Fishing the Ned Rig - Dove

Bass fishing tournament angler Kurt Dove is back to talk about the technique of fishing the Ned Rig. In early October 2017, Kurt did an Introduction to Ned Rig Fishing class, a "101 class", if you will, where you can learn about the best soft plastics, jig heads, line, rods, reels, etc. for fishing this rig. In this video, you will learn the how to fish the Ned rig. Kurt starts by giving some tips on rigging your bait, keeping the bait up on the jighead and ensuring your soft plastic is on straight. Then he discusses approaching the cover, presenting/casting/skipping the bait and how to work the bait after it hits the bottom. The learning continues with what to do when Mr. bass decides to bite your Ned rig. Dove talks about the hookset to employ with this light wire hook finesse technique, controlling the fish with light tackle and special considerations for getting fish out of cover. Obviously your biggest ally in fishing finesse tactics with lighter test line is the reel drag. You will learn how to employ the drag to ensure you get good hooksets, have control to get fish away from cover, but have enough give to ensure you don't break them off.

Dove moves to some docks & rocks to demonstrate working the Ned rig around docks and shaded areas. He answers the question some people may ask, "Why fish a Ned rig around docks and cover that you could fish with a jig, squarebill crankbait or other soft plastic?". On the rock, Kurt Dove changes to a Bigger Z Man Big T.R.D. and Hayabusa Baby Shooting Ball Football Jighead. See how he fishes the bait differently fishing around rocky banks for bass.

The Ned rig can also be fished in submerged cover and open water situations. Kurt shares a number of tips for casting this light bait to offshore cover and how to detect bites and land bass with this bait. He also shares a tip for what NOT to do when fighting a fish to the boat on light wire hooks.

Lastly, learn what species of bass seem to love the Ned rig the most, and strike the lure the most violently. Ultimately though, the Ned rig is a great technique for catching all types of bass: largemouth, smallmouth, spotted and more!

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