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    make your own alabama rig
from landm #19856  
10/23/2011 10:04:33 PM


 ok, lets hear it. Is it possible to get a striper rig and modify to work like the alabama rig thats so popular all of the sudden? What would you do?

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   I was thinking the thing same way l&m from Wackoman  10/24/2011 7:42:08 AM

I suspect the wire on the striper rig may be too heavy but I don't know.

You would have to shorten it up and if it is made of like spring steel you might have trouble modifying it without weakening it.

Then Maybe fasten a bullet weight to it where the wires are joined.

I will pick one up and work with it some. DIY may be the only way to get your hands on one anytime soon.

Excellent post dude.

   What surprises me from Jeff Hahn  10/24/2011 8:14:09 AM
 What surprises me about this rig is that all the baits are attached to swivels, which are attached to dark wires, and the recommendation is to fish it on 80-100 pound braid. Apparently, the "reaction" effect is so strong that it over-comes the fact that all of those components are obviously highly visible to bass. No need for light line or fluorocarbon to keep from spooking the bass!

Jeff Hahn

   Yes Jeff from Wayne P.  10/24/2011 8:22:11 AM
 Classic "Mythbusters" at work debunking the fish spooked by visible line and hardware myth.

   water clarity from ltd6767  10/24/2011 9:07:29 AM
 Let's see if it works in clear water situations...

   clear water from dbnaileng #19046  10/24/2011 11:22:49 AM
 I watched a guy fishing it below wilson dam yesterday to catch smallies. He caught a few and the water was pretty clear so I would say it's a safe bet that it would work in clear water.

   Wacko is this a start? from 5keepers  10/24/2011 11:37:43 AM

First try

   No, I mean CLEAR water from ltd6767  10/24/2011 11:38:04 AM
 Where I fish, I can read the date off a dime in 25 feet of water. When I say, clear, that is what I mean. The fish are line shy and I often fish with 6 lb. fluoro. I'm thinking they will shy away from the wire leaders and swivels. Of course I'm sure someone is already hard at work on creating a lighter wire version with less hardward for use in clear water...

   Might have known you would beat me to it 5. Ain't you supposed to be in the bed? from Wackoman  10/24/2011 12:48:05 PM

Looks nice. Paint the weight white ands puts some eyes on it. Was that wire easy enough to cut and bend? Will it hold a Guntersville 6 pounder?

We are gonna call it "FIVE KEEPERS AT A TIME!" Three easy payments of just $19.95. Paypal only please.

Nice job David! I mean partner.


P.S. Line shy fish are no myth WP. I have seen it wiht my own eyes.

   Wacko from 5keepers  10/24/2011 12:55:57 PM
  Finding the right wire at a reasonable cost is key. I don't have right wire but am close. The wire must bend but at the same time hold it's shape. I am using a light SS welding rod.
Ain't cheap......think I will just buy an AR.

Edited 10/24/2011 12:56:52 PM

   Bass and new lures from Ralph Manns  10/24/2011 1:14:26 PM
 When something totally different first appears, the bass likely see only a dominant feature. Their brains are a bit small to process a lot of detail. However, with experience, and C&R provides lots of experience, they can quickly learn to see details associated with being hooked.

I'm with the guys who predict a brief period of success and an eventual die-out as the fish learn this lure combo.

However, keep in mind that some fish never seem to learn. Consider the spinner-bait. For this lure I suggest that most bass fail to see two items. Often they open their mouths wide enough to get both. They seem to overlay the solid body object with the motion of the blades. When the the blade is the dominant feature and the body less visible under specific light conditions, the bass hit the blade rather than the body. I suggest that this mostly happens when the body is hard to see in contrast to the background. Perhaps this is why so many anglers find the white or white/chartreuse optimal daytime blade-skirt colors. It usually provides maximum contrast.

   Reinventing the wheel.. from MikeB/SpotCountry  10/24/2011 7:56:59 PM
 Just buy a mini umbrella rig..

