The Alabama bass-fishing rig — which already is illegal in Minnesota — took another hit Thursday when the Walmart FLW tournament tour announced the controversial lure would not be allowed for use by its top competitors next year.
In doing so, FLW — which was created by Twin Cities businessman Irwin L. Jacobs — joins Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) in eliminating a bait from the top ranks of competition that is legal in most states where the two groups hold contests.
Andy Poss of Muscle Shoals, Ala., is credited with developing the Alabama rig, or “castable umbrella rig.” The lure is configured so that three and as many as five baits with an equal number of hooks trail from wires attached to a common center. The baits move through the water simulating a small school of baitfish.
On some tournament bass circuits, and among recreational bass anglers nationwide, the Alabama rig was by far the hottest bait in 2012.