Top Castable Umbrella Rigs for Bass

Castable Umbrella Rigs Put Bass in Your Boat!

The Original – The Alabama Rig!

Manns Slick Lures The Alabama Rig

Manns Slick Lures The Alabama Rig

Manns Slick Lures Alabama Rig color chart

Manns Slick Lures Alabama Rig color chart

This is the one that started it all! The Mann’s Slick Lures Alabama Rig is the rig that Paul Elias used at the Lake Guntersville FLW Tour Open on October 2011, not only him but the entire Top 10 used this rig. It is designed to simulate a school of baitfish.

It features five super strong wires with swivels and snaps to attach your choice of swimbaits, grubs, spinnerbaits or just use your imagination the possibilities are endless. Be sure you have The Mann’s Slick Lures Alabama Rig in your boat!

YUM YUMbrella Rig

The new YUMbrella castable umbrella rig capitalizes on the multi-rig phenomenon with a rig manufactured with super wire

The new YUMbrella castable umbrella rig capitalizes on the multi-rig phenomenon with a rig manufactured with super wire

Yumbrella Rig Accessory Kit contains 5 Money Minnows and 5 jigheads

Yumbrella Rig Accessory Kit contains 5 Money Minnows and 5 jigheads to complete your umbrella rig

The new YUMbrella Rig and YUM Yumbrella Flash Mob Junior with Willow Blades from YUM capitalizes on the multi-rig phenomenon with a rig manufactured with “super wire,” stainless steel that has been repeatedly heat-treated for strength and flexibility. The five super wire arms are attached with a true molded coupler for incredible toughness and durability, ensuring that the wire arms never break free. Plus, the head of the rig contains a rattle for added attraction.

The YUMbrella Rig simply allows the angler to throw five YUM Money Minnows, grubs or spinnerbaits at once, to simulate a small school of baitfish. The 45-pound-strength snap and 75-pound-strength swivels ensure flawless performance on big fish.

The YUMbrella features a choice of head patterns, Tennessee Shad and Foxy Lady. Tennessee Shad is a realistic shad pattern with white sides, shad dot, gill stripe and a touch of red under the mouth and tail. The Foxy Lady features a chartreuse base with dark back, shad dot and a splash of orange on the belly. Both patterns feature red 3D eyes.

ABT Multi-Rig System

ABT Multi Rig adjustable castable umbrella rig system

ABT Multi Rig adjustable castable umbrella rig system

The ABT Multi rig system is the only interchangeable rig system on the market. This patent pending system allows you more versatility than any other! With a little imagination you can customize to your favorite configurations. To disassemble, simply unscrew the eye of the line tie located on the nose of the ABT Multi rig system head. Remove rear wire harness insert. If using soft body head trailer, we recommend putting glue on the soft body and attaching to the insert while the insert is out of the head. Do not get glue in the back of the head area or it will be difficult to remove the insert. The head is available in 4 colors – Ghost Blue, Ghost Green, Ghost Midnight and Ghost Rootbeer.

NOTE: Make sure wire harness is not re-installed in the head upside down. Before using this product, make sure to check regulations at your local Fish and Game office.

Picasso Bait Ball Extreme

Picasso Bait Ball Extreme comes in 5 castable umbrella rig models to simulate a school of minnows while meeting your local regulations

Picasso Bait Ball Extreme comes in 5 castable umbrella rig models to simulate a school of minnows while meeting your local regulations

Picasso’s latest School-E-Rig takes the Bait Ball to a whole new level. Starting with the 3 wire 6 bait version all the way up to the 7 wire 16 bait version the Bait Ball Extreme is the new craze with rigs.

Developed with the collaboration of Professional angler Jeremy York, the Picasso Bait Ball Extreme has 5 versions allowing the angler to fish from 6 to 16 baits on one umbrella rig while abiding by the state laws. This NEW rig is equipped with a new industrial strength spring wire, 75 pound test strength snap swivels and a 90 pound test imbedded nose swivel.

The rigs terminal snap swivels can be rigged with hook or Dummy heads and feature a slide up sleeve to quickly change them out from a swivel to a Picasso Dummy head, or just a bait keeper spring. Now you can get the fish attraction of a school of bait and still meet State laws by only placing the legal number of hooks allowed. For example Tennessee anglers can now throw the 7 wire 16 bait version and rig 3 of the outer swivels with 3 hooks and the remaining 13 with dummies.

The Picasso Bait Ball Extreme is a dependable, durable fish catching machine. This rig is sure to start sweeping the nation and catching plenty of big bass. Brought to us from the mind of Professional Angler Jeremy York, this Picasso Bait Ball Extreme gives the the utility of a six bait umbrella rig while abiding by the state laws.

This NEW rig is designed with industrial strength spring wire, heavy duty swivels and snaps. The Picasso Bait Ball Extreme is a dependable, durable fish catching machine. This rig is sure to start sweeping the nation and catching plenty of big bass.

