December 02, 2014

Lure Banned from Competitive Fishing for Being 'Too Effective': The Alabama Rig has become the first artificial lure ever banned from fishing competitions. It's too good at catching bass, walleye and northern pike. The top U.S. bass-fishing competitions, BASS and F.L.W. Outdoors, have banned its use along with similar lures, and BASS extended the ban to all levels. "The anglers feel that sometimes it can be too effective and it takes away some of the skill in what is a traditional tournament," said David Precht of BASS. Alabama Rig inventor Andy Poss is bummed. "I really looked up to those guys," he said. "But then you get in the business side of fishing; it was a really big letdown."

posted by rcade to other at 10:32 AM - 2 comments

So, I guess the flasher up front draws their attention and then it looks like a school in the back? I've done a lot of fishing in my life but I'm still amused by the things you can make fish want to eat.

posted by tron7 at 03:14 PM on December 02, 2014

On a patrol boat out of Nuku'alofa in Tonga, the sailors used to tie a shredded plastic bag around an old corned beef tin and drag it behind at around 12 - 15 knots.

Marlin and sailfish went for it like you wouldn't believe.

posted by owlhouse at 08:25 PM on December 02, 2014

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