The everyday angler isn’t being discouraged from using this to catch fish. But in the Pro ranks, there some controversey here. Could this Alabama rig be almost too good to be true, to effective to be fair to use in competition?
Good article from the NY Times, check it out below.
The device is composed of five wires angled like spokes of an umbrella, with fishing lures attached to each end. It mimics a school of baitfish, and bass, walleye and northern pike apparently cannot stay away from it.
Its inventor, Andy Poss, dreamed up the device, which he called the Alabama Rig, while watching a tuna chasing a school of sardines on “The Blue Planet,” a BBC documentary series. In July 2011, he built his first prototype by hand in his garage in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and he spent nearly 17 months perfecting it.
In essence, he has built a better mousetrap, and he is rightly proud of it. But that is the problem: The Alabama Rig is too good. It was banned by the organizers of the United States’ two major bass fishing competitions, BASS (in 2012) and F.L.W. Outdoors (this year). In October, BASS extended the ban to all of its events, including its amateur series, college tournaments and regional club-level events.
So the Alabama Rig, the first artificial lure to be banned from competitive angling, and other umbrella lures have joined the same outlaw company as spitballs in baseball, square-grooved clubs in golf and the Speedo LZR Racer suit in swimming.