Illinois Outdoors at
RulesIllinois Outdoors at

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::


Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::

Illinois hunting and fishing

Ron Stevens is president of Lure Parts Online. Photos by Chris Young.

Illinois company in midst of Alabama Rig feeding frenzy

January 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM

The State Journal-Register

Ron Stevens is in the middle of a literal feeding frenzy right now.

Stevens is president of Lure Parts Online, a Springfield company that sells components needed to make fishing lures to 25,000 customers in 55 countries.

Right now the fishing world is hooked on the Alabama Rig, a five-lure set-up that is the hottest thing in fishing.

“It has been really going crazy for two to three months,” Stevens said. “A guy won a tournament with (the Alabama Rig) last fall and it just exploded.”

The Alabama Rig gives the appearance of a whole school of swimming baitfish.

Illinois hunting and fishing

The official design starts with a lead lure “head” with five wires emanating out, each with a swivel and lead jig combined with a plastic worm or other lure.

YouTube videos show happy anglers reeling in multiple fish at once.

Stevens said it is a challenge just to keep enough parts in stock.

“Everybody is trying to make them in their basement and in their garages,” he said. “We have these guys call us and say, ‘I’m making 100 a day and I need the parts.’”

Stevens said he’s never seen anything like the Alabama Rig craze.

“If we could keep the parts in stock, I could sell thousands,” he said. “The wires, we could sell thousands of those, too. If we could sell the head, there’s no telling how many of those we could sell.”

Lure Parts Online is the retail companion business to Cast Industries, Inc., a company that manufacturers cast metal lure parts like jigs.

Stevens said the retail business sells parts manufactured by Cast Industries and other vendors.

A complete original Alabama Rig, manufactured by Mann’s Bait Company, can cost up to $40.

Mann’s has exclusive license to make and sell the Alabama Rig, and Stevens said he is expecting a shipment of complete rigs to sell next week.

On the Web:
Lure Parts Online
Cast Industries, Incl

Catching two fish at once with the Alabama Rig

Fishing pros talk about the Alabama Rig

Chris Young can be reached at (217) 788-1528.

Related stories

Looking back: Alabama Rig rules haven’t changed

From the 2012 archives: The Alabama Rig was the biggest thing in fishing last winter. Here's the story from last January plus an update on its status in Illinois.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Anglers Arts Classes help teach fly fishing

Previous entry: Alaska wildlife official charged with 12 hunting violations

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

February 2020
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons