It was a little over a year ago on Lake Guntersville, here in Alabama that Paul Elias changed the game with an Umbrella rig. Although the Umbrella rig hasn’t changed much over the past year, we have definitely found ways to increase its chance of success.
Immediately following that Lake Guntersville event the Umbrella rig craze began. Most people just rigged it up as best they could and started casting it to the same places they would catch fish on other baits, and that worked. Over the past 15 months, anglers have taken the Umbrella rig to a new level and found new and better ways to fish it.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you have to have the right equipment for the job. By the time you have the rig ready to fish it can weigh anywhere from 3 to 8 ounces. Make no mistake, regardless of how good a shape you are in, throwing that all day will wear you out. I throw it on a 7’11” extra heavy Halo Twilight rod. That rod casts the bait very well and with less effort. Once you get bit, it has a great hookset and the backbone to handle one giant bass or multiple fish on one rig. I’ll add a Halo Atom 6.3 to 1 reel spooled with 65-pound Spiderwire braid.