Man there sure has been a lot of hype about the latest and greatest thing to hit bass fishing since the spinnerbait was invented - the Alabama Rig. Of course the salt-water guys have used these "umbrella rigs" for a long time (maybe we are not as smart as we think, huh?) with similar great success.
Well there is a reason they are called "A"-rigs and not Maryland rigs. For all you guys dreaming of catching them three, four or five at a time - you better click on this link to see what the Maryland DNR has to say. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/news/story.asp?story_id=208&title=R...'Alabama-Rigs'
I think it is also interesting to note that BASS has banned Alabam Rigs from their Elite Series Tournaments and The Bassmaster Classic - even in states where they would be allowed to be fished "fully loaded". They have gone so far as saying "one rod, one bait", meaning they are not even allowing a drop-shot rig to use a jig as the weight. One bait can have multiple hooks (like a jerkbait with three treble hooks)but you cannot throw any rig that uses multiple lures in any configuration.
I'm glad I didn't buy any of those $25+ rigs that cost about $1 to make!