Mimicry Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Article by Steve Wright

Photo of Andy Poss with his Alabama Rig at ICAST.
Andy Poss shows off his Alabama Rig at ICAST

At last summer’s ICAST, a number of companies took the lead of Andy Poss and his original Alabama Rig. Manufacturers put their spin on the patent pending multiple hook device. Poss, a union welder, moved on his idea he got from watching an Animal Planet show. Tuna attacked a breakoff group of sardines from a huge school, and Poss thought it would work on bass.

His lure – a five-wire harness to which jigs or small swimbaits can be attached – exploded on the bass fishing world when pro Paul Elias used it to win an FLW event on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

In ICAST’s new products section, Poss’ influence was everywhere. It seems that every type of lure now has an "umbrella" model, like the Scuttle Buzz made by Livingston Lures – a hybrid spinnerbait/buzzbait that has three hooks and multiple metal blades flashing in every direction.

Even lures for crappie have copied the concept, as in Blakemore's Slab Daddy Supper – a two-jig rig that offers, "Two servings on every cast."

The fishing industry is well-known for knocking-off the traits of any successful lure. The Alabama Rig is just the latest example.

Poss, who lives in Muscle Shoals, Ala., signed an agreement with Mann's Bait Company in Eufaula, Ala., to be the exclusive licensee for the manufacture, marketing and sales of Alabama Rigs.

"It's been a good thing," Andy said. "Everywhere I go people tell me about catching fish on the rig. I have had a lot of fun with it. And that was the goal to begin with."

Poss has a patent pending, which he expects to get late this year, but it appears it would take a convention of lawyers to defend it.