Bob Jensen: Add the Ned Rig to your arsenal for more meals – Alexandria Echo Press

In the world of fishing, new methods and new methods are regularly developed. Some of these types and methods of seduction take a long time to become popular. Ned Riggs like that.

I’ve been familiar with Ned Rig and Ned Rigging for a good number of years but have never used them. That changed on a fishing trip in early June with a couple of friends. During and after that trip, it became very clear to me that Ned Rigging needed to become a larger part of my hunting arsenal. Here’s why.

Ned Rig is a general term for the plastic jig/plastic combination that Ned Kehde made popular. Kehde is a fisherman from Kansas. According to a lot of research, Ned Fish is mostly in its home state, usually on the water between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. This window is usually not the best time of the day for fishing.

Bob Jensen is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and founder of Fishing the Midwest.
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Ned isn’t interested in the big fish as much as in getting the little, like many of us are. For this reason, a simple inverted head with a small piece of plastic is often used. Through the use of this rig, even when fishing conditions are not ideal, he usually gets a little carried away.

And although largemouth is often the target, many species of fish eat borer needs. This plastic and jigs combo is not designed for big fish catch, numbers are what we strive for. But the thing is that when you catch a lot of fish, some of them will be larger than average.

Now to the day on the water my friends and I lived. The target was Bass Smallmouth. The lake water was clear. The bottom could be easily seen in 10 feet of water, and the little mouth was shallow.

Shallow fish in clear waters are often frightening. This means that a long cast is requested. The three of us started with different bait presentations to see if we could identify a pattern. Within an hour, we learned that the little mouth and a variety of other species of fish wanted a small piece of plastic on top of a jig: A Ned Rig.

After trying a variety of plastics, we learned that the bait called Ned Ocho is what bass most like to eat. These grafts are three inches long. We also learned that rigging it on top of an eight-ounce Ned Rig rig was the way to go.

This head pattern makes the plastic stand up, helping the fish to see it easily. We also learned that the color “dirt” is best.

We used Lew’s Mark Zona Signature Series rods in a multipurpose model. These rods are seven feet long and make tall molds simple, but they also provide great sensitivity and hooks.

“All purpose” is a good way to describe this rod, as it would also be great for rigging live bait or ice skating.

To add extra sensitivity and sensitivity, we used a braided line with a 10-foot CONTRA fluorocarbon leader. The long lead enabled the jig to be reset repeatedly without recombining the fluorocarbon into the strand.

The braid increased sensitivity and hooks, and the fluorocarbon made the Ned look very natural.

We fished maybe six hours on this trip and fell into an area with 20 smallmouth bass from 15 to 19 inches. We also got a bunch of rock bass, northern pike, largemouth bass, and walleye. This was in the middle of the day right after the weather front passed in the clear shallow water. Certainly not ideal fishing conditions.

It was definitely fun. Lots of bites. For many of us, a lot of bites are what we seek when we go hunting. If you have a Ned Rig at the end of your streak, your chances of getting a lot of bites increase.

Bob Jensen is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and founder of Fishing the Midwest.

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