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Wondering what your guys' go to neko rig worm is. I have been using trick worms, but with a 3/32 nail weight the head of the worm is almost too narrow and I oftentimes end up marring up the worm pretty badly. Thanks.

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Neko rig applies to wacky rigged Senko's with a nose weight.

For standard diameter worms you need a thinner diameter nail weight...like a nail!

Tom

 

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The problem with this is I don't have a spinning setup and my casting setup for throwing this type of lure is far from ideal. Cant really spend the money to get another combo so I have to stick around the 1/16-1/8 oz weights at least to get adequate casting distance. I don't think a traditional nail would be heavy enough unless it was very long, at that point it would probably impede the action.

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Are you using lead or tungsten nails?  If lead, they are pretty big, maybe look at some of the thinner 6" senko knock-offs that don't use a lot of salt.  If you want a floating worm you could look for a custom plastics maker who can shoot you some 6" senkos or Kut-Tails with floatent in them.  

 

 

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@fishwizzard I am using lead nails, the only problem with tungsten being that with the amount of worms that I lose with this rig I would be racking up quite the expense with tungsten. I haven't tried using an o-ring to attach the hook to the worm though, I wonder if that would be more secure that just hooking it through.

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3/32 is between 1/16-1/8 oz. Lunker City Sluggo lead nails are thinner and inexpensive compared to R2Sea tungsten nail weights. O-rings aren't free. What hook are you using?

Tom

PS, cut off about 1/4 of the worm nose flat before inserting the nail weight.

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Yes I am aware that 3/32 is between 1/16 and 1/8, I was originally using 1/8 but sized down to see if the lower weight would make the profile more manageable. I am currently using VMC "neko weights" because those are the only ones that my local Dick's carries. I was trying out a VMC neko rig hook but have also been using Gamakatsu Octopus hooks in size 1. I have also been biting off the top of the worm to get a bit closer to the fatter section of the worm near the egg sack.

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A bizz baits dizzy diamond works wonders on a neko, also they have a new Mag. Dizzy diamond. 

The dizzy diamond is similar to a trick worm but a little more beefy, also the tail end will float basically vertical.

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I have been fishing nail weight wacky rigged worms for decades using both baitcasting with 8 lb mono and spinning with 5 lb Max UG mono. With bait casting a slower action crankbait rod helps to cast light weight a little further.

The hook is a small diameter wire style and should work good. 3/8" long piece of shrink sleeve the right diameter helps.

Good luck

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Zman Big TRD.  I've been using the Shroomz Wacky Rig Neko head. 

 

I've been "chicken rigging" them (basically Texposing) near the top of the TRD, using a VMC Neko hook in size 1 or 2.

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Thanks for the insight guys. Those zman products look promising especially their ned rig nose weight. 

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4 hours ago, WRB said:

I have been fishing nail weight wacky rigged worms for decades using both baitcasting with 8 lb mono and spinning with 5 lb Max UG mono. With bait casting a slower action crankbait rod helps to cast light weight a little further.

The hook is a small diameter wire style and should work good. 3/8" long piece of shrink sleeve the right diameter helps.

Good luck

I haven't been doing it for decades, but this is a lot like what I do.  I always get asked why I use shrink tubing instead of o-rings.  I do use a flurocarbon leader 6 lbs or so (whatever is rigged usually), the 1/0 VMC Neko hook, and a Missle Baits 48 worm.  There isn't a lot of money in this rig.

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