Alabama Rig: tips, tricks, and tweaks

I'm hard pressed to think of another bait that has caused such an uproar amongst bass fisherman. Over the past year I've read articles pronouncing it a "miracle bait", others condemning it, going as far as to accuse the Alabama Rig of destroying fish populations. Whether you're in favor of the Alabama Rig or not, you cannot argue its ability to catch schooling fish when other baits fall short. While the "rig" is quite effective on its own, there are many modifications that can be done to further increase the its productivity. Over the past year I've experimented with different models, trailers, and various other components and have dialed in what I consider to be my "perfect" rig. We all have different fishing styles and fish in different environments, this must be taken in to account. Even so, I hope you are able to learn from my experiences and further increase your effectiveness with the A-rig.

Whether you're fishing shallow grass flats or deep ledges you can adapt the Alabama Rig to meet your needs. Its not a cure all but it definitely helps you catch more fish in a variety of conditions.

For the products I use when fishing the Alabama Rig visit the following links: Alabama Rigs Keitech Swimbaits Dobyns 784 ML Rod Dirty Jigs Swimbait Head

Socal Slugfest

Good music, hard hook sets, and monster bass, does it get any better??? By now nearly all of the members of the Tactical Bassin community recognize Adam Hinkle when he submits a video. For those of you who don't, Adam is a regular contributor and his work is much appreciated. Some of his recent pieces include Beating the Bank for Giants, Fall Jig Madness, and Mapping Your Approach. Adam Brings a unique perspective and a whole different style to the Tactical community.

True to form, Adam is smashing fish in Southern California. Lucky for us, we get a front row seat to the show. These fish were caught on the 8" Huddleston Swimbait in both ROF 5 and 12. The rod you see is a Dobyns 795 MLSB. Adam's approach to swimbaits is quite a bit different from my own. He uses 20 lb mainline and smaller hooks to draw the heavily-pressured Southern California bass into the open. It just goes to show there isn't always a right and a wrong way to catch these big bass. Its important to experiment and develop confidence but always stay open to progression.

Also, for those of you who are confined to smaller boats and are drooling over the net they keep sliding out of the rod locker, that is a Hiber-Net by Frabill. Its quite a bit different than what I carry but after watching how nicely it stores I may have to check it out myself.