Isn’t it funny how everyone these days is all up in arms over the Alabama Rig as if it’s the greatest “new” invention since sliced bread? I’ve been arguing that umbrella rigs have been used in the salt for decades, but this week’s vintage tackle entry from Leonard Schauer proves the concept went back even farther than I thought.

As soon as I sent this to vintage tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog he wrote back: “There is a saying that goes ‘everything old is new again,’ and this aphorism is never more correctly applied than when it comes to fishing tackle.” Tell me this Heddon Triple Teazer is not an Alabama rig for all intent and purposes.


Dr. Todd (also) says:

“Almost nothing — from the Texas Rig to the Pistol Grip Rod Handle to the Alabama Rig — is truly “new.” Take your lure, the Heddon #1000 Triple Teazer, sold between 1929-1933. It was another in a line of lures designed to imitate a school of small minnows, and followed in the wake of the Walton’s Speed Bait and the Shannon Twin Spinner (which it closely resembled). I’ve seen fisherman-altered versions of these where hooks have been added to the marked spinners, predating the Alabama Rig by eight decades. It’s an obscure and hard-to-find bait from Heddon, and should be worth $20-$30. To see a Triple Teazer new in original box, click here.”

Leonard, add some hooks to those metal teasers, and you’ll light up the bass just as successfully as the thousands of dudes chucking modern Alabamas on telephone poles. Thanks for sending, and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s headed your way


If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).