Koz

First Time with the Ned Rig

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I've seen a lot of posts on here talking about the Ned Rig setup so I went out and bought Z-Man jigheads, cut a Yum Dinger in half and gave it a try this afternoon. On the second cast I pulled in a 2+ pounder. On the 4th cast I caught a 1+ pounder. That was a pretty darn good introduction to the Ned Rig!

 

After a few more casts I switched it up to my Pad Crasher and then a jig. Why change? I was getting greedy and looking for bigger fish. Of course, I caught nothing for the rest of the hour I was out there. But I'm now a fan of the Ned Rig and will throw it in some of the other lagoons we frequent. I'm pretty sure this is now my go to bait in really hot weather. Thanks to everyone here that suggested it.

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Probably worth giving the TRD worms a shot too over half a dinger. Reason is it will float up and give a more realistic bottom feeding action. 

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there is always a pole with a Ned rig on my deck.

It not only catches a lot of fish. It is also is a great follow up,if a fish follows another bait, or you miss a fish.

I agree with Fishin' Fool the TRD is a great bait. if you can't find them, cutting a zinkerz in half works just as good.

the great thing about the Zman baits is you can catch a ton of fish without changing baits.

the yum dinger is a good bait, but you will go through a lot of them on the Ned rig.

 

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If you like the Ned Rig try the original Midwest Finesse tactics Kedhe brought back from the past. . The commercial "Ned" is primary school stuff. The light jig small trailer "no feel" technique is never meant to hit bottom except for a few specialized retrieves. The light doll fly, slider, hair jigs, and small lightweight thin body tubes were  original baits I fished using the system...40 years ago. Any one remember a bait called maybe the "little John"? 1/32 and 1/16 oz head with a hackle collar...three inch worm trailer...advertizized in Fishing Facts magazine in the late Seventies" I would say that was my first Ned. 

 

Warning: There is a learning curve: Unless you've fished it long before the half Senko type bait came along, it will take time to master. But it will be well worth it. No-feel is the key. Knowing exactly where you jig is and what it's doing is hard, but something anyone can learn. Magic! 

 

 

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On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 7:10 PM, Koz said:

I've seen a lot of posts on here talking about the Ned Rig setup so I went out and bought Z-Man jigheads, cut a Yum Dinger in half and gave it a try this afternoon. On the second cast I pulled in a 2+ pounder. On the 4th cast I caught a 1+ pounder. That was a pretty darn good introduction to the Ned Rig!

 

After a few more casts I switched it up to my Pad Crasher and then a jig. Why change? I was getting greedy and looking for bigger fish. Of course, I caught nothing for the rest of the hour I was out there. But I'm now a fan of the Ned Rig and will throw it in some of the other lagoons we frequent. I'm pretty sure this is now my go to bait in really hot weather. Thanks to everyone here that suggested it.

 

I've been there.  More than once.  It generally doesn't catch big bass but it catches a lot of smaller ones.  And 2 pounders are certainly a lot better than catching none at all.  Just make sure you loosen up the drag a little.  I lost a couple big fish this season because I had the drag set too tight and bent the light wire hook.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Probably worth giving the TRD worms a shot too over half a dinger. Reason is it will float up and give a more realistic bottom feeding action. 

 

I may pick some up next time I'm at Dick's or Bass Pro. In the meantime I still have some chewed up Dingers and Senkos I can use up.

 

I got in about 10 casts before my lightning strike weather alert went off tonight and landed another 2.5lb on the Ned Rig tonight. Definitely not trophy sized, but in the small, gator filled lagoons we fish it's a good size. It beats getting shut out or landing only dinks.

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On 8/8/2017 at 7:52 PM, gimruis said:

 

I've been there.  More than once.  It generally doesn't catch big bass but it catches a lot of smaller ones.  And 2 pounders are certainly a lot better than catching none at all.  Just make sure you loosen up the drag a little.  I lost a couple big fish this season because I had the drag set too tight and bent the light wire hook.

 

 

 

If they are biting it will catch any bass you put it in front of regardless of size. 

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4 hours ago, Mosster47 said:

 

If they are biting it will catch any bass you put it in front of regardless of size. 

Even if they're not biting, it'll catch big ones. That's part of why it's so effective, it'll catch the aggressive ones, and the ones that don't really want to eat.

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I caught about a 2 1/2 pound smallie on my first cast with the Ned.  And it has made many days somewhat successful when nothing else seemed to work.   I don't agree with the position that the Ned is a small fish bait.  I think it catches all bass, not just small bass.  There are more small bass than large bass, so we catch more small bass than large bass.

 

I seem to be noticing a fall-off in effectiveness.  Seems like the fish are figuring it out.  Anyone else noticing this?

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3 hours ago, MickD said:

I seem to be noticing a fall-off in effectiveness.  Seems like the fish are figuring it out.  Anyone else noticing this?

 

No hits on the Ned Rig for the past two days so I went back to Yum Dingers and larger Trick Worms and the bite was back on. But the past few days the air temperature has been cooler and we've had longer periods of cloud cover than the previous weeks. BTW, "cooler" is a relative term. It's been 84-86 degrees and the heat index is 96-100. Normally it's 90 degrees plus with a heat index above 103.

 

As for the size of bass caught on the Ned rig, most of what we have caught is 1.5-2.5 pounds which is good for the small lagoons in our area. Interestingly enough, we have one lagoon that we call "Baby Bass Lagoon" because all we have ever caught there are dinks. But we have not caught anything on the Ned rig at that lagoon.

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The rebel in me refuses to buy ned rigs. I prefer swing heads and floating worms The og ned rig 

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On 8/13/2017 at 7:05 AM, MickD said:

I caught about a 2 1/2 pound smallie on my first cast with the Ned.  And it has made many days somewhat successful when nothing else seemed to work.   I don't agree with the position that the Ned is a small fish bait.  I think it catches all bass, not just small bass.  There are more small bass than large bass, so we catch more small bass than large bass.

 

I seem to be noticing a fall-off in effectiveness.  Seems like the fish are figuring it out.  Anyone else noticing this?

 

I have noticed a down tick in production from the areas I normally fish with it. I have always believed the amount of forage present is the biggest factor in getting consistent bites. Like down here this time of year you will have a 50 yard wide creek with a school of shad as wide as the creek and there is a different one every 75 yards. You aren't getting much to bite when the food supply is endless unless you either drop it on their head or fish at a stitch pace. 

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Sight fished a good Ned fish yesterday.

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