Umbrella Rig

The umbrella rig is typically used as a trolling lure for striped bass and hybrid stripers. Similar in appearance to the Alabama Rig (a casting version), the umbrella rig is a wire harness with four or five wire arms (sometimes more) fanning out from a central weight, which ties to the line. At the end of each arm is a swivel, where a variety of different artificial baits and lures can be attached. Typical striper lures for this rig include bucktail jigs, swimbaits, and shads. For best results, ensure they're all the same color. When dragged behind a moving boat, it's meant to imitate a school of baitfish, ideal for scattered, suspended fish. This rig is best used with a heavy rod and reel.Be sure to consult your local fishing regulations as the umbrella rig - with its potential to catch more than one fish at a time - is prohibited, or has limited hook usage, in certain states.

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