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Tennessee Amends Umbrella Rig Rule for Alabama Rig

FLW Outdoors confirmed in a report yesterday that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has amended its umbrella rig regulations to allow three lures with hooks to be thrown on an Alabama Rig for bass fishing and casting applications. The original Tennessee fishing regulation had an exception for Umbrella rigs that stated the following:

  • Umbrella Rig RestrictionUmbrella rigs are defined as an array of more than 3 artificial lures or baits (with or without hooks) used by a single rod and reel combination.   If the hook size is 6 or larger, then only one lure or bait may have a hook and that hook must be a single hook.
Since the emergence of the Alabama Rig last week at Lake Guntersville and many anglers on Kentucky Lake practicing for this week’s Everstart Championship and November’s BFL Wildcard as well as many local anglers wanting to throw these new rigs, the TWRA met and discussed the use of this “castable umbrella rig.”

The committee determined that three baits on a rig like this would be allowable in Tennessee waters with any size hook. There is no restriction in Kentucky waters. So you can throw TAR with five swimbaits in Tennessee waters, but only one of the lures can have a hook on it if above a size 6 hook. Or you can throw the rig with three lures on it, all with any size hooks on them.

To read more about FLW Outdoors clarification on using TAR during the Everstart Series Championship this week, visit