Well, if it works for black bass, why not for cod? They're just as greedy and stupid! But let's not get ahead of ourselves here. First off, what is an Alabama rig? Well there seem to be various claims about who was the first to come up with the idea, but at its heart is an extremely simple representation of a shoal of baitfish. Essentially, the Alabama rig is a series of wires bound together with a lead head representing an even smaller fish. You push the wires outwards to make a star shape and attach a soft plastic to the end of each wire. The rig has had its share of controversy, some saying it's not sport fishing in any sense of the word, it's more of a commercial fisherman's rig. Indeed, it has been banned in a few states and bass tournaments in the US.
Luckily we face no such issues at sea! After all, this is a place where commercial fishing still goes on with unabated lust and little care for fish stocks. So let's have a look at the basic rig (you might need to click on the photos to get a better view):
But as always, the proof is in the fishing. Roll on good weather tomorrow at Runswick Bay!