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Hey guys,

 

I was wondering if you had to choose between a ultra light or a medium action rod for a Ned rig which if these would you choose? I know medium light is ideal but those are my two lightest rods in my arsenal.

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I'd go Medium and light line, 4-8lbs leader or

mainline, and make sure the drag is not set too

strong.

 

IMO this would be ideal since it provides the 

backbone an ultralight won't have. Not that you

couldn't use a UL, just my .02.

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^ this

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8 minutes ago, Darren. said:

I'd go Medium and light line, 4-8lbs leader or

mainline, and make sure the drag is not set too

strong.

 

IMO this would be ideal since it provides the 

backbone an ultralight won't have. Not that you

couldn't use a UL, just my .02.

Perfect I have 8lb mono spooled up on the reel on my medium. I will use that rod. Thanks for the input! I will make sure to set my drag low too.

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With a ned rig you really need to watch line because you rarely feel bite, its amazing but if you haven't experienced it, it is crazy. I was in pond earlier in week, never felt a bite at all, but bow in line started to slighty move into wind. 

 

I am not a patient finesse guy but under recent conditions the ned is the only thing getting bites.

 

 

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I tried it on my UL when I was having bad luck crappie fishing and it felt like it was too much for that rod. That was on a  6'6" St Croix Avid. 

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If the M will load to cast the bait it'll be fine. I know none of mine would but all you can do is try. 

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I tied on a shroomz jig and a trd and I have plenty of tip on the medium action to launch the bait out. Thanks for all the input! I greatly appreciate it!

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I use a ned rig on a st Croix mojo bass 6'8 m-xf and a fenwick hmg 6'9 ml-f.  I have no problem casting with it or setting the hook. In my opinion it's too heavy of a bait for an ultralight. 

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Definitely use your medium over the ultralight. I just got my first ultralight rod for trout/panfish this year and I couldn't imagine targeting bass with it.

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I wanted to try ned rigging without dropping a ton of cash on something I wasn't familiar with.  I bought a St Croix mojo 7' med/lgt spinning rod paired it with a used Shimano Stradic 2500. Filled the reel with 8lb braid and a 6ft floro 6lb leader. Complete set up ran me about $225 I love it, caught many gd smallies with it up to 4lbs.  Light drag and a lifting motion along with turning the reel handle on the hook set. I would highly recommend you take a look at that rod.

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I fish Ned rigs on a 7’ M/MF Fenwick Elite Tech with a Supreme XT loaded with 6 pound test most of the time.  The tip’s plenty soft to load up even with the smallest TRD schroom head.

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I have a few rods that I fish the Ned Rig with...one is my 69MLF Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth rod...

 

The others are a Cronos 761M/ML XF and F.  

 

Get a medium light and I think you will be fine with Ned's and other finesse stuff!

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You can ned rig with about any bait really... you can even use non-buoyant baits, like a LFT Ring Fry or Paca Chunk. As long as you know how the bait reacts on the bottom you can compensate for the lack of upwards stance like the Z man products have. Most baits will stand up to at least some extent before falling over. Therefore, if you find your medium can't load a finesse TRD, try a Big TRD that is heavier. Or step up from that and use a senko. Or use a ring fry, or one of the many craw imitations. I've seen them all work pretty well, it's personal preference. Back in the days this rig was used, they didn't have these super buoyant baits or shroomz ned heads, so this would be a more traditional approach to what is now commonly known as "the ned rig". Back then "the midwest finesse technique" I think it was called.

 

Back on topic, I've caught a few fish this winter on ned rigs (bubble gum and coppertreuse TRD), and not just bass. I've gotten a few catfish and even nice perch to bite at it. It's one of those presentations that will work for a wide variety of predatory fish. I used a medium power rod when I did it, but I could see a medium-light being a bit better for sensitivity since it is a little harder to detect the bites on a medium rod. I've never been real good at watching the line motion, so I will typically feel the line with my fingers if I think something is interested in it. But a medium with a fast action seems to work just fine for me, granted I'm still getting used to the technique.

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