Learn the Ned rig, because this finesse technique catches a lot of fish!
In bass fishing, sometimes we over-think things. Bass anglers are always looking for the next big technique or the next hot lure.
But sometimes, the most effective fishing techniques are done with some of the simplest components in your tackle box.
Enter the Ned rig. It’s an unbelievably simple fishing method that consistently catches big fish, and if you aren’t using it, you should seriously consider changing that.
We did some diving into the history of this rig. It seems many anglers are confused about just how and where it originated. It just sort of appeared out of seemingly nowhere a few years ago and took the bass angling world by storm.
The Ned rig is sometimes referred to as the “Midwest finesse” rig because it has its origins there. It seems fishing writer Ned Kehde largely came up with the idea fishing waters around Kansas City. Another writer, Steve Quinn, was the one who came up with the now the iconic name.
From what we understand, the whole concept of the Ned rig was simply a variation on using another iconic lure, the Beetle Spin, but without the spinner arm component. From there, it morphed to using small plastic worms similar to Senkos.
The Ned rig is as simplistic as it gets. It hinges a mushroom head jighead, anywhere from 1/15 to 1/8 ounces at the most. On the jighead, a small piece of plastic worm, usually between 2 ¾ ad 3 inches, is threaded. That’s it. That’s the whole Ned rig, we’re not kidding!
This allows the tail end of the bait a lot of freedom of movement and excellent action.