I’ve been hearing just a ton of chatter lately, as well as reading my fair share of headlines hyping this new finesse sensation that has taken over bass impoundments through the US. In case you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the past year, I’m talking about the Ned Rig.
The Ned Rig may very well be new to many anglers across the country but for us Minnesota boys, the Ned Rig, well that be a jig worm in these parts. I swear us northern types were born with ice skates on our feet and spinning rods in our hands. Seeing how the jig worm has been winning northern tournaments for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for decades, it’s a surprise that word is just finally getting out, the bait catches bass and catches them really well.
The Ned Rig—or Dookie Rig as I’ve heard it mentioned in the past—is simply a lighter version of a jig worm making up a light 1/32- to 1/16 -ounce mushroom-style jig, rigged with an exposed hook with your choice of a wide array of soft plastics worms.
The rig is generally fished on spinning tackle and light line. In the past, I've fished a jig worm from as light as 1/32 oz and as heavy as a 5/16 oz. My day in and day out favorite is without question a 1/8 oz. Outkast Money Jig with 4-inch Biovex Kolt Stick. This bait has been just money for me and catches both weary and aggressive bass alike.
The exposed hook is what sells the bait. I’m almost always fishing a jig worm in or right near heavy vegetation. Once I get snagged in the grass, I simply rip the bait free and let it fall back down on a slack line. If they don’t jump on it right away, they will after a 4-inch Kolt Stick is laying in front of them for a second or two.
Watch us work over a healthy school of Minnesota largemouth.