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The Minnesota Rig gives you the flash of eight blades but with one wire for a hooked bait. This allows you to comply with game and fish regulations in the most restrictive states. The Minnesota Rig was designed to target Smallmouth bass. The same quality you expect from Hog Farmer Bait Company plus dual rotational ball bearings and custom holographic gold blades. The Minnesota Rig by Hog Farmer Bait Company spews an array of color that is irresistible to Spots, Largemouth and Smallmouth.
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How to Fish the A-Rig
The Alabama Rig (A-Rig) is a bait you don’t often see in a bass pros boat. The reason… most professional tours like B.A.S.S. and FLW have outlawed their use during competition days. That doesn’t mean touring pro Patrick Walters avoids them though. If bass are keying in on bait fish and he is out fun-fishing for the day, there is a good chance he has one tied on.
The technique is simple, “I fish it the same way I would a spinnerbait”, Walters explains. Power fishing it shallow is his go-to method for throwing this effective bait. The key is to match the swimbaits in size and color to what is present in the body of water you are fishing.
Patrick also recommends having one of the swimbaits be different from the rest. Whether it’s a different size or color, the variation can help bass key in on a target better, increasing your hookup ratio.
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Legally Fish the A-Rig Anywhere
The A-Rig (also known as the Umbrella Rig) took the fishing industry by storm back in 2010, since then the excitement for it has diminished, however it’s fish catching abilities have not. This baitball imitation is one of the most realistic presentations and fish are notorious for coming unglued to bite this bait.
Because the A-Rig was so effective, some states have implemented restrictions to the number of hooks allowed on the bait at one time. Lake Mille Lacs fishing guide, JP Kimbrough, breaks down how he fishes the A-Rig to be effective and legal. JP uses a 5 bait rig, with the 4 baits on the outside not containing a hook. These dummy baits surround a slightly larger bait in the middle that features the hook. By going with this configuration, the largest bait is the one that fish are most likely to key in on, it also happens to have a hook in it. To increase the odds of the fish eating this middle bait, JP uses a slightly contrasting color than all of the surrounding dummy baits. This draws even more attention to the middle bait and helps fish hone in on the one with the hook.