Ned Rig Fishing

There’s a new jig approach that is making waves out there.  Ned rig fishing is becoming popular in some areas due to its simplicity and effectiveness. Originally started by an In-Fisherman blogger, this set up is gaining attention and is catching lots of fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as many other species. Michael Pence writes about it in the Bradenton Herald here:

But I’m starting to believe what’s called a Ned’s Rig may be the most productive spinning lure I’ve cast.  Clyde Holscher, of Topeka’s Guide Lines Guide Service, thinks it’s the best he’s tried. “It’s my job to get clients around 100 bites a day and it’s certainly the best way,” Holscher said. “We’ve caught everything that can be caught in Kansas, no exceptions.”

Ned Rig Fishing

The rig that’s usually a 1/16-ounce jighead with a larger-than-average hook and an angler-cut half of a five- or six-inch senko-style plastic bait was brought to light by Ned Kehde, an In-Fisherman blogger and author from Lawrence, Kansas.

Retrieval techniques vary from a slow wind across the bottom to Kehde’s rapid-fire twitches.  Some days about any style seems to work well, but it’s rare when decent fishermen can’t figure out some combination produces, especially when landing large or smallmouth bass.  Nobody is 100-percent sure why the Ned’s Rig works so well.

Some, like Holscher, think it imitates insect larvae and other invertebrates that make-up a sizable percent of a fish’s diet in Kansas.  Read the original story here.

More importantly, here are two videos showing the materials you need to make the Ned’s Rig and fishing the Neg Rig on location!

In addition, even Stacy King loves the Ned Rig:

Ned has encouraged and taught many anglers, including Stacey and me so much about the merits of this deadly approach to bagging bass.

King culled continuously throughout Day Two as long as he was using half a ZinkerZ. He used a peanut butter & jelly color with an exposed hook, keeping it close to – but not on bottom. He had a second rod also rigged with half a green pumpkin ZinkerZ on a sparse fiberguard jighead made for him by a friend and Stacey threw this weedless jig into thick cover where the exposed point jig couldn’t go. In either case, the jigs were 1/16 oz models and Stacey constantly shook the rod tip as Midwest finesse maven Ned Kehde recommends to do.  Source

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