anglers competing in the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series to the
use of a single lure during practice and competition effective February 1st.
B.A.S.S. tournament director, Trip Weldon said of the rule change, "The Alabama
Rig has become enormously popular in recent months, and it has definitely had an
impact on the tournaments in which it has been used.
Personally, I have enjoyed catching bass on umbrella rigs and found them to
be very effective in some situations. I have witnessed first-hand the excitement
this technique has generated in our sport. However, the Elite Series Rules
Committee members unanimously asked to be held to a higher standard. We have
decided to honor their recommendation." An unidentified angler member went so
far as to say that using an Alabama Rig takes all the skill out bass fishing.
"It doesn't matter how you work it. The fish can't help themselves."