What is happening, fisherman friends? My nameis Devon, coming to you today on behalf ofKastKing and BassResource. Welcome to anotherepisode. What in the world do we have here today? Yeah,you guessed it. Hey, diddly-ho, neighbor. It’s the Ned Rig. That’s right. Fall is here. Winter is around the corner. This is a deadlybait this time of year. So what is it, whatis the Ned Rig? I’m gonna take you throughthat. I’m gonna take you through some modificationsthat I’ve learned fishing it the past fewyears that have made me more successful withit. What you partnered up with, the rod reelline, how you approach presenting this, andthe where you’re gonna present it, how tofish it, and what happens when you get a bite. So the Ned Rig simply explained, it’s twopieces, the jig head and a soft plastic. Now,the jig head, there are a few different onesyou can use. They’re all gonna have the samequalities though, or the qualities that youshould look for when you’re selecting a jighead. They’re gonna be a moon shape or a roundedshape, and those shapes lend themselves verywell to standing up. Now, probably the most popular soft plasticto put on these is the Z-Man ElaZtech NedRig, the Ned TRD. This bait is awesome becauseit floats and it will present your Ned Riglike that. Now, I’ll get into it later, butyou can also use a Senko style bait, but justbe aware that a lot of those are not gonnafloat. So, you want the rounded head, so on the bottomit lands itself to floating up, rocking onthat head really well. There are also gonnabe small light wire hooks. We’ll get intothat, but you don’t wanna a big, huge, fatfive-aught hook. You want a lightweight hookto go with your lightweight line and set up. Okay, so those are the jig heads you’ll belooking for. Now, the soft plastic, because I said I usuallygo with the Z-Man Finesse TRD. This is thetwo-and-a-half-inch but it also comes in afour-inch, the larger bait. Now, most peoplebelieve the bigger the bait you fish, thebigger the bites you’re gonna get. I’ve hadsuccess both ways. I’ve fished the small oneand caught, you know, three pounders. I’vefished the big one and caught little, tinyfish that were just barely bigger than thisbait. So, it really goes both ways. Really,it’s gonna depend on what you have confidencein, your lake, your fishery, what works foryou. So those are the jig heads. Those are theplastics. So, what are some modificationsI do to these? Let’s take a look. All right,so modifications. There are two main modificationsthat I’ve been using that have helped me alot when fishing the Ned Rig. So the firstone isn’t as much of a modification as itis a money and plastic saver. So this is theback end of a Senko, five-inch Senko. Youknow, normally, my four-aught hook would beup here and this is where the hook point normallywould be coming in on my Senko and that partgets, you know, tore up, the top half of itwhere my hook has been tore from catchingfish. So I just take that back part of it, cut itoff, and if you look, it’s the perfect imitationfor a Senko. Now, notice that these are madeof completely different materials. The NedTRD is extremely stretchy. The Senko is not. If you pull that, it’s got so much salt inthere, it’s gonna rip apart. Now, this doeshave its place. When I get to ways to fishit, the Senko style bait works just as well,if not better, than this in some ways of fishingit, and I’ll go over that. So that’s the firstlittle modification or hack that I use. Saveyour old Senkos and use them for Ned Rigslater in the year. So, that’s number one. Number two. This was something I learned fromBrian Latimer. I wish I could take the credit,but I cannot. I saw it on one of his videosand it is awesome. So, the Ned Rig, when youfish it around trees or rocks, sometimes itcan get hung up. So the way to fix that isto rig this weedless. Now, this only workswith the Z-Man Finesse TRD, or you know, anyof their TRDs with the ElaZtech because ofhow strong the plastic is. So, I’m gonna runmy hook up through, just like that. Now, thisis only to get the line threaded on. So I’vegot some eight-pound line here, I’m gonnaput the line just under the barb of that hook. I’m gonna bring my plastic up over it, likethat. I will do some movie magic and get a knottied on this. Just like that, we got a knot,thank you for some movie magic there. Okay,so the reason I’ve done this is because youwill slide your Ned Rig down onto the topof that hook on your jig head, and you’regonna take the back part and rig it just likeyou would a Texas Rig, like so. What thatgives you is a weedless Ned Rig. Now, thisis awesome for rocks because when you’re goingalong, it’s not as apt to get stuck in therocks when that soft part hits. The soft parthits and it just kinda rolls and pulls through. Now, as far as sitting on the bottom, it’sstill gonna sit up like this, straight up,as long as you’re using this ElaZtech. Andas far as the bite, I’ve got that so it’sjust barely sticking out there. This is awesomefor rocks. That head bounces off. It’s a verycool little modification that will help saveyou some baits. Okay, so you’ve seen the twomodifications that I use. Let’s go ahead andmove on to, well, what’s my approach?First, let’s talk about trees and brush. TheNed Rig is a great bait to fish this stuff. You just have to be careful and remember yourapproach, “Vs for trees. ” I’m not gonna bethrowing over real deep into, you know, themidst, the real thick stuff, because I’m onlyfishing if I can get away with it in openwater, four-pound line, six-pound line isa go to, or eight, when I’m fishing aroundbrush like this. But I’m gonna attack theVs, so spots like this where I can throw betweenand get out. Especially if you’re a bank fisherman,you don’t wanna be throwing all the way overthe top of this, you know, let’s say it’sjust above the water here, you don’t wannathrow all the way over top of this, have afish catch it here and swim down. You’re overthis branch, he’s probably got you under branchesover here, so you wanna fish Vs. A V here,throw your little one here, a V, anywherewhere you lure is gonna come straight backup to you. A V here. You might have to now move around the cover,but trust me, it will make fishing brush andsticks a whole lot easier if you rememberto fish “the Vs on the trees. ” The next bigthing you wanna think about with this littlebait is accuracy and presentation. So, onthe brush, accuracy and presentation is gonnabe big, you know, fishing in those Vs. Buton grass lines, drop-offs, isolated rocks,that’s where this is gonna shine, especiallyin the fall to winter transition, or latefall, fish love to be sitting on the drop-offs. That’s a place where they can go out deepwhere the water is gonna be warmer and theycan come back up shallow to feed. Ned Rig, in my opinion, honestly, really shinesin clear to just sort of stained water. Onceyou start getting into, you know, the dingieror muddy water, the Ned Rig just doesn’t doas well. It doesn’t displace a lot of water,it doesn’t have any movement to displace water,it’s just a stick. Stay in the zone, okay?I’m talking about the strike zone. So, forexample, let’s say this is a rock pile. I’mthrowing it all around the rock pile. I’mgonna let it fall in slack line here, popit a couple of times, then I’m reeling itback in. If I throw that out and that’s 10yards from the boat or 10 yards off land,I’m not gonna fish it the whole way back. That’s not gonna be an area where I’m gonnacatch a lot of fish. Focus on the strike zone,next to the grass lines, especially thosedrop-offs and around the wood. Stay accuratewith it and I guarantee you will catch morefish on this. So, how do you fish these? Well, there area few ways that work excellent to fish theNed Rig. The one thing that stays in commonwith all those is the fall. So, on your cast,you wanna make sure that you let the Ned Rigfall on slack line. That is important. Whenit falls down, it’s gonna kinda give a spirallyspin motion down, it’s gonna look completelylifelike as it’s spiraling down, as opposedto if you threw it over here and I’m tryingto get it to fall straight down over here. If I throw it and right away engage my bailor don’t let it fall on slack line, it’s gonnaswim like this and glide down. I don’t wantthat. I want it to fall on slack line. Sofrom there, you can do small hops after itgets on the bottom and work a little bit. Pop, pop. Let it sit. Remember, it’s gonna stand straightup. Pop, pop, pop. Okay, so you’ve got thepop. You’ve got the drag. After it hits, you’rejust gonna slowly drag it along and leaveit alone. Slowly drag it along, leave it alone. And that’s why earlier, I said that when youuse the stick baits, this is a technique thatworks great for those because I’m not lettingit sit and wanting it to stand straight up. I’m dragging along and it kinda falls. Soit looks like a fish or a bait, you know,just barely holding on with just a littlebit of life to it. So, with that rig, I liketo have the rounded head and the stick bait,and it works awesome. As opposed to the actualZ-Man head, if I can find it here, the actualZ-Man head, when you drag it, it’s at a 90-degreeangle. So when I drag that in the rocks and such,I’ve got a really high chance of having myknot get caught up in something, get somenicks on it and break when I’m just draggingit along. When you hop it, you don’t noticethat as much because you’re bringing it offthe bottom. But lift and drop. If you noticethat you’re really getting bit right on thatinitial drop, you can try lifting your rodtip up a couple feet and letting it fall onspiral down again on slack line. Very important,not taught line. Pull it up, let it fall onthat slack point before you reel anything. As soon as you see it, you know, either dosomething weird or change motion, then youcan reel into it and see if you have a fish,but you have to let it fall on slack lines. When you get a bite, the Ned Rig, you don’twanna be setting a hook on these. All right?So, you throw it out, you feel a bite, allyou’re going to do is reel down on it. I liftit up over my right shoulder at a 45-degreeangle and just start reeling into it. There’sno popping, there’s no hooks sitting, no jarring. I’m just gonna reel into that fish. Theselight wire hooks, notice I’m just barely touchingmy finger and it’s biting into it. That’swhat’s so awesome about these little tinylight wire hooks. You can imagine as a needle,a needle versus a big thick nail. If you’regonna get a shot, do you wanna get a shotwith a needle or do you wanna get a shot witha big, huge, thick nail?Heck no, you want the little needle. Becauseit goes in easier, there’s less resistance,less friction. It’s a tiny, tiny, little diameterpiece of wire that’s going in that fish’smouth. Once you’ve done that, you wanna makesure that you keep a bend in your rod. That’sthe big reason for fishing a medium or medium-lightaction rod with a light line is, I’m gonnause my line, my rod, and my drag to play thatfish. So, you wanna have your drag to whereif that fish starts to pull a little bit,it’s gonna take out your drag. I’m keepingthe bend in my rod the whole time. Very important. What setups do I recommend? Well, generally,I’m always going to throw these on a medium-lightor a medium action spinning rod. It’s gonnahave a good parabolic bend. It’s gonna staybent and allow me to fight that fish, as opposedto a heavy action rod that is very stiff. With the line, I’m gonna be using a lightline. If starts to bend that rod, it’s justgonna be too powerful and it’s gonna breakyour line. That’s why you want a medium-lightto a medium action spinning rod. I always,on my spinning reels, run for a Finesse applicationlike this, 15-pound braid to my leader. Theleader is the most important. If I am in realclear water, without any sort of obstruction,no big rocks, no brush, I usually go downto a four-pound line. If I’m fishing around any sort of vegetationor anything where I’m, you know, gonna possiblyget a little bit of stuff on my line, I goup to a six. I go up all the way to an 8 or10, if I’m fishing around brush. Now, it’snot gonna be as much of a Finesse applicationthen. When I start getting up to that heavierline, the fish can see it. It does make adifference. You fish 4-pound all day and switchup to 10-pound and you will notice a differencein getting bites. So, don’t be afraid of thelight line. One thing that does matter with your reelis it has to have very good drag. Smooth dragis not herky-jerky, smooth drag that pullsout. Now, with the medium-light or mediumrod, you’re not gonna bend this hook out. You can see, this is just me grabbing it withtwo little fingers, I can bending that hookout almost. All right? These are not stronghooks, but they will hold and they will notbend if you’re not using a powerful rod. Aswell as coupling that with a reel that hasreally good drag, so if that fish does turnits head and going to make a move and tryto pull that out, your line’s not gonna break,it’s just gonna start letting drag off yourreel. Very important in fighting a fish inthe Finesse application. Can’t stress that enough. Don’t horse thefish in. Tire the fish out. So he’s gonnamake a run, reel up your slack, bring himin the boat. If he makes a run again, reelup your slack. Not horsing him. You can’tfish this like a frog, throw it out thereand as soon as you get a bite, set it hardand start cranking him in. You’re either goingto straighten the hook or break the line. Remember those modifications, the weedlessmodification and your stick bait. They workreally well, and it will save you some moneyin the long run too. Make sure that your approach is accurate. You hit those high percentage areas, grasslines, wood, and especially the drop-offsthis time of year, as well as any sort ofisolated rocks. Those are gonna be awesome,especially if you’re up North fishing smallmouthonce you get onto the main lake or out ontosome of those flats. Oftentimes those flatsare just big, huge flats of land and the onlything that’s down there is gonna be a littleclump of rocks. If you can find those isolatedrock piles, this is killer. You will get lotsof fish on it. Use it as a follow-up bait,you know, if you’re running a moving baitthrough there and catch a few. Don’t be afraidto go back over that exact same area witha Finesse Ned Rig because you can get someof those cleanout fish that you wouldn’t havecaught before. So, how to fish it. Remember there’s alwaysgonna be a slack line presentation no matterwhat way you’re fishing it. Throw it out thereand let it fall on slack line so it kind ofcorkscrews down. Very important. You can hopit. You can drag it. Just gotta find out whatworks for you. Sometimes you can even reelit real slow over the rocks so it kinda popsand hits those things. You just gotta listento the fish. Listening to the fish means youhave to try different, new things for themto tell you what they want. Once you get thatbite, remember just reel into it. Don’t setthe hook. Reel into it, lift the rod up, keepthe rod bent. Make sure you’ve got your dragset so if the fish does make a run for it,he peels drag and doesn’t break your line. So that’s everything in a nutshell, guys. I hope this helped. Drop a comment below ifyou find these helpful. I really appreciateit. And leave any sort of comments for newvideos down there. I love getting commentsfrom people and hearing what they have tosay. Drop that down there. Remember, no matterwhat keep casting, guys. You can’t catch thefish if you’re not casting. Until next time,take care.