Kari Donovan Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:34:53
In the simplest of descriptions, the Alabama Rig (or sometimes referred to as the "A-Rig") is the bass fishermans means to present an artificial school of bait-fish to their prey. There are generally two styles of these lures: 1) 3-wire set-ups, and 4-wire set-ups. In general, the A-Rig has wire arms (3 or 4 depending on the particular lure youre using) extending from a central post, with each arm and central post designed to mount separate lures. The center of the wire arms is a molded lure head and a straight wire extends back from it and holds another lure. Each arm (or wire) may be bent to varying angles and each has a simple swivel to attach the lure. When properly assembled, the Alabama Rig resembles a school of bait-fish and let me tell you, so far has proven a sure-fire weapon in the tackle arsenal of serious anglers.
Fishing rods come in a wide range of sizes, with everything from 4-foot rods for children, right through to 16-foot rods. Generally theyre around 6 feet in length. A longer rod puts more force on the anglers arms. Its important to choose a rod thats right for you, as its the backbone of your fishing tackle. When youre deciding on rod length, you need to consider what type of fish youre planning to catch, and the fishing location itself, including the type of water. If youre fishing hole is located in a treed landscape, with lots of overhead branches, youre best choosing a short, flexible rod to prevent snagging. Short, strong rods are good for landing game fish. In moderate wind conditions, you might find a flexible, thin rod around 10 to 12 feet in length works best. Thicker, stronger rods are only for large, aggressive fish, such as muskellunge, northern pike, walleye and Arctic char. A light and flexible pole would soon snap landing those fish. Flexibility is determined by the diameter of the pole, and is the amount the pole can bend before it breaks. Strong rods are thick and rigid, light rods are thinner and more flexible.
The good news, smaller manufacturing companies, called custom rod builders exist. While many of these custom builders have the skill and talent to custom tailor to an anglers requirements, large manufacturers often lack the "attention to detail" to truly design and fabricate a fishing rod that is balanced, tuned, and ultimately the very best sport-fishing tool for the angler, leveraging the very best components, and at the "right" price. This simple fact in and of itself is the defining difference between a custom and a production fishing rod; the difference is ultimately the performance characteristics of the final product. Lets come back to this after weve identified exactly what a custom builder "is" and "does."
Be wary of the number of guides, the guide set-up, and the guide spacing on your A-Rig rod; pay attention to the guide ring material (hardloy, alconite, and other light or thin ceramics as these choices tend to allow for a groove to form in the guide rings under line tension and while other inferior materials and ring design fail under dynamic loads created on this heavier tackle set-up); know how your fishing rod is designed, balanced, and tuned because every detail counts when working your Alabama Rig. Sure, theres certain to be a rush of rod manufacturers that will readily hand you over an "over-powered, over-priced, and under-performance" fishing rod which they claim will be just "perfect" for you and how you fish your Alabama Rig, but if youre spending the time and money to learn this new fishing technique then we ask the simple question, "Why wouldnt you want to use a fishing rod designed specifically for your individual technique, style, and is custom-fit to you?" A custom rod design will meet your individual specifications and guarantee your performance custom fishing rod for life!