For the record, as a committee member, my reason for voting to ban multi-lure rigs and the Alabama Rig in MRA events was not based on the potential for cheating, or the ability to verify conformity to our rules. I agree whole heartedly with Don in a perspective he shared at our meeting. I believe that all MRA members are competing honestly. Otherwise I would not be a member of this excellent club. I believe all members of the committee share this view.
My reasons for voting to ban the multi-lure rigs were expressed well by B.A.S.S. committee members, who also banned multi-lure rigs.
B.A.S.S. banned the Alabama Rig for several reasons. I think these reasons all boil down to a desire to maintain the challenge of their competitions at the highest level. Their perception, held by many elite anglers, is that the A-Rig is a powerful tool that can be used with great success, by anglers of lesser skill. I would equate this to introducing an Aluminum bat into Major League baseball. If this was done, virtually every major league player, and the vast majority of minor league players, would be able to hit 150 home runs per year.
I tend to agree with the B.A.S.S. Rules Committee member who stated, “I don’t have a problem with the use of umbrella rigs or multi-lure rigs to catch bass. If you are out fun fishing, there may be nothing more fun to use. However, our events represent the highest level of professionalism in our sport and I think as participants of these events, we should be held to a higher standard, as well. I like the idea of one rod, one reel, one lure.”
In my mind, it would be arbitrary to ban one multi-lure rig (the A-Rig) without banning all multi-lure rigs. For the sake of clarity and integrity, we chose to ban all multi-lure rigs.
In my opinion, the vast majority of our members join MRA because it is a great challenge. I believe, multi-lure rigs like the Alabama rig would to some extent dilute that challenge.
This issue was discussed in depth by the committee and the decision was made by all of us, without regard to any benefit to ourselves on tournament day.
I look forward to fishing with all of you this year.