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Alternative Ned Rig Options

Alternative Ned Rig Options
New finesse-sized creature and crayfish baits have recently expanded the Ned rig conversation.

Do we really need another article about the Ned rig? Put a small softbait on a jighead and start catching fish. What’s so nuanced, so complicated about that? At this point, almost every bass angler on the planet recognizes a 3-inch soft stickbait on an 1/8- or 1/16-ounce mushroom-shaped jighead. That’s a Ned rig, right?

But what about other baits? Anglers have been putting grubs, curlytails, and various other finesse softbaits on mushroom heads for decades; certainly, for years before former In-Fisherman Senior Editor and now Field Editor Steve Quinn coined the term Ned rig.

My friends and I laugh about all the potential “Ned baits” we’ve...

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