After using the Ned Rig heavily this past year we’ve formed strong opinions about baits, colors, head sizes, and gear. Its time to revisit the topic and really break down the specific tackle that we have had the best success with.

There are a variety of “Ned” baits on the market but Tim has found 2 that really stand out from the crowd. His preferred baits are the original Finesse T.R.D. by Z Man, and the 3″ Roboworm Ned Worm. Tim’s best success has come on natural colors fished with the minimum weight necessary to maintain bottom contact.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, colors, and gear that we’ve had the best success with while fishing this Midwest Finesse technique.

The Worms…

-Roboworm Ned Worm:
Tim’s Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Desert Craw, Prism Shad.
Matt’s Favorite Colors- Margarita Mutilator, Peoples Worm.

-Z Man Finesse TRD:
Tim’s Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, Smelt
Matt’s Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin Goby, Junebug

The Hooks…

-Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head:
-Z-Man HD Lockz Head:
-Owner Block Head Jig Head:

Tim’s Preferred Combo…

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spinning Rod 7’6″ ML –
Reel- Shimano Exsence Spinning Reel 3000:
Line- 12 lb Sunline SX1 Braid:
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Great All-Around Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod 7’3″ Med Lt:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Bait Storage Container…

-Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740:
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Equipment We Recommend…

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Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Hot Foot Throttle Control:
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