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PFBC wants to legalize 'Alabama rig'

Published August 31. 2013 09:00AM

A regulation has been proposed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners removing the regulation which restricts anglers to using three or fewer hooks on a fishing line. Within the last few years, anglers have asked the PFBC to use the "Alabama rig," an umbrella-type rig which contains five lures on short wire lines that merge to one point to attach to a fishing line.

Alabama rigs are used to simulate a school of bait fish and are used primarily by bass anglers. Rigs are also effective when trolling for large gamefish such as Northern pike, and if the regulation is adopted on a final rulemaking the change would take effect after being published in the "Pennsylvania Bulletin."

In other action by the commissioners, they proposed a regulation change that would permit anglers who purchase a fishing license and then move out of state to continue to use the license until it expires. This change would make fishing more convenient for anglers who purchase a one-year, multi-year or senior lifetime license and then move out of Pennsylvania, and if adopted on a final rulemaking the change would take effect after being published in the "Pennsylvania Bulletin."


Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club is holding a free 25-yard youth match for those 16 and younger at its Labor Day Rendezvous and Shoot today and Sunday as part of the shooting events for men, women and youth. Range hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the club grounds located off Route 183 south of Summit Station on Coon Club Road.


Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at by clicking the link to the program, features Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Nationals event manager Scott Amig.


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