Deadly A-Rig Tactics for Monster Bass
Exploit the instinctive nature of bass to attack schools of baitfish with these lethal A-Rig strategies and hardcore fishing techniques
The ability to naturally mimic the appearance and irresistible swimming action of a small school of baitfish can dramatically increase your strike-to-catch ratio on the water. This is exactly why the Alabama Rig, or A-Rig for short, is so deadly, especially when it comes to catching super-size lunkers.
Editor’s Note: Alabama Rig is Mann’s Bait Company’s branded version of the umbrella rig. However, many bass anglers refer to the umbrella rig as the Alabama Rig.
The truth is, it’s simply coded deep within the DNA of bass to absolutely clobber and destroy vulnerable schools of baitfish. It’s basically like dangling an all-you-can-eat swimming buffet right in front of their noses. With that being said, here are several high-impact A-Rig fishing strategies that will enable you to put bigger bass in your boat this spring.
Know Your A-Rigs
The basic Alabama Rig consists of five wires and swivels connected to a hard-plastic baitfish body or head. These wires can be spread out like an umbrella and rigged with a variety of swim-baits to simulate a school of minnows or shad. You can also choose modified A-rigs that come equipped with multiple willow-leaf or Colorado blades to add some extra flash and PIZZAZ to the equation.
Several companies have also introduced smaller A-rig versions that are more compact and easier to cast. These lures have two to three wires and swivels instead of five and are designed to accommodate smaller swimbaits and lighter weights. With these options, you can tweak and customize your A-Rigs to tackle a variety of fishing conditions and situations. As we all know, the ability to adapt and adjust on the fly can make or break you on the water and dictate your overall success.
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