Thread: 3 bait A-Rig?

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hamilton, Ohio
    Posts
    1,364

    3 bait A-Rig?

    Can someone clarify the rules for this year. Can I throw a 3 bait A-rig with 2 hooks and one dummy bait. Is this legal?
    TUG SERIES CUSTOM RODS

  2.  
  3. Indiana Bass Club Moderator billius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Richmond, Indiana
    Posts
    56,219
    #2
    The way I understand the law is that you would be fine throwing the A rig, as long as you have no more than two baits with hooks on them, as you said.

    TEAM SHERM'S MARINE

    Of course I talk to myself...sometimes I need expert advice.

  4. Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ellettsville
    Posts
    254
    #3
    There are more threads below that talk about this. As far as I undestand you can only have two baits with hooks on them. So yes a three or five arm would be legal as long as you only have two baits with hooks. So the question is which arm-s to leave hookless??

  5. Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    4,199
    #4
    Saw this on a recent "The Bass Pros" show with Stacy King, he says 80% of your strikes will be on the bottom lures. He also stressed to be sure that one of those lures is bigger, smaller, a different style, or a different color... Dan
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "Wins go on the mantle. Losses go in your soul". - Don Barone

  6. Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ellettsville
    Posts
    254
    #5
    I have caught them on all the arms but not the middle on near as often.. You think that with just two baits and a blade in the middle as a teaser that the rig will still be effective?

  7. Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Rockport, IN
    Posts
    1,509
    #6
    i usually do something different for at least one lure on my a-rig. I find changing the color slightly works better for me than changing size. and I don't change the color much, usually just dye the tail or use different shades of the same color. so if I am fishing the a-rig in an Indiana lake or tributary, that is what I will probably do to both of my "active" wires.

  8. Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hamilton, Ohio
    Posts
    1,364
    #7
    The way the rule reads it seems that you can only have two baits total. Buddy of mine brought this up that it is hard to define whats legal. I just want to make sure a dummy bait is legal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gsmith223 View Post
    There are more threads below that talk about this. As far as I undestand you can only have two baits with hooks on them. So yes a three or five arm would be legal as long as you only have two baits with hooks. So the question is which arm-s to leave hookless??
    TUG SERIES CUSTOM RODS

  9. Member GRR884's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Columbus Indiana
    Posts
    5,759
    #8
    Was at local show and a Indiana CO was there. Said it didn't matter how many baits you wanted on it you just had to make sure it didn't have any more than two hooks. A 5 wire rig with 3 dummys he said was perfectly fine. The I.C. code pertains to hooks.

  10. Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hamilton, Ohio
    Posts
    1,364
    #9
    Thanks for the info.
    Quote Originally Posted by GRR884 View Post
    Was at local show and a Indiana CO was there. Said it didn't matter how many baits you wanted on it you just had to make sure it didn't have any more than two hooks. A 5 wire rig with 3 dummys he said was perfectly fine. The I.C. code pertains to hooks.
    TUG SERIES CUSTOM RODS

  11. Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ellettsville
    Posts
    254
    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Pennington View Post
    The way the rule reads it seems that you can only have two baits total. Buddy of mine brought this up that it is hard to define whats legal. I just want to make sure a dummy bait is legal.

    That is the way the BFL explained it in an email sent out recently...

  12. Member GRR884's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Columbus Indiana
    Posts
    5,759
    #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Gsmith223 View Post
    That is the way the BFL explained it in an email sent out recently...
    Very possible...I'm not sure what the BFL has for rules. I only referred the state rule and one would think they'd use the same but maybe not

  13. Member slim's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Charlestown INDIANA
    Posts
    418
    #12
    Still think it stinks that they allowed us to spend money on a bait all year then ban it. When they first came out it could be upwards of $60 for a full setup. I started buying parts and made my own. I have alot of cash wrapped up in something i cant throw in my own state. BS!

  14. XL Member markheb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    1,921
    #13
    Make sure you check with your State rules. Here in the "show-me" state we can use three baits with hooks.
    Quote form the Mo DOC website - "... under Missouri’s fishing regulations each angler using the pole and line method may have no more than three lures or natural baits with hooks on each line. Alabama or umbrella rigs are legal to use in Missouri, but only if no more than three lures or baits with hooks are attached to each rig."
    With that rule, you "could" put three crankbaits with two treble hooks each on an umbrella rig. The other two spots on the umbrella would / could be a spiner, plastic, gum wrapper, etc. === IN MISSOURI!! Check w/ state regs.
    Good luck throwing it all day though.. you will have the arms like popeye after a while.. It's like throwing a brick.

  15. Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Rockport, IN
    Posts
    1,509
    #14
    From my understanding, they are planning on modifying the rule in the future to allow a-rigs, but they didn't get it done in time before the temporary ruling expired at the beginning of the year. A lot of the state regulations could use more clarification though.

  16. Member GRR884's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Columbus Indiana
    Posts
    5,759
    #15
    The two ICO's I was with had a bunch of papers and were reading bits of peices of it. It indicated that state biologists reported that the 5 hook rig was harmful to the fish and many of the hooks stuck into the fish. They said it was based on this reasoning why it was changed from 5 hooks to 2.