When the weather turns cold on Hartwell and Murray, the striped bass action gets hot for anglers pulling umbrella rigs. Lake Hartwell striper guide Rick Owen lands a striped bass from Hartwell. The guide prefers to fish the Seneca and Tugaloo river arms for linesides.
Castable umbrella rigs, including the Alabama Rig, are relatively new bass fishing devices that allow anglers to attach up to 5 lures to a single line, creating the potential of catching more than one bass at a time. Umbrella rigs have been around for a long time and are traditionally used to troll entire schools of lures in saltwater for striped bass and bluefish. What makes this new device unique and particularly useful for bass fishing is that it is made light enough to be cast.
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This page shows basic umbrella rigs used in fishing for striped bass rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters of the Mid Atlantic region. Umbrella rigs catch fish in other areas and have even become popular for catching striped bass in freshwater lakes. Umbrellas are rigged using a variety of components including shad bodies, plastic grubs, surgical hose, bucktail jigs, parachute jigs, tomic lures, and others.
If you want to bag a lot of big striped bass this spring, then trolling is the most effective method to use. This is the ideal time to put the following tips and tactics to good use. Be precise with your line lengths and distances.
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In fact it was boring. I hated waiting for a striper to bite. My catches have been more consistant since I put more effort into trolling for striped bass.
Chesapeake Bay charter captains may have been the first anglers to figure out just how effective umbrella rigs are for striped bass, but Glenn Briggs is a quick study. A trip to the Bay got him thinking. That was nearly 15 years ago and Briggs now relies on umbrellas not only when the stripers are actively feeding on shad near the surface, but when they are hugging the bottom or holding somewhere in between.