Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 34

Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 34




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nless you’ve been living under a rock,

you’ve heard the buzz about the Alabama

Rig and with numerous knock-offs flood-

ing the market, it is likely you’ve even fished one. The multi-arm rig has been dubbed with

many a nickname, especially after the trademark of

the name has limited what anglers can call and com-

panies can name their own Alabama style rigs.

The spreader rig, umbrella rig, Calabama rig, five-

arm, three-arm, three tree and many more names

have cropped up and just as many versions of the rig

have materialized since the excitement of the Paul

Elias wire-to-wire win with the original Alabama rig at

the Lake Guntersville FLW Tour Open last October.

The new lure ignited a fishing frenzy and fired up

an interest in a rig that may never be matched. Word

spread around the country and all level of anglers

were trying to get their hands on one.

Within the world of tournament fishing, it seems

there has been a line drawn in the sand and the

craze for the lure is riddled with controversy. The

opposition to the notorious bass catcher is equaled

by the support of its proponents. There are anglers,

organizations and tournament directors on both


At this point, the only major tournament circuit to

put their foot down against its use is the Bassmaster

Elite Series. The Elite Series Rules Committee

unanimously voted to outlaw the rig and while many of the Elite Series pros agree with the decision, they picked it up and prepared themselves to fish it, if and when necessary.

Just like other Elite anglers, Tackle Warehouse pro Jared Lintner from Arroyo Grande, Calif. acquainted himself with a five arm rig and shares what he thought about the bait breaking out in the bass fishing world.

“I have been fishing it around here and in the off- season; but nothing makes me happier than to go to the Elite Series and leave them at home,” stated Lintner. “Now that’s not to say I am not throwin’ it in other tournament organizations. There will be times when I have to use in order to be competitive. Like in the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) I will throw it; because I know it is effective and I promise I will be throwin’ it at home. It is that good; but for the Elites I didn’t want to feel I had to throw it in defense of others throwing it. I’m just glad it’s off the table”

He remarked that he didn’t think it has been fished enough to know its full potential. “It is good in a variety of different areas and it’s effective on emergent or submergent vegetation,” explained Lintner. “Don’t get me wrong; it’s not magic. It doesn’t work every day on every lake, all over the country. Like big swimbaits, you need the right conditions to be successful.”