  • Available in 5 designs (7 arm, 16 baits; 5 arm, 13 baits; 4 arm, 10 baits; 3 arm, 9 baits, 3 arm, 6 baits)
  • All styles are 9.5″ EXCEPT 3 Arm (6 Baits) which is 7.5″
  • Color: Shad

Megabass Spark Rig and Spark Rig Prop

Megabass Spark Rig and Spark Rig Prop castable umbrella rigs with lifelike design! Available color options.

Megabass Spark Rig and Spark Rig Prop castable umbrella rigs with lifelike design! Available color options.

The Megabass Spark Rig features an original 3D hand-carved body, five 7″ welded shut wires (1.2mm), and comes equipped with premium snaps and swivels. Often referred to as an umbrella-rig, the Megabass Spark Rig is designed to resemble a school of baitfish. It can be cast and retrieved at a steady pace or allowed to fall through suspended schools of fish. Very versatile as well, it can be rigged with a wide variety of lures, including soft plastic swimbaits, grubs, jig heads and small spinnerbaits.

Megabass Spark Rig Prop Ayu

Megabass Spark Rig Prop

The Megabass Spark Rig Prop delivers a level or realism and quality that only legendary Japanese lure designer, Yuki Ito, could create. The Megabass Spark Prop Type features an original 3D hand-carved body, five 7″ welded shut wires (1.2mm), a pronounced metal prop for added attraction, and premium snaps and swivels. Often referred to as an umbrella-rig, the Megabass Spark Prop Type is designed to resemble a school of baitfish. It can be rigged with your choice of baits like any other castable umbrella rig.

Berkley Schooling Rig

Berkley Schooling Rig castable umbrella rig

Berkley Schooling Rig castable umbrella rig

Berkley Schooling Rig is constructed with corrosion resistant stainless steel, and 60lb Cross-Lok Snap Swivel. Comes with proven colors (Hitch and Pearl White) and 3-d eyes and a control ring for storage and transportation.

Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig

Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig

Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig

Imitate a school of baitfish with the Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig. It’s a 5-wire system designed with a .027 diameter titanium wire that eliminates kinks, breakage and metal fatigue common to some steel wire rigs. This flexible titanium wire enables increased pulsing action, resulting in more strikes. The smaller diameter is also less visible in clear water, creates less wind drag, and makes casting easier. A lifelike head with 3D eyes has an internal swivel to prevent line twist. May be rigged with a wide variety of lures (not included – from Basspro.com).

  • Imitates a school of baitfish
  • 5-wire system
  • Smaller diameter wire is less visible in clear water
  • Lifelike head with 3D eyes and swivel to prevent line twist

You can also get the Strike King Squadron Umbrella Rig Accessory Kit – Ghost Shad – 1/8 oz. to go along with this unique Titanium rig. Includes swimbait bodies and jig hooks – 5 KVD Swim-N-Shiner swimbaits and 5 color-coordinated Squadron swimbait jigheads.

Elite Tungsten Finesse 5 Arm Umbrella Rig

Elite Tungsten Finesse 5-Arm Umbrella Rig

Elite Tungsten Finesse 5-Arm Umbrella Rig

The Elite Tungsten finesse rig is ideal for those times when the bass are feeding on smaller bait fish. Most umbrella rigs have to heavy of wire and heads to throw smaller swimbaits effectively. The Elite Tungsten finesse rig has a small tungsten head with lighter wires making it a perfect match for most of your smaller swimbaits.

JSJ Wire Dangler

JSJ Wire Dangler castable umbrella rig and available colors

JSJ Wire Dangler castable umbrella rig and available colors

The JSJ Wire Dangler comes in two versions. A three wire rig for big swimbaits with .051 wire. Guys are using 6″ Baitsmiths and 6″ Huddleston’s on this rig. Also a 5 wire with .041 wire. All come with 60 pound rated crane lock swivels. All the heads are polyurethane and painted with super tough automotive paint.

Waterdog Outdoors Retriever Rig

Waterdog Outdoors Retriever Rig castable umbrella rig and color options

Waterdog Outdoors Retriever Rig castable umbrella rig and color options

WATERDOG OUTDOORS RETRIEVER RIG is a castable umbrella rig that holds up to five lures at one time. It can be fished vertically or trolled with capabilities of catching multiple fish on one cast. Product and components made in the USA. We use .051 stainless wire for durability and keeping spread shape. Swivels are Rosco with heavy stainless lock snaps. The head is made with super strong polymer and our custom paint job makes RETRIEVER RIG in a class of its own. Providing a quality product that catches lots of big fish and winning results is our objective.

Luck-E-Strike Fresh Water Umbrella Rig

Luck-E-Strike Fresh Water Umbrella Rig and lure color options

Luck-E-Strike Fresh Water Umbrella Rig and lure color options

The Luck-E-Strike Fresh Water Umbrella Rig is made with 5 strong wires with swivels on the ends to attach your choice of baits. This lure mimics a school of bait fish swimming through the water. It is 7-3/4″ in length and has a hard plastic head.

PackMan Elite Rig and PackMan Rig

PackMan Elite Composite Head Rig castable umbrella rig and color options

PackMan Elite Composite Head Rig castable umbrella rig and color options

The PackMan Elite Composite Head umbrella rig. Paul Elias brought this type of rig to the forefront in his October 2011 FLW Tour Open win on Lake Guntersville. With this rig you will be catching more than one bass at a time it has 5 wires and sometimes this rig catches up to 4 bass per cast. You can fish a variety of lures on this rig. The baits that can be used on the PackMan Elite Rig is limited to your imagination. Now five different colors to choose from, do not miss the boat get your rig today! 7 inches long and 3/8 ounces in weight.

Packman Rig like the Alabama Rig

Packman Rig like the Alabama Rig

The PackMan Rig is their original castable umbrella rig. It is 6.5 inches long and weighs 3/8 ounces. Both of these rigs are usually available at great pricing!

Castable Umbrella Rig Accessories

YUM Money Minnow Jig

YUM Money Minnow Jig

Most castable umbrella rigs come with the rig only. You have to buy the jig heads and minnow bodies or other attachment lures separately. You can literally put anything on the end of your rig’s wire arms but some lures and accessories just go well with Alabama-type rigs. Here’s a few good choices besides the complete kit already shown above:

Picasso Smart Mouth Fish Head Jig

Picasso Smart Mouth Fish Head Jig is a quality jig for average-sized swim and minnow baits for castable umbrella rigs.

School-E-Rig Smart Mouth Fish Head Jigs (5 per pack) designed for Castable Umbrella Rigs with a unique head design that produces an awesome wobble action. These jig heads match up well to average to medium swimbaits and minnow bodies for your rigs.

 

Keitech Swing Impact FAT swimbait minnows green-pumpkin shiner and male perch colors

Keitech Swing Impact FAT swimbait minnows green-pumpkin shiner and male perch colors

The Keitech Fat Swing Impact has really taken the Paddle tail swimbait to the next level. Keitech’s original two-tone color injection process uses different types of salted plastics to achieve perfect balance and action. The most impressive feature of these great new swim baits is the ability to maintain a perfect swimming motion at any retrieve speed. The Keitech Swing Impact Fat swimbaits comes in 5 sizes and almost 30 colors!

Bass Pro Shops Speed Shads come in several sizes and many great colors such as Sight Fish, Sexy Shad and Small Mouth Magic!

Bass Pro Shops Speed Shads come in several sizes and many great colors such as Sight Fish, Sexy Shad and Small Mouth Magic above!

Bass Pro Shops makes a reasonably priced alternative paddle tail swimbait that works well and comes in a great variety of hot colors and multiple sizes including 3″, 3.8″, 4.8″ and 5.25″!! The incredible Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad sports an over-sized paddle tail for heavy swimming action. For versatility and ease of rigging, the Speed Shad features a hook slot at the top and at the bottom. A ribbed body gives off extra vibrations to call in wary fish and make them bite!

Paradise Tackle Ball Head Jig designed for small finesse minnow and swimbait bodies for your umbrella rigs.

Paradise Tackle Ball Head Jig designed for small finesse minnow and swimbait bodies for your umbrella rigs.

Specially designed Paradise Tackle ball jig head, made for small swimbaits to be used on Bama rigs. Has a heavy gauge Mustad Ultra point hook and a 60 degree eye that increases action of the swimbait.

 

Picasso Dummy Head to add extra minnow bodies to your umbrella rig when you don't want to or can't add extra hooks. Lets you still simulate a school of minnows where legal.

Picasso Dummy Head to add extra minnow bodies to your umbrella rig when you don’t want to or can’t add extra hooks. Lets you still simulate a school of minnows where legal.

Picasso Dummy Heads can be used to fish heavy cover and help assure compliance with state laws. Ideal when the need to limit the number of open hook jig heads arises on your Umbrella Rig. They can be used in place of standard jig heads to assure proper function of the rig.

 

Owner Centering Pin Spring allows you to add extra teaser bodies to your umbrella rig minnow school without adding the extra weight of a jighead. Adds versatility.

Owner Centering Pin Spring allows you to add extra teaser bodies to your umbrella rig minnow school without adding the extra weight of a jighead. Adds versatility.

These interchangeable stainless steel Owner Centering Pin Springs attach to hook eyes and swivels, and allow any soft plastic bait to be permanently secured by inserting the pin in the center of the bait’s nose and then screwing the bait onto the coil spring to rig perfect every time! The CPS has far superior holding power compared with barbed stick-pin holders.

If you want lots of choices to view with some great savings make sure  you check out Castable Umbrella Rigs on Amazon for tons of options, rigs, combo packs, swimbait bodies and jigheads!

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