Kari Donovan Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:48:04
In general terms, youre going to need a 7-8 foot fishing rod that is at least medium heavy power and with rod action in the moderate to fast action. Your rod blank and rod hardware should be capable of handling anywhere between 20-65 pound braided line and youre going to require a fishing reel that can support the additional torque and load of the retrieve (at least a 6:4:1 ratio). Choose a higher ratio reel for faster retrieves (like a 7:1:1) and be sure to select a reel that is nice and smooth so as not to tangle youre the individual baits in mid-air. Braided line is better designed to handle the intricacies of the Alabama Rig to include: casting, retrieval, hook set, as well as fighting and landing your fish. Braid has less stretch, is more durable, and overall more responsive to the conditions you will encounter when using this particular fishing lure. Additionally, using a heavier braided line will allow you to retrieve youre A-Rig in the event that you get hung up (because they are not cheap and the lure itself starts out in the $25 range and go up in price depending on the price of the lures your place on your rig).
For the most part, custom rod builders are and have been the foundation of the sport-fishing (i.e., fishing rod) industry for many years. However, it is important to note that both the custom builders and the major manufacturers are reliant upon each other to some degree - i.e., both drive new technologies and the application of innovative processes and construction for the industry as a whole. New material and component development is usually a manufacturing derivative whereas the innovation of fishing rod construction continues to be developed from the small cadre of professional custom builders. This stated, the custom builders in some form are all considered "hobbyists," however our discussion will focus on the custom fishing rods crafted by professional craftsmen and builders, many of whom own and operate as small businesses, routinely producing finished performance products and equipment to the general public.
When times are tough, folks in the United States dont just sit back and rest on their laurels... they go fishing. When fishing is slow, those same Americans allow natural innovation and ingenuity to take hold of their thoughts and thats when those world-class ideas hit you "like a ton of bricks." Whether that anglers thoughts have wandered to "the next best boat cup holder," "a lure adjustment to get to the right depth or have the right wiggle, bobble, splash or other subdued action," or "just another technical approach on how that angler is going to fill the live well with their targeted game-fish"... it just happens. That same angler comes up with a new idea, approach, or technique that not only makes common sense... but fantastic fishing-sense! The newest fishing lure to hit the water, the Alabama Rig, is no different because to fish one just makes sense.
A fishing rod is the heart of your tackle. There is an unlimited number of fishing rods to choose from but there are ways to narrow down the selection without having that overwhelming feeling of-where do I begin? Having the right rods for your style of fishing will be sure to increase the success of your outings. The frequency in which you fish, what species of fish you are fishing for and the environment you are fishing in, all play important roles in choosing the proper rods. There are multi section rods or collapsible rods, telescoping rods and single piece rods. If you fish on a regular basis and normally close to home, then single piece fishing rods will normally be your best choice. Single piece rods are normally more sensitive and more durable then the others. If you have to travel further to fish and you cant easily fit a single piece rod in your vehicle, then a multi piece or telescoping rods may be your best choice. Although, these types of rods arent as sensitive as a single piece rod. Multi piece rods may also be a good choice for the beginner or one who doesnt fish often. These fishing rods are easier to transport and as a beginner, the sensitivity may not be as much of a factor as it would be to the seasoned angler.