TIPS FISHING TERMINOLOGY Posted Mar 17, 2000 By: wfn Alabama Rig Paul Elias' winning Alabama Rig. Popularized by pro bass angler Paul Elias after a FLW Open win on Lake Guntersville in October 2011, the Alabama Rig is the casting version of the umbrella rig. Essentially, the Alabama Rig is a wire harness with (typically) five arms that fan out from a central weight, which ties to the line. On the end of each arm is a swivel, where you can attach a variety of different baits - swimbaits, grubs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, etc - though commonly anglers stick to one style for all of them. The rig is meant to imitate a school of baitfish when retrieved, and is ideal for large or smallmouth bass. Because there is potential for each bait to have hooks attached, the potential for catching multiple fish with one cast is a very real possibility - unfortunately, it is also possible to foul-hook a fish by mistake. For this reason, many state departments have outlawed or have at least amended the regulations concerning this controversial rig. For example, while it is perfectly fine to have five arms with hooks in Alabama, you may only have four in Ontario. In some Mississippi lakes, it is outlawed altogether, but fine elsewhere. In Tennessee, only one single hook of size 6 or larger may be used, though any size and number of hook is allowed when only using three arms or less. Each state and province has its own laws, so be sure to consult your region's regulations before using the Alabama Rig.