The FLW’s recent decision to ban castable umbrella rig (aka Alabama rig) for the 2014 Tour events no doubt generated plenty of spirited feedback on both sides of the fence. I’m on the side supporting that ban – but only at the Tour level.
Personally, I have nothing against the umbrella rig. For subsistence fishing, it’s a pretty handy tool. Ditto for tournament anglers looking to fill out a five-fish limit and hoping for that kicker bite.
Here’s the thing: Too many anglers have become so dependent on the rig that those who opt out immediately accept a potential competitive disadvantage. Go a step deeper and this trend has probably curtailed some of that amazing tackle and tactical innovation the angling public has come to expect from the sport’s top-tier competitors.