Allatoona Bass Fishing (Atlanta, Georgia)

   Ala. Rig from bassprof #19455  10/25/2011 8:39:27 AM
 The Alabama Rig works in clear water, clear as it gets. Next time you talk to a striper guide ask him how many spots or large mouth he catches on his rig with heavy wire in clear water. If you are looking for light wire ,on line where you can order spinner bait parts you can find it. But by the time you pay the postage, and for all the parts you can buy one. The one posted looks pretty good to me, you did a good job

   thanks for the link MikeB - I got a couple ordered from RJR  10/25/2011 2:18:25 PM
 wonder if they are legal in Missouri!

   Umbrella rigs from RyanC/LanierSpots  10/25/2011 6:22:20 PM
 They make them for crappie fishing. It usually comes with the weight and arms. YOu just have to add the trailers and rigging..

Phone: 770-356-4136

   Alabama Rig Knockoff from Wayne P.  10/26/2011 6:23:14 PM

The parts for this was suggested on another web site. The wire is from the marker flags used for marking utility lines, lawn sprinkler heads, etc. The "head" and clamps at the snapswivels are aluminum ferrules used for making cables with loops on the ends. The largest ferrule is 1/8" and the 5 small ones are the 1/16' size. It took less than 5 minutes to assemble the parts. The aluminum ferrules were the most costly and the total cost was less than $5.00

Edited 10/26/2011 6:24:40 PM

Edited 10/26/2011 6:28:06 PM

   3 Hook Rule for the rig from Wayne P.  10/26/2011 7:28:30 PM
 Since for some locations it looks like only 3 hooks will be allowed, just put a couple willowleaf spinnerbait blades on two of the swivels and you will have a GIANT spinnerbait.

   Check your State DF&W Regs from sbasser #12126 #12126  10/26/2011 7:45:06 PM
 Ours allows 3 hooks, tho a treble hook only counts as one hook. No, it really doesn't make a lot of sense, but why should we expect that from the gummint? If you don't know your State's regs on number of hooks, you might want to check. C&R, Steve

   5keepers----Alabama Rigs for Sale from Wayne P.  10/26/2011 8:36:05 PM
 There is a post on BBC in the Lures & Fishing Stuff - Personal Sales .

Seven Alabama rigs for only $1,000. $160 for one.
Better hurry before all are sold.

   WayneP from 5keepers  10/26/2011 9:21:54 PM
 Not rich for my blood. Heck I made one when they were only $25 each.

   Well, we have one coming next week from Hellathump #12313 #12313  10/27/2011 9:09:12 PM
 I will have 1,000 ready for sale next week (late). The cost will be $18. There being made now for people who dont wanna make there own

   Umbrella rig from aubassin  10/27/2011 10:20:54 PM
 You can pick up umbrella rigs at Busters Bait and Tackle in Huntsville.

   The Heavy Line from BR400  10/29/2011 11:40:01 AM
 Is not to break it off when casting.......applies to big swimbaits too.

   very important from landm #19856  10/30/2011 9:31:13 AM
 please be careful out there! i know that everyone wants one of these things and they definately do catch em but alot of the knockoffs out there are pure JUNK> a friend started making them last wekend and it has taken 7 different models and a bunch or trial and errors to get one that "fishes" good and catches fish. I have seen quit a few out there that will break your heart when a good fish gets on there. Just my 2 cents cause ive seen alot of em and heard about a few (like the ones at Busters) Be Careful!

   Good advice landm from Wayne P.  10/30/2011 6:25:59 PM
 I know mine is JUNK, I made it out of JUNK, LOL.

BTW, the A-rig was responsible for the win at the Everstart event today. Most of the top 10 were using it.

   Homemade Rig from TWalters #14553 #14553  11/7/2011 9:43:34 AM
 I made one that looks similar to the photo above and took it to Wheeler this weekend to see if I could catch anything on it. Did catch 4 small stripers and one largemouth that was smaller than my swimming fluke. The only difference between mine and the one in the photo is I didn't use ferrules on the wire near the swivels. I just looped the wire after attaching the swivel. Now, will it hold up if a hawg hits it???? I have no idea, but it cost me less than $7 to make two of them.



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