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A-Rig.........For or Against it?


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I've seen some people all for it and others who can't stand it. Just wanting to see what other people think. Personally I don't see a problem with it but that's just my :2cents: . I'm not trying to get into a heated debated on the subject, just wanting to see some different thoughts and views. Maybe a good question to put into a poll, but I don't know how to do that.

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I personally don't like it. When you see people who have never weighed in a limit bring in 20lbs it seems to me it is more about the rig and less about the fisherman. I hate throwing it but if you don't you are at a great disadvantage against people who do use it. I am waiting on warmer temps where the rig is useless and you have to go back to fishing and not just chucking and winding a rig.

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Hate it and wish it were banned. If your in a tx you have no choice but to use it or lose, plus I believe it's bad for the fish population.

Last week some guy pulled a 10.5, an 11 and a 12 out of Chickamauga in the same day and kept two of the three. The secret is also out with the "meat hunters" so they're taking home a limit every time they go out.

I don't fish tournaments so I'm not obligated to throw it. I'll keep throwing the usual suspects and catch my 4 or 5 a day and put them back after a quick picture.

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I personally don't like it. When you see people who have never weighed in a limit bring in 20lbs it seems to me it is more about the rig and less about the fisherman. I hate throwing it but if you don't you are at a great disadvantage against people who do use it. I am waiting on warmer temps where the rig is useless and you have to go back to fishing and not just chucking and winding a rig.

+1 . saw people all over douglas throwing it yesterday and catching fish with it including 2 guys in a canoe. i am against it but will have to throw it to even have a chance to compete
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it will catch fish ,no doubt. I believe it should be banned because it is going to do a lot a harm to the populations of bass we have. if ya cant catch a few fish without it then just go back to school and learn instead of wrecking the bass population with this no brainer rig...

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it will catch fish ,no doubt. I believe it should be banned because it is going to do a lot a harm to the populations of bass we have. if ya cant catch a few fish without it then just go back to school and learn instead of wrecking the bass population with this no brainer rig...

+1 wish they would ban the stupid thing.

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I personally don't like it. When you see people who have never weighed in a limit bring in 20lbs it seems to me it is more about the rig and less about the fisherman. I hate throwing it but if you don't you are at a great disadvantage against people who do use it. I am waiting on warmer temps where the rig is useless and you have to go back to fishing and not just chucking and winding a rig.

Couldnt agree with you more Shannon! I hate it, my back hates it but it does catch big fish and you just about got to throw it in tournys to compete.

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I like it. The one thing that I do wish they would do is restrict it to one hook. Every fish I have caught on a 5 wire or 7 wire has been on the same bait, but they can get tangled up and hooked by the other baits. So instead of doing harm to the fish with those other hooks I'd like to just see just the one hook. You still gotta know where the fish are to catch em on it anyway.

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I love it and hate it...I threw it for a total of an hour in the Open on thursday....Carolina rigged most of friday....Threw a TN rig on saturday in Club tx on Loudon/Tellico and came in 4th....it kills my thumb, not my back.....The five rig should be banned....the 3-rig I can deal with...3 baits w/hooks and 3 blades total....I have seen so many fish with sores on their sides, in their fins and tails...two many hooks...the Opens and PAA should ban it, like the Elites did...then the local clubs would follow suit..JMO

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"the idiot rig" as i call it, embodies much of whats wrong with our instant gratification society. take the easy way!!!! i want to catch fish now, not LEARN how to FISH, just CATCH them NOW!!!! like shannon said, when people who couldn't catch a 4lber with a dipnet, are bringing 20+lb. bags in, SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!! tx fising should be a test of skill, not a game of chance!!! when i started bass fishing i sucked, bad, real bad! but, i stuck with it, and LEARNED to get better. i'll never be a pro, never fish the bassmaster classic, but i'm a decent fisherman. how did i get that way?......thru EFFORT!!!!! i wanted to get better, i learned to get better, i'm still learning, and most of you guy's did it the same way as i did. thru your own EFFORT!!! now, with this frigging rig, somebody who just leaned how to cast last night can show up and beat us. it's turning tx fishing into bingo. and pro's throwing it.... REALLY, you call yourself a "professional angler" and your throw'n this thing where kids can see you do it??? what kind of message is that sending...."sell out for success, kids!!!" watching a "pro" throw the idiot rig, is like watching jesse james ride a big wheel! no wonder this country has went to heII in a handbasket........no integrity.

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I have to admit I threw the stupid rig a little the other day on Cherokee. It didn't change my opinion of it one bit. I hate it. I had a few bites on it but didn't hook up with any of them. They were good hard hits but I guess they hit a blade or hookless bait.

Like many other people on here I feel I could write a book with some of the things I see wrong with the direction bass fishing is headed right now. Tons of things pop into my mind. All I can do is try to do what I feel is right for me and the sport.

I'm to the point now where I don't care to fish a tourney that the A Rig is in play in. I feel you have to still work to find the fish and catch them even with the Rig but it's appears to be a game changer that even those guys who don't put in the time to figure the fish out can still beat you at any time.

