As the new year approaches, we here at Game & Fish have taken the liberty of compiling 11 of the biggest fishing headlines from the last year. Like many years past, we’ve kind of seen it all. Strange French catfish trying to stalk pigeons, world records being set and even the loss and recovery of a prosthetic limb out on the big blue sea. We’ve seen new products and innovations, and we’ve also taken a moment of silence after losing a legend in the fishing community. For the good, the bad and the just plain strange, check out our list of the 11 biggest fishing headlines of 2012.
<h2>11. Alabama Rig Takes Off</h2>When the <a href="http://www.thealabamarig.com/" target="_blank">Alabama Rig</a> broke onto the scene in October 2012, angler reactions included shock and awe, while manufacturers saw a chance to make a quick buck in the generally flat fishing tackle business. Fast forward to last fall as a group of us watched live as the <a href="http://www.flwoutdoors.com/fishing-articles/blog/153082/flw-tour-recap-lake-guntersville/#.UNI3nrYYIwQ" target="_blank">Lake Guntersville FLW Tour</a> event unfolded, starring Paul Elias and his Alabama Rig. This 5-arm rig, armed with swimbaits, was so effective that anglers not using them stood no chance of success.