September 08, 2020
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...