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    States where Alabama rig is legal
from gmbj #13057 #13057  
12/18/2011 4:55:49 PM


 Can anyone tell me what states this rig is legal in. I went to Bass Pro in Cincinnati and saw a guy buy one, but I didnt pick one up because that was before I had heard of it. Anyone in Ohio use it yet with any success. I dont know what type of bait you would use on it. I have tried small 3.5" Bass Magic swimbaits in this state with no success. I have used the small Zoom type swimbaits meant for spinning gear with a little success, but nothing I would waste alot of time throwing. This state is one of the toughest I have ever fished in and if the "A" rig would help me catch more fish then Im all for it. This cant be legal for B.A.S.S sanctioned tournaments, maybe FLW but not Bass.Any info on this rig would be appreciatted.

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   There is from 5keepers  12/18/2011 6:03:20 PM
 an article in this month's just received BASSMASTER. Reading between the lines I am going to say BASS will permit unless prohibited by individual states. It is illegal in Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee and maybe other states according to article. Check rules/laws before fishing in your state.

   'A" Rig from gmbj #13057 #13057  12/18/2011 6:59:13 PM
 On lakes that I fish here I have seen what looks like shad boilng on the surface by the shoreline. I have seen this several times at the beginning of the season. Is this the shad spawn and are there bass that are feeding on the shad and have them pushed against the shore. I have tried to throw baits into the middle of this and retrieve it trying to get bit but no luck. I was wondering if this "A" rig would would work for this situation.

   I threw one yesterday from RJR  12/18/2011 8:08:21 PM
 and caught one on the third cast. Missouri says 3 hooks, so I had 5 grubs, 2 with hooks cut off. I threw it numerous other times throughout the day and never caught nothing else on it. Did catch many other fish conventionally. I will say this, it is strength conditioner to throw it 20 or 30 times in a row.

   'Bama Rig from sbasser #12126 #12126  12/20/2011 6:31:52 PM
 The question is probably not if BASS or another tournament trail will ban the rig, but how many hooks are legal in whatever state the T is in. My state allows 3 hooks, all of which may be treble hooks, singles, or anything between. I expect most states have similar regulations, so the answer is to simply pick up a copy of your state's fishing regs and read the answer there.

I expect that there will eventually be 3 arm versions made, if/when the current backorders are under control. Hanging grubs, swimbaits, or willow blades without a hook doesn't seem like a long term solution, because of course the fish may just hit the ones without hooks. My enthusiasm for throwing something like that is minimal. I'm still working on dropshot and shaky heads, but I tend to get in a rut and fish the heck out of something until I have total confidence in it for a given situation. C&R, Steve

   Alabama rig in TN waters from Mike Whitten  1/7/2012 8:29:03 PM
 I've been doing some reading on this, since Pickwick lake borders 3 states. one being Tennessee.

Tenn rules, to my reading, specifically prohibit any sort of "umbrella rig" with more than three lures. Rigged baits WITHOUT hooks still count as a lure, so you cannot take a "regular" A-rig, with 5 swimbaits, and cut hooks of two of the baits and fish it in Tennessee waters. Tennessee views this as a 5 "lure" presentation.

You can fish a 3 wire A rig legally in Tennessee.

Personally, I see this as a potential problem on the horizon for tournaments on Pickwick---You can be legal, and then illegal by simply moving 100 yards on certain ledges. I'm certain the rule is being broken now---so I know it will come up this year when all the "T"'s start.

Not sure what the right answer will be---but I see some protests and DQ's coming.

Mike Whitten/Germantown, TN



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