The umbrella rig has taken the bass fishing world by storm, winning lots of big tournaments and catching big bass. The rig consists of five wires that connect to the head of the bait. Here are some tips that will improve your success with the umbrella rig.
1. Spread out the wires as far as possible--while retrieving the rig the wires tend to fold in, so having the wires further apart allows your baits to move freely and not get tangled.
2. Use heavy line––opt for 65- or 80-pound PowerPro Maxcuatro. Umbrella rigging is a power fishing technique where catching multiple fish is possible, so you need a strong line.
3. When rigging your bait use lighter jig heads on the top two arms and heavier jigs on the remaining arms. This lets your rig run straight in the water, not tipping to the side.
4. The center arm of the rig makes for an excellent place to add a “teaser.” Adding a different color bait behind the pack attracts fish; try chartreuse or a red that imitates a wounded baitfish.
5. Select a rod that can handle the weight of the umbrella rig and has to power to bring in big fish. The G. Loomis IMX or NRX 916C are ideal for this application.