig as their "search" bait much like a spinner-bait is used to seek out schooling or suspended fish in open water while other anglers prefer to aim their rig at precise targets. They will fan-cast to points piles humps and other aquatic cover in a technique similar to that of using a crank-bait. Still other anglers will cast shallow varying depth with their rig to where they believe the fish are hunkered down. A common presentation technique for this innovative tackle design is to cast out count the amount of time it takes to reach bottom and then retrieve. If a fish doesnt strike the baits then subtract a second from your count on the next drop-down to depth and retrieve. Repeat until either you catch a fish or conclude that you have covered that particular column and area of water. This tactic works well on deep drop-off points and submerged mounds or humps. Also when fishing swim baits or jigs on your A-Rig you can vary the weight of the jig heads to make it sink faster or slower as well as changing the retrieve speed to either sustain or descend your school of bait-fish in the water column. Ultimately your presentation will depend on the where you believe the fish to be located and thus how deep shallow slow or fast you want to fish.