Personally, I have never been excited about the Alabama Rig (which, by the way, is already outlawed in some states). Perhaps I'm biased having grown up striper fishing on the East Coast, but I have equal disdain for umbrella trolling rigs. Both rigs are highly effective fish catchers, however, I agree with B.A.S.S. that using an Alabama Rig takes very little if any skill, just as I'd say filling the box with stripers by towing an umbrella rig is lackluster and something I never do on my own boat. Where's the challenge? What do you think?