Bull Shoals Lake

Alabama rig working on B.S.

Posted by Mike Worley on January 7th, 2012
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The walleyes are biting on Bull Shoals in shallow water (<10′) We’ve be catching a few good sized walleyes on stickbaits. The real surprise is the new “Hot” technique that’s really been working on BSL this winter. It’s had the bass fishing world really going it’s a weird looking contraption called a “Alabama Rig” or a “Bama rig” It looks similar to a “Umbrella rig” that striper fishermen have been trolling for many years but it’s been modified for casting. It has 5 arms about 3″-5″ long with snap swivels attached to clip on the baits. When slow rolled like a spinner bait it looks like a small school of shad moving though the water. Thursday was the first time I tried the “Bama” rig it took one cast to make a believer out of me with a 35-40 pound striped bass on that cast at about 1 PM.

Later in the day we tried it again and caught a 19″ walleye on it and a 21 incher on a stickbait. I had to make some adjustments in my rod & line set up to fish the “Bama” rig and tried it out yesterday afternoon. We tried suspending sticbaits, jigs, spoons & the “Bama rig”. Nothing caught anything except the “Bama rig” which put a couple nice walleyes in the boat and a couple of others that got off before being netted. The ones that got off I think were due to my fishing partners rod & line set up. It takes a rod with lots of backbone and some pretty heavy braid to make it work right. I went to a 7′ Xtra heavy action rod & 50# braid which seems to be about right for rigging with 4″ twister tailed grubs on 3/0 worm hooks. Both days we saw other boats fishing the “Bama rig” so it’s really becoming popular on Bull Shoals.

Image given is Mike Worley as seen in the latest edition of In Fisherman.

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