I was watching the FLW Bass fishing tournament this morning & got to wondering. Are those Alabama rigs legal in Wisconsin. Are you considered fishing with 5 baits or one? I think Muskies could like something like this.
There is a Schooler Rig post a few down on the front page, and it discusses this topic. It is basically a Bama rig for muskies. They are legal in Wisconsin, but if you throw 5 baits you have to make 2 of them hookless. Meat and Potatoes Tackle company has 3 and 5 lure Schooler rig models for sale. Hope this helps
Yup, it's legal. Thanks, Enice! Actually, I think in WI, you would have to "dummy" 3 of the 5 lures. We make a 3-wire model so you don't have to "dummy" so many baits. But here's a tip on how you can increase your hooking percentage if you're in a state or a province that makes you dummy lures on the Schooler Rig: Fish hit the center, trailing lure most of the time, so make sure that has a hook in it. And, they'll hit the bottom wires more often than not because almost always, fish "bite up" versus "down". You can make sure you know bottom from top by putting a little heavier swimbait/jig head on the "bottom" lures. In MN and WI, we'd just suggest the 3-arm model because that makes the hassle of dummying lures much easier in those states. Lucky KY where they can run all 5 with hooks! www.meatandpotatoes.net to take a look at why the Schoolers are especially made for musky/pike.
Ooops. We get confused keeping track of what states allow how many hooked lures on an umbrella rig! As of Jan 15, WI allows 3 lures with hooks on a rig as Enice said. But every DNR we've talked to around the country says they're re-thinking their Regs, so ck the state out BEFORE you start throwing the Schooler Rig. And as a general reminder to anyone that has a Warden pull them over on the water: Be respectful. It'll help the situation greatly. Hopefully, all states and provinces will publish clear regs in 2012 so there's no more guessing.