That's what Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 1982 Bassmaster Classic
champion Paul Elias said to himself when he first rigged a few soft
plastic swimbaits to an "Alabama rig" and pulled them through the pond
behind his Mississippi home.
He was right, too. The Alabama rig worked for Elias on Lake
Guntersville to the tune of a $100,000 FLW Tour Open victory in which he
lapped the rest of the field, cracking the 100-pound mark with 20 bass
and besting second place by more than 17 pounds.
Elias is no stranger to introducing new techniques. In 1982, he won the
Bassmaster Classic by "kneeling and reeling" (immersing most of his
fishing rod beneath the water to get extra depth out of his crankbaits).