Fishing Alabama Rig
Try a custom umbrella rig, inspired by the Alabama Rig lure. Its incredibly easy to do and very inexpensive. Its also relatively lightweight. Those interested in making heavier versions will need ferrules, heavier wire, and a ferrule clamping device, all available at local hardware stores.
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Basic Design: Wire, Pliers, Wire Cutter, 4 Swivels, Weights split shots, egg sinkers, etc, as needed
Lurehead: Balsa Wood stick, clear sealing epoxy, paints
This will probably not hold up to several large bass or stripers. However, it should be of sufficient strength for schooliesized bass, crappie, smallmouth and other fish. Wires will definitely need to be readjusted after landing a fish, but they maintain the umbrella rig shape nicely between casts. Forget the ultralite gear when fishing this contraption, bust out the heavier gear to handle it.
Basic intructions: Cut two pieces of wire, one slightly longer than the other. Take the longer piece, and wrap it in the middle to create a fishing line eye. Youll be wrapping the wire around itself, using the pliers, as tightly as possible. This can be rather difficult!
Next, take the second piece of wire and wrap it from the middle around the initial, longer piece. Do this just below the eye piece, and layer your wire loops tightly against one another. Three to four loops is needed and it must not wobble when complete!
Next, youll need to create eyelets for the swivels at all four ends. Its easiest to do this using a needlenose plier and wrapping the wire around the point, creating even loops. Youll need to first threat the swivel on, before wrapping. Use the wire cutters to chop off the excess wire after wrapping and pinch the sides down with the pliers. Do this for each end. Then, attach your hooks or jig heads to the snap swivels, threat your soft plastic lures of choice on flukes, twistytail grubs, etc, tie it on your main line and you are set!
If the rig feels like it needs more weight to sink quicker, add a large split shot on the central wire, just under the lure eye. Crimp this on TIGHT with pliers, to avoid it sliding. Alternatively, you can use egg weights, texasrig weights and other ones, if you threat them on from the start.