Fishing and camping go hand in hand.  Sometimes, when you are new to a lake, stream, or river, it’s difficult to know how to fish.  Do you need a box full of lures or several kinds of live bait?  Fishing is never one-size-fits-all, yet the Ned rig is easy to make, even easier to fish, and often very effective especially when fish are finicky.

Advice from an Expert

“The Ned Rig is one of my favorite baits,” says Allen Peterson, passionate angler, and tournament winner.  “Over the last years, it has worked well.  The worm stands vertically and the jig head keeps it on the bottom,” Peterson says.

“It is good in the colder months when the fish are being more selective… more finicky.  We have had good success in colder weather when the fish form in their wintering holes.  They are barely active and the current gives that tail a little motion they can’t say no to.”

Scents can Help

Sometimes Peterson uses scents, like Bang, a crawfish scent that has proven effective.  He also uses Smelly Jelly and Live Game Fish which is more of a slime that has glitter in it and helps to reflect sunlight.  Every little bit helps when fish are being finicky.

During the colder months, Peterson catches a lot of larger fish using the Ned rig.  During the summer months, he believes fish are looking for bigger baits and the rig tends to catch smaller fish.

“We catch smallmouth, largemouth, walleye and catfish, says Peterson.  “I’ve used tubes, but the presentation isn’t as good because tubes don’t stand straight up.  The Ned Rig is an easy bait to fish because you cast it into a likely place, let it settle to the bottom, and wait for the motion of the worm to entice a strike.

To see how the Ned Rig look underwater and tips on fishing it, Check this YouTube video: