The Ned Rig: Proven Tactics You Need To Know | KastKing | Bass Fishing

What is happening, fisherman friends? My name
is Devon, coming to you today on behalf ofKastKing and BassResource. Welcome to another
episode. 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, what
is the Ned Rig? I’m gonna take you throughthat. I’m gonna take you through some modifications
that I’ve learned fishing it the past fewyears that have made me more successful with
it. What you partnered up with, the rod reelline, how you approach presenting this, and
the 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 two
pieces, the jig head and a soft plastic. Now,the jig head, there are a few different ones
you can use. They’re all gonna have the samequalities though, or the qualities that you
should look for when you’re selecting a jighead. They’re gonna be a moon shape or a rounded
shape, and those shapes lend themselves verywell to standing up. Now, probably the most popular soft plastic
to put on these is the Z-Man ElaZtech NedRig, the Ned TRD. This bait is awesome because
it floats and it will present your Ned Riglike that. Now, I’ll get into it later, but
you can also use a Senko style bait, but justbe aware that a lot of those are not gonna
float. So, you want the rounded head, so on the bottom
it lands itself to floating up, rocking onthat head really well. There are also gonna
be small light wire hooks. We’ll get intothat, but you don’t wanna a big, huge, fat
five-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 usually
go with the Z-Man Finesse TRD. This is thetwo-and-a-half-inch but it also comes in a
four-inch, the larger bait. Now, most peoplebelieve the bigger the bait you fish, the
bigger the bites you’re gonna get. I’ve hadsuccess both ways. I’ve fished the small one
and caught, you know, three pounders. I’vefished the big one and caught little, tiny
fish 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 for
you. So those are the jig heads. Those are the
plastics. 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 a
lot when fishing the Ned Rig. So the firstone isn’t as much of a modification as it
is a money and plastic saver. So this is theback end of a Senko, five-inch Senko. You
know, normally, my four-aught hook would beup here and this is where the hook point normally
would be coming in on my Senko and that partgets, you know, tore up, the top half of it
where my hook has been tore from catchingfish. So I just take that back part of it, cut it
off, and if you look, it’s the perfect imitationfor a Senko. Now, notice that these are made
of 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 does
have 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 first
little modification or hack that I use. Saveyour old Senkos and use them for Ned Rigs
later in the year. So, that’s number one. Number two. This was something I learned from
Brian Latimer. I wish I could take the credit,but I cannot. I saw it on one of his videos
and it is awesome. So, the Ned Rig, when youfish it around trees or rocks, sometimes it
can get hung up. So the way to fix that isto rig this weedless. Now, this only works
with the Z-Man Finesse TRD, or you know, anyof their TRDs with the ElaZtech because of
how strong the plastic is. So, I’m gonna runmy hook up through, just like that. Now, this
is only to get the line threaded on. So I’vegot some eight-pound line here, I’m gonna
put the line just under the barb of that hook. I’m gonna bring my plastic up over it, like
that. I will do some movie magic and get a knot
tied 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 top
of that hook on your jig head, and you’regonna take the back part and rig it just like
you would a Texas Rig, like so. What thatgives you is a weedless Ned Rig. Now, this
is awesome for rocks because when you’re goingalong, it’s not as apt to get stuck in the
rocks 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’s
still gonna sit up like this, straight up,as long as you’re using this ElaZtech. And
as far as the bite, I’ve got that so it’sjust barely sticking out there. This is awesome
for rocks. That head bounces off. It’s a verycool little modification that will help save
you some baits. Okay, so you’ve seen the twomodifications that I use. Let’s go ahead and
move on to, well, what’s my approach?First, let’s talk about trees and brush. The
Ned Rig is a great bait to fish this stuff. You just have to be careful and remember your
approach, “Vs for trees. ” I’m not gonna bethrowing over real deep into, you know, the
midst, the real thick stuff, because I’m onlyfishing if I can get away with it in open
water, four-pound line, six-pound line isa go to, or eight, when I’m fishing around
brush like this. But I’m gonna attack theVs, so spots like this where I can throw between
and get out. Especially if you’re a bank fisherman,you don’t wanna be throwing all the way over
the top of this, you know, let’s say it’sjust above the water here, you don’t wanna
throw all the way over top of this, have afish catch it here and swim down. You’re over
this 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 back
up 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 remember
to fish “the Vs on the trees. ” The next bigthing you wanna think about with this little
bait is accuracy and presentation. So, onthe brush, accuracy and presentation is gonna
be 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 late
fall, fish love to be sitting on the drop-offs. That’s a place where they can go out deep
where the water is gonna be warmer and theycan come back up shallow to feed. Ned Rig, in my opinion, honestly, really shines
in clear to just sort of stained water. Onceyou start getting into, you know, the dingier
or 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’m
throwing it all around the rock pile. I’mgonna let it fall in slack line here, pop
it a couple of times, then I’m reeling itback in. If I throw that out and that’s 10
yards 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 accurate
with it and I guarantee you will catch morefish on this. So, how do you fish these? Well, there are
a few ways that work excellent to fish theNed Rig. The one thing that stays in common
with all those is the fall. So, on your cast,you wanna make sure that you let the Ned Rig
fall on slack line. That is important. Whenit falls down, it’s gonna kinda give a spirally
spin motion down, it’s gonna look completelylifelike as it’s spiraling down, as opposed
to 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 gonna
swim like this and glide down. I don’t wantthat. I want it to fall on slack line. So
from 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 straight
up. Pop, pop, pop. Okay, so you’ve got thepop. You’ve got the drag. After it hits, you’re
just 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 that
works 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 like
to have the rounded head and the stick bait,and it works awesome. As opposed to the actual
Z-Man head, if I can find it here, the actualZ-Man head, when you drag it, it’s at a 90-degree
angle. 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 some
nicks on it and break when I’m just draggingit along. When you hop it, you don’t notice
that as much because you’re bringing it offthe bottom. But lift and drop. If you notice
that you’re really getting bit right on thatinitial drop, you can try lifting your rod
tip 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 you
can 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’t
wanna be setting a hook on these. All right?So, you throw it out, you feel a bite, all
you’re going to do is reel down on it. I liftit up over my right shoulder at a 45-degree
angle 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 touching
my finger and it’s biting into it. That’swhat’s so awesome about these little tiny
light wire hooks. You can imagine as a needle,a needle versus a big thick nail. If you’re
gonna get a shot, do you wanna get a shotwith a needle or do you wanna get a shot with
a big, huge, thick nail?Heck no, you want the little needle. Because
it goes in easier, there’s less resistance,less friction. It’s a tiny, tiny, little diameter
piece of wire that’s going in that fish’smouth. Once you’ve done that, you wanna make
sure that you keep a bend in your rod. That’sthe big reason for fishing a medium or medium-light
action rod with a light line is, I’m gonnause my line, my rod, and my drag to play that
fish. 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 gonna
have a good parabolic bend. It’s gonna staybent and allow me to fight that fish, as opposed
to a heavy action rod that is very stiff. With the line, I’m gonna be using a light
line. If starts to bend that rod, it’s justgonna be too powerful and it’s gonna break
your 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. The
leader 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 vegetation
or anything where I’m, you know, gonna possiblyget a little bit of stuff on my line, I go
up to a six. I go up all the way to an 8 or10, if I’m fishing around brush. Now, it’s
not gonna be as much of a Finesse applicationthen. When I start getting up to that heavier
line, the fish can see it. It does make adifference. You fish 4-pound all day and switch
up to 10-pound and you will notice a differencein getting bites. So, don’t be afraid of the
light line. One thing that does matter with your reel
is it has to have very good drag. Smooth dragis not herky-jerky, smooth drag that pulls
out. 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 hook
out almost. All right? These are not stronghooks, but they will hold and they will not
bend if you’re not using a powerful rod. Aswell as coupling that with a reel that has
really good drag, so if that fish does turnits head and going to make a move and try
to pull that out, your line’s not gonna break,it’s just gonna start letting drag off your
reel. Very important in fighting a fish inthe Finesse application. Can’t stress that enough. Don’t horse the
fish in. Tire the fish out. So he’s gonnamake a run, reel up your slack, bring him
in the boat. If he makes a run again, reelup your slack. Not horsing him. You can’t
fish this like a frog, throw it out thereand as soon as you get a bite, set it hard
and 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 work
really 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-offs
this 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 onto
some of those flats. Oftentimes those flatsare just big, huge flats of land and the only
thing that’s down there is gonna be a littleclump of rocks. If you can find those isolated
rock 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 afraid
to go back over that exact same area witha Finesse Ned Rig because you can get some
of those cleanout fish that you wouldn’t havecaught before. So, how to fish it. Remember there’s always
gonna be a slack line presentation no matterwhat way you’re fishing it. Throw it out there
and let it fall on slack line so it kind ofcorkscrews down. Very important. You can hop
it. You can drag it. Just gotta find out whatworks for you. Sometimes you can even reel
it real slow over the rocks so it kinda popsand hits those things. You just gotta listen
to the fish. Listening to the fish means youhave to try different, new things for them
to tell you what they want. Once you get thatbite, remember just reel into it. Don’t set
the hook. Reel into it, lift the rod up, keepthe rod bent. Make sure you’ve got your drag
set 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 appreciate
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what keep casting, guys. You can’t catch thefish if you’re not casting. Until next time,
take care.

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