“Fishing is defined as having a lure attaches to a line and a rod and reel with the rod in hand. All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. All lures must adhere to state regulations. Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of port trailers and biodegradable soft baits. Alabama Rigs and the similar-type rigs are not permitted. Only ONE fishing rod may be used at a time. Trolling as a method of fishing is strictly prohibited. Trolling is defined as operating the combustion engine to extend a cast or lengthen a retrieve..”
FLW Outdoors has thought long, hard and debated the situation for two seasons now. The decision to no longer use the rig has to do with conservation issues and waiting for the state enforced restrictions to catch up to date could take too long.
This is a great decision as far as conservation goes, I mean how many fish do you need to win a tournament? It's greedy to use the Alabama Rig and it's an unfair advantage as far as the fish are concerned. To have that many tournament anglers using the rigs, is that many more fish to account for and who may or many not live due to the fact there is no quick method of releasing all five fish in a timely manner from the rig.
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