Legally Fish the A-Rig Anywhere

Wed, November 13, 2019

The A-Rig (also known as the Umbrella Rig) took the fishing industry by storm back in 2010, since then the excitement for it has diminished, however it’s fish catching abilities have not. This baitball imitation is one of the most realistic presentations and fish are notorious for coming unglued to bite this bait. 

Because the A-Rig was so effective, some states have implemented restrictions to the number of hooks allowed on the bait at one time. Lake Mille Lacs fishing guide, JP Kimbrough, breaks down how he fishes the A-Rig to be effective and legal. JP uses a 5 bait rig, with the 4 baits on the outside not containing a hook. These dummy baits surround a slightly larger bait in the middle that features the hook. By going with this configuration, the largest bait is the one that fish are most likely to key in on, it also happens to have a hook in it. To increase the odds of the fish eating this middle bait, JP uses a slightly contrasting color than all of the surrounding dummy baits. This draws even more attention to the middle bait and helps fish hone in on the one with the hook. 

Hog Farmer Minnesota Rig

Blades:

Chartreuse WillowGold WillowSilver Willow

Weight:

1 oz
Hog Farmer 5 Wire Umbrella Rigs

Version:

Plain4 Hitch Hiker4 Silver Blades8 Silver Blades

Weight:

3/5 oz3/4 oz
$13.99 – 28.99Product Details
Keitech Fat Swing Impact

Colors:

Alewife
Ayu
Bluegill Flash
Chartreuse Back Pearl
Electric Blue & Chartreuse
Electric Shad
Fire Craw
Ghost Rainbow Trout
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Magic
Goby
Light Hitch
Perch
Pro Blue Red Pearl
Sexy Shad
Shad
Sight Flash
Silver Flash
Smallmouth Magic
Smoke Silver
Sun Gill
Tennessee Shad
Smoke Silver Flake

Length:

2.8"3.3"3.8"4.3"4.8"5.8"
$5.99 – 6.99Product Details
Outkast Tackle Golden Eye Swimmer Head

Colors:

Green Pumpkin
Unpainted
White

Weight:

1/8 oz3/16 oz1/4 oz3/8 oz1/2 oz3/4 oz

Hook Size:

1/03/04/02/05/0
$5.99 – 6.99Product Details
Shimano Curado DC Casting Reel

Retrieve:

RightLeft

Gear Ratio:

6.2:17.4:18.5:1
Daiwa Tatula Elite Series Casting Rods

Length:

6'9"7'0"7'1"7'2"7'3"7'4"7'6"

Power:

Medium-LightHeavyMedium-Heavy

Action:

Medium-FastFastExtra-Fast
$179.99 – 289.99Product Details
Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon

Weight:

8lb10lb12lb14lb17lb20lb

Spool Length:

200 Yards
$23.99 – 38.99Product Details

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