Love 'em or hate 'em the Alabama Rig is here to stay! Its been questioned, argued, bashed, and even banned... but the A-rig just keeps catching fish for the anglers that have stuck with it.
We thought it was time to revisit the Umbrella Rig now that all the dust has settled. We know you can't use it in most major tournaments but that doesn't stop you from prefishing, fun fishing, or trophy hunting with the rig. This week's video covers some of the changes that have come along as companies have fine-tuned their approach to this awesome technique.
The two biggest differences from rig to rig in today's market are blades vs. no blades, and the number of baits a rig can hold.
I don't think there is a right or wrong answer when it comes to these various options so you need to be prepared for every circumstance. The bladed rigs like the Yum Flash Mob or Flash mob junior seem to work best when the water is stained or you have overcast conditions. Once the skies and waters clear I prefer using a more finesse rig like the Boss "All wire" or Frenzy Baits Sniper.
If the fish have seen a lot of rigs it might be time to go custom. There are plenty of small manufactures making ultralight rigs with 6, 8, 10, and even 15+ baits on them. While this may seem excessive, if you're looking to fool the wariest of giants it might be worth considering.
The one part of the rig that we haven't changed our minds on at all is the hardware and baits. We're still using the Dirty Jigs Swimbait Head (usually 1/8 oz) and coupling it with either a 4.8 Keitech Fat Swing Impact or RI Skinny Dippers. The specifics of how we rig them is still the same as last year's video which you can see below.
We know this isn't a new topic but with all the changes and refinements that have been made to these rigs over the last few years we thought it was time to touch on the subject again. We hope this helps!