Originally Posted by Maddoglures
I find this question so interesting now that everyone has the bug.
We were not going to get into this race, but after hundreds of calls, you have to think that maybe just maybe this will be enough to ignite new sales in the tackle stores.
WoW! has it taken off. This has not only sparked a wave in designs but has really brought on a whole new way to promote all the great plastics. The manufacturers of soft plastics has really gotten new life in the sales of their really slow moving items.
I hope this drives up the active fishermen to get out on the water and give it a try. It will surely help out the tackle stores. Your local tackle store need our help, with the slowing economy.
I believe Dale's got it right on this one.
Honestly, I am not pro or con on the A-rig I just see it as another tool for anglers to mimick forage more effectively. Whether it is a craze or not I don't really care. If it works for someone good for them, and the bait manufacture who made it.
With that said, I haven't given the A-rig enough time to really learn how to effectively use it (I've only been on the water once in the last 45 days), but I can definitely see where it has its advantages (i.e. when smaller bait is schooled up relatively shallow), but I don't think it is the end all. It is just another tool.
I see it as effective tournament bait, when fished in the right areas where bass have pushed bait, more than anything. IMHO chucking and winding the A-rig takes more energy than throwing a hudd, a magnum or a BA due to the resistance/drag in the water. I wonder if the people complaining about the A-rig are the same people who complain about larger swimbaits +4oz, who either can't physically throw them or don't have the rod/reel to do so.
I don't care what anyone says, to effectively throw this rig all day (the way I have it set up), without fatigue a flipping stick ain't gonna cut it. I tried to get away with throwing it on a 795 MT. The way I have my A-rig set up ,the the 795 MT was not enough rod in my opinion. I believe you need an 8ft medium power or above swimbait rod to greatly reduce the potential for fatigue.
As for fowl hooking...how many fish eat a top water baits where the fish is clearly not hooked in the mouth??? Especially on punkers and wake baits???
Case in point, Clear lake fish flat out eat baits weird. I dunno how many fish I have caught on hudds or wake baits that I have caught that were clearly not hooked in the mouth but in some days it has been 50/50 on inside the mouth or outside.
I really don't get all the negativity towards the bait. There are many situations where the A-rig is not going to work very well (i.e. heavy weeds/vegitation, skinny water, flat calm days, heavy cover/flipping bite, fished deep +50ft [bait will pengelum back towards boat if not fished correctly],tight spots/target casting, topwater bite, etc.).
Will I use it regularly? Probably not. However, situationally I see the A-rig having a great niche (i.e. fall/winter), but if fish aren't schooled up I don't see this bait being any more effective than a spinnerbait. To each his own.