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Alabama Rig Baits?
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:55:28 PM »

Picked up a couple of Alabama Rigs today.  Have never fished with one.  Wondering what baits you use on them.  Thanks for any suggestions.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 01:58:57 PM »

Welcome to the forum!

Though I AM from Alabama, I have no comments on the rig. lol
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 02:09:17 PM »

Folks we met fishing them in Guntersville had them rigged with paddle tail swim baits. I've got a couple of rigs but I've never thrown them.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 02:22:17 PM »

KYbamaboy, some 3 or 3.5" soft plastic swimbaits should do the trick.

Reaction Innovation, Bitters, Gambler, Keitech, all make good swimbaits in that 3 to 3.5 inch range.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2017, 02:47:51 PM »

I've never fished them so can offer any advice but would you stop by here and introduce yourself to all the good folks around here. Thanks.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2017, 03:56:37 PM »

Picked up a couple of Alabama Rigs today.  Have never fished with one.  Wondering what baits you use on them.  Thanks for any suggestions.
Iíve fished a 5 bait AR some with absolutely NO friggin luck.  You can only throw it for about 15 minutes until youíre worn out


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2017, 05:42:36 PM »

Iíve fished a 5 bait AR some with absolutely NO friggin luck.  You can only throw it for about 15 minutes until youíre worn out


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I have had a similar experience. I have caught fish on one but its definitely not a rig you want to throw very long imho. As has been said the small paddle tail swimbaits seem to work well. The Havoc Beat Shad is just about the best overall I have had luck with. Pretty durable, swims easily at low low speeds, and dirt cheap. On sale now over at Berkleys site for $1.95 for the Pearl White Silver Black color. My second choice is the Reaction Innovations. But I am sure most any will do the trick.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2017, 05:44:10 PM »

Something that Iím trying is making 1 or 2 of the baits a different color


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2017, 04:44:30 AM »

I use 1/8oz heads and swimming fluke jr.'s on the 2  teasers and on the 3 with hooks usually some sort of paddle tail, like the Keitech.
 90% of the time its the center arm that gets bit, so I like a little bigger bait on that one.
 Some type of curly tail grub also works well.
 The thing will get hung up some.   I like a head with a light enough wire hook that I can straighten if I need to. Otherwise get right over the top of it with the trolling motor and try to pop it loose in the direction it was coming from.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 05:09:31 AM »

Something that Iím trying is making 1 or 2 of the baits a different color


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I bet making one or two baby bass color could help trigger some bass thinking the baby bass ones are chasin the other bait. Thatís a good idea!


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2017, 06:20:06 AM »

Like any bait, the key is to match the hatch. Use a color that the fish are keying on.

I use the Jigs from Strike King that are their saltwater series jigs. The hooks on these are very stout and will keep any fish hooked, unlike the light wire hooks that some of the rigs come with. Chartreuse or white or a combo of the two works.

For baits I've tried several. If the bait is really small, curly tail grubs are the way to go. If they are feeding on shad size bait the best I have found is Zoom Swimming Super Fluke Jr's in White Ice.

Not at bait you want to throw on a light rod or it will wear you out. What I have found works the best is my 8 ft Heavy Action Punching Rod with a Lews Super Duty and 65 lb Braid.

Use a two-handed toss and you can throw this all day if you want to. If I can with the shape my back is in anyone can.

Expect more of pull-hit than a jerk-hit. I have had to many doubles to count and one triple. The fight is not that much as they are fighting against each other and not you.

Now having said all of that, it is NOT a magic bait that will work anytime you want to go fishing. It has it's time and place. If they are schooling it's hard to beat.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2017, 06:24:12 AM »

I used an A rig exclusively for a whole day a few weeks ago. 3 bluegill pattern keitechs and 2 white. It payed off with a 22lb striper. Also had a few hits that missed but I'm a believer in the bait now! Just throw it on a good setup. I use a 8'H rod. Will be buying a reel better suited for the heavy baits but as long as you have some braid or high test you'll be ok. Enjoy!


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2017, 06:59:11 AM »

I bet making one or two baby bass color could help trigger some bass thinking the baby bass ones are chasin the other bait. Thatís a good idea!


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Funny you mention baby bass; thatís one of my fav fluke colors


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2017, 08:00:25 AM »

Funny you mention baby bass; thatís one of my fav fluke colors


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Same here. I've tried other fluke colors and that one just seems to get the most attention.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2017, 08:01:22 AM »

Watermelon red is great too


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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2017, 09:15:12 AM »

Thanks for all of your suggestions.  I really appreciate your help.  Been fishing for 50+ years and always ready to try something new. 
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« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2017, 12:19:28 PM »

Thanks for all of your suggestions.  I really appreciate your help.  Been fishing for 50+ years and always ready to try something new.
   

New guy, huh?   ;D
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« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2017, 08:08:40 PM »

That would be me😀.  Will be 70 next month.  Still can't stay off the water. Live about 45 minutes from Ky Lake and Lake Barkley so I'm on the water at least 3-4 times a week.  My youngest grandson (7 yrs old) loves to fish and hunt, so I have a ready-made partner when he isn't in school. Doesn't get much better than that!!
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2017, 08:37:54 PM »

You bet! Love the LBL area, for sure.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2017, 10:10:30 PM »

Iíve fished a 5 bait AR some with absolutely NO friggin luck.  You can only throw it for about 15 minutes until youíre worn out

guys, I'm throwing a hog farmer 5 wire bait.  toss it on an 8 foot powell HD that I use for punching, big heavy swimbaits and spro rats.

paired with a chronarch 200e6, 30# suffix braid.

I can toss t his all day.  tip loads enough.  it's a two-handed cast. 

I do fish seated with rod braced between torso and arm while cranking it in.



technique and equipment take you a long way here.


Now I am NOT saying I am doing it right.  Catch rates would support my conclusion.  but I can do it all day.
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Re: Alabama Rig Baits?
« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2017, 10:26:44 PM »

Kybamaboy, welcome to Ultimate Bass!  ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

I've also never used one for bass fishing. I have 3 that are all small 5 arm types & frankly hate even attempting to cast them. So, I've only used them for panfishing & troll with them. I hang a 1/8 oz jig on the bottom, and 1/16 or 1/32 oz jigs with tiny swimbaits or curltail grubs on another arm & on the other 3 wires small willow blades. This all being because where I fished them, having only 2 hooks was legal.  ~shade

Panfish seem to like them, and they're a good way to cover a lot of water if you have to go searching!  :)
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