I get the same feeling about long line fishing. Find them on the graph... toss out the bait.... troll ahead a few hundred yards and start reeling. Hook up with a fish 250 yards from the boat and drag him all the way in.... That can't be good for them. All the fish I have seen caught on it are so tired by the time you get them in they don't put up a fight. I'm sure some are caught closer to the boat and it doesn't hurt them but I watched them in the Elite Tourney here and most were hooked with 200 yards or more of line off the reel. Sure they jumped a few times but the last hundred or so yards they were on top the water coming to the boat. I talked to a guy the other day that said the majority of these fish die from stress after being released. Is it true? I don't know but I see where it could be possible.

I've done some stupid things before with fish. I'm sure we all have. Now I try to take as good of care of them as possible. It's been an eye opening experience watching some of the weigh ins at a few tourneys. I'm not saying I'm not guility of a few bad choices, just that I try now to return them all healty and alive. Jeff and I actually lost a fish a couple weeks ago. It was caught in probably 3 foot of water and dead within minutes. We have no clue what happened to him. It was bagged up and came home with me.

I don't see the A Rig or long line going anywhere anytime soon. It's too good for tourism. Just imagine the economic impact it's had on the area around the Chick! That same thing is happening all around the USA where it's legal. I'm sure the 80 pound 4 day total the Elite had on Douglas helped to bring the PAA and Open back to Douglas this year. Long Line fishing did that.

Once the news of the rockfish got out about the one from Douglas I'm sure several guys where ready to hit Douglas in search of the next monster before they realized he was one of the very few that are in there. Lets just hope that size fish doesn't push them into stocking them on Douglas like they have on the other area lakes. I'm sure the post we put up on here with some of the fish we catch sells a lot of fuel and hotel rooms for the area. I know seeing the beast Paps caught yesterday makes me want to hit the water tomorrow.

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"the idiot rig" as i call it, embodies much of whats wrong with our instant gratification society. take the easy way!!!! i want to catch fish now, not LEARN how to FISH, just CATCH them NOW!!!! like shannon said, when people who couldn't catch a 4lber with a dipnet, are bringing 20+lb. bags in, SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!! tx fising should be a test of skill, not a game of chance!!! when i started bass fishing i sucked, bad, real bad! but, i stuck with it, and LEARNED to get better. i'll never be a pro, never fish the bassmaster classic, but i'm a decent fisherman. how did i get that way?......thru EFFORT!!!!! i wanted to get better, i learned to get better, i'm still learning, and most of you guy's did it the same way as i did. thru your own EFFORT!!! now, with this frigging rig, somebody who just leaned how to cast last night can show up and beat us. it's turning tx fishing into bingo. and pro's throwing it.... REALLY, you call yourself a "professional angler" and your throw'n this thing where kids can see you do it??? what kind of massage is that sending...."sell out for success, kids!!!" watching a "pro" throw the idiot rig, is like watching jesse james ride a big wheel! no wonder this country has went to heII in a handbasket........no integrity.

Ummmmmm!!!!! I'm not feelin you!!!!!!! Edited by SPOOKMAN
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I agree with some things that have been said. As far as it hurting the fish population, I don't see it happening. Yes people may catch more fish, and more bigger fish, but you can still only keep a certain amount of fish. If more people are getting a limit on a consistant basis we then have to rely on the agencies to keep the fish population in check. With all the other technology that is out there (better fish finders, bigger/faster boats, better lures, lines and hooks) I'm sure people have been catching more and more fish each year. To me this is just another tool to add to the aid of catching fish. Fishing has came a long way and will continue to do so.

The number of hooks being reduced I do not agree with. TN already reduces or restricts the number of hooks to 3, compared to other states allowing 5 or more. Going down to one hook on one bait will not happen. Most single baits have a set of hooks, so adding a third hook doesn't seem to be much more. Granted the layout allows fish to get hooked in the side more, but I don't think this will kill fish.

It honestly doesn't matter what lure you choose to use, you have to know how to use it and where to use it and when to use it. Some fishermen will get lucky and catch fish. But over time, the guy who puts in the practice time will always out fish the guy who doesn't.

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plus one on the electronics..... Don't have good ones and wouldn't know how to use good ones....I just hate the a rig cause I've not caught many on it......jealousy haha I can still catch some fish without either one so I won't gripe about people who can

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I don't have an a-rig, i dont want tendonitis. I don't see a problem with a hook in one bait and using the others as teasers on a screwlock would make it virtually weedless, and you wouldn't have to worry about snagging one in the side with a another hooked bait.

They'll start making ten feet filipping sticks and a-rigs with a 4 foot diameter and 12 inch swimbaits.

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dont own one never will if thats the only way i could catch a fish i would just quit

It doesn't have to be the only way you can catch one. I can catch em plenty of ways. But through late winter-early spring if you wanna compete you better throw it if you're tourney fishing and want to have a shot at winning. I was hardheaded about it for a year and learned this spring that its not all bad

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It doesn't have to be the only way you can catch one. I can catch em plenty of ways. But through late winter-early spring if you wanna compete you better throw it if you're tourney fishing and want to have a shot at winning. I was hardheaded about it for a year and learned this spring that its not all bad

to me they just would take the challenge of fooling a fish to bite out and thats the fun of fishing :2cents:

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