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I cannot find the old ned rig series of articles/posts that covered all things ned rig.  Can someone help?

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If you search on Z man you will find some, but it looks like a couple of threads got unpinned recently, the zman storage response and the Ned rig thread. Not sure why that happened.

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I think that some of the principles of the Ned rig are spot on - i.e. try to go as light and as low & slow as you can given the conditions. . ..  In the lakes that I fish, if I stick with the classic Ned bait - a 1/10 oz exposed hook jig and a TRD, I lose too many baits.   In the lakes that I fish, if I stick to the cleaner areas ( like the dam) all I catch are small fish   

So, while I feel like a Ned rig is a good situational boat, it doesn't fit my situation very often.  Getting used to the "weightless" feel of your baits takes some getting used to.  Ned often writes that 100 fish, more or less is the goal for a 4 hour fishing trip.   As far as Ned is concerned, little ones count.   

My personal opinion is that Ned has found a method that works very well on the waters that he commonly fishes.   100 fish per day is achievable when you count sub 12" fish.   It could be that the Kansas Lakes near the !-70 corridor are somewhat stunted and there is a plethora of little fish available.  Like any other technique Ned rigging will occasionally capture a big fish - however it is my opinion that if you're targeting 15" or larger fish there are better options.  I understand that I won't get bit as much.

Case in point - went fishing last Wednesday - decent day - unusual in that the water temp was slightly higher than the air temp.   I spent several hours trying to find a shallow bite - because I thought the unique water/air temp situation would be conducive to that.   Don't ask me why, cause I don't know, just what I thought at the time.  Anyway several hours into the trip, ran into a friend of a friend and his opinion was that the better fish were suspended in the trees (This lake has MANY trees)   Anyway the next 15 minutes, targeting suspended fish in the trees, by dropping a lightly weighted tx rigged 10" worm resulted in 2 15" fish, one slot fish and a few missed bites.    Guess how I tried to fish the rest of the day.   I don't believe that given the cover that the fish were in that the Ned rig would have landed any of those fish.


 

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 I think the "small fish" problem with the Ned rig is that it catches about anything that sees it, and since there are more small fish than big fish, you will catch more small fish.  If you catch nothing but small fish, good chance there are no big fish there.  I've not had a single experience fishing with it with my son, who was using big jigs/trailers, when I didn't do about the same as he on big fish (3-5 pound LM).

thanks for the advice on Inn-Fisherman.

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The rig will catch bass when nothing else will. I have not done as well for numbers here on any other bait. When I can run to the lake and catch 10-20 bass in an hour on one rig, that's a winner. I have caught LMB up to 18" and down to 5". Most are in the 10-13" range here. 

The thing to remember is to fish as slow as you can. Also, if you're getting hung up, don't fish it on the bottom. Fish the edges of cover. Shoreside edges of weed beds fish fantastic for me. It is not designed to fish the same place as a T Rig. If you toss it in there, you deserve to lose your bait. Simply put, fish the edges slowly and be alert to any odd line movements.

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23 hours ago, MickD said:

I cannot find the old ned rig series of articles/posts that covered all things ned rig.  Can someone help?

Try this link....

Ned Rig Resource

-T9

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4 minutes ago, Team9nine said:

 

Try this link....

Ned Rig Resource

-T9

That was easy...

 

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2 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

That was easy...

 

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So why doesn't it come up even when I search Ned Rig Resource? Where do I find it?

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55 minutes ago, Bass Turd said:

So why doesn't it come up even when I search Ned Rig Resource? Where do I find it?

You find it at the link I posted a few replies up B) It didn't come up when you searched because you didn't put the entire statement (Ned rig resource) in parens. The search function on this site doesn't like three letter words.

-T9

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