Mann's® Original Alabama Rig®
- Patent pending design
- Rig to resemble schooled baitfish
- Use with swimbaits, crankbaits, frogs, spinnerbaits, and more
NOTE: Check your States Fishing & Game regulation before using an umbrella rig. Some have restrictions on the number of hooks or baits per line.
Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by sthrntransplant Pretty Good! Got this yesterday evening so I decided to rig it on my 7'6" heavy action flipping stick (per the instructions) with #65 braid. Rigged it out with 3" shad-colored Kalen's grubs on 1/8 oz black jigheads. It looked good on the rod so I really wanted to try it out. My house backs up to a pond so I decided to make a few casts. It was about 9 pm so I flipped the deck light on and stepped down to the water's edge. My first cast took off like a rocket, and once I started the retrieve it came through the water smoothly. About halfway back I felt something literally slam the rig, and I hauled in a nice three pounder. Not bad for a first cast! I will echo other posts that this thing is heavy and does have a tendency to get all tangled up. I also worry about the quality of construction. The snaps do look a little cheap. I'll be anxious to try it more and see how it holds up. The lures do look good coming through the water, but the wires look like they could scare fish off if the water is clear. September 12, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Golfallday It does catch a lot of bass, but.... This thing is heavy as all get out! Tried it for 3 casts (SO I AM NOT AN EXPERT) at Table Rock with 5 spinnerbaits on it and the thing felt like it was 5 lbs. Very uncomfortable to cast, at least to me. You need to be very proficient with a baitcaster as well. I mean if you are picking at birds nests, there is a good chance you've lost $40-$80 worth of gear. I'd recommend going to the gym a few weeks before using it as well because throwing and reeling in this thing is a workout!! Pros make this rig look easy to use because they're pros. Anyway, this rig was the rage at Table Rock when I was there 3 weeks ago. I mean everybody was throwing it...and catching nice bass. May 2, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Spinnerbaitpro Not worth it Lets just say this bait lost me about 40 dollar in hooks swimbaits and the rig itself. YOU CAN NOT FISH THIS BAIT IN A LAKE WITH A LOT OF COVER. Me and a friend both lost our rigs because its to heavy and sinks super fast.I would recommend the yum rig because it is lighter and the wires are shorter. I do want my money back. We went to a stalked lake, trolled the whole lake and didnt catch a thing. once we fished the sides we only caught 2 for 3 hours. i would prefer to use just a regular spinnerbait. and plus the splash it makes is huge. it will scare a fish for miles. March 18, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by troutman217 Mann's alabama rig I first have to say that this is too expensive. 25 dollars is way to much. And you need a heavy ation rod to throw it without throwing your back out. But I do not think that you need heavy line, 10 years ago they didn't seem to need 90 # braid to fish. I use a Medium-High action rod with 12# mono, the same setup I use for steelhead using 4 ounce weights. But it is hard to cast without having a beefy rod, It will also make a big splash so I recomend that you throw it passed where the bass might be to not spook them, even though it might give the illusion of jumping shad, but fish don't just rain from the sky. I also prefer the YUM one which is $10 less than this, plus taxes. March 11, 2012
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A:I use a Quantum baitcaster with a 6.2:1 gear ratio. Seems to work fine.
A:I use a 7ft. 4inch, medium-heavy swimbait rod, a baitcasting reel with 80 pound braid
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A:Not exactly, you can but it isn't good to be throwing such a heavy rig with 6# line and a rod to match. especially if thepond has weeds get a heavy line, maybe a 30# mono. And you need a heavy action rod, like a fippin stick.
A:TO MUCH!! not worth it. about 40 to 50
A:You rig it with 5 swim bait heads with 4/0 or 5/0 heavy duty hooks and the swim baits of your choice. The weight of the head depends on the depth that you are fishing and the muscle that you want to put into throwing this beast for a full day because it can be a workout. We like 1/4 oz shallow and 3/8 oz deep. The length, color, style, and brand of the soft plastic baits that you attach are endless, but most have some kind of paddle or swimming tail for action. It seems to work best in clear to stained water. Most recommend 80# braided line, but after trying it and 65# braid, we prefer the 65# because we can cast it further. We are using 7'10" heavy action rods and 6.3 to 1 reels and are lobbing these "surf style" because they are so bulky and heavy.
A:You can connect swimbaits (generally of the soft plastic variety) on to the quick-release swivel snaps on the wire ends. Please note that in some states (such as here in Missouri) the amount of hooks may be limited. Be sure to check with your local Conservation agent to see what rules are employed by your state. For line considerations, a heavier braid really is what is needed. 80 pound test line is the general recommendation.
Details:I was going to use this lure and put smaller baits on it with like 3 inch swimmin minnows to catch the white bass when they start running. I was wondering if i could get by using like 30 pound braid
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A:you really shouldn't if you go on youtube and look up "Alabama Rig by Mann's" they will say that you should use 65lb braid or 20lb mono
A:30# Braid should work well in open water, especially with white bass. I use 50# Power Pro braid and 4" Mann's Hard Nose swimbaits. I have not experienced any problems. I fish it around a lot of trash, so I hang up a lot, if you do hang it; ordinarily you can go to the opposite side of retrieve and it will pull free. I also use a lure retriver to knock it loose if I am in deep water.
A:Its really not suggestible to go that low. The weight of the rig when completely rigged, even with smaller swim baits, will put a tremendous amount of strain on your line. To save from losing an expensive lure, it's best to stay at least above 65 pounds if not more towards the 80 pound braid.
A:My son and I had an awesome day in MS last weekend both using 65# test Power Pro braid and it worked fine. We tried the recommended 80#, but did not like the large diameter which robbed us of some casting distance. The 65# can be broken like anything, especially if you are using 5 large smiwbaits(5" Yum Money Minnows) and heavy heads (3/8 oz Jason Williamson Buckeye Lures) like I was and get a backlash in the wind when you are trying to heave this heavy contraption. I would not go below 65#. It's too expensive of a setup to be losing. You also need an extending lure retriever to get your stuff back if it snags.
A:The safest way to answer this question is to say that one should check with local and state authorities in order to determine what the legal set-up is with a rig of this style.
Laws vary from state to state regarding the amount and size of hooks on each arm to constitute it as an individual bait.
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A:Yes, however you can put teasers on it. say two lures with hooks and the rest with swimbaits with the hook cut off. If you go that route i would sugest ordering a model with a longer middle wire or modifying it yourself to have 1-2 longer wires with your baits that have hooks in them.
A:I cannot speak for certain on legality in Illinois. In Colorado though, we have a similar 3-hook regulation. After talking to authorities I've concluded, atleast here anyway, that as long as I don't use more than 3 jigs/hooks it is perfectly legal, and that is would still be considered legal to use 3 jigs/hooks and 2 additional blades/trailers/etcs on the other available arms. Best advice, check with your local game and fish authorities, and I'm certain they will get back to you in a timely manner.
Details:How is it Rigged and Fished. Is it for trolling for pan fish like crappie and perch. Anywhere to find info.
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A:First you rig up to 5 swimbaits, then use a snap or snap wivel that hould come with the rig and put them on. And while I am going to try troll it for a completely different species than you are looking for, it is for casting for bass. Especially if it is a white swimbait it is supposed to imitate a school of shad.
This bait was designed and developed priimarily for bass fishing (it got it's start in one of the national tournament circuits). The basics of the lure is that your line attaches the eye on the "fish head" while you attach up to five swimbaits to the quick-release swivel snaps. Generally, individuals fish this on a steady retrieve, however, different techniques are constantly being developed by guides and anglers on lakes around the U.S. (such as any other bait). I would suggest checking with a local fishing report to see how this lure is being used at this point in time.
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A:That really means that you should either not use this lure or you should try to rig it with as many swimbaits as possible, maybe a couple dummies with no hooks. Remember that the front head of the A-rig is another fish to te bass or whatever you pursue so it helps.
A:As stated on the WI DNR website, it depends. You can't use 5 lures with hooks on them. You can only use 3 lures that have hooks. You could use hookless lures, spinners or flashers on the other 2 lines. Keep in mind that if you are using this rig you can't be using any other lines at the same time,
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