And then the jigheads. These Buckeye Heads are on sale, 3 pack for $3.89
I'm a fan of eyeballs, so I'd be inclined to go with the Big Hammer head myself. 3 plain 3/8oz heads are similarly $3.89
Now for some baits. The herd of basstrix clones seems to be thinning down these days. A pack of 5, 5inch original Basstrix in Hologram Shad will keep enough baits on your rig for the southern states and only set you back $9.99.
On the topic of not very sporting ways to catch fish in the south, did you know that in many states, using live trout for bait is legal? I've heard that in Georgia you can go in to a bait shop and select your live trout by the piece for purchase as bait. Using 5 lures at a time doesn't seem like much of a big deal after that. Ridic!
Now you know my love affair with Big Hammer, that's what I'd be pulling, er casting. A 4 pack of 5in Hammer tails runs $4.69. Superglue the baits to the heads and you can land a lot of freshwater bass. The money color as always is #13 baitfish
To spice up the mix, you might try the Keitech Swing Impact. These are nice baits. They do tear up, but they're scented, finesse, and swim great. Best of all they are cheap. An 8 pack of 4 inch runs $4.75. Crystal shad is nice
Last, you're going to need a rubber mesh net. Because the tangle that's going to unfold in a regular net is going to generate a lot of cuss words. This looks passable. Ego Rubber Mesh Net Large Clear 50 bucks.
How long before Reaction Strike offers their own version?
Rob you are a marketing genius by combining Big Hammer baits with the AL Rig! I suggest marketing yellow Big Hammer baits with the rig to pull in both the UA and Auburn football followers. UA fans have a chant which includes a referemce to "yellowhammer" which is the AL state bird (aka Northern Flicker).
For UA fans, the chant after a victory over Auburn goes: "Hey Auburn! We just beat the hell out of you! Rammer, Jammer, Yellowhammer, give ‘em hell, Alabama!"
Not to be outdone, Auburn fans have their own version of the chant: "Hey Bama! We just beat the hell out of you! Rammer, Jammer, Yellowhammer, go to hell, Alabama!"
I can see the $$$ rolling your way!
By the way, what is wrong with being able to pick out your very own trout for bait? It sounds like the joy of being 5 years old and getting to pick out a goldfish. Check out Hammonds if you find yourself in need of a trout for Lake Lanier http://www.hammondsfishing.net/livebait.htm
#2978, "RE: Alabama rama" In response to Reply # 8
made my own out of spare parts!
Used an old school 3/8 lead sinker that has the rubber insert, pulled out the insert and inserted a line tie, and 5 wires with the berkley type locs (you can get these online), epoxied and crimped the lead, added terminal tackle and paddletails.....ADD WATER!
unhooking a fish is like sticking your hand in a cactus, with all those hooks thrashing around