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I used to think my best chance of catching a bass was usually with a Senko. Based on my experience with the Ned Rig over the past two years I'd say the Ned Rig is at least as effective.

This past Thursday we fished a lake that's low because of drought. Wasn't really expecting much as it was windy and the lake reportedly hasn't been too productive so far this year. Started fishing at eleven and quit at four. We fished only areas with heavy brushy cover and used heavier tackle, 20 lb braid and a 15lb fluro leader on a medium spinning rod that at first I thought might be too heavy to work that well with a Ned Rig. Wrong, we caught and released bass and one big crappie all day, quit counting after we got in the 20s. One of those days that once it gets going you're expecting a strike every cast. Got plenty of hang ups and I had to bend the hook back in shape a few times but didn't lose any tackle. We were using Z Man 1/6th Ned Rig jig heads and plain green pumpkin 2&3/4" Z Man ElaZtec Ned Rig baits. The baits never had to be replaced and it seemed the more beat up looking they got the quicker they got hit. No big fish, all were in the 12" to 15" range but chunky with a lot of jumps and fight.

I realize a big part of it was finding the fish and being there on the right day but since I started using the Ned Rig it seems I've had more good days and it's an easy way to fish.


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Largemouth?

I need to look into those.

I’ve started fishing more with spinning reels.

I’ve only bottom fished with baitcasters.

Is it harder to detect bites with spinning gear?


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Not to me they both seem the same if you're using braid & a fluro leader. Bites are easier to detect and hook sets are better than with mono IMO as there's no line stretch. Didn't think I'd ever use braid till I tried it on spinning gear, there's less hassle than with mono and it makes spinning a lot more versatile as you can use heavier line because of braids smaller diameter.

Yep Largemouth. .

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I picked up some of the sufix 832 or whatever.

8 carrier. Real smooth and soft.

Not the flat braid i remember from years back.


10# the size of 4# mono.


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We went back to the same lake today. All conditions including time were the same. Worked hard to catch eight fish. Someone suggested we might catch more fish and have less hangups with lighter line & jig heads. We'll see.

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Anybody with success using the ned rig on smallies in rivers at all?


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Originally Posted by efw
Anybody with success using the ned rig on smallies in rivers at all?


yep. work great. Ii go heavier to get down in the current

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A lot of guys use the Ned rigs in Minnesota, deadly on smallmouth in lakes or rivers when used certain ways.

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Originally Posted by Osky
A lot of guys use the Ned rigs in Minnesota, deadly on smallmouth in lakes or rivers when used certain ways.

Osky

What would those “certain ways” be? Do you know?

I’m completely ignorant & looking to expand my repertoire!

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A fellow I fish the Mississippi with is a circuit pro and on the river nearly any time of day he searches out flats with only 12 maybe 16 inches of water flowing over and we cast up on to those and let it sit, barely a twitch every so often. Retrievel only when tossing it to a new position.
The river in that area we fish is not overly clear.
The current keeps the tail rubber twitching to be sure.
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Originally Posted by Osky
A fellow I fish the Mississippi with is a circuit pro and on the river nearly any time of day he searches out flats with only 12 maybe 16 inches of water flowing over and we cast up on to those and let it sit, barely a twitch every so often. Retrievel only when tossing it to a new position.
The river in that area we fish is not overly clear.
The current keeps the tail rubber twitching to be sure.
Osky

How long do you soak it before reeling in and casting elsewhere?


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This might help:



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Originally Posted by efw
Anybody with success using the ned rig on smallies in rivers at all?

I haven’t used one in any rivers but have used them in local creeks to deadly effect on smallmouth and rock bass.
As a matter of fact my youngest son and I fished one of our favorite creeks yesterday wading over a mile. All I used was a Ned rig and caught 66, the best of which was a chunky 1 lb, 10 ounce smallie.
I just bounce them along the bottom to simulate a crawfish.

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Cool I’ve got a couple spots in my local rivers that I know hold gosh but are difficult to get to with the in-line spinners & spoons that are my bread & butter.

This bed rig seems perfect I was just uncertain how it’d be in fast, deep chutes like the places I have in mind. I think, with everyone’s help here and those videos, I have a good idea of how to approach em.

Gonna celebrate Juneteenth with Ned rigs up in doze bronzebacks faces! wink


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Gonna celebrate Juneteenth with Ned rigs up in doze bronzebacks faces!

Good luck